Read His Words Before Ours!
“We chose us. We chased our appetites.
We lusted over more, different, seemingly better, and now we are broken.”
(Genesis 3:10, paraphrased)
“Every motivation in our hearts is putrid to You, but we do not care.
Sex, alcohol, power, wealth…whatever it takes, we will have it.
We will make our own destiny.”
(Genesis 6:5, paraphrased)
“My heart is broken at the state of our relationship. I long for Eden.
With tears, I will destroy what I have made, not out of hate, but to show you, and generations after you, that I am a pursuant God. I’m serious about sin, but I’m also serious about returning to Eden.”
(Genesis 6:7, Genesis 9:7-17, paraphrased)
The Great Flood
“We know you told us to inhabit the whole earth, but our ways are better than Yours, we are wiser than You. Look what we can do on our own!”
(Genesis 11:4, paraphrased)
“My plans will still be fulfilled, because my vision is bigger than yours. I have seen what you will do on your own, You will reject Me.
Generations will come after you. I want them to see Me and know me.
Eden will be restored, not by your hand, but by Mine.”
(Genesis 11:8-9, Zechariah 4:6, paraphrased)
The Tower of Babel
“We are crying out for mercy, God! Where are You?!
We are oppressed and in slavery. We are dying!”
(Exodus 3:7, paraphrased)
“My children, I know. You are dying more than you even know. Not just physically, spiritually too. Yet, even in this darkness and death, my Hand is powerful enough to save, redeem, and restore beyond your comprehension. This time in Egypt is not a loss. This slavery depicts where humanity is because of sin. The darkness is great, but My Light is greater. My Light is coming. And just like the Passover you will soon experience, through the shed blood of My Son, Life will be opened up!
Eden’s restoration is coming.”
(Exodus 12:24-28, Exodus 3:8, John 1:4-5, Matthew 26:26-29, paraphrased)
Slaves in Egypt
“We are wandering. Seemingly lost in this desert. Pretty sure it would have been better for us to have stayed in Egypt.”
(Exodus 14:12, paraphrased)
“You are not wandering, my Children. You are being led. You are here, away from other peoples, powers, and nations to learn to listen to my voice, to learn to trust me. See, I am inviting you into a covenant relationship with me, a legal, binding agreement. These laws will show you My character, and yes, these laws will show you your own sin, but these laws will pave the way for true freedom. One coming day, I will set you free from the Law of Sin and Death, that you might dance in relationship with Me, a relationship that whispers of the Eden that’s coming.” (Exodus 19:3-6, Galatians 3:24-26, paraphrased)
The Ten Commandments
“Everyone else has a king. We’re tired of the whole “theocracy thing” where You’re our unseen King. We want a man in flesh to be our king, just like all the other nations around us.”
(1 Samuel 8:5, paraphrased)
“You are still missing it.
How deeply I love you.
My heart grieves that you have chosen to reject me.
But I will not stop pursuing you.
This king you long for will use you, take your best, send your sons to war, and your daughters to his palace. He will not love you like I do.
(1 Samuel 8:7-20, paraphrased)
What you need, oh my children, is a shepherd, a good shepherd.
You need a shepherd King. And I will give him to you.
David will rule with a heart like Mine beating in his chest.
He will love me and will teach you by his example to love and honor Me.
But, he too will fail you. Which is why I will send you another; the Good Shepherd.
(Ezekiel 34:1-10, 1 Samuel 13:14, Ezekiel 34:11-16, paraphrased)
He will be your true Shepherd King; a King wrapped in flesh.
One who will shepherd your hearts, show you My deep love for you, teach you to follow My paths, and live out what it means to love.
This shepherd King will rule an invisible kingdom on earth,
but it’s one that points to what is to come.
Eden is coming.
And this shepherd, this Jesus, fully God, fully flesh, yet without sin, will come and lay down His life for you, as any Good Shepherd would.
He will be the doorway into a full life.
He is the way back to Eden, my children.”
(John 1:14, John 18:36, John 10:11, John 10:7-10, paraphrased)
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