Who is good?
Matthew 19:17 -
And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none good but one, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. [Italic words which were added to the scripture for readability have been removed]
When God created the world (creation), the first two days when God separated light from darkness and made 'Day' and 'Night', on those days God did not say it is 'good' (He did say the light was good) unlike the 4 other consecutive days He said good.
This topic on creation is one of the biggest debates between Christians for many think these days are human days of 24 hrs. No doubt the Hebrew word translated here as day is the same what we use for human day but since it was not, that's the reason God did not say it was good on the first 2 days. It was one of the worst things God had to do on those days.
The Hebrew word 'yowm' used as day also means whole and the word 'layil' translated as night comes from the word 'luwl' which means winding stair - symbolizing a staircase going down.
These days is not a human day but God's days or Heavenly days (since the physical world was yet not created) when God separated the Heavens, the rebelling angels were removed from higher Heavens and the lower Heavens were made for them. The Spirit of God hovered over the water not waters (since this noun is singular and male, creation has the gender female; mankind is symbolized not as waters but as sea). The Angels of God are light and are good and the revolting angels were not yet the separating process God did not find good since the Heavenly Temple was damaged (the Angels are part of the Body of God the Son and God the Son is part of the Body of the God Head).
Another day to note is the sixth day when God created man. The previous 4 days everything God created, God said it as good but when God created man He did not say man as good but said everything He created as good.
Like the Hebrew word 'barak' translated mostly as bless does not mean only good things for this word is also translated as curse is some places in the Bible. Understand to bless is like giving a present, but a present is good or bad depends on its contents.
Mankind was never good for in man were both children of God and children of Satan; it was only by the sacrifice of Jesus and the Spirit of God that the children of God are made whole and into day/light.
No man before the sacrifice of Jesus was found good, that is the reason why Jesus reacted quite harshly to the young rich man when he called Jesus good. Jesus then exposed the un-goodness in this man when He a put a stumbling block to him by giving him a choice between worldly riches and God.
Every one of us are unworthy to be called good but are made good only in Christ. We wait for the day (time) after judgment day when this creation is no more and there is no more sea (symbolizing generations of good and bad), no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain. All that is bad will be discarded into the lake of sulphure - symbolizing the second Hell of terrible punishment unlike the first which was a prison for unbelievers and suffering was according to one's wrong doing (worms), in this Hell only believers who fail Judgment, along with Satan (both dragon and the beast) and the Anti-Christ would be put.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, You created man with purpose. You wanted the best and most perfect to be part of the New Temple since the previous was damaged by darkness. Lord, You knew that it would be impossible for man alone to overcome darkness so You humbled Yourself and came as man to be sacrifice and make the impossible possible. Lord, we know in You we have already received our victory for You do not fail and have completed it all. Keep us Lord in You so that we too are good...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
Genesis 1 [Italic words which were added to the scripture for readability have been removed]
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
10 And God called the dry Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
12 And the earth brought forth grass, herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed in itself, after his kind: and God saw that good.
16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: the stars also. [without the sun the grass would not have existed - day 3, nor day and night exist - day 1]
17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that good.
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that good.
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them [him].
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein life, every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
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