First Words

My pastor used to always ask “What is the first thing that God created?” I would always answer “the Heavens and the Earth.” His response was the first thing God created was sound. He spoke things into being.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Genesis 1:1-5

Maybe sound was the second thing, but as I read these scriptures again what stood out to me was the first sounds that were made by each of those in the garden. God’s voice was creative, which is important because we were made in His image. It got me thinking out the other people in thinking about the first sounds after creation. I am sure the animals made sounds, but what where the first sounds that are recorded from to man from God, from man, from woman and even the snake in the garden.

The first words God spoke to man were about his job and then boundaries. We need purpose and boundaries in our lives. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:15-16

The first sound that man made, was Adam naming of the animals. Made in God’s image, Adam’s voice was also creative. He creatively names every living creature on earth. (I have to wonder what he thinks about the names given by scientists now to their discoveries of things they think are new.) Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. Genesis 2:19-20

The first words And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones
And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.”
Genesis 2:23

So basically “yeah, she’s like me.” It wasn’t “thank you God” or “she reflects you God” it was about her in relation to him. We still tend to see things in relation to ourselves. I know I have to pray “let me see them as you do Lord.” I need His perspective.

The first words by the snake were words of deception. That has not changed, the enemy still only speaks deception. Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” Genesis 3:1

The first words by the woman was an embellished truth. And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ” Genesis 3:2-3 God said “don’t eat it”, Eve added “don’t touch it.” We have to be careful of what we speak.

Our words are creative, because we were made in the image of God and He is The Creator.

Our words should be spoken carefully. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36

Our words should point towards God., not ourselves. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. I Corinthians 3:5-7

Our words should be 100% truth. Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. Ephesians 4:25

Our words should be spoken without deception. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:6

We should not embellish our words. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. Colossians 2:8

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