Creation is Contaminated by “The Fall”

This is the third excerpt from Chapter 1–The Creation. Next week’s post will finish off this Chapter. This post depicts the Fall which impacts all of us and all of our days, as we have to deal with temptation from Satan. With the Holy Spirit abiding within us, we have the power to resist such enticing temptation, and tell Satan–Be gone! Get behind me! And move down God’s path for our lives… Marlin

.Lucifer cast out of heaven

As we know, things are not always the same as in heaven as on earth. The chosen cherub, Lucifer, continued to focus more and more on himself, than his creator, God, and a strong prideful unrighteousness germinated within him. This corrupted sense of self control grew to concoct a ludicrous scheme to overthrow his Maker in Heaven. Such a chaotic coup could never occur in Heaven and he was brought before God who was totally intolerant of such absurd actions. His thoughts of triumph and deceit of victory abounded in holy defeat, and each cried out as perilous prosecutions against him.

God spoke, as Jesus observed, “Your wisdom was corrupted by means of your splendor. And I will cast you out of heaven to the grounds! You will be turned to ashes on earth,” declared God as he judged Lucifer’s rebellious act to become His perpetual enemy in the future.

The Father and the Son were bitterly distraught as this incident in Heaven was incited by a totally trusted cherub who had been succumbed by the growth and grandeur of his own pride. Such an event had never occurred in Heaven, but Lucifer had beguiled one third of the angels to unite with him. They were all thrown out of Heaven to reside on earth. Heaven demands a pure heart, one right before God. And their hearts were now defiled with pride and sin and could no longer co-exist in eternity.

Jesus became most concerned with such evildoers contaminating his earthly creation. Could he maintain this terrible influence separate from Adam and his helpmate enjoying paradise on earth? “May they never enter the Garden of Eden,” he implored. Then, out of the corner of his eye, he saw a shadow sliding into Eden. “God help us!” he cried. I must now be even more present with them to give them strength against this Evil One.Satan entering Eden

 

 

Jesus wih Adam & Eve  Jesus descended even more frequently to commune with Adam and Eve, and vitalize his relationship with his loved ones. They would walk together every evening, enjoying the beauty of Eden, and he, the beauty of their blossoming relationship.

However, Jesus did not feel it appropriate to “lord it over them” with a constant presence, because they were made in his image and he desired that they live their own lives, not subordinate to his ruling. And they had specific tasks assigned by the Father to accomplish each day.

 

One day, as Eve worked alone, while Adam was cultivating soil around the Tree of Life, an unknown creature slithered near to her and stealthily addressed her. Eve was shocked because no other animal in Eden had ever spoken to her in a human like voice. At the same time she was equally impressed that this creature spoke directly and personally to her.

The serpent, Satan, began to lay his trap, desiring to first tempt Eve while alone. “Has not God told you, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden?’

Eve peered at the serpent and responded, “Well, I’m eating from a delicious pomegranate tree right now. God told us we can eat the fruit of any tree in the garden. The fruit is sweet and sustains us. For our God provides for us all that we need!”

Satan had opened the door he desired, and continued, “But there is one tree in the middle of the garden that you may not touch nor eat, or you will die, according to God. And I am telling you, that even if you do, you surely will not die!”

Eve abruptly responded, “Why would God lie to us? We are here to do what he had told us to do and to maintain the beauty and life of this beautiful garden. His Son has provided a paradise for us!”

The serpent laughed and said, “When you eat of that fruit, your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God Himself, knowing good and evil. SSatan tempting Eveuch wisdom you will gain. Don’t you want wisdom?” persuaded the crafty creature. “Come, Eve, let’s go look at it! Follow me.”

Eve stood there in a decision making quandary. She had never been to look at this forbidden tree. She reluctantly began to follow the slithering creature to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

A while later they arrived. Eve was amazed at the glimmering leaves, the heavily barren branches, like they were reaching out offering her a taste. “There’s a lot of knowledge of good and evil on this tree,” she observed.  “It is so beautiful, and so enticing. And the aroma is so sweet!”

“Just a typical temptation,” murmured the serpent to himself.

“How can I resist such a delight?” Eve asked herself, and reached up to the branch to take down a fruit. “How could a fruit like this harm me?” she asked, and sank her teeth into the succulent flesh of the fruit, indulging in the temptation offered by the serpent.

Adam rebuking Eve

At that very moment, Adam burst onto the scene, shouting, “Eve, Eve, what are you doing? God has forbid us to taste the fruit of this tree! How could you deliberately disobey our Creator and God?”

“Adam, this fruit is so delicious, and my new friend,” she said pointing to the smiling serpent, “has told me that this fruit will make us even more like God. Would we not want to become more like Him, our Creator?”

