Was It A Waste Place?

Let’s go back to Genesis chapter 1. In Genesis 1, down around verse 26 it says:

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Has He made man yet? No, He has not! He’s just saying, “Let’s create man.”

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and rule…”

This word for “subdue” in both the earliest texts, Aramaic and Hebrew, what do you suppose the difference between “subdue” and “rule” is? This is before the weeds and things after the fall. This is before the need to work by the sweat of man’s brow. Come on! What’s the difference between subdue and rule?

Subdue means that you have to bring under rule. Subdue means there is that which is unruly. That’s the literal meaning. Subdue is to take that which is unruly and bring it under rule. At the creation of man, God said, “You are to subdue and rule.” Isn’t that interesting? Is this dawning on anyone where this is going? You have a problem getting Lucifer, Satan, as the angelic being, being created, being raised to being the anointed cherub and doing all the things the Scripture talks about him doing before he is cast down. He trades. He is the head of all music in heaven in one of the texts. He’s very busy dong heavenly things. And then, seeing his splendor and deciding to “I will,” he’s cast down. Before Adam and Eve encounter him in the serpent, God says to his newly created man, “You are to subdue and rule.” It means something. It may not mean what you think I’m implying, but it means something. You can’t just say it means nothing. It means something!

Let’s go to Genesis 1:1:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.

The earth was formless and void…

If you have the New American Standard Bible there is a foot note that further defines “formless and void” as a waste and emptiness. Could the text read, “The earth was a waste place,” or literally, “and uninhabited or empty?”

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a waste place and formless and void.”

You are pondering this, aren’t you? Then go to Isaiah 45:18. Here we have another one of the paradoxes of Scripture. Isaiah, under the Spirit of God is prophesying, and right in the middle of the prophesy, there is this little group of words in parentheses that has nothing what so ever to do with the prophesy. But they are there for a reason. Let’s read verse 18 of Isaiah 45.

For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it and did not create it a waste place, but formed it to be inhabited), “I am the Lord, and there is none else.”

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and the earth was a waste place.” But He did not create it a waste place. When Lucifer, Beelzebub, Satan was cast down to the earth, in Isaiah 14:12 and following, he was cast down in shame. Jesus says that he was a liar from the beginning. And yet, we know from the very beginning, he was perfect and a covering cherub. But from a particular beginning he was a liar. And he goes around like a lion seeking who he may devour. He does nothing but stealing, destroying and killing. It does not take much of an imagination for the sons of men to recognize that when ever Satan enters a life he steals, robs, destroys and kills.

I know many thirty and forty year old men and women who look fifty and sixty – absolutely ragged out with sin. You let a person spend much time with Satan and he destroys them. There’s nothing beautiful left in them. They are absolutely a waste. And, the point I intended to make is that when Satan was cast down to the earth, he did what was his nature to do – make waste. And I believe that it is because he was cast down here that it became a waste place. It wasn’t created a waste place. The Holy Spirit makes a point of letting us know that in Isaiah 45:18 it was not created a waste place. And yet it was a waste place but it wasn’t created a waste place.

I think it is the coming of Satan, the casting down of Satan to the earth that caused it be become a waste place. And that will be so in your life and mine. That’s all I wanted to add. We could have spent more time on it but I’ve made the point.

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5 Responses to “Was It A Waste Place?”

  1. darla Says:

    sooo true…I know people who look so very much older and very synical..no Jesus in there life…very sad. So we offer HIM to them again anyway.

    Jerald do you have a book? just wondering…I could sit and read your writing for hours…Peace Brother

    Happy holidays…Jesus is coming soon…just read the news.. 🙂

  2. jeraldd Says:

    Thanks Darla. Actually this blog is a book, if you will. On the first page read “About This Blog” and you will see that this writing is really not my work at all. It’s John Brown’s.
    And, if you’d like to read the “book” from the beginning, just start on the Page – ‘1st. The Basis of Teaching’ then go to 2nd…, then 3rd…, and so on. The next post will be the beginning post for the 4th. chapter.
    As I go along posting each day, I’ll add the post to the page where it belongs that corresponds to the chapter in the book. That way you or anyone, can read it from the first without having to go to each blog post.

    You are welcome to copy from the blog and share with your friends or use it in any way the Lord leads.

  3. Laura Clancy Says:

    This chapter is sooooooo important!!!!! It really does answer so many questions. It is very true that God hides a matter, and that it is revealed to us. I began understanding some of this a few years ago, but vaguely…this (along with the Holy Spirit) just made things so clear for me on this subject. I sure would love to sit with you and John some day maybe over dinner and just talk about God and His Word. Thank you both for what you are doing!! God is AWESOME in His timing and purpose and how and when He puts us into each others lives. PRAISE GOD!!

  4. jeraldd Says:

    Laura, Marie and I are going to plan a get together with John so that some of these things can be discussed. I’ll let you know when.

  5. Laura Clancy Says:

    Hey, that sounds GREAT. I can’t wait!!

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