God and His Creation
As we begin the message on God and His Creation, I think it important to state our purpose. Our purpose is to preach the whole counsel of God’s Word. We have preached much from the New Testament, but we want to be faithful to preach from the Old Testament as well. Our purpose in preaching from Genesis 1 is not to present a water-tight case for the Biblical account of creation as oppose to the Theory of Evolution. We do not seek to prove anything, but simply to proclaim God’s truth. It is apparent from much of the secular writings that many declare Evolution as if it is no longer a theory, but a fact to be accepted at face value. I am convinced that the scientific community, for the most part, do not care about the validity and truthfulness of the data regarding the origin of life on earth. Atheistic scientist will do almost anything to discredit all available evidence that point to a divine Creator.
God did not call His preachers to prove anything in His Word. God calls us to preach it just like it is. I don’t need quotations from geologist, anthropologist, or cosmologist. I don’t need the research work from archaeologist to give credibility to this text. The bible stands alone as God’s Word. It doesn’t need my research, other people’s geological findings, or the latest discoveries as seen on the Discovery Channel.
We receive the truth of the biblical account of creation by faith. Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
What is the most important truth for us to get from Genesis, chapter 1? Is it to know what was created on day 3? Or day 4? I think it is good to memorize what happened on Day 1, and then Day 2, Day 3….but if you forget, you’ve got the chapter in your Bible to remind you. I think it is important, but it’s not the most important truth to know. I believe the most important truth to grasp in Genesis, chapter 1 is the truth about God. I believe that would be true for the study of the entire Bible. Just who is this God? What is He like? How would you describe His character? His ways? His purpose?
Just Who is this Divine Creator?
We are going to look first at the Creation, and then we want to give much attention to the Creator.
I. The Creation
A. The How of Creation (v.1)
I hesitate to divide between the Creation and the Creator. You can’t study one without the other. I just separate the two for our purpose of seeing them separate. You can’t keep the creation separate from the Creator, because it cannot survive apart from its Creator. Verse 1 gives a summary of the entire chapter: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. There’s nothing here about a big bang and everything just somehow fell into place. In the beginning…that means the earth had a beginning place. The heaven, the universe, the galaxies had a beginning place. No one knows when the earth began. Verse 1 does not tell us exactly the way God went about to create the heaven and the earth. The main thing is that God made everything out of nothing. But when you have God you don’t have nothing, you have a great big something.
If you make a chocolate cake, you’ve got to have certain ingredients, right? You have got to have the right kinds of stuff to make stuff. With God, He doesn’t need ingredients. God doesn’t need stuff to make stuff. God calls into existence what was formerly nonexistent.
B. The power of creation (v.2)
At first we see earth shapeless and empty. It was filled with darkness. There were no mountains, no valleys, no rivers---just a vast ocean of water. Darkness covered the entire planet. Where is the creating of life? How did life get on this planet? Did some alien life form travel through space and fall into those primeval waters? Did such life evolve from a simple life form into a more complex and in which primitive man evolve? It takes more faith to believe and accept such monkey business. The power of creation is seen in that 2nd sentence of verse 2: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. We can not speak of creation apart from the Creator and sustainer of life. We try to separate the creation and the Creator, but we are brought back to God and His Spirit. It is pointless to teach a lesson on creation without saying much about the Creator. It is pointless in the preacher’s message and it is pointless in the Science Class. But the laws of the land say we cannot bring up the name of God when discussing the stars, the planets, and the origin of the universe. Speak of the creation all you want, they say, just don’t speak of the power behind the creation. How silly it would be to attend an Art class and examine the famous paintings of the world. To say it is appropriate only to speak of the color, texture, design, and theme of the painting and never to mention the artist? Don’t speak of Picasso, or Van Gough or Lenardo Da Vinci. Who was behind the brush? Of course the art student will hear of the creator of such masterpieces. Who was behind the creation of the earth? The stars? The planets and moon? The power of creation is seen in verse 1 “God” and in verse 2 “the Spirit of God” again in verse 3 “God” verse 4 “God” Verse 5 “God” in fact “God” is written all over this chapter. All over this book…..and all over Creation. Psalms 19:1-3
1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.
2 Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge.
3 There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard.
C. The days of creation (vv.3- 31)
1. Day One – Light (vv.3-5) Notice it was “light” in which God made first. It was not the sun. The Sun was created on Day Four. How can there be light without the sun? (Revelation 22:5) No sun is needed in heaven. God will give them light. God is the ultimate source of light, not the luminary ball of fire we know as the sun. 1John 1:5 God is light and there is no darkness at all. Making Light is first….and so important…nothing else is done unless there is light. In the mornings you get up and before you do much you need the light on, unless it’s the middle of the day.
(important reminder: God divides and He names. Our God is a God of order. The earth did not come into being in a gigantic hodgepodge of confusion.)
