DONE. When I saw this week’s topic for Five-Minute Friday, my mind began to whirl with ideas. Things I have done. Things I wish I had done. Things I haven’t done. Things God has done. All of this has been written about before, and I know there is nothing I can say that is completely original. So I asked my Lord, “What would You have me write about?” And I waited for the answer to come….
Often in Bible study, it is helpful to look at both the first mention and the last mention of a given word. So let’s do that with the word done.
The very first mention of the word done in the Bible is found in Genesis 3:13, when the Lord God asks Eve [in our vernacular], “What have you done?” Of course, He knew full well what she had done, but He wanted her to think about it long and hard.
Most Bible scholars agree that Eve was deceived into sinning against God by partaking of the forbidden fruit, but that Adam partook willfully and knowingly. And for that reason, sin is passed down from generation to generation through Adam.
But God had already provided a plan of redemption for the people whom He had created in His own image, through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ—the last Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
Now let’s jump to the last book of the Bible to find the last mention of the word done.
Revelation 22:6 And He said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show unto His servants the things which must shortly be done.
What things? The conclusion of the redemption of man. Here on earth there is much suffering, but it will not last forever. One day it will be done. Our Lord has tarried thousands of years, and it seems a long time to us; but Jesus said, “Behold, I come quickly.” Perhaps that means that when He comes, He will come like a flash of lightning. And perhaps it means that in the perspective of eternity, even thousands of years are a mere flash in the pan.
This brief study would not be complete without a look at the penultimate mention of our theme.
Revelation 21:6 And He said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
The work of redemption is done. It was finished on the cross. Although Satan still roams this earth, reeking havoc in the lives of men, he is a defeated foe. So we have all the reason in the world to live victoriously. We can rejoice in the finished work of Christ!
Written for the Five-Minute-Friday Link-up: DONE
Photo taken in a cemetery in Montgomery, Alabama, 2017.