Prayer for the day
Your love, O LORD, for ever will I sing; from age to age my mouth will proclaim your faithfulness.
Scripture for the day
I suppose the best way to start is at the beginning.
Today we read through Israel’s creation story paralleled with Jesus’s creation story, so to speak. I’ve noticed that a lot of people get hung up on the mechanics of the creation story but miss some of the broader strokes of what’s going on…what I like to think of as the “rhythm of creation.” You can see rhythm inherent in both stories we read today.
In Genesis, we see God creating light, sea and sky, and ground and plants. Then he creates things that connect to those initial creations. Sun and moon, birds and fish, and finally animals and us. It’s a great 6/8 rhythm, that God only breaks up for a holy day to rest and enjoy the rhythm.
In Matthew, we get a similar feel for rhythm. Three groups of fourteen generations, from Abraham to Jesus, are included in the initial genealogy. Here God includes a similar break. Jesus stands as the last generation, and is killed without children. In both stories, however, God expands the meaning of the rhythm. In Genesis, Sabbath is gradually understood to be not merely a break, but a miraculous gift, given not only to the Hebrews but to their servants and even to strangers. The break in the rhythm of generations in Matthew eventually extends sonship (and daughtership) to the world. The direct line of Jesus remains unbroken and becomes expanded through our adoption. In both stories, God does the unexpected.
In both, God does his good work in mysterious ways. And in both, God’s rhythm and the beaks in the rhythm show not a disorganized God but a God whose grand plan is far more exciting and wonderful than we could imagine.