God’s goal: What’s the point of all these Bible stories? Are they just entertainment or is there a purpose?

God's goal, what is it?

God’s goal, what is it?

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(Origin of the Universe, chapter 5.1)

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Now we examine God’s goal, the reasons for His actions. What His venture is that He is going to accomplish. The ultimate goal that we can summarize in one sentence. The theme of the Bible—the whole story.

You might be surprised to learn you already know what it is!

Every single human being who has ever walked the face of this earth knows what God’s plan is because it is probably the dearest desire of all human beings—no matter what their race, creed, politics or religion is. Think about what your deepest desire is.

You might be surprised to learn you already know God’s goal. The reasons for His actions. What His venture is that He is going to accomplish. The ultimate goal that we can summarize in one sentence. The theme of the entire Bible. Click To Tweet

As we said, our goal is living together in peace and prosperity… as individuals, families, harmonious nations. God wants what you and all people search and hope for.

Every single human being knows what God’s plan is because it is probably the dearest desire of all of us: Living together in peace and prosperity… as individuals, families, harmonious nations. God wants just that for everyone. Click To Tweet

Crazy simple… too simple you say, so simple that it’s not even the ‘big revelation’ you were hoping for, because it seems so obvious. Well, let me just say that the revelation and mystery is in the ‘plot’ of the story.

Onstage, we see a tableau (or freeze frame) of God with the characters of ‘It’s a Small World’. God’s goal, living together in prosperity and peace, is as visible as it is invisible in the Creation account at the outset in Genesis. Let’s see it revealed in a context leading up to just one simple verse in Genesis.

Gen 1:31-2:6

1.31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

2 .1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

If ever there was a laughable, ludicrous, contradictory even ridiculous ‘situation’ describing the great, powerful God, this is it. After all why does God need to ‘rest?’

Was he in need of a vacation after such a spurt of activity during the previous six days? Why is he resting with the naked Adam and Eve? Is he just too exhausted?

Of course not. According to Isaiah 40:28, He is never tired, ‘He will not grow tired or weary.’

Genesis 2:3 is one of the major foundational ‘pieces’ of the puzzle that has been torn to confetti by misinterpretation and miscomprehension and has become unrecognizable. In fact, it is the framework for the whole plan of God. Put this masterpiece in the wrong place, or, better yet, eliminate it altogether, and none of the other pieces of the puzzle fit.

Genesis 2:3 is one of the major foundational ‘pieces’ of the puzzle that has been torn to confetti by misinterpretation and miscomprehension and has become unrecognizable. In fact, it is the framework for the whole plan of God. Click To Tweet

Just as this book you’re reading, Origin of the Universe, unfolds in a certain planned way, with each piece following a well-considered design so that the subsequent parts only make sense in the context of what has gone before, so this verse from Genesis has stayed constant throughout the many translations and editions of the Bible. However, the translation, while preserving the placing of the important verse, confounds our understanding.

Straight away we’ll realize the important role getting into the Biblical Hebrew is going to play.

We are going to dissect this verse to wring out the proper comprehension. What is the real shape of this master piece of our puzzle to which all other pieces are attached? Worldwide understanding by philosophers, scientists, government leaders and yes, even religious figures can be so helter-skelter.

Galacti points out that they are sincere. They attempt to explain life and how to live in peace and prosperity, and expound on the question, ‘why is it such a mess?’  They have a noble spark inside them—they want to understand.

Galacti suggests a closer study of the ‘master piece’ and the verses that surround it. Why include verses 4-6? particularly verses 5-6 about no rain and ‘mist watering the ground’–it seems disjointed from 1-3.  But, it isn’t, it fits in neatly–you just have to understand how. Remember, all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and enhance one another.

Gen 1:31-2:6

1.31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

2.1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.

2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord  God made the earth and the heavens,

5 And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.

6 But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.

These verses cover the sixth and seventh days of the seven-day creation week. Notice here that we’re straddling two chapters, which is the way the King James translators separated this text.

Galacti is mulling over this creation week story: What is the culmination, the high point, the climax of the creation? Is it the appearance of ‘light’, the first creation endeavor on the 1st day? Perhaps man and woman in the image of God on the 6th day? Or maybe the 7th day itself, after all, often time events lead to a conclusive pinnacle. Would the 7day creation week story culminate with man and terminate with an anti-climatic event like the 7th day?

Further study:

Yes, you’re going to have to be patient for an answer to this and many other questions. May I suggest you do your own personal study. Go to www.UnlockBibleMeaning.com and find Genesis 2.3.

  • Use the Strong’s concordance to look up the Hebrew words for ‘created’ and ‘made’ and see the difference.
  •  Ask yourself why this ‘repetition’ in verses 3 and 4? It seems redundant to add ‘made’ immediately after ‘created.’

We’re now getting into the nitty-gritty of Bible meaning … not just Bible reading. We’re going to learn to dig for Bible meaning. The gems are not on the surface, you have to roll up your sleeves, and get your hands dirty … so to speak.

  • Regarding the ‘mist watering the ground,’ is there some enlightenment to be gleaned from this context?
  • Suggestion: look at Deut: 11.10-11 also about ‘watering’ and where it comes from.
  • Is there a relationship between the mist watering the ground and created / made?
  • Search for other contexts where we find ‘created / made’ associated and see what they have to say. (Gen 2.4, Isa 43.7 etc.)
  • Feel free to add your findings to the comments below. I do reserve the privilege of editing comments to maintain the integrity of this website.

This blog post is an excerpt from chapter 5.1 of Origin of the Universe

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