In the beginning, God …
How did life begin? How did we get here? Did we arrive, or
did we arise? And when? How old is the universe? How old is the earth? Does it
really matter what we believe about origins? What does the Bible say?
Read Genesis 1:1-2:3,
How does this compare to modern scientific theory (Big Bang
-Look at all the instances that
say “God created,” “God said,” “God saw,” “God made,” etc. in chapters 1 & 2
There were no accidents involved, no UFO’s, no
cosmic explosions of gases and dust that God just happened to find and decided
to play around with – everything was intentional, purposefully done by a
omnipotent, yet caring, Creator. As I like to say, “Creation – The Best
Evidence of a Creator.”
3. Only God / “Us” were pre-existent – everything else
was created intentionally in an orderly fashion by Him/Them -- Who was present during creation? Who does “Us”
refer to in Gen. 1:26
The entire process took only six days – Gen. 2:2
“by the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on
the seventh day from all His work which He had done.” Previous verse: “Thus the
heavens and the earth were completed, all their hosts.”
-What was made first? (light
& darkness, night and day – how was this possible with no sun & stars yet? This truly
is a universal setting, heavenly even) God created the rhythm of
morning and evening before anything else was made
was made second? (heaven was separated from creation)
was made third? (sea and earth separated, vegetation formed on the earth)
was made fourth? (lights in the heavens to give light on the earth and separate the day
from the night – sun and moon and stars) NOTE: The earth – including its seas, lands and
vegetation – was formed BEFORE the sun, stars and other celestial beings (planets, etc.) – on day 3 vs. day 4
was made fifth? (sea creatures and flying creatures – this would have included some dinosaurs – “great sea monsters” in Gen. 1:21)
was made sixth? (beasts of the earth, cattle, creeping things … and then man, after all the other animals were made)
Life did not spring from non-living matter by
itself – God gave life to non-living matter
Man was formed from “dust” – not from a
primordial slime – God breathed life into his nostrils
Man was formed complete – his mind and body
fully functioning – no need for millions of years – man was responsible for
cultivating and keeping the Garden of Eden – man also named all of the animals
(no small feat)
Man was formed separately from animals – he did
not come from them and he is not one of them – In Genesis 2:18-20, the animals
are brought before Adam, but no suitable helper is found for him, so God puts
him to sleep and forms Eve, a suitable helper, from one of Adam’s ribs
In fact, man was given dominion over the animals
and all creation – Genesis 1:26-28
Man was created in the image of God – God did
not place His image in a monkey
Man was formed first, then the woman was made –
contrary to the false, evolutionary search for the fossils of an ancestral
mother in Mesopotamia, etc. – what you also see here is that the man could not
propagate without the woman, only the two of them could be joined to become “one
flesh” – also, there was no need for them to miraculously “evolve” together somehow
Everything was told to be fruitful and multiply –
even man. How does this compare to “survival of the fittest? Or “the
preservation of the favored races?”
Everything was formed to reproduce its own “kind,”
with its own “kind” and after its own “kind” – not morph into some other type
Birds were formed with wings – they did not “evolve”
from dinosaurs – Genesis 1:21
God saw that everything was good – He blessed it
several times – it did not undergo generations (thousands or millions of years,
even) of death and dying to gradually become something in God’s image. In fact,
for man, there was no death – Genesis 2:15-17 … “for in the day that you eat
from it you will surely die,” not before. Furthermore, plants originally were
the food for every living creature – Genesis 1:29-30. And, there was no fear or
shame – Genesis 2:25 … “the man and his
wife were both naked and were not ashamed” – cf. to “nature … tooth and claw”
Other verses that refer to God as Creator:
Genesis is not the only book that speaks
of God as Creator. This fact is repeated over and over again throughout the
Bible, often in powerful ways, often in poetic ways … but always with reverence
to God as the Maker of all things. Following are more than 3 dozen verses from
the Old Testament that testify to this fact. This is only a small sample, and
includes none of the references from the New Testament, which is filled with
praise for God and His Son, through Whom He made all things. I invite you to do
a word study around “Creator,” “Maker” and similar terms to discover how rich
the Bible truly is on this topic.
Deuteronomy 10:14 … Heaven and the heaven of
heavens belong to the LORD your God, the earth with all that is in it.
1 Chronicles 29:11 … Yours, O LORD, are the greatness, the
power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens
and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as
head above all.
Job 38:1-7 … Then the LORD answered Job out of
the whirlwind: "Who is this that darkens counsel by words without
knowledge? Gird up your loins like a man, I will question you, and you shall
declare to me. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me,
if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-- surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its
cornerstone when the morning stars sang together praise."
… Who has cut a channel for the torrents of rain, and a way for the
thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land where no one lives, on the desert, which
is empty of human life, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the
ground put forth grass?
… Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? From
whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the hoarfrost of
heaven? The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.
Psalm 8:3-8 … When I consider Your heavens, the
work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is
man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet
you have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and
majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all
things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the
paths of the seas.
Psalm 19:1 … The heavens are telling the glory
of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Psalm 24:1-2 … The earth is the LORD's and all
that is in it, the world, and those who live in it; for God has founded it on
the seas, and established it on the rivers.
