LIVING IN GOD’S CYCLES
You and I belong to a group of people called “western” people. That means that we view life from a certain perspective influenced by the ancient Greek philosophers. We think and speak in abstracts like love, power, strength, anger etc. without understanding what they mean.
The ancient Hebrews were “verb” people. They thought and spoke in action words e.g., they used the idea of “flaring of the nose” for anger because an angry person’s nose flares! To break a commandment meant to trample on it.
They also viewed time differently. We view time as a straight line with a beginning and an end which is actually meaningless. The Hebrews viewed time in cycles. A day is a cycle of time from evening to midnight to morning to noon to evening. Months and seasons are the same and so are our lives.
When. God had set everything in motion so that creation was able to perpetuate itself in unending cycles of the birth and death of every living thing, both plant and animal, He rested. His time cycles begin with tight circles like seconds, minutes, hours and days widening out into weeks, months, years, lifetimes, generations, genealogies etc.
It sounds scary and almost fatalistic, but in the mix is the God who is personally involved with each individual, loving, guiding and shaping us for eternity. When we look at life from this perspective, it helps us realise that our lives don’t just suddenly stop when we die. We are part of a much bigger picture, not just ourselves or our families but also the entire created order.
Everything is moving forward in cycles towards the completion of God’s purpose. We have the pattern in Genesis 2:2:
By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because He rested from all the work of creating that He had done.
When will these cycles come to an end? When there is no more need for birth and death. In God’s new order when Jesus returns to perfect the kingdom of God, death will be abolished and with it the need for birth to keep the cycles going.
The miracle is that God already invites us to share His Sabbath rest because Jesus finished His work of recreation and invites us to share His rest with Him now.
Each of us is to live our own cycle with Him in the confidence that we came from somewhere and we are going somewhere and God is steering our lives towards our destiny in Him.
Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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