Wednesday, January 4th,
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
the earth was without form, and void, and darkness was on the face of the
deep..." (Genesis 1:2)
The unregenerate heart is no different than was
the unregenerate planet back in the beginning. "Without form" comes from a
Hebrew word meaning chaos. "Void", like a voided check, means waste or
emptiness. And "darkness" in this context pictures the dark region of Hades,
according to James Strong, a living hell. "The earth was at first a shapeless chaotic
mass" (TLB), "a vast wasteland" (REB), "vacant" (Moffatt), a mass, a mess,
amiss. Many believe there is a dispensation of time between the first two
verses of the Bible. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth"
(vs 1). If God created, the creation would be "good" just as it says in verse
31. Instead we see madness and chaos. The theory is that Satan's fall from
heaven to earth occurred after verse one and that the arrival of this archfiend
brought devastation to the once perfectly created planet. Jesus said, "I beheld
Satan as lightning fall from heaven" (Luke 10:18).
Let Lucifer crash the party and things inevitably go bad. Dinosaur
fossilization from that pre-Adamite Age reveals a drastic change from peaceful
herbivores to flesh-eating chaos and death. Theologians can debate "the world
that then was" (2 Peter 3:6).
Our lives before Christ, however, need no
debate. Peter diagnosed that in "the time past of our life...we walked in
lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, partying, drinking bouts, and abominable
idolatries" (1 Peter 4:3). Cindi Lauper pegged it, "Gulls just wanna have
fuh-hun". But fun always left a bad aftertaste. The innocence of God's creation
turned sour somewhere between thirteen and twenty-four and the soul somehow
turned into a Jurassic Park. Carnal instinct befouled the garden paradise.
Notice the phrase, "and darkness was on the face..." Yes, the face, discernible
mostly in hollow eyes and a crestfallen mouth. The worst thing about "the world
that then was" was fear. Will anyone ever love me?
Lift the curtain for scene two - "And the
Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters". He "brooded" upon or "hovered"
over the waters, primordial incubation. Then chaos cowered to the spoken Word -
"Let there be light!" Mountain ranges took shape. Oceans rested in their
pockets. Light shown, life sprang, love blossomed, "and behold, it was very
good" again! That is the exact picture of what it means to be born again.
The life once "without form" now has meaning and direction. The "void" was
replaced with value. It was love you longed for and love you found. Darkness
fled when the light turned on. The "world that then was", was "overflowed with
water" (2 Peter 3:6). Earth needed a bath, a baptism. Likewise, like water, the
Holy Spirit flushes away the old. Paul called it, "the washing of regeneration,
and renewing of the Holy Ghost" (Titus 3:5). Pollution needs ablution. Another
Paul, Paul McCartney, must be searching that return to innocence in his latest
CD called Chaos and Creation (in the backyard). My spiritual creation
didn't happen in the backyard, rather on a Junior High School basketball court
during a gospel crusade, but the sweeping away of the chaos, the void and the
darkness was as powerful and complete that night as it must have been in the original
fallen world. God is still Creator, better yet, Re-Creator. If the lights have gone
off that doesn't mean they have gone out! The Potter doesn't throw
the clay away. He will give you a new start, a new part, but best of all, a new
heart. All you have to do is lay the formless lump of clay on the wheel...then