As Adam surveyed the coiled serpent in the shade of the tree, he thought, “I have never seen this creature before in Eden, nor have ever given it a name.  Who and what is he, and how could he speak to us?”

The eyes continued to glare and gleam, staring into the heart and soul of Adam in a demanding and pulsating fashion, putting Adam into a most confused state.

Eve offereing Adam the fruitEve, reached up into the tree, and pulled down another enticing fruit, offering it to her helpmate. “Here, Adam, take it. It will delight you and one bite should not hurt.”

Very hesitantly, Adam took it into his hand, carefully scrutinized it, smelled of it, and its sensuous and pleasurable aroma began to overtake him.

From the shadows the serpent spoke to coerce the strong urge of his sensory perceptions and to encourage him to take the next step, “Taste it like Eve, and you will become like God, wise about knowing good and evil.”

Adam could no longer resist and chewed into the fruit. A mixture of sensations immediately infused him, signaling a significant change in his heart, mind, and being.

As he looked at Eve, he suddenly shouted, “You are naked, and I am too!” We must not expose ourselves so to each other. We must find some way to cover ourselves.”

Quickly Eve turned and picked up several large leaves and responded, “We can tie together these leaves with some small vines to cover ourselves.”

“Do so quickly because evening approaches and Our Lord will come looking for us. Adam & Eve hidingI am so ashamed of what we have done and don’t feel that I can even talk with Him today. We’ll just hide.”

When the serpent heard the name, Lord, he immediately slithered away, not desiring another confrontation with the Son, nor especially the Father. Yet he slid away with a victorious and vicious spirit, knowing he had obtained the first step in dividing the creation from the Creator. His primary objective was to wreak vengeance for the expulsion from Heaven and punishment for his actions.

Shortly afterwards, Jesus began to saunter through the garden, crying out for Adam and Eve. “This is so strange, they are normally eagerly awaiting my presence.  I sense that something has gone wrong today! Adam and Eve, where are you? I want to be with you. Please come out to me.”

 

The Creation–Adam and Eve

This week’s post includes the creation of man and woman and the Garden of Eden, and one other complicating factor. This is another excerpt from Chapter 1–The Creation. Hope that you enjoy reading it. I am always open to any ideas, suggestions, and/or comments you wish to share with me….Marlin

creation

 

And it was the morning and evening of the Sixth Day of Creation. “What we have done thus far is magnificent,” declared God. “I feel that We need to need to stop and rest and reflect carefully upon the ensuing stage of Creation before we move forward. Not that we are tired, but a restful recess from this creation process will do us well.

“Yes, My Father, we have come a long way, and We want to finalize this work in the best possible way!” Jesus excitedly agreed.

“Jesus, We want to sanctify this day as the ‘Sabbath,’ a day of rest for Us and for Our Creation. And as You have predicted, there is much more to come. On Day Seven, the compelling culmination of our Divine Creation with take place.”

lucifer before the fall   And on the Seventh Day, God placed a chief cherubim, Lucifer, to care for Creation while He and His Son rested. Lucifer was full of wisdom, perfect in beauty, adorned with precious heavenly jewels, and strongly convinced of his high worth to the Father. As a heavenly creation of God, he was blameless and walked the world to protect and care for it during this brief interim. But during his wanderings, an intense feeling of desire to become his own master began to pursue him. Lucifer’s pride in the great responsibility that God had given him, began to deceive him and compel him to become his own master. Pride and deceit sprouted forth to infest and resist his previously innocent heart and willing obedience to God, his Lord. He carefully guarded this secret sinful attitude in his heart. (from Ezekiel 28:12-15a)

As the Father and the Son returned from their Sabbath rest to commence the next “day” of Creation, behold a mist arose, which inundated the surface of the land with needed moisture.

God turned to His Son and quietly revealed, “It is time for man. Make him of the earth, so that he will be of the very place for which he shall have responsibility.”

So Jesus stooped down to the earth, and formed the body of man from the very dust of His Creation. He lovingly lifted the body up and breathed life into his nostrils. He embraced his new creation with love and imparted him life, and giving him the needed strength to complete the important tasks yet to be assigned by the Father.

“You will be called, Adam,” He communicated to the open eyes staring back at him, “meaning, of the very dust of the earth. A name truly describing your origin,” directed Jesus to his new creation.creation of Adam

As the Father peered over Jesus’s shoulder he remarked, “My Son, man resembles You in his likeness!”

“Father, You said to make him in Our Image, and so I did, from the inside out!”

