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In the Beginning, God...

by saltshaker

 - Thu, Dec 30 2010

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, Genesis 2:4-25

How does this compare to modern scientific theory (Big Bang evolution)?

  1. The focus is all on God – Genesis makes it plain and clear that He did everything

-Look at all the instances that say “God created,” “God said,” “God saw,” “God made,” etc. in chapters 1 & 2

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

4.       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

       -What was made second? (heaven was separated from creation)            

       -What was made third? (sea and earth separated, vegetation formed on the earth)

       -What 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

       -What was made fifth? (sea creatures and flying creatures – this would have included some dinosaurs         – “great sea monsters” in Gen. 1:21)

       -What was made sixth? (beasts of the earth, cattle, creeping things … and then man, after                  all the other animals were made)

        5.       Life did not spring from non-living matter by itself – God gave life to non-living matter

        6.       Man was formed from “dust” – not from a primordial slime – God breathed life into his nostrils

        7.       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)

        8.       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

        9.       In fact, man was given dominion over the animals and all creation – Genesis 1:26-28

        10.   Man was created in the image of God – God did not place His image in a monkey       

        11.   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

        12.   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?”

        13.   Everything was formed to reproduce its own “kind,” with its own “kind” and after its own “kind” – not morph into some other type of creature

        14.   Birds were formed with wings – they did not “evolve” from dinosaurs – Genesis 1:21

        15.   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.

1.       Deuteronomy 10:14 … Heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the LORD your God, the earth with all that is in it.

2.       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.

3.       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."

4.       Job 38:25-27  … 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?

5.       Job 38:28-30  … 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.

6.       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.

7.       Psalm 19:1 … The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

8.       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.

9.       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.

10.   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."

11.   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.

12.   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."

13.   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.

14.   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.

15.   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."

16.   Psalm 94:9 … He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?

17.   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.

18.   Psalm 96:5 … For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens.

19.   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.

20.   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."

21.   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.

22.   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.

23.   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.

24.   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.

25.   Psalm 118:24 … This is the day which the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

26.   Psalm 119:73 … Your hands made me and fashioned me; give me understanding, that I may learn Your commandments.

27.   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.

28.   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.

29.   Psalm 124:8 … Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

30.   Psalm 134:3 … May the Lord bless you from Zion, He who made heaven and earth.

31.   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.

32.   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.

33.   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.

34.   Psalm 145:9 … The Lord is good to all, And His mercies are over all His works.

35.   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.

36.   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.

37.   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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