I had never thought about reading Genesis 1:1 and 31 as if they were the bookends to the creation story, yet they flow like a perfect summary of everything God created. Read them as if it was a single statement and that 29 verses did not come between them.
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.
Yet something happened that caused everything God had made to not be perfect anymore—sin. Because of sin we have death, destruction, disease and decay.
We often talk about getting back to nature and experiencing the world the way God intended it, yet it is impossible to do so. Do you realize that everything good and wonderful we can experience and enjoy in nature is cursed? It used to be so much better than it is today. Everything was perfect according to God’s Word. But it is not perfect today. There is the curse of sin on this world.
For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
The beauty and splendor of the Grand Canyon is a result of the Genesis flood. Without that punishment on sin we would not have the Grand Canyon. As beautiful as the canyon is to observe (it is more incredible in real life than pictures can ever portray), we should step back and remember that it is a scar upon God’s creation. God intended a world that was so much better.
This was brought up today when a friend was talking about a question we often hear asked, “How could a loving God allow bad things to happen?” The truth is that God did not cause bad things to happen on the earth. It is because of sin we have disease and destruction today.
Bad things happen to good people because sin is in this world. Yet there is coming a day when God will make all things new again.
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.