Sunday, 05 June 2005 00:00

The God of Creation

Genesis 1:6-13 (KJV)

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

A reprobate "changes the truth of God into a lie, and worships and serves the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever" (Romans 1:25). When we look at creation we are awed, but ultimately the universe should inspire us to worship God.

  1. God is the Subject of Creation... "And God said..."
    When one reads about the creation of the universe in Genesis 1, it is striking to notice God, not creation, is the subject. "And God said" (v.6), "And God made" (v.7).
    1. The more wonderful your surroundings, the more praise belongs to God.
      "Our praise to God is not first of all in the area of soteriology. We praise Him because He willed all things into existence." (Francis Schaeffer)
    2. If you find it difficult to praise God, it is because of your blindness.
      Creation is one form of God's self-revelation, but as Calvin pointed out in his commentary on Genesis, "our eyes are not sufficiently clear-sighted to discern what the fabric of heaven and earth represents."
  2. God is the Speaker in Creation..."And God said..."
    The word universe comes from two Latin words; uni ("single"); verse ("spoken sentence"). Creation comes into existence because God speaks the word and brings it to pass.
    1. God raised a canopy above the earth... this was "the waters above" (v.7).
      The flood in Noah's day involved the collapse of this canopy God created.
    2. God raised the continents on the earth... "let the dry land appear" (v.8).
      Critics say "the waters gathered unto one place" (v.9) is evidence of ignorance. Scientists have learned that the seas of the earth occupy one, and only one, bed.
    3. God raised the covering for the earth... "Let the earth bring forth grass."
      Vegetation (grass, herb, and fruit trees) appeared prodigiously; 100,000 species of plant life around the globe, and more than 5,000 different forms of grass.
  3. God is the Source of Creation... "And God said..."
    The Bible leaves no room for evolution. Let's be clear regarding the word evolution. There are six different ways the word evolution can be interpreted. They are:
    1. Cosmic Evolution: the origin of time, space and matter. Evolutionists call this "the Big Bang." Nothing exploded—but the Bible says, "God said..."
    2. Chemical Evolution: The Big Bang supposedly created hydrogen. But where did the other 150 compounds come from? You can't get uranium from hydrogen.
    3. Stellar and Planetary Evolution: nobody has ever seen a star created.
    4. Organic evolution: the origin of life. Spontaneous generation was proved impossible by scientists over 200 years ago.
    5. Macro Evolution: the changing from one kind to another. It doesn't happen.
    6. Micro Evolution: the adaptation and variety within the kinds. Adaptation does occur, and this is the only "evolution" that can be supported, not the others.

"That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will not more believe than that an accidental jumbling of the alphabet produced an ingenious treatise." (J. Swift)

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