2. Day Two – sky (vv.6-8)
Firmament – or sky- divided the waters - there is water on earth and there is water in the atmosphere. God called the firmament Heaven. Three heavens…1) Sky 2) Stars, Planets 3) Home where God lives/angels (2Cor. 12:2) Paul describes an experience of visions and revelations and being caught up into the third heavens.
3. Day Three – dry land and vegetation (vv.9-13)
Dry land….God made deep holes in the oceans so that the water level would lower to allow land to appear. God shaped the formation of the continents in such a way to have dry land as well as bodies of water.
GRASS, fruit-bearing trees seed after his kind……the trees outside…..came from a seed…which came from a tree, which came from a seed, which came from a tree…goes all the way back to DAY 3.
4. Day Four – Sun, moon, and stars (vv.14-19) (match this with DAY 1 – light)
The Sun and moon is like a time clock. The orbits of the moon, sun and the earth are fixed. You can set your watch by it. There is a certain time the sun is positioned in the sky. There is a certain time the moon comes up over here and over there. It is how we arrive at days, months, seasons and years.
Signs - red sky in morning…sailor take warning. Red sky at night…sailor’s deight.
v.16 he made the stars also. Billions of stars…..that make up billions of galaxies…that are thousands of light years away from each other…..so big, so vast, God gives one short phrase concerning the creation of the stars….he made the stars also.
5. Day Five – Fish and Fowl (vv. 20-23) (match this with DAY 2 - divide the waters )
All the creatures that fly….all the creatures that swim…..sea creatures…tadpoles to gigantic whales.
6. Day Six – Land animals and man (vv.24-31) (match this with DAY 3—land/veg)
v.26 let us make man in our image, after our likeness - We will speak more about “let us” later, but it says in our image, after our likeness. We are separate from the animals in that we have mind, emotions, a will, reasoning abilities, and intellect. In this respect we are made in the likeness of God. God has reasoning powers, intellectual powers, and God is a moral being. God is perfectly moral in goodness. Before man fell into sin, he was also morally pure, good and sinless. After man sinned, he lost that image. In Jesus Christ, a sinner is made a new creation and is made a new man.
Col. 3:10 and have put on the new man, who is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of his Creator.
A Repeated Phrase: and God saw that it was good - finally, v.31 very good!
II. The Creator
A. God - the only God. In Genesis 1:1 it does not read “in the beginning the gods got together to create the world…..” There is none other. I once saw a bumper sticker that read “my God loves your God.” There is not the existence of “many gods”. God is God alone! Beside Him there is none other. Deut. 6:4 Hear, O Israel: the LORD our God is one Lord. The Greeks taught that there were many gods. The Egyptians taught that there were many gods. Today, people are taught to respect other people’s false religions. The “god” of Islam does not exist. Allah is a false god. The Bible declares there is only ONE GOD.
Ephesians 4:5-6 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
B. The Triune God. God, the Father; God, the Son; God, the Holy Spirit. (v.2) the Spirit) (let us make man….(v.26) Was Jesus present on the day of creation? Yes!
John 1:1-3, 10, 14
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (hold together)
C. The Self-Existing God. Here in Genesis 1 we see the starting point for our planet. We see the starting point for the creation of the world we enjoy. The mountains had a time when they were created. But God….when did God begin? Who created God? God never had a beginning. He was never created, because He always existed.
Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
Acts 17:23-25 23 For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. 24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
25 Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;
God was not lonely – so then he created a world of people!
D. Jesus Christ, our Savior –
Revelation 13:8 ………….Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
Before there was light….before there was sky…..before there was fish, fowls of the air, before there was animals, plant life, sea life, there was a Saviour.
God saw all that He made was good! God took pleasure in creating the majestic Rocky Mountains. God was delighted to create the great oceans and rivers. God was pleased to create all the animals…..the turtle, the raccoon, the possum, the deer, the coyote, ……God must have laughed when He made the giraffe.. God must have held His nose when He made the skunk.
God with His finger scratched out the Grand Canyon. God made the valleys. God made the hills. There must have been tears in the eyes of God when He made one hill. The hill of Golgotha. Calvary’s Hill where He knew one day, His only begotten Son would be tortured, crucified for the sins of mankind.
God made Calvary long before He made the earth. The cross was not God’s emergency plan. The cross of Jesus was not an alternative plan just in case things went wrong. It was not a back-up plan. Jesus was the Only Plan. The Sufficient Plan. The Perfect Plan. The Perfect Plan to provide what would be needed in the world. God’s perfect world would become a fallen world because of sin. But before man fell, before Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden….God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself. 2Cor. 5:19
In the beginning God spoke…..In the past God spoke through His prophets……today God still speaks. He speaks to us through His Son - the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Long ago God spoke to the fathers by the prophets at different times and in different ways.
2 In these last days, He has spoken to us by [His]Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things and through whom He made the universe.
Jesus was with God making the universe! Today….we can experience the new creation…….the old is passing away because of sin….
2Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.