Monday, August 23, 2010

Through the Bible in 90 Days: Day 1

Read: Genesis 1-15

Verse that stood out: Genesis 2:16-17 "You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die."

Isn't it amazing, that when we read this verse we tend to concentrate on the one prohibition - don't eat from this tree - and not the endless possibilities of the permission God grants (You are free to eat from any tree in the garden). God when he gives life, gives life that's wide and abundant and free. It is, of course, not a life that is unboundaried. There is no such thing as an unboundaried life. But the boundaries God places on us are minimal, the permissions grand. But what do we focus upon? The one prohibition. We think that there on the other side of the "thou shalt not" freedom can be found. We miss out on the deepest truth that freedom is found in God's "thou shalts" - "You are free. . .," God says.

Christianity, at its best, is finding that freedom once more in a relationship with Christ. A relationship that, along with all relationships, has some boundaries, but one that for every boundary abounds in permissions, in freedom. G. K. Chesterton said, "The more I considered Christianity, the more I found that while it had established a rule and order, the chief aim of that order was to give room for good things to run wild." I tend to agree even if I still struggle to remember to run wild.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think running wild can be described a simple enjoyment; awe or wonder for those that way inclined. In short, there’s a glorious playground, where we have almost unlimited freedom, except one limit which is for our own good. Perhaps we arent given unlimited knowledge because the garden runs on something more important than knowledge and that’s trust. If the man and woman want to know everything they can – but maybe what they’ll lose is trust (?)

Patrick said...

Hey, that's a great quote!