In Genesis when God was creating the world there is a phrase that keep on popping up
And God saw it was Good
For ages I always thought of that as a way of God saying “Nice Work” or “Good job” but the more I read it the more I discover that it is more than that.
If it was literally God saw that it was Good… that would be kind of like “God saw that the light was good” or that “God saw that the living creatures were good”… kind of like God didn’t know they were good until he stepped back and looked at them… was it just an experiment that God did that just worked out ok?
Or maybe God was comparing it to something he had done before?
It would be like “I’ve made light before… but this time it was Good”
I don’t think so… and most would agree that the above statements make it sound all a bit odd.
I’ve heard someone describe it as ‘morally good’… but that really doesn’t make sense either… because light or water or earth etc can’t be morally anything… water can only be water (in it’s states) , light can only be light… you get the point.
God said it was good…
Pastor Andy Stanley asks this:
Good for what?
Good for who?
Good for God? Did God benefit from the water being separated from the sea?
Here’s the thing… if we read on in Genesis 1:29-30 we read.
Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.” And that is what happened.
God created the world in all it’s goodness… and he gave it away.
He didn’t just give the keys of his car to a teenage boy… he gave the world to us…
So when God was saying “It is good”… he was saying “You’re gonna love this… you’re gonna love what I have created just for you… with you in mind”
This was where we first discovered God’s Amazing grace