1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:1-2 (NKJV)
You and I are living...
in a world that was formed under water.
Now I'm not talking like we live under the sea. You know, like Sponge Bob or anything.
But look at the very first verses of God's creation. The New Living Testament says... 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.
All that existed before us, was deep water and God who hovered over the darkness of it. This is truly significant as to why many people claim to never understand God's perspective. And why many believe His ways are backwards and unreasonable.
Let me explain...
For next in creation, we see God creating light. And to follow...
6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 7 And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. 8 God called the space “sky.” (Genesis 1:6-8 NLT)
God continues in His creation. He gathers the waters of the earth so ground may appear... calling it, "land," and calling the waters, "seas." (v. 9)
And then He completes all the days of creation, changing the landscape with vegetation, filling the seas with creatures, the land with animals... all up to, and including man and woman.
But never does He again mention the waters of the heavens. And I find that fascinating! He said that the space between was called the "sky." And of course we know about the earth's, land and sea. But none of us has physically gone to heaven and returned to speak of it... except Jesus. And only a few prophets of the Bible have written things about heaven that seem too fantastic for us to understand. So we don't know much about the properties of heaven ourselves.
But I want us to consider more about this idea of the waters of the heavens.
Could it be possible...
That the heavens are still partially water? At least the first heaven?
And I only say... "the first heaven," because Paul writes of a vision he had of, "the third heaven." (2 Cor 12:2) So I must believe there are levels to the heavens.
So if... the first heaven is watery, and the earth was formed under the deep, maybe the reason we sometimes find God difficult to understand, is because there is the distortion caused by the water between us.
Like, remember when Jesus said things like...
But many who are first will be last, and the last first.
We struggle with this kind of logic from our earthly view.
It just doesn't make sense.
So we will quote things like...
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:9 (NKJV)
And somehow we hope that justifies it for us.
But we still don't understand.
So consider the heavenly water issue like this...
Fill a clear glass... even half full of water, and then place a straw, a knife... or some solid, straight object in it. Now... even though you know that the object remains straight, when you look at it's image across the top edge of the water... through the glass, it appears bent. That is called refraction, or distortion. And that, I believe is exactly what happens with our view of God when we try to see Him from the world's perspective.
Because this world was created from the deep... and remains under heavens. And God, in all His glory is above us... all around us... separated by the waters of the heavens. He is on the other side of that refracting edge of the water. And while He certainly lives in us as the Holy Spirit if we have accepted Him as Savior, we often still struggle to see His perspective.
And those in the world who deny Him, or simply choose to ignore Him... or put off a decision about Him for just one more day, will do so because He does not make sense to them. God and His principles of justice are distorted to them through the refraction of the heavens and the earth. And they may even be adrift too far under the darkness of the deep to see the light of His glory at the surface.
But that's why Jesus came...
He was God. And He humbled Himself to be born a baby... to grow up here on earth... below the heavens and become a man, just like us, in human flesh. He knew we could not understand, so He lived among us to show us a living example of God's perspective. And when He taught, He did so with stories and parables that were life applications we would understand... relating them to the Kingdom of God... His perspective... His expectations of us. Jesus was God's gift to help us understand the other side of heaven... above the refraction.
But let us not forget... there was that one time...
when Jesus did more than tell a story. There was one time when He simply acted like He was back home. For just those few moments, the Disciples, from their stormy boat, got a glance... a view of the heavens, as Jesus simply stepped out onto the water and walked across it. Because that's just how they do in there in the first heaven... where the floor is made of water.
Just like Jesus was back home... He walked across the waters.
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