2018-08-29 / Religion

God creates the heavens and earth

Sunday School Lesson
Rev. James Temples

Genesis 1:1-13

The question regarding the origin of the universe seems to have plagued the human mind through the centuries. Much discussion has resulted in many theories, with little to no basis for the conclusions. The human mind is equipped only to grasp the concept of time. The thought of eternity has been reduced to a simple “concept” in the clouded, sin-controlled mind. As in any instance, it is always best to consult the author, when difficult questions arise. The Bible is the word of God. To say that the inspired Word “contains the word of God” is a gross error. Our Heavenly Father the creator of the universe has provided answers to many questions that plague our sincontrolled minds.

The divine declaration is clear “In the beginning God (Elohim) created the heaven ad the earth.” Genesis 1:1. The question that can come to mind concerns “when” this event took place. It is important for us to realize that the word of God does not give us any time-frame as reference for this event. The word of God is complete, each part referencing all other parts. The Apostle Paul wrote, “For God is not the author of confusion.” 1 Corinthians 14:33.

The rebellion in heaven was brought about by “Lucifer, the son of the morning.” Isaiah 14:12. This act resulted in his being; brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.” Isaiah 14:15. This picture is one of chaos and disturbance. “They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee. That made the world a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof, that opened not the house of his prisoners.” Isaiah 14:16, 17.

Moses wrote, “And the earth was (became) without form, and void; And darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Genesis 1:2a. In recent years, archaeology and geology have uncovered evidence of a great upheaval in the structure of the earth. There is no question regarding the existence of dinosaurs, saber-toothed tigers, etc. The evidence shows a shift of the earth on its axis. Jeremiah recorded the existence of cities within that timeframe with the mountains being disturbed. See Jeremiah 4:23-26.

This condition of confusion and chaos would not last forever.” And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:2b. The revelation of God through the name Elohim is a plural word in Hebrew. This name is an indication of the fact of the Holy Trinity. The spirit was active in ending of the period of chaos.

The darkness that covered the creation was not the condition needed for “life” to exist. Our Heavenly Father declared, “Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:3. The Apostle John wrote that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5b. Simply stated, darkness is “the absence of light.” Thus, the power of God was introduced into the system of chaos to restore order to the condition that had been brought about by the Satanic rebellion. The record gives to us the divine assessment of this first act of re-creation. “And God saw the light, that it was good.” Genesis 1:4a. Mixture is not tolerated by our creator — “and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darknes he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Genesis 1:4b, 5.

The next step described in the account is that of dividing the waters. “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Genesis 1:6. The word “firmament” means “an expanse spread over the earth.” (Wilson). The root of this word shows “to overlay (with sheets of metal).” (Strong). This structure seemed to have remained in place until the time of the great flood. See Genesis 7:11. The record declares, “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.” Genesis 1:7, 8. The term “heaven” presently is used of the location of the stars, planets, etc.

It would seem that the whole surface of our planet was covered with water. “And God said, Let the waters under 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 call the Seas; and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:9, 10.

The condition is, now, ready for the appearance of some form of life to exist on this newly-renovated earth. “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.” Genesis 1:11. The spoken word was enough to bring about the plantlife that we now know. “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed is in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.” Genesis 1:12, 13.

The account of the beginning of life on our planet as we now know it shows the orderliness of God. The man-made theories regarding the “origin of the universe” depend upon many assumptions that are based on unfounded suppositions. The divine plan of the redemption of the coming human race was already in place before the first act of creation took place. The Apostle Peter wrote of our Redeemer, “Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot, Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world.” 1 Peter 1:19, 20. This One would take away our sins. Have you accepted him into you life? If not, please do so today. John 3:14.

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