“He is beautiful and handsome, as are you. I have important responsibilities to bestow upon him, and You have well-endowed him to carry forth these tasks on earth.”

 

 

“First, let’s create an ideal place for him to live. Plant an expansive garden setting in the East, by the river flowing there, and grow many trees that are pleasing to the sight. I desire the Tree of Life to be located in the very center of the Garden, and also the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil planted in the Garden also.

“Father, why would You desire me to plant these two trees that are not of this creation?” asked Jesus, “It seems that such they could cause serious complications for man in his abode,” Jesus surmised.

“My Son, I desire man to have two choices. If he perseveres in total obedience he could be eventually blessed with the Tree of Life enduing him with even longer lasting life, multiple blessings, even to immortality and everlasting bliss, with Our Grace heaped upon him.”

Garden of Eden

“Consuming fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, would be the result of disobedience, because it would provide no beneficial knowledge for him. It would actually be the loss of good, due to evil. If he were to eat of the fruit of this tree, he would automatically acquire evil within himself. And the good he has presented to Us beforehand would be extricated by the new evil within.”

“These two trees in the garden exist as symbols of the choices he could make in Your beautiful garden, in which the roof will be the heavens, the floor, the fertile earth, and a myriad of accommodations spaciously set forth throughout the forests, such as meandering meadows and pleasant shores of the river.  His heart, our influence, and these surroundings should sway him strongly, to guide him to the Tree of Life!”

“My Father, I understand Your powerful logic, and my prayer is that he will do as We will him to do.”

“Jesus, because man is made in Our Image, he must have free will, as you earlier acknowledged. But Our Image within him should assist him to withstand temptation and any beckoning of evil, which should not even exist in this heavenly Garden of Eden. And We will make his spirit stronger every day!” promised the Father to His Son.

“Thank You, My Father, for this assurance. I will descend daily to commune with my man, and, as You said, strengthen him daily in Our Spirit,” assured Jesus.

Jesus then went about creating Eden, a luxurious garden and beautiful natural habitat for Adam.  “I will love to visit this place!” complemented Jesus to himself.

“Now, Jesus, place our man, Adam, in the Garden,” and Jesus placed him there.

And now the   Father descended to address Adam.

Jesus with Adam “Adam, you have a distinct purpose for being here,” directed God specific commands to His first human being. “Your important task is to cultivate these fertile fields within this garden, created just for you, and to take care of the Garden of Eden. From any tree of the garden you may eat, except from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, for that fruit will corrupt you and you will die. Don’t fall into temptation to partake of it for it will destroy not only you, but also your perfect life and habitat here.

Adam, taking in this straightforward command from the God of the Universe, assuredly nodded his head in agreement, as Jesus stood behind him with his hand placed upon his back.”

“My God, I am Your creation, and I will certainly follow Your command to me. I am made to serve You! Thank you for bringing me into life!” joyfully responded Adam.

God continued, “Our desire is for you to thoroughly enjoy this paradise on earth that We have created just for you!  Adam’s face broke out into a wide smile of thanksgiving and he bowed down before the Father in deep gratitude and thanksgiving. “Thank you for such a beautiful place for me to live!”

“Adam, your task is also to assign a name to each of the creatures that you see here in the Garden.

The Father and the Son departed for a time, but Jesus returned frequently to fellowship with Adam, and walk with him in the garden, especially in the cool and shade of the evenings.

One evening while they were visiting, the Father appeared between them, and said, “It is not good that Adam should be alone. Jesus, make him a helpmate suitable for him and I will cause a deep sleep to fall upon Adam while you do this work.

Jesus came to Adam’s side as he slept soundly and gently removed one of his ribs from his side, closed up the open flesh, and artfully crafted a beautiful living body from creation of Evethe one lone rib, similar in many ways to Adam, but distinctly different in other ways. She was also created in the image of Adam.

After Adam awoke, Jesus joyfully presented to him his human counterpart. Adam gazed over her beauty and marveled at her resemblance to himself and said, “She is the very flesh of my flesh, and bone of my bones. She will be called “woman,” because she was taken out of me!” He reached out and embraced her. And she bewilderingly hugged him back. By now, Adam had had much practice with naming, and the name “woman” came quickly to him.

“So be it,” spoke Jesus, and stepped forward, embracing them both in the love of the Creator as they all hugged one another. Jesus commented, “You may also call her Eve, the mother of man.”

Adam responded, “I like that name even better!”

Just as the animals inhabiting the Garden of Eden, Adam and his helpmate, in their natural state, had no clothing, but in their pure innocence there was no reason for shame as they viewed one another, and their individual beauty. They were both so strongly pleased to be in existence to serve God as He directed them. And Jesus drew near to them daily, he deeply displayed his love for them and cultivated a very meaningful fellowship with them.

