This is a verse where praise is given to the Lord for what he has done by creating all things not for our own pleasure but for the pleasure of the Lord. As we read in Revelation 4, that God created all things, we read that God takes pleasure in His creation and mankind was given a higher status than the rest of creation.
When we read the creation account from Genesis 1, we read that in six days the whole world that we see was created:
- Day 1: Light and Dark, which God deemed as good (Genesis 1:4)
- Day 2: Sea and Sky, which God deemed as good on day 3 (Genesis 1:10)
- Day 3: Fertile earth, which God deemed as good (Genesis 1:12)
- Day 4: Lights of the days and night, which God deemed as good (Genesis 1:18)
- Day 5: Fish and birds, which God deemed as good (Genesis 1:21)
- Day 6: Land animals, which God deemed the land animals as good (Genesis 1:25) and mankind, which God deemed as very good (Genesis 1:31)
- Day 7: Rest
God took great pleasure in creating the World and ever since mankind was banished from the garden of Eden, where they could partake of the fruit from the tree of life; God still had great love for us. The most quoted passage in Scripture is in John 3:16-17, where we read just how strong God’s love for the world is: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”
We read here that God so loved the world, that HE gave HIS only begotten Son. This love was so strong that the God does not want the inhabitants, the ground, anything to perish. This powerful passage is one of hope and highlights the relationship the God, who created all things, wants to have with us. The theme of God’s love is evident throughout scripture and this is the reason why He sent His son, Jesus Christ so that God’s pleasure can return fully as it was during the first week of creation.
The role of Jesus has a huge magnitude and following from the John 3 quotation, we have further information in Colossians 1:15-20, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.”
This paints the image of the role of Jesus who is the head of the body, the Church, made in the image of God and by his bloodshed on the cross gives us the opportunity to be part of the Paradise that he described to the thief on the cross. This time of Paradise will be like the Garden of Eden before the fall, when it will be perfect, sinless, just how God created it in Genesis 1. It will be like this again in the amazing time to come in the future time of the Kingdom!