The greatest way is love, the Bible tells us. But love can be complicated. Greg Clarke takes us on a tour through the Bible’s unfolding love story, focused here on the Old Testament.
“Love is love” has become a catchphrase of our times. But it does not have any meaning until we use other words and concepts to define what love is. The Christian starting point is to say that God is love. This series looks to the Bible to seek to understand our God, and the nature of God’s love. By the end of the series, I hope that the word ‘love’ has all the rich and flavoursome ingredients to it that Scripture has to offer. The
series covers the Old Testament, the period before Christ. We try to capture the way that God revealed his love to those who were waiting for the Messiah, waiting on the great revelation that Christians are now privileged to know.
Today we start a new series, Summer of Love, which has been prepared by Greg Clarke. Greg is Chief Executive Officer of Bible Society Australia.
Reflection: Love was the beginning We begin at the beginning of all things, with the Creator making a world that he describes as ‘good’. He creates the world not because he needs it, or owes it anything, but purely out of love. Miraculously, God creates human beings in a way that is like God. We are given capacity to “rule over” the creation. This daunting and exciting prospect has to be carried out as if we were God. In other words, we should only rule over creation in the way
God would do so. That should give us pause to reflect on our own selfishness, wastefulness and hubris, and turn us instead towards God’s generosity, care and self-sacrifice. In verse 31, God expresses satisfaction with the whole project of creation, describing it as not just good, but “very good”. So good that he could, at that point, rest.
Question: Do you think of yourself as “acting like God”? In what areas of your life do you need to do this better?
Prayer: We thank and praise you, Almighty Creator, that out of your own perfection you gave us life. We are
honoured to be created in your image, and we ask that you guide us in true stewardship and care for your world, as your responsible and greatly blessed image-bearers.