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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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Genesis 2 introduces three vital principles, the Sabbath, marriage and choice. Let’s begin with the last of these three. The essence of what it means to be a human being is the capacity to choose. God did not create mechanized robots who serve Him because they were programmed too on some celestial computer.

 

The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil was placed in the garden to allow for the expression of free will. It was God’s intent from the beginning that understanding His character and knowing His love and care, His children would joyfully serve Him. Our first parents were not predestined to fall but they were given the choice to obey or disobey. We have been given this same choice.

 

    The Sabbath calls us back to our roots each week. It reminds us of our loving Creator who made us to enjoy life to the fullest. Just as the Sabbath anchors our relationship with God, marriage solidifies the relationship between one man and one woman. The Sabbath and marriage are twin institutions from the Garden of Eden and the devil has viciously attacked them both. Faithfully keeping the Sabbath each week builds a solid foundation for our faith. It undergirds our relationship with God. A loving home and a rock solid Christian marriage reveal God’s love to both our family members and our circle of influence. How has the Sabbath or marriage enhanced your relationship with God? Share it with others on the blog?

 

- Mark Finley