It would scarcely be an enlightenment to anyone to say that people weary themselves (and overload cyberspace) attempting to make sense out of Everything.
There are three dimensions to logical reality: the ultimate dimension which is outside space/time which is colloquially known as Eternity. The dimension of thought and emotion, which we term, Soul. Then the obvious – the Physical. Man being made in the image of God is (eternal) spirit, soul, and body. Being fallen, or spiritually dead, we know our bodies and we experience emotion, but we have defective spiritual awareness. Adam, before the fall, spoke with God as a matter of the commonplace. Should God attempt to speak with us as he spoke with our parents in their innocency, we would be annihilated. There is such a thing as perfection; and perfection ultimately by definition is – perfection. It possesses properties which are, in the proper sense—awe-full.
The question will be asked; did Perfection create imperfection?
Cyberspace could be further burdened by pursuing that question. The Bible simply advizes that there is a Tree [communications network/’Internet’] of Good and Evil. If one simply assumes that the eternity dimension has by definition of itself the possibility of evil, and perfection implies the possibility of imperfection (but not as part of itself)—then we can possibly avoid further overload of cyberspace. Man was placed into the spot where Heaven [distinguish between Heaven and Eternity] once touched Earth. He was untouchable provided he remained ‘quarantined’ from the possibility of imperfection. He deliberately chose to step outside the word of God. Connecting himself into the eternal Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, he was no longer 100%. The possibility of evil entered his psyche. Perfection is 100%. Perfection allows nothing other than 100%. Perfection is – awe-full.
Which all leads us to the conclusion that those who wish to fill cyberspace may go on doing so and those who do not wish to fill cyberspace aren’t missing out on anything. In academic terms, it is impossible to make sense out of Everything by trying to make sense out of it! Is it surprising that that is exactly what two lovers might say to each other?
There is one class of person who ultimately does make sense of the universe. The lover. The person who connects with the Creator. All the others get is various feedback from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Every human being is different and every human being is unique, with unique possibilities. God has a potential way for every human being. No two lovers fall in love exactly the same way. Yet the results of true love are ultimately identifiable across the spectrum.
It is easy to be trite and simplistic. No one can get there by trying to be someone else. Every person treads their own path. Here, nevertheless, is an illustration which speaks broadly and succinctly. Hosea 2:19: “I will betroth thee unto me forever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness ……. .”
There are the words of a hymn which go something as follows: “He bound me with the cords of love, and with them drew me to him ….. .”
Looking in the mirror, I would say that the Almighty betrothes himself to some unlikely characters. Further, he doesn’t go about looking for divorce – when he has total justification to do so! He loves where I would give up without even starting. And he stays the course, against all reason. If I could begin to comprehend the meaning of the word, Grace, I could, figuratively, count the stars.
Make sense of anything? Make sense of Everything? Look at Jesus. Then look to him. Look to him exclusively, forsaking all else. Look to him out of self-abrogation – personal negation. Look up from brokenness. Look with faith, to Jesus only and Jesus alone. There is no problem or proposition in the entire universe that is not answered by the person of Jesus Christ.
Galileo, we are advised, was obliged to look a little into theology to meet the needs of his time: we attempt now to do the same.
Wish to make sense of something?
What is the meaning of the seventh day of Genesis? (Read Genesis 1 – 2:3.)
Compare and contrast the six days of work with the seventh day.
Modules of creative achievement defined each of the six days. “The evening and the morning [of work] were the day.”
The seventh day did not consist of any such time-measurable modules.
So the seventh day was timeless.
It was, it is, eternity.
There is no reference to evening, morning, or any time-related framework. Rather, the seventh day is introduced as though having no pedigree or origin in time – pre-existent, eternal, beyond definition. As such it speaks of one who was a type of Christ in his priestly office: “Without [earthly] father, without mother, without descent; having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth…….. continually” Heb. 7:3. Like the one who was a figure or type of Christ, the seventh day is without earthly pedigree, outside earthly time, beyond physical definition. The seventh day is Jesus Christ, “The Lord of the Sabbath: The Lord …….. Sabaoth” Mark 2:28; James 5:4. We have to do with eternity.
The six days are work successfully completed.
The seventh is the eternal celebration of that success.
The six days are the achievement.
The seventh is the celebration of that achievement.
The six days are the winning of the victory.
