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C.J. Scott writes all about ‘Sacred Places’
Book follows author’s expository journey through “place” from Garden of Eden to New Jerusalem
LONDON – It was while sitting in a place called Succat Hallel, a 24-hour prayer center in the ancient city of Jerusalem, in February 2015 that C.J. Scott felt the Lord leading his heart to write “Sacred Places: The Biblical Theology of Place, Exploring Its Central Importance in God’s Creation and Mission” (published by WestBow Press). This happened as he looked out of the panoramic windows in the prayer room, which overlook Jerusalem. Scott considered why this place of all places was so hotly contested, fought over and yet so loved and revered by most of the world’s population. He explores the answers to this and related questions throughout the book.
The book looks at the biblical theology of place, exploring its central importance in God’s creation and mission. It takes readers on an expository journey through place, from the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem, discovering the pattern of placement, displacement and replacement in life and faith.
“Believers in Jesus want to live in a way that pleases God in this world and this book will help them do that,” Scott says. “It is a very necessary corrective so as followers of Jesus we do not foster an escapist, slightly Gnostic mentality regarding this earth. It will appeal to those who want their faith rooted and grounded in the actual history of creation, the Bible and the human experience.”
Through the publication of “Sacred Places,” Scott hopes readers will become aware of the importance of place in God’s word and their lives here and now. He also hopes that they would become place makers, in the image of God, living their lives on mission.
By C.J. Scott
Hardcover | 6 x 9in | 336 pages | ISBN 9781512776355
Softcover | 6 x 9in | 336 pages | ISBN 9781512776348
E-Book | 336 pages | ISBN 9781512776331
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Today’s readings are taken from Gen 3:1–4:26, Matt 3:1–4:25, Eccles 1:6–11.
A thought that came to mind from today’s reading is that we need to beware of the lies that we hear from the physical and spiritual world around us and even the lies we tell ourselves.
“But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”” (Genesis 3:4–5, ESV)
We need to pause think about who God is and what he has said and simply trust him in the knowledge that he created the world and its inhabitants for his good purposes so he knows best and wants to lead you on the road to life, joy, freedom and fellowship.
“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”” (Genesis 3:15, ESV)
The following from The Bible Project highlights that the snake in today’s story and God’s promise in Genesis 3:15 are part of the wider story of the entire Bible… A story we should meditate on every day as we read and think about God’s word
Today’s readings are taken from Gen 1:1–2:25, Matt 1:1–2:23 and Eccles 1:1–5.
I think the simple lesson from these early chapters in Genesis is that God created the world and all her inhabitants. People argue about how to interpret this but regardless of your position, the Bible’s claim is clear. God created everything.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1, ESV)
There are many man-made opinions about the origin of life. However, these are all just idolatry, replacing the God of the Bible with a false god.
Nancy Pearcey in her book Finding Truth: 5 Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes covers this well and it is worth a read / listen. The following is a short extract:
Since everyone who rejects God sets up an idol, this is the strategic place to begin. An idol is anything in the created order that is put in the place of God. This definition not only gives us tools to identify our personal idols, it also gives insight into the world of ideas. Philosophies and worldviews can also function as counterfeit gods.
So today rejoice in God, the God who created everything. He created you and a place for you to live and one day will live in a new Eden in harmony with the human family redeemed through his son Jesus.
This is a good video from our friends at The Bible Project on the book of Genesis: