Tonight we're going to look at the first week. The Bible tells us in the beginning God existed.
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” — Genesis 1:1
God has always existed. Eternity is something that is very hard to fathom.
The Beginning of Creation
This reveals that the universe is not eternal. Heaven and earth had a beginning and God created them. They have not existed from all eternity. Before the beginning was eternity.
Time signifies duration measured by the revolution of the heavenly bodies. Before these were created there could be no measurement of duration and no time! What you have then, is a dateless time. Prior to time then, there was eternity, then, there was the beginning - before this event time did not exist.
God is plural - the Father, Son, and Spirit. God, brought something new into existence. Matter does not have the power to create itself. Some say, that some super dense material exploded and from that all of the universe created itself. If that is so, where did the speck come from? Scientifically, it has been proven that the universe had a beginning. Matter doesn't have the power to create itself, and if it did, then why doesn't it occur today?
Heaven and earth- all the material elements of the universe, were created by God.
The Gap Theory
Some allege that there is a vast gap, involving billions of years, between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. There is absolutely no basis for this novel idea. It was dreamed up in the early 19th century as a means of harmonizing the Bible with the evolutionary time scale.
God did not create the heavens and earth, then everything else evolved over billions of years.
- Genesis 1:2
Was it chaos? Or was it just something that was not completed in the form we have now? The earth was without form and void, but God had not yet arranged it into what we see today.
Perhaps the best meaning is that God first created the primary material and from this brought the universe into existence in six days.
Darkness was upon the face of the deep. Before plant life could be created this would need to be changed. Plants would be necessary for man's existence.
So, in the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep.
Now, God is ready to speak.
Creation Week Day One
- Genesis 1:3-5
“Let there be light...” Out of darkness came light. Each day of creation follows in a logical sequence. One step is taken so that another might follow. Without the energy source of light, there can be no use made of either the sea or of the earth that will later emerge.
It says that God created light and that He divided the darkness from the light and the evening and morning were the first day.
It was good. Good, for the benefit of man. There is no better way than God's way.
He divided the light from darkness. God did this. He separated an area of light and an area of darkness. And, this was the first day.
That the days of this initial week were literal days is evidenced by the fact that each was characterized by an evening and morning. There is no justification for stretching the creation days into vast eons of time in order to accommodate evolutionary chronology. The first day is specifically said to be divided into two parts, day and night.
Creation Week Day Two
- Genesis 1:6-8
The word, firmament, means expanse. Between the clouds and the seas there is to be a region known as heaven. This is the atmosphere, the area of waters that are above – in the form of clouds.
It too was divided. This expanse between the waters above and the waters below is called heaven. This is the air, a gaseous place. It is also known as Aerial that extends from sea level to 62 miles, this is known today as the Karman line.
This was the second day, noted as the evening and the morning.
Creation Week Day Three
- Genesis 1:9-13
The Dry Land
The dry land appeared. Before there could be vegetation there had to be light, atmosphere, and soil. God was forming a habitat for mankind who lives on the land. God separated the water from the dry land and called it earth.
The water was called the sea. Water covers 71% and the land covers 29% of the earth. Then, God went on to create the grass, herbs, and other vegetation.
The Plant Life
God created plant life. The food for mankind grows on land, for the most part. He created plants and trees that were fully grown. The fruit trees were already bearing fruit. Though only seconds old, this fruit must have appeared fully mature.
Here we see the 1st natural law; the seed produces after its own kind. It was produced with the ability to sustain its own self, to reproduce.
This law is dependable, corn produces corn and lima beans produce lima beans. Each thing produces after its own kind.
Creation Week Day Four
- Genesis 1:14-19
The Heavenly Lights
"Let there be lights..." The light serves two purposes: the division of time while also lighting of the earth - the sun, moon, and stars, and for signs.
Signs, a general term that would include all the ways in which the host of the heavens provide for us things like navigation, time increments, declaring God's glory, indicating trends in the weather, etc.
Sailors use the stars to navigate.
"Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?" — Job 38:31-33
They can be for signs and seasons the regular seasons: fall, winter, spring, summer. A regular, normal year is 365 days, 5 hours, 48 min. & 48 seconds. It takes one year for the earth the circle the sun.
The two lights: the greater light and lesser light, and these stars also. These lights were visible on the earth. A situation of apparent age here came into being, as with other aspects of the creation.
The greater light is the sun. The moon is reflected light from the sun, therefore it is the lesser light.
Think of it, that when God created the sun, the light already reached the earth, it was apparent. Because God can create that light to travel at the rate He determines.
Creation Week Day Five
- Genesis 1:20-23
Air and Sea Life Created
On this day, God created the animals. The void is fast disappearing. The law of propagation for the continuance of life. He brought forth abundantly with the ability to increase in numbers.
Sealife is the most prolific of all the animals on the earth. All great aquatic animals - this would include animals like the whale. This is not stating that only a single pair was created - but it states, "Let the waters swarm with living beings. v. 20 “...let the waters bring forth abundantly...”
It indicates that many were created and the fact that God created one human being does not mean the animals were created singly also.
Before the land animals were created they had to have plants, soil.
Some animals were predators and would have eaten other animals. If only one pair - then may have been extinct immediately after creation.
He created the fowls - animals in the air.
Let them multiply- they were to reproduce after their own kind, thus they were created to propagate.
Creation Week Day Six
Land Animals - v. 24-25
Before there could be animals they had to have plants, which required light, air, and soil. God made these things in a logical order.
- All animal life - wild beasts and tame
- Carnivorous - live on flesh
- Domestic - live on grass and other vegetables
- Reptiles, insects, and worms, the things that creepeth upon the earth
They all produce after their own kind.
- God is getting everything ready for man.
Man - v. 26-28
Let us make man in Our image, three persons in the Godhead.
- The Father. Gen 1:1 “In the beginning, God created...”
- The Holy Spirit. Gen 1:2 “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters...”
- The Son. Gen 1:3 “And God said...”
God spoke, the Word of God is Jesus Christ.
- John 1:1-5
Jesus as the Word was involved was the creative agency of God.
"God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;" — Hebrews 1:1-2
- John 1:10
- Colossians 1:16
God said, let us make man, in our image, after our likeness” - v. 27 It is not that we look like God because He has hands and feet. We're made in His image because we have a soul, a spirit.
The Mind - Soul, Spirit
We are in the image of God because we have a spirit.
"God is spirit and they that worship Him in spirit and truth." — John 10:17
Of all His creation, only man is made in God's image. This is not a physical image because both man and woman bear this image. This image is what distinguishes man from all animals. Unlike animals, man can think rationally. Man is a moral being, able to develop a conscience. No animal can create or appreciate beauty. All of these and more are factors that make man unique.
They Were to be Rulers:
God prepared everything for man's subsistence, convenience, and pleasure before He brought him into being. All creatures and creation were completed before man came upon the earth. The home was built, furnished, and amply stored, by the time the tenant was ready to occupy it. God gave to man supremacy over the earth.
“To rule over” the word means that God has appointed man to be the steward of this world, to oversee and care for all creation. Man is the last and highest of God's creatures, and as God's representative, is given a place of authority in the earth over all creatures.
He created two forms: Male and Female - In Chapter 2 we see how females were made. From them, we see that all people came from them.
“Be fruitful and multiply”
Creation was begun by miracle and procreation continues by natural law. For a purpose, to replenish - to fill the earth.
Very good - v. 31
This brought the creation of all earthly beings to a close. God's seal of approval is placed upon the entire creation.
Very good -- On the first five days of creation God made all things.
On the sixth day, he made man. He created the heavens and the earth and all things, and after each day's work, God said, that it was good. But, when he finished creating man on the sixth day, “God saw all that he and made, and it was very good.” God was satisfied with His creation. All things He created in their natural state were “very good.”
Mankind was created to live with God for eternity, but when we sin, that sin separates us from God. The good news is that God sent His Son, by whom He created the world. He sent Him to be a ransom for that sinful man, for those who have turned their back on God. If you need you can be restored to the right relationship with God.
You must believe that He is and is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. You must repent of your sins, confess His name, and be baptized to have your sins washed away and be reconciled with Him.
If you were a Christian and have turned away, you can repent and once again gain that reconciliation with Him.
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