Divine Dirt (1 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Divine Dirt (1 of 4)
Series: Stewardship Of His Gifts
Jeff Strite
Genesis 1:24-28

OPEN: In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

On the 1st day He spoke "Let there be Light" - and there was light.
On the 2nd day He spoke and He created the sky (atmosphere) above the earth.
On the 3rd day He spoke and dry land appeared/ and plants and trees began to grow
On the 4th day He spoke "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky" and the sun, and the moon and the stars came into existence
On the 5th day He spoke and the waters filled with living creatures and the sky with birds
On the 6th day God spoke and animals walked the earth/ livestock and wild animals

"Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'" Genesis 1:26

"The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." Genesis 2:7

(PAUSE - I had talked to a volunteer ahead of time and called him up at that point). I want you your "sanctified imaginator" for just a minute. I want us to go back in time and imagine what it might have been like to be there the day that God created the most perfect man who ever lived.
(I paused and looked doubtfully at my volunteer which drew a laugh)
I want to visualize God kneeling down in the mud and beginning to shape Adam. Some believe that God may have started with the feet and worked His way up but I think it was more likely He began at the head. This is where the mind is/ nerve center/ spinal cord begins.
(I began to pretend to shape the head, the eye sockets, the nose and mouth, standing a little off to the side so the audience could see).
Then God began to work His way down the body (had the volunteer extend his arms and stood behind him as I moved my hands just above his ...


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