“Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” – Genesis 2:1
These fourteen words, quickly penned and speedily spoken, carry astronomic weight. All that we know to exist – The billions upon billions of stars, galaxy after galaxy, planet beyond planet. Every leaf and branch, mountain peak and crevice deep, birds, lions, ants and flies. A heart that perfectly pumps blood through veins, to a brain that controls speech, movement and understanding. Our favourite smells, sights and feelings. – All that we know to exist, condensed to a single, casual sentence.
In 6 days, all that we know is finished. This modest verse of Scripture demands us to stop and give unending praise and adoration to the Great God who finished this work. All the host of heaven and earth were created to bring Him glory, and glory He shall have. What intelligible human can look at all there is and give credit to chance/accident/evolution? Romans 1:20 resounds the truth, that along with the rest of creation, we are without excuse to give God alone the credit.
All that the Godhead created, written about in Genesis, was perfect/very good. But through the sinfulness of mankind it became polluted, destined for destruction. But with the same authority in declaring creation finished, Christ on the cross declared the His mission finished. Written with minuscule words on a page, both ‘finishing events’ demand our attention and surrendered praise unending.
As we reflect both on the creation account, and the death and resurrection of Christ, let us not only be struck with awe, but respond with thanksgiving. His ways are always above ours, and He always works all for the good of those who love Him, but why? The same reason He created the earth, and made a way for reconciliation – “…He saved them for His name’s sake, that He might make known His mighty power.” – Psalm 106:8