But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. Genesis 2:6
… (in the sense of enveloping); a fog:—mist, vapor
…to surround — is whatever guards and strengthens anything, i.e., defense, a bark, a veil, also atmosphere.
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. Genesis 2:5-7
- In the Bible, God has been known in Genesis 1 as אֱלֹהִים ‘elohiym — “the true God as He has created all that is, Elohim–a God of power . In Genesis 2, we see Jehovah alongside of ‘elohiym, Jehovah Elohim–a God of power and perfection, a finishing God. Jehovah--the LORD, in capital letters, which are constantly used in our English translation to intimate that in the original it is Jehovah.” ** The Jewish use YHWH (Yahweh) to delineate The Supreme God, His proper name.
- יְהֹוָה Yĕhovah אֱלֹהִים ʼĕlôhîym: The LORD God, Jehovah God, (the) self-Existent or Eternal One
- mist (noun)
- 1. A mass of fine droplets of water in the atmosphere near or in contact with the earth.
- 2. Water vapor condensed on and clouding the appearance of a surface.
- 3. Fine drops of a liquid, such as water, perfume, or medication, sprayed into the air….
Before the earth had rain, God provided. He gifted the earth with water in the form of mist. The whole face of the earth received this mist. It was enough because God knew just how much His earth needed at all moments.
God knows what we need all of the time…each moment of each day. Physically, God feeds us and quenches our thirst. He provides shelter and rest. He is near to us. He loves us. Spiritually, God draws us to Him, desiring that we draw near to Him. Before we can be a child of God, Christ had to become the sacrificial Lamb of God in order to wipe our sins away. He did this once and for all…for all of us! We must repent of our sins, seeking forgiveness from God. He never leaves us nor forsakes us. Jesus is the Living Water: Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14
God provides a covering mist for us by His Grace. Amen.
We have a journey ahead of us which can draw us to God for we are to lay our lives down at the foot of the Cross. We may (will) have trials as did Christ. We may (will) have life-lessons in order to grow in the Christ-likeness. We have new life in Christ.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. Romans 6:3-4
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-3
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. 2 Corinthians 5:17
There is hope in Christ. God provides the mist in order that we be watered and tended to in all we are and do.
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Father God, You are my Redeemer and my Rock. You are the Provider for my all. I thank You for showing me this simple word…mist. You covered the earth with this mist to make Your creation grow. You cover me in Your love…You provided Jesus the Christ for my salvation. You forgive me. You seek me always and do not let me go. I sought You and You were right with me. You desire that I grow into Your likeness with each step I take. Thank You, Jevohah Elohim. You are my God and I am Your child. I am a sister of Jesus’. Oh, I am so very blessed. I pray Your protection around me in these days for the trials are many yet the joy is abundant. Gracious Father, You fill me to overflowing and I am thankful. Your mist covers me, causing me to grow and be reformed into the woman You desire me to be. I desire to please You, my Father. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
1st Image: Mist in Herzel, Switzerland – photo by Ricardo Gomez Angel – https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/learning/clouds/fog/difference-mist-and-fog
** from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on Genesis 2
2nd Image: Morning Mist – http://openwalls.com/image?id=14355