God’s Plan And Promise

God’s magnificent creation of the heaven and the earth — DONE! Stunning beyond comprehension! It becomes VERY good the day He places man in the garden. What rejoicing, what fellowship! But an enemy invades and the unthinkable happens: Man turns away from The Lord! Instead of closing shop and calling it quits, God makes a remarkable promise about His plan to rescue mankind. “God’s Plan And Promise” is a ballad about the plan, the promise — and the fulfillment. Give it a listen, then come back. We’ll talk about deliverance THEN and NOW. TAKE HEART.?

In the beginning: Genesis and John

I believe God has had a plan for man since before the creation. The plan is moving ahead, and fast.

You know Genesis 1:1 reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” and John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

In the beginning God created AND “the word” was with him. We know in John that “the word became flesh and dwelt among us” referring to Jesus Christ.

What became flesh? The word did. This word “word” is “logos” in Greek. We don’t have a word quite like it in English. It is a big idea that means something like “the plan, the way it will work, the reason, the logic, the big picture plus the details.”

God had a plan in the beginning! It became flesh in Jesus Christ.

Though we fall short any time we try to describe what God has in mind — or describe Jesus Christ — we can at least raise our sights and know we are looking at something much bigger than ourselves. It’s enough to calm us down and help us maintain peace.

You and I go way back

Another verse about God having a plan for man long, long ago, is
Ephesians 1:4: “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love”. 

Whoa, wait a minute!!
God chose . . . who??
US!
When?
“Before the foundation of the world”. That was a long, long time ago!

Were you and I there? Of course not. But God knows the future, and even way back then, he saw us, and chose us.

(And look what else it says: God chose us in Christ that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. That is so big it is hard to imagine. But God said it, so we believe it — and we thank Him for it! We see God has had a plan and promise for us for a long, long time!)

Genesis 3:15 – BIG promise

Genesis 3 says Adam and Eve disobeyed God and brought death into the picture. At that scene God gives the first prophecy, the first “foretelling” of the savior, Jesus Christ.

God, speaking to the serpent, says,
“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

What a remarkable verse! God declares the woman’s offspring will fight and defeat the serpent, but get injured in the process.

This savior, will “bruise” the serpent’s head. We think of a bruise as a black and blue bump. But here it means something much, much tougher.

The savior is going to CRUSH the serpent.

But we also learn the serpent will bruise the savior’s heel. That doesn’t sound too bad, right? But we look back and gaze at the pain and humiliation Jesus suffered by dying on the cross, and we realize THIS “bruised heel” was, and is, a big, big, big deal.

Huge.

Our faith, hope, love …

When times get tough, and you feel like you just cannot win, remember this promise, part finished, part still to come.

Yes, the devil bruised Jesus’s heel. Jesus suffered greatly and died for us. But God raised him from the dead, and the victory was won.

Part of that promise is still future: Jesus will bruise the devil’s head. How big a disaster do you think that will be for the old serpent?

What a glorious day that will be!

What a glorious life is being prepared for those who accept the invitation, offered to all, rejected by some!

God has had this plan since the beginning, and it is still moving forward. We have wonderful things to look forward to.

Let us take heart knowing our God is mighty and has delivered, will deliver and DOES deliver His people. We do well to stay close to HIM in good times and evil.

God bless you lots!
-Dale R. ?


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LYRICS: God’s Plan And Promise
Song by Dale Reichel (2018)

Before the earth spun, before moon or man
The Good Lord was clear on a marvelous plan
A beautiful world, no sorrow or care
Filled with people who want to be there

REFRAIN:
God’s plan and promise has always been paradise,
Offered to all, rejected by some.
God’s wishes all would come to His knowledge
And walk in His light ’til paradise comes.

Here is the setup, the Lord made a way
In which every person could say, “Yay” or “Nay”
To living forever in timeless life
Of beauty and wonder and love without strife

Before one can opt in, he first must be out.
I’ll tell you right now how that first came about
Old Adam was “in” the way God got him started
That first man was in, but that first man departed.

Though man’s fall was great, it didn’t ruin God’s plan
There was still cause for hope, but He’d need a new man
It seemed all was lost back there in the garden
But God saw it different, He was only just startin’

In the midst of this trouble, God promised for certain
The serpent was in for a serious hurtin’
Eve’s offspring would do it, but get bruised in the heel
He would fix things for good, he would seal the deal!

They couldn’t know it then, but we now know the cost
The amazing Lord Jesus paid to rescue the lost
If all Jesus went through can be called a “bruised heel”
Just think how the serpent’s bruised head’s gonna feel!

The times are a’changin’ but we’re still in this story
The train’s soon departing for paradise glory
Don’t you hear Jesus calling “All aboard!!!”
He rose from the dead, now make him your Lord!


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12 Replies to “God’s Plan And Promise”

  1. Sarah D

    It’s so lovely to hear this one again! Such a beautiful ballad! It’s humbling and awe-inspiring to think that God has loved us and planned for us to be part of His family for so very long! Thank you for gifting us with this song and post!

    Lovings,
    Sarah

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    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Sarah, thanks for your note. This was the fourth song I posted on MM, and I didn’t know how to add lyrics to the video then. So an update was due. Thanks for your kind words. It is indeed humbling – and encouraging – that God’s limitless love and ability is being applied to a wonderful plan for our lives. The best is yet ahead. Lovings! -D ?

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  2. Michael T Johnson

    Superb. Listening to this will become part of my soul prospering as in
    111 John 2. Prove me now here with says the Lord of Hosts in Malachi and how god blessed Enoch in Genesis 26:12. We can reap doing our part of our SOULS prospering listening to God’s Word and spirit allowing Him to work in a time as the present. Not much different than Enoch in the chapter 26 record of Genesis. Again, just superb.

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    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Thanks for your kind words and encouragement. I can imagine the fireworks in John’s mind when he penned the opening of his gospel. “GOD KNEW ALL THIS WOULD WORK OUT!!!” Exciting days ahead for God’s people. God bless you lots! – Dale

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  3. Julia Witchard

    Mr, Dale, Mr Dale, Mr Dale, GLORY, GLORY, GLORY, HALLELUJAH .OUR FATHER HOLY SPIRIT HAS REALLY COUNSEL U, ….U ARE SPEAKING AS IF U ARE BEING LEAD BY OUR FATHER THE HOLY SPIRIT …OUR FATHER JESUS IS REALLY USING U, ..THISE Words, That u have spoken of. had to come from. NOBODY BUT OUR FATHER, My Heart Has Really Been Touched By Your Sermon…..BLESSINGS ? UPON BLESSINGS ? Has Fallen Upon u, please never Stop “PRAISING OUR FATHER JESUS, AND YOUR LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME…BLESSINGS ? UPON BLESSINGS GOES OUT TO U AND ?… YOUR FAMILY AND. MUCH LOVE ?… GOES OUT TO U AND YOUR FAMILY. ALWAYS

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    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Julia, Thanks for your kind words. I’m thankful the song and sermon blessed you! God bless you lots … – Dale R.

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    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Marlys, thanks much! Glad you enjoyed it. I’m happy to soak up all the encouragement I can from God’s promises. He knows what He’s doing, and the days ahead will be very good for His people. God bless you lots! -Dale R.?

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    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Aw, thanks. As you know, sometimes it is hard to sing all the way through. 🙂
      BLESSINGS! – D

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    1. Dale Reichel Post author

      Thanks, Cathy. The pictures … my two favorite pictures/captions have to be the LION and the serpent, and, best one, the picture of Jesus. I had not seen that one before now.
      God bless ya! -Dale

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