On Sunday we will be picking up Genesis 50 and arriving at the end of the beginning (ie. genesis) of Scripture. One of the things that struck me this week in regards to this are the words of 2 Peter 3 and particularly vs 8 where we're reminded,
" do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance."
The book of Genesis begins with a description of seven days (chap 1) followed by a slowing down to the very seconds in which our first parents, Adam and Eve, considered the enticements of Satan (chap 3), leading to extended generations (chap 4 and onwards) until the narrator zooms in to show us one man, Noah, who was righteous amidst a sea of depravity. Following the flood, the drama speeds up again until the life, troubles, and testimony of Abraham is witnessed culminating in the dramatic seconds of the offering of Isaac on an altar to the Lord. Then the pace picks up again to bring us through the life of Isaac and Jacob until we come to the end of Jacob's life and we slow down to hear the dying testimony of God's servant Israel.
The book of Exodus will pick up the scene after 400 years have gone by for the Israelites in Egypt as God directs his servant Moses to become the deliverer of Israel and later to write all these things down. Talk about a change in pace! From death bed scene to a time 400 years down the road.
Why does the LORD direct his servants to capture some scenes in such fine detail and to describe other scenes in broad strokes? He does this to display in fine detail the specific moments of redemptive significance. Think of the instances that are captured in fine detail in scripture. They are invariably highly significant scenes setting the stage for the Redeemer of Israel or else describing Him in His incarnation and ministry unto death and resurrection. At the same time, God gives us the broad sweeps of time in order for us to see how His plan unfolds in time according to His purposes. We are in such a time - an era in which the fine details are set out in the gospel of Jesus Christ and the expectation of every believer is set on an instance, a moment, a twinkling of an eye when the final chapter shall at last unfold and we shall be brought into the new age which has dawned upon all of creation!
We live as generations passing through centuries awaiting a moment when we shall be changed!
So what do we have while we wait? The Word of God to comfort and guide us and the Holy Sacraments of Baptism and the Lord's Supper to serve as visible pledges and holy seals of God's grace to us. We will consider the testimony of 1 Corinthians 11 and reflect on the sacrament of the Lord's Supper when we gather for our afternoon service.
May the LORD be with you and bless you in each day as you await the return of your Saviour Jesus Christ!