In the beginning, my wife and I were single and didn’t know each other. Now my heart was formless and empty, but I met a girl.
And I said, “wow she’s cute” – the first day.
And she said . . . well, nothing, because she didn’t notice me – the second day.
I bought pens I didn’t need (she worked in a stationary store) – the third day.
And I said, “wanna go out?” and she gave me her number – the fourth day.
I picked her up, she fell for me – the fifth day.
We were married – the sixth day.
We now have three boys, a dog, two geckos and a house – the seventh day – and hardly a day of rest since!
This is a somewhat poetic and concise description of how my wife and I started out together. Now the historian might read this and say “that can’t be – there was no way you were married within six days.” The scientist might read this and say “that’s not how it happened – is has to do with chemicals and hormones and stuff like that.” And to that I’d respond: “does it matter? This is not a history or a science lesson, this is a love story.”
Now if you read the first chapter of Genesis you will find a somewhat poetic and concise description of another beginning. And the historian may say “that can’t be – there was no way it happened in six days.” The scientist may say “that’s not how it happened – is has to do with energy and evolutionary process and stuff like that.” I tend to think that God responds to this line of thinking with: “does it matter? This is not a history or science lesson, this is a love story.”
We sometimes expect Genesis chapter one to conform to our standards of writing and thinking. We expect a scientifically accurate description of the beginning of the universe. I personally find that approach somewhat uninspired. What we get instead is something much more profound. We get the beginning of a love story. Too much history-talk would make it long and possibly boring, too much science-talk would kill the mood. This is a love story!
The Bible in its entirety sets forth the love story between God and humanity and Genesis chapter one is the introduction to that love story. Jesus is the great expression of God’s love for us in that story. And here’s an exciting part: We get to be part of the story! So to find out how this love story begins please turn in your bible to Genesis chapter one. Oh, and to find out how it ends, please turn to Revelation 21 and 22 at the back of your Bible. Now for the rest of the story . . .