2018-09-05 / Religion

God creates lights and life

Sunday School Lesson
Rev. James Temples

Genesis 1:14-25

There can be several definitions for the word “light.” The simplest of these is “the essential condition for vision.” As we read the divine account of the creation of order from chaos, the first act was bringing the condition of “light.” It would seem that this light was not specific, but simply, some kind of “glow.” This condition was sufficient for that time.

The use of the word “day” in the divine record has been questioned by many skeptics. However, the Hebrew word that is translated by our English word is that which indicates “a twenty-four hour period.” On the fourth day of creation, the light structures of distinction were created. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night.” Genesis 1:14a. The divine purpose is stated–“and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.” Genesis 1:14b, 15.

The specific structures needed were brought into existence. “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule (to have dominion over) the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.” Genesis 1:16. The positioning of the structures was not done in any kind of haphazard fashion. “And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness.” Genesis 1:17, 18a, b. The eternal assessment is given regarding this creation — “and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:18c.

We need to remember that the “dry land” appeared on the third day of creation. The water had been gathered into the “seas.” Thus, the conditions were now ready for “life,” as if we know exactly what we mean. When one is asked for a definition of this word, the answers seem to go in all directions. Even though one cannot “tie down” a simple definition, it is obvious to any casual observer when life is present or absent.

Without great explanation, the divine record states, “And God said, let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales (used of any large denizen of the deep), and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:20, 21. With the presence of “life,” God gave his assessment — “And God blessed them, saying, be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. Genesis 1:22, 23.

The sixth day of creation began with what is now known as “animal life.” “And God said, let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:24, 25.

The “crowning achievement” was to be created on this sixth day. “And God said, let us make man in our image, and after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:26. The declaration was simple and clear — “So God created man (humans) in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female.” Genesis 1:27. A divine directive was given to this “highest creation” — “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:28.

With this divine record, it becomes obvious to anyone with a ready mind, that all “life” on our planet did not come through a series of “random acts” that resulted in life as we now know it. For those who attempt to expound on their “theory,” we can easily understand that they have decided to “worship at the altar to the god of chance.” Many of these proponents would argue that they are not “worshiping anything.” Yet, they have erected for themselves altars of man-made theories that have no real basis in the fields of the natual sciences, not in anthropology. These people look with disdain on the “uncivilized cultures” that bow to some kind of idol made of physical materials, yet, consider themselves as “enlightened” as they risk their eternal destination on such a false foundation.

You are not in this world — at this time — by chance. God has ordained for your presence on this planet at this time. Our Heavenly Father — the creator of the universe — has provided a way for all of our sins to be forgiven. He sent his only begotten son into this world to die as the supreme sacrifice for all of the sins of mankind. Have you, personally, accepted this eternal provision? The declaration of old has not lost its validity– “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16. “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Acts 16:31.

Rev. James C. Temples’ Sunday School Lesson has appeared in the Early County News each week since 1967. A native of Early County, Rev. Temples taught in public schools 32 years and 10 years at Southeastern College of Assemblies of God, in Lakeland, Fla. He also served as pastor and evangelist during those years. He can be contacted at P. O. Box 1484, Swainsboro, GA 30401; 478- 299- 2068. Email: temples_ james@ yahoo. c om

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