They occur in time.
The seventh day is timeless: it completes and consummates the six. The seventh “swallows up” the six in victory: the victory of the resurrected Christ and all those who are “more than conquers” in him. For the day of resurrection is an extension of the seventh day into the eighth, the first day of the week, swallowing up all in victory; and Jesus Christ becomes all in all. “In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn towards the first day of the week….. the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone….. and sat upon it….. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen as he said” Matt. 28:1-6. He is risen with power on the first day of the week and that power is available to be used on the days of the week, which in affect are all now graced with the victory of the seventh day. “For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit….” Ro. 8:2-4.
The six days are the works of God in the lives of his people – graced with resurrection power. “But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken [enliven] your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you” Ro. 8:11. The six days are the salvation of God: the seventh is the everlasting fruit and reward of salvation, witnessed by a new heaven and a new earth. Ro. 8:30: “Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called [as Christ called his disciples]: and whom he called, them he also justified [made just in the eyes of absolute Justice]: and whom he justified, them he also glorified [gave supernatural glory].” “What shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Ro. 8:31. “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” Ro. 8:37. “ Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolators, nor adulterers, nor effeminate [dressing and acting as the opposite sex], nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners [this is becoming rather all-inclusive], shall inherit the Kingdom of God. And such were some you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified [made sanct or set apart], but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” 1 Co. 6:9-11. The six days are the days of grace: the era of salvation. The seventh is the eternal enjoyment of salvation – a perfect, complete new world. Complete victory! Victory in the face of every obstacle!
The seventh day is the blowing of the silver trumpets of redemption Num. 10:7-10, Lev. 25:8-10, etc… These trumpets are the money with which each adult is bought back from death, an equal sum for each individual Ex. 30:11-16.
The seventh day is shouting Lev. 9:24, Josh. 6:1-5; Ezra 3:10, 11; Mark 11:8-10.
The seventh day is music; more than music, a symphony; a symphony such as this world cannot make. 2 Chron. 5:12-14; Ezra 3:10,11; Rev. 14:2, etc… “Praise him”, it exhorts, “with the sound of the trumpet”. Again, “praise him with the psaltery and harp.” Not the psaltery and harp alone but, “praise him with the timbrel and dance.” The timbrel and dance, moreover, “praise him with stringed instruments and organs.” More than stringed instruments and organs, “praise him upon loud cymbals.” Over and above loud cymbals, “praise him upon the high sounding cymbals” Ps.150. Yes, “let everything that hath breath praise the Lord”: every thing and every person. He is worthy.
The seventh day is dancing 2 Sam. 6:14,15; Ps. 150:4; Luke 15:25.
The seventh day is strong drink, but not the strong drink of this world Num. 28:7; Deut. 14:26, Eph. 5:18.
The seventh day is the inescapable commandment of joy for the people of God Duet. 12:18; 14:26; 26:11. The extinction of all regrets.
The seventh day is the tabernacle of God with men Rev. 21:3,4. The Tabernacle standing upon silver redemption Ex. 38:27, its cunning workmanship of blue, scarlet and purple on fine linen Ex. 26:31. The fine linen speaks of Christ’s flesh: the blue is his divinity; the scarlet, his humanity; the purple, being a blending of blue and scarlet, speaks of his accessibility; whilst his eternal, matchlessly superlative nature is a thread of pure metallic gold, woven throughout. The seventh day is Christ in multiple splendour. “Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee forever” Ps. 45:2. “He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence; and precious shall their blood be in his sight. And he shall live, and to him shall be given the gold of Sheba….” Ps. 72:13-15.
The seventh day is the sound of multiple golden bells and the fragrance of aromatic ointment heralding acceptance of the sacrifice Ex. 28:33-35; Ex. 30:22-32. It is the “precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments….” Ps. 133.
The seventh day is the awarding of wreaths, crowns, diadems, exquisite jewellery, exalted offices Dan. 12:2,3; Ro. 2:1-16; 2 Tim. 4:7,8, Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 26 etc…
The seventh day is the family gathered about the table, and none missing Luke 13:28,29; 16:22,23, Matt. 8:11.
The seventh day is the eternal marriage banquet of the Lamb. The six days are preparation for the banquet. Then, the beginning becomes the ending, the six days become the seventh, death is swallowed up in victory, and Jesus Christ is all in all.