creation corrupted; paradise, seen

22 Oct

In the narrative of Genesis our Lord, creates, sees, feels and speaks of his creation: it is good. But after Adam and Eve’s disobedience( Genesis 3 ); Abel’s murder and Cain’s banishment ( Genesis 4 ); and Lamech’s boast of vengeance, ( also Genesis 4 ) beauty is polluted, corrupted,

Genesis 6, creation corrupted

The Message Giants in the Land

6 1-2 ‘When the human race began to increase, with more and more daughters being born, the sons of God noticed that the daughters of men were beautiful. They looked them over and picked out wives for themselves. 3 Then God said, “I’m not going to breathe life into men and women endlessly. Eventually they’re going to die; from now on they can expect a life span of 120 years.” 4 This was back in the days (and also later) when there were giants in the land. The giants came from the union of the sons of God and the daughters of men. These were the mighty men of ancient lore, the famous ones. 5- 7 God saw that human evil was out of control. People thought evil, imagined evil—evil, evil, evil from morning to night. God was sorry that he had made the human race in the first place; it broke his heart. God said, “I’ll get rid of my ruined creation, make a clean sweep: people, animals, snakes and bugs, birds—the works. I’m sorry I made them.”

A beautiful heart, broken, filled with deep felt, intense sorrow. God, who feels all passionately, cries over the physical brokenness of all the earth. Demonic Sons of God come to Earth and see its beauty; chooses the most beautiful; marries the daughters of men and reproduces physically abhorrent flesh from their own corruption. Losing the beauty of heaven by their fall, they attempt to recapture their paradise lost in the heavens on earth. But their progeny, their efforts, only corrupts. Yet, God is so moved by this brokenness, he moves to remove all from his earth.

This evil is intimately physical: corruption comes from the outside in. To redeem his poem, his earth, our Father crafts a reversal: beauty, salvation of all, will come by the Spirit,

Luke 1: 26 ‘In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.” 38 “ I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.’

Here, a child is brought forth not my a physical intimacy, but a spiritual one. God sends his Son Jesus by the Spirit to a virgin, a beautiful daughter of men.

God inverses the deep evils of the Nephilim, the fallen sons of God. Creation, corrupted by the physical, is reborn through the Spirit and the servant, Mary.

The Son of God, Jesus, is born of the Spirit.

Our Father heals, saves, redeems the broken.

What was meant for evil, he purposes for beauty.

We are his, we are his beauty from ashes.

Beautifull ashes.

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