Welcome to 2010. Somehow the years just don’t hold the same dazzle they once did. I remember being awakened to the fireworks in my flat at 29 Handforth Lane, in Runcorn, England one decade ago. As missionaries, we went to bed at 10:30 and were happily awakened at midnight. Our flat was in a row of homes where we could overlook half of Runcorn and see clear to Frodsham, and the distant fireworks in Chester and Ellesmere Port. It was a beautiful sight to watch. Y2K didn’t hold all the worries many thought it would. The last decade has certainly been amazing, in a wide variety of ways. Who would have thought I would graduated from college, work in Washington DC, married, and entered law school? I have met heads of state of foreign countries, visited abroad, and yet lived peaceably with my wife in Richmond, Virginia; Provo, Utah, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I have worked in Pasco, Washington; Paul, Idaho; Branson, Missouri; Preston and Malad, Idaho, and started a fencing business in Logan, Utah.
1990 I rang in New Years at my Grandma’s house in Paul, Idaho with my Aunt and Uncle, newborn cousin, and Grandma. Pretty low key and just some bottle rockets. I remembered wondering what in the world the 90′s would hold in store! Graduation from high school, mission to England and Wales, and college.
What does the upcoming decade hold? Who in the world knows? Probably children. Probably starting my own firm. At least one move. We will just have to wait and see.
This is only talking about my myopic life. Wars, changes of nations, economic bubbles, and much more have entertained the macro scenario.
All I can look forward to right now is 2010. 2011 is too far away to plan for as yet, except for my graduation from law school. We hope to visit Boston this summer. Rewire our home. Make our yard a veritable garden.
One thing I think I will mention now is that it is the year of the Old Testament in church. Which brings with it the goal to read the entire thing this year. At 3 chapters a day, I will finish around November 7th. I am looking forward to another year in the Old Testament. I know it is possible. A roommate and I read the entire Standard works in 2003, at 5 chapters a day.
Anyhow, as part of this goal, I plan on writing a bit more often, but with a couple of thoughts about the reading as I go along.
The one I feel to share about now is Genesis 1:26-27. I committed these verses to memory during the summer of 1998. I would recite them to myself as I walked through fields of sugar beets while I was moving the water lines. For some reason the Spirit engraved them upon my heart and I find them very poignant.
I don’t want to go into all the doctrinal meanings of ‘God’ at the moment, but these verses tell us much of the nature and being of God. It also tells us some of our relationship to God and how personal of a relationship that is. That we are made in the image and likeness of God. God created us, male and female, in the image of God, which it can be read is also male and female. We also know that Jehovah, or Jesus Christ, also assisted in this creation of ‘man’, which I would submit that man is both male and female as well.
On top of that, Adam was made Lord over the whole earth, and Eve is the mother of all living. This dominion is not one of destruction, or requiring the submission of all things by brute force, but Lord as our Lord is for us. Loving, tender, kind, and assisting. Lord over the whole world, like the kind and gentle Lord would be. Eve is pretty much the same, the mother of all living and there to assist, nurture, and further in development. Truly they are each a helpmeet for the other, just like ‘God’.
This same relationship and unity is given in symbolism with Jehovah, or Jesus Christ, and the church. Bride and groom. The allegory is carried throughout the entire Bible and even into modern day prophets.
Modern day prophets have given some assistance in adding the text to the verses as such, “And I, God, said unto mine Only Begotten, which was with me from the beginning, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and it was so. And I, God, said, Let them have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them.” JST Genesis 1:27-29.
Creation is a thing of beauty. In deed, man is the pinnacle of that creation. God pronounced the whole of creation after the finale as “very good.” Or as JST Genesis 1:33 puts it, “And I, God, saw everything that I had made, and behold, all things which I had made were very good.” For some reason or another, despite what the world things, I must agree. Even the sweltering heat in the middle of beet field in Idaho.