From Genesis’ ”In the beginning…” to Revelation’s “Amen” God designed a plan to walk with those He created in His own image.
It began in the garden.
“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.” Gen. 3:8. Man marred his first opportunity but that did not stop God’s plan.
Back in March I began a new series, “Walking With Jesus Through the Bible”. It’s time to retrace our steps and continue our walk. This week’s posts will take a brief look at Genesis through Joshua, before continuing our journey.
In Genesis, walking with God began in a garden. Enoch walked with God straight into heaven. Noah walked with Him into the ark. Abraham walked with God into a covenant, as did Isaac and Jacob. In Deuteronomy 23: 14, God walked with Israel.
“For the Lord thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee: therefore shall thy camp be holy; that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.”
In Psalm 23, our Good Shepherd walks with us in the valley. “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me: thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”
He walks with us in the fire.
“And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake and said unto his counsellors. Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O, king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt: and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Dan. 3:23-25. Praise God and Hallelujah! Wouldn’t you have loved to see the king’s face!
He walks with us in patience on the path of understanding, even as He did with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus.
“And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them…And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:15, 27.
Today He walks in the midst of His church. “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks…the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.” Rev. 2:1; 1:20c.
God’s plan began in the garden and continues throughout eternity as we walk with Him. “Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white for they are worthy. He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment: and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” Rev. 3:4,5.
Whatever the trial or triumph, our Lord and Savior walks with us now and forever. Praise God!
Retracing Our Steps:
Through Genesis, you can visit the following posts; A New Series; First Recorded Voice for God; Do you Believe the Unbelievable; Walking with Jesus in Genesis; How Do You Smell?”
Your Thoughts and Ideas:
Following is my tweaking for the series. Let me know what you think. And if you have any suggestions for titles for each day, I would certainly appreciate them.
Monday, Ask what you will about the highlighted book of the week.
Tuesday the Book in Review.
Wednesday, one character’s example
Thursday, sharing answers from Monday’s questions.
Friday, Jesus in the book of the week.