Divine fellowship

The Creation Story, Part 1

Today I begin sharing excerpts from my manuscript, “Jesus, Our Lord, on Earth”.  God is the Father, and Jesus is His Son. A son always learns so much from his father, and desires to emulate him in every way.  And in time, he increases in the knowledge of his father. Especially, if his father is God Almighty! And that is the process in this book–Jesus learning so much from His Father, and comes to love so much His creation. In the next blog I will share the Sixth and Seventh Days of  creation, in which man appears on earth, and the subsequent events that occur. Hope you enjoy reading this portion. Please feel free to share any comments, suggestions, in the text and also ideas for the title of the book. with me.

Marlin

Jesus, Our Lord, on Earth

Chapter 1—The Creation

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.

John 1:1-4 (NIV)

hands making the world

 

formless and void   God approached the massive and encroaching formless void and spoke, “Come, My Son. I have an awe inspiring task for you to accomplish. And I will share with you my preferences as We begin”.

“Here I AM, My Father,” replied Jesus, as he suddenly appeared from Heaven’s hallowed hallways,“ And, as always, I will do exactly as You command. You brought me into being and I will always love, respect, and obey your wishes.”

“Jesus, Your Presence has enriched mine! I would not want to exist without you by my side,” responded the Father with evident joy in his voice. Now His focus returned to the task at hand.

“Do you see those heavens and earth? They are presently formless and void. Let us pass over them, My Son, and follow my inspirations as you perceive each one.”

“Of course, My Father. You are all-knowing and always the origin of my every motivation,” replied Jesus, smiling, and gently grasping his Father’s shoulder.

“Let there be light, to eliminate the darkness” suggested the Father to His Son. creation of light

“Of course,” My Father. “I AM the Light, and I will create the very light You desire!”

Thus broke forth a strong and intense radiance as the first stage of Creation began. The Light of the Son shone, and the light of the sun would appear much later.

“This is beautiful, My Son. Exactly as I envisioned. You always fulfill my desire. Now we must separate the light from the darkness. They are incompatible,” declared the Father.

Jesus responded immediately, “Yes, Father, you are correct, because darkness is not who I AM, nor never wish to be!” And Jesus commanded the dispersal and division of these two opposite elements of the universe.

God expounded, “We will call the light, day, and the darkness, night.”

And thus concluded the Day One of Creation. Then, after a brief interim back in Heaven, God beckoned to His Son again. “We are just getting started, Son. I need you to continue this task with Me.

“Of course, My Father. Whatever you desire.” And they sauntered out of Heaven together.

“Now, Jesus,” began the Father as he pointed into the present state of Creation, “let us create spaciousness in the midst of this mass of waters, for a reason.separating heavens and earth

So Jesus separated the waters which were below, from the waters which were above, just as His Father requested. And then the heavens brilliantly appeared!

“Great work, again, My Son. These heavens must shine. Now we will have evening and morning for this world,” and Day Two of Creation had been completed.

“Yes, My Father, as always, according to Your divine plan, apparent chaos falls into perfect order,” exclaimed Jesus, with much satisfaction, “And I am honored to be a part of this creative process, and am grateful to eliminate the chaos and create Your order. I am always learning from you!” as he smiled boldly back to God.

“My Son, it is my pleasure to involve you, and it has many reasons behind it,” responded His Father solemnly.

creation of land  “Now, Jesus, Our task continues. Please separate those waters below the heavens, and create a solid ground in their midst.

Jesus proclaimed, “Let dry land appear!” and a bulk of earth came into shape between the seas.

“We will call the dry land, ‘earth,’ and the waters ‘seas’, “spoke God. “Your work is so good, My Son. You’ve performed exactly according to My impeccable plan for this creation!” the Father complemented His Son. “However, there is one more action required right now. We don’t desire just a piece of barren land. Bring forth vegetation to cover the earth and foster plant life upon it,” requested God.

“Father, I will create foliage yielding seeds, and trees bearing fruit, to reproduce themselves on the earth perpetually.”  And thus plant life emerged, sprouted, and plantsmultiplied, as Jesus spoke the greenery into existence.

“This is excellent, My Son, and so concludes the Day Three of Our Creation.”

“Hmmm,” thought Jesus, “three has always been one of my favorite numbers!” And he sensed strongly that this very number would become integral in His future at some point. Jesus retreated back into the Halls of Heaven, briefly unoccupied with his “creation work” to enjoy the splendor of his home, and the pleasure of the adoring angels surrounding him. But then the Father called him back out of Heaven again.