Psalm 33:5-9 … The earth is full of the
lovingkindness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And
by the breath of His mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea
together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear
the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He
spoke, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Psalm 50:10-12 … For every beast of the forest
is Mine, The cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird of the mountains,
And everything that moves in the field is Mine. If I were hungry, I would not
tell you, For the world is Mine, and all it contains."
Psalm 65:6-13 … By your strength you established
the mountains; you are girded with might. You silence the roaring of the seas,
the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples. Those who live at
earth's farthest bounds are awed by your signs; you make the gateways of the
morning and the evening shout for joy. You visit the earth and water it, you
greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide the people
with grain, for so you have prepared it. You water its furrows abundantly,
settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth. You
crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with richness. The
pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the
meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain,
they shout and sing together for joy.
Psalm 75:1-3 … We give thanks to you, O God, we
give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works. "When
I select an appointed time, It is I who judge with equity. The earth and all
who dwell in it melt; It is I who have firmly set its pillars."
Psalm 75:16-17 … Yours is the day, Yours also is
the night; You have prepared the light and the sun. You have established all
the boundaries of the earth; You have made summer and winter.
Psalm 89:11-12 … The heavens are Yours, the
earth also is Yours; The world and all it contains, You have founded them. The
north and the south, You have created them.
Psalm 90:1-3 … Lord, You have been our dwelling
place in all generations. Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to
the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. You
turn man back into dust and say, "Return, O children of men."
Psalm 94:9 … He who planted the ear, does He not
hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?
Psalm 95:3-7 … For the Lord is a great God and a
great King above all gods, In whose hand are the depths of the earth, the peaks
of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and
His hands formed the dry land. Come let us worship and bow down, let us kneel
before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture
and the sheep of His hand.
Psalm 96:5 … For all the gods of the peoples are
idols, but the Lord made the heavens.
Psalm 100:3 … Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people and the sheep
of His pasture.
Psalm 102:25-27 … Of old You founded the earth,
and the heavens are the work of Your hands. Even they will perish, but You
endure; And all of them will wear out like a garment; like clothing you will
change them and they will be changed. But You are the same, and your years will
not come to an end."
Psalm 104:1-5 … Bless the LORD, O my soul. O
LORD my God, you are very great. You are clothed with honor and majesty,
wrapped in light as with a garment. You stretch out the heavens like a tent,
you set the beams of your chambers on the waters, you make the clouds your
chariot, you ride on the wings of the wind, you make the winds your messengers,
fire and flame your ministers. You set the earth on its foundations, so that it
shall never be shaken.
Psalm 104:14-20 … You cause the grass to grow
for the cattle, and plants for people to use, to bring forth food from the
earth, and wine to gladden the human heart, oil to make the face shine, and
bread to strengthen the human heart. The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. In them the birds build their nests; the
stork has its home in the fir trees. The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the coneys. You have made the moon to mark the
seasons; the sun knows its time for setting. You make darkness, and it is
night, when all the animals of the forest come creeping out.
Psalm 104:24-30 … O LORD, how manifold are your
works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there,
living things both small and great. There go the ships, and Leviathan that you
formed to sport in it. These all look to you to give them their food in due
season; when you give to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they
are filled with good things. When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when
you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust. When you send
forth your spirit, they are created; and you renew the face of the ground.
Psalm 114: 15-16 … May you be blessed of the
Lord, Maker of heaven and earth. The heavens are the heavens of the Lord, but
the earth He has given to the sons of men.
Psalm 118:24 … This is the day which the Lord
has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 119:73 … Your hands made me and fashioned
me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.
Psalm 119:90-91 … Your faithfulness continues
throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They
stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants.
Psalm 121:1-2 … I will lift up my eyes to the
mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made
heaven and earth.
Psalm 124:8 … Our help is in the name of the
Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 134:3 … May the Lord bless you from Zion,
He who made heaven and earth.
Psalm 135:7 … He causes the vapors to ascend
from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth
the wind from His treasuries.
Psalm 136:3-9 … Give thanks to the Lord of
lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; To Him who alone does great
wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; To Him who spread out the earth
above the waters, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; To Him who made the
great lights, For His lovingkindness is everlasting: The sun to rule by day,
For His lovingkingness is everlasting, The moon and stars to rule by night, For
His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 139:13-16 … For You formed my inward
parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am
fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it
very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And
skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed
substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for
me, When as yet there was not one of them.
Psalm 145:9 … The Lord is good to all, And His
mercies are over all His works.
Psalm 146:5-7 … How blessed is he whose help is
in the Lord his God, Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in
them; Who keeps faith forever; Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who
gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free.
Psalm 147:4,8-9 … He counts the number of the
stars; He gives names to all of them … Who covers the heavens with clouds, Who
provides rain for the earth, Who makes grass to grow on the mountains. He gives
to the beast its food, And to the young ravens which cry.
Psalm 148:4-5 … Praise Him, highest heavens, And
the waters that are above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For He commanded and they were created.
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