Where The Story Began | Part 2
I thought long and hard about how to start this blog. After much toing and froing, I decided that, instead of jumping straight into ‘where it all began’, I’d start with a short story – a good one, I hope! I get that this might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoy a good story so I thought, why not?
Once Upon A Time…
…there was a great King who ruled over a great kingdom. The King was mighty and powerful, full of wisdom, goodness, love and truth. This King had created a kingdom of beauty, riches, life and health, and those who lived under the rule of this King were peaceful, joyful and safe. The citizens loved their King deeply, and they knew their King deeply loved them.
All was well until, one day, an enemy arose within the kingdom and turned the hearts of the citizens against their good King. The kingdom fell into ruin. Now no longer under the governing of their good and wise King, the people grew in hatred toward each other, violence increased, and pain and death became the experience of all.
Life became hard for all people as they sought for, but never found, the safety, health, peace and joy which they once had.
But all was not lost.
The good and mighty King had promised good news that he would reclaim the kingdom once again and return it to his good rulership. He promised that the evil one would be overcome and banished and that the kingdom and its citizens would enter a time of goodness, greater than they had ever experienced.
The time eventually came, though it was a long time in coming. The news was spread abroad that the good King had arrived to reclaim everything that was lost to the power of evil.
For those who loved the good King, desired his rule over everything and gave their allegiance to him, his return and reclaiming of the kingdom meant overflowing goodness and benefit. But those who continued to despise the good King and his coming would eventually receive banishment and ultimate destruction.
The graciousness of this good King was such, that judgement upon the rebellious was not dispensed immediately. With a desire to welcome as many as possible, the good King was patient, giving all people time to recognise his goodness and to yield their allegiance over to him.
Year upon year rolled by; many turned to the King, but many didn’t. Then the time came for justice to be executed, all wickedness and rebellion to be rooted out and the kingdom to enter its greatest era of glory!
And so it was: the good King reigned supreme over all. All the citizens of the kingdom enjoyed longevity of life in peace, happiness and safety, sheltered from harm, without fear and evil, by their wise loving and benevolent King.
Well, I hope you enjoyed that! (Here is a little side note: I wrote that short story for a book I’ve co-written with my friend (Joseph) called “Good News”, which is soon to be released! I pinched it for this blog).
As I did in my first blog in this series, I’d encourage you to read these blogs through, despite any scepticism you might be feeling. If not for anything else, you’ll at least get to hear my own personal view as to what life is all about. I forewarn you that I’ll be saying some things which may sound pretty far-fetched perhaps to some of you, but hopefully it will be, at the minimum, interesting!
In my assessment of everything, the only way to discover what may be the meaning of our present lives is to go back and find out how everything began. In blogs to come, I’ll be talking about our lives today, but we also need to work our way through humanity’s history, from the beginning, for the present to make sense.
Where did our story begin and how did it all come to be? Haha. What a debated topic! Well, as I said, I’m just giving my personal view (based on a source which I’ve come to believe in, which I’ll quote from a few times). So, take it, leave it or laugh at it, the choice is entirely yours!
In The Beginning…
If we were to rewind time as far back as we could to find the oldest thing humanity is aware of, we’d probably arrive at the universe. At face value, it’s the oldest thing we know of, and it’s also vast, infinite and complex. There are trillions of galaxies containing trillions of stars, suns, solar systems, planets, moons, meteoroids, asteroids and comets. The universe is teeming with power, forces, matter, energy, light and colour.
Now for the most far fetched and mind-boggling claim: ruling over the entire universe is a great king. Yep, I get this may sound pretty crazy for many! But just hear me out on this.
The name of this great king is YHWH. Again, strange. This king also goes by the titles of Creator, The Most High God, The One True God and Father, to name a few. For the sake of simplicity, I will most often refer to this Being as God.
Now, as I said, if not for anything else, I hope this is interesting. Here are some of the claims concerning this great Being, King and God:
Before He had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, He is God (1). The number of His years is unsearchable (2). His years have no end (3). A thousand years in His sight are but yesterday when it is past (4).
God is enthroned above the earth, and those who live on it are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the sky like a canopy and spreads it out like a tent to live in (5). Heaven, even highest heaven, cannot contain Him (6).
He measured the waters in the hollow of His hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and hills in a balance (8). The nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales (9). All the nations are as nothing before Him, they are accounted by Him as less than nothing and emptiness (10).
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, gives to all people life and breath and everything. And He made, from just one person, all of humanity, every nation living on the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling places, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for in Him we live and move and have our being (11).
Now that’s a lot to take in! Interested? Well done on getting this far! But let’s keep going with the story…
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (12), and He created humanity in His own image and after His own likeness (13).
Right here is our beginning. Humanity was created like God; to look like God, with traits of God, so that if you could see God and humanity standing side by side, you would recognise a strong connection. God created humanity to be like ‘little gods’ – His image-bearers on the earth, to rule over the earth as He rules over the universe.
God created humanity to have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth (14). God made male and female, and God blessed them and said to them ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion’ (15). In other words, ‘Humanity, fill the earth with me! Fill the earth with a community of people who are like me and rule the earth as I would’. What an astounding commission!
So, where did it all begin? It began with God, and God looking over everything He had made and pronouncing it all very good (16).
That’s a ‘very good’ start to the story. However, as you have probably guessed, a bumpy road for the story of humanity was fast approaching and an enemy was about to appear. So, for now, you’ll have to wait for the next blog to see how these things unfolded…
Here is my source material:
- Psalm 90v2
- Job 36v26
- Psalm 102v27
- Psalm 90v4
- Isaiah 40v22
- 2 Chronicles 2v6
- Isaiah 66v1
- Isaiah 40v12
- Isaiah 40v15
- Isaiah 40v18
- Acts 17v24-28
- Genesis 1v1
- Genesis 1v26
- Genesis 1v26
- Genesis 1v28
- Genesis 1v31