FEBRUARY 19 – 25, 2017
“I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.” (Jeremiah 4:25 KJV)
Hmm… I want to provoke your thoughts deeply this week.
Reading the text from verse 23-28, it is obvious the prophet was talking about the time between Genesis 1:1-2. It is only then that the condition of the earth was without form and void. Noah’s flood did not make the earth without form and void, and the earth will never be without form and void again. Never again!
There will also never be a time when darkness with cover the earth as we see in Genesis 1:2. God actually spoke the darkness to be (Jeremiah 4:28). Oh, remember in Genesis 1:3, He also spoke the light to be. So, it is clear the Prophet Jeremiah was talking about the period before the creation or recreation of the earth in Genesis 1:3. Now, look closely at the text. It states that there was no man. What does the prophet mean? Is this an indication that before the creation of man in Genesis 1:26-27, there had been man living on the earth?
Could it be that Adam was not the first man? We know though that at Adam’s creation there was no man alive on the earth. The only one we know that was present on the earth was Lucifer, who had gone up to heaven with one third of the angels to overthrow God but he was defeated and cast down to earth (Isaiah 14:12-14, Revelation 12:7-9).
I wonder, if there was man on earth as we see in the text, was he made in the image and likeness of God? Man means human, an earthy being, from the ground. We need to understand that the earth has always been visible or physical. It was created as an extension of the kingdom of heaven – a visible kingdom. If man was created in the image and likeness of God at that time, would God have completely destroyed everything in it, including man? Would the earth have been made formless and void? If those who sinned against God at that time were Lucifer and the angels with him, why would God also destroy man? If man existed, perhaps he was not made in the image and likeness of God. He couldn’t have! It would never been a total wipe out of man if he was. And He would have been called Adam.
So why would God make man this time in His image and likeness? Could it be this? God created the earth to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18), and He never goes back on His original intention. However, the earth had evil in it. The earth being in darkness is a representation of evil in the earth. Hmm… as long as there is evil in the earth, there will always be night. When evil is wiped off the earth, there will be no more night (Isaiah 60:20, Revelation 22:5). Darkness represents evil. Light represents good. For darkness to be eliminated from the earth, the earth has to be covered with light.
God is Light. Therefore, He is the only one who can eliminate darkness from the earth. However, God is a God of principles. He works with laws. When Adam and Eve sinned, this all-powerful God could have cleansed them in an instant from their sins couldn’t he? No! It had to be a life for a life. And light for darkness. Therefore, the cleanser had to be flesh and blood, and His life had to be light. Perhaps to cleanse the earth of evil, an earthy being (earth for earth) with light as his life had to do it.
Dear Reader, could it be that a reason why man is created in the image and likeness of God is to eliminate darkness from the earth? We are the light of the world the Bible says (Matthew 5:14). Are you lighting up your world and eliminating the darkness in it? One good question is, how do we do that? How do we eliminate the darkness in our world? Let’s continue next week.
I pray that you will fulfill the purpose of God for your life. I pray that God will grant you the boldness and the courage to do so. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth. Amen!! Enjoy an excellent week!