by Frank Pollard

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Genesis 1:26-31; 2:1-7; 18-23
In the Bible our Heavenly Father helps us understand
ourselves. Many people now days are interested in their
roots -- in tracing their ancestry. It is important to know
where you've come from. Yet, most hunters of heritage don't
go far enough. It is vital that we go deeper than just a few
generations and consider what Luke relates in the last verse
of chapter 3. In giving the genealogy of Jesus he goes all
the way back to the beginning. In so doing he is listing
your roots and mine. Listen: "The Son of Seth, the Son of
Adam, the Son of God." Until you realize that God is your
ancestor you've not found your roots, and you will not under-
stand yourself.
Many are the people who tell us about ourselves. Some say:
"Man is God." Others say, "No, man is only an animal." The
Bible declares: "Then God said, "And now we will make human
beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have
power over the fish, the birds, and all animals -- domestic and
wild, large and small. So God created human beings, making
them to be like Himself. He created them male and female,
blessed them and said: "Have many children, so that your
descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under
their control."
In Genesis 2:7 we read: "Then the Lord God took some soil
from the ground and formed a man out of it; He breathed life
giving breath into his nostrils and the man began to live."
Verses 8-14 tell of the Garden of Eden. Now verse 1S: "Then
the Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to cultivate
it and guard it."
The Bible teaches that we will never understand ourselves
until we know we are creatures of God.
The beginning paragraphs of scripture picture our benevolent
God happily engaged in the task of creating the universe. It
is interesting to note that the Genesis account tells us of the
development of life in the exact same order as biological
scie ...

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