Daily Devotion – Friday, September 20, 2013

“And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.’ So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’ And there was evening, and there was morning the fifth day.”

-Genesis 1:20-23

Do you notice anything different about this one when compared to the past days?  First of all, God begins his creation of life.  True life takes shape in the form of birds and fish.  Second, God “blesses” them.  So, why not bless something as magnificent as the sun?  Or as complex as light?  Or plants?  Why wait until today to use the word “bless”?  God waits until there is something worth blessing.

According to God, “the life of a creature is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11).  Although we generally say that plants are ‘living’, God says that only things with blood truly ‘live’.  So on the fifth day of creation, God finally creates life!  Everything that has been made up until this point has been in preparation for this day.  Had God not planned everything perfectly for the past four days, the life created on the fifth day would have been in vain.  But God took the time to prepare his creation for these last two days.  For these last two days represent the pinnacle of

God treasures life!  He took four days to prepare for it.  When it finally appeared, he blessed it.  In God’s eyes, nothing in creation is more important than life.  If God took the time to bless even the birds and fish, shouldn’t we respect God’s creation all the more?  If God, who is infintely more important than us, respects his creation, shouldn’t we?  Needless taking of life is, very simply, wrong.  God has blessed life and never gave us the right to arbitrarily take it.

In our culture, we’re told that fetuses aren’t alive and that abortion is alright as long as it’s done early.  However, in the first month of LIFE, blood is already pulsing through the body.  Therefore, according to God, they are alive.  Will we change God’s word to suit our whims and desires?  Or will we accept the responsibility that God has given us to uphold the lives of his creation?  Man and animal alike!

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