We paused our study on Genesis last week with verse 16, where God made the 2 great lights. The greater was to govern day and the lesser was to govern night. He also made the stars. We are moving forward with the grand finish of the Fourth Day in God's Story. Over the weekend we will be studying these verses and drawing some parallels to understand God's love, mindset and fulfillment.
Genesis 1:17-19 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
God told us in these verses that HE set up a hierarchy of governing things and the greatest light was Good. He did not say that the lesser light had no governing power. Let's compare this with Romans 18 and ponder what this is speaking of. We will discuss this more over the next few days.
Be Subject to Government
Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.
Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake. For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor. Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
For this, "YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET," and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day,not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
I pray that each of us willingly give ourselves to the accountability of God's love. There is no fear in Love, we are perfected by love not fear. Fear comes to kill, steal and destroy, but perfect love cast out all fear. Walk into Christ, who is in God's presence and allow His glory to be the greater life upon you and in the presence of the lesser light.
With the Love and Heart of Christ - Let it be so.