“My Son, these plants require a specific light to remain alive, and we must provide them that special source of light forever, and to establish day and night in this world. Let’s get creative again!” laughed God encouragingly to his Son.

sun and the moon2

“Sure, My Father, I can certainly create all the light this world needs.” So Jesus shaped two distinct orbs in the heavens: a greater light to govern the day, which he named the “sun,” and a lesser light to rule the night, entitled the “moon”. And then He sprinkled across the skies beautiful stars, sparkling and visible at night, which would give signs of the seasons on earth for days and years, and centuries to follow.

“Once again, My Son, your work is spectacularly good,” declared the Father, “and so finishes the Day Four of Our creation.”

fish  God turned to his Son, “Now we must bring into being other than mere plant life on this planet that We have created. Let’s begin with the seas,” He suggested to His Son. “Create life in the waters at all depths.”

So Jesus devotedly dipped His Hands into those waters below the heavens and the seas spontaneously began to teem with swarms of living creatures, and even birds birdsappeared and began to fly over the seas and forested land. I AM the source of life and creating life is delightful for me,” declared Jesus, laughing exuberantly to His Father.

God blessed the work of His Son and the abundant life on earth swarming in the seas and abounding in the skies, “Be fruitful and multiply.” And so concluded the Fifth Day.

After a brief interlude, God summoned His Son again, “Today we will focus on life on the land just as we did with the seas yesterday. You have already created a forested vegetation on earth where these creatures will naturally dwell,” stated the Father to His Son.

Jesus responded to His Father’s indication, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, every kind of beast.” And four legged animals began to appear on earth of every size, species, and genus.

four legged beasts

“Once again, My Son,” proclaimed the Father, “Your work is so superior!”

“Thank You, My Father. I am here solely to please and fulfill Your Holy desire,” responded Jesus, as he felt a wondrous sense of satisfaction in his heart for the confidence of His Father in Him.

God and Jesus

MY NEXT CHAPTER IN LIFE—GOD’S PLANS ARE ALWAYS PERFECT!

It's all about God's plans

Last July while trudging back up the slight hill from the mailbox to our home I noticed that my right foot was dropping and not functioning properly. This incapacity continued to worsen and started to spread upward through my leg to the point where I was limping every day and everywhere I went.  Then over Christmas it jumped into my arms and hands resulting in severe weakness and constant trembling and muscle twitching over all my body.  Also during this period I was losing significant weight, not from dieting, but from the atrophying of muscle mass—about 60 pounds to date.

“What is going on?” I continuously asked myself. But in God, I have total confidence. He has a plan no matter how it appears to us.  It is always perfect for His purposes. God has a bigger plan than I have for myself-2 Now I am awaiting a diagnosis which, hopefully, will result in a treatment regimen to reverse or at least slow down this degenerative disease process.  Although I am in the midst of a stormy situation, I reside on an island of peace with my Lord Almighty each day and He calms my heart.

During these difficult months God has been leading me, giving me the necessary perseverance and determination to complete my teaching responsibilities at the end of May. Now I have no recourse but to retire with disability. At the same time He has bestowed upon me His definitive desire for what He wants me to do next. And it all begins with the Beatitudes. As I have stated repeatedly, “The Beatitudes bring us closer to Jesus,” In my increased intimacy with My Savior and Lord, He has placed a specific sensitivity to His inspiration toward the “next step”.

Jesus healing  We are all very familiar with Jesus, His life, His purpose, and the Scriptures revealing His diverse ministry on Earth. But at the same time He is mostly observed as a New Testament figure who lived on Earth 2,000 years ago.  “I want people to see what my daily life was like on Earth,” He has constantly said to me. “so that they can identify with me even more, understand my daily dilemmas and the desires of my heart. I want to be more ‘personal’ to every person.”

His stated desire on my heart has opened the next chapter in my life, regardless of my health situation—to write a book about His life on Earth. It begins with the Creation Divine fellowshipStory, then continues with God’s preparations on Earth for Jesus, His coming and ministry, and dynamic interaction with humanity.

Jesus in a manger  My pleasure will be to share excerpts from each chapter with you.  Currently I   am developing Chapter 5—His Coming to Earth. Now I realize that such a book, could be controversial to some, but my basis of writing will be exclusively from the Scriptures and with the sole purpose of making the message of the Good News and Jesus’ purpose on Earth even clearer to people who have never captured his salvation message.Jesus-poor in spirit

Please pray with me and for me in this writing process and in just a few days I will begin to share with you portions of what is already written thus far.  My goal is to finish the book by the end of July. Your comments, suggestions, and feedback will be much appreciated and very meaningful for me.