Genesis Chapter 1 Part 2

IN the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”
God created the heavens and the earth.
Isa 42:5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

Isa 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

The creation account includes everything. From the smallest animal to the biggest galaxies. From Adam (1:26-27) to angels (Job 38:4-11)

The heavens and the earth

Heaven
(1.) Definitions., The phrase “heaven and earth” is used to indicate the whole universe (Gen_1:1; Jer_23:24; Act_17:24). According to the Jewish notion there were three heavens,
2. There are three heavens mentioned in the Bible.
(a) The fist heaven or The firmament, as “fowls of the heaven” (Gen_2:19; Gen_7:3, Gen_7:23; Psa_8:8, etc.), “the eagles of heaven”
This heaven is described as the home of the birds and clouds – Daniel 4:12
(b) The second heaven or The starry heavens (Deu_17:3; Jer_8:2; Mat_24:29).
This heaven is described as the home of the sun, moon, and stars – Psalm 19:1
(c) The third heaven or The heaven of heavens (Deu_10:14; 1Ki_8:27; Psa_115:16; Psa_148:4; 2Co_12:2).
This heaven is described as the home of the angels or departed saints. – 2 Corinth 12:2

The usual Hebrew word for “heavens” is shamayim, a plural form meaning “heights,” “elevations” “Over there”
(Gen_1:1; Gen_2:1).

It simply states that God created “The down here and the up there”

Jer 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.

Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

1. The Bible is written for the inhabitants of earth.

As we begin to read the Genesis account of creation we can note that it is from an earthly perspective.
It is written from the point of view of one who is standing on earth looking up.
We read about sunrise, sunsets, seasons, years, interstellar orbits and rotating planets.
Only thing specifically concerning man were placed in the Bible. God’s Word is not a book about angels, demons, or Satan, though they have a passing reference only as they interact with God’s dealings toward man.
This is not a book about geography, biology, archeology, or astronomy. It is a book about God’s grace to fallen man.
This book is not inferior to man or his science.
It is God’s Word! The very mind of Christ!
It is completely without error.

Theories of creation.

1. Supernatural vs. evolutionary.

The super naturalist says the creation occurred in a way that is completely foreign to anything we might see today.
Genesis 1:31-2:4 indicate that God completed His creative work.
There are also those Christians who believe that God may have acted through evolutionary means to bring about creation. While it is true that God often works through what we think of as a “natural process” man was never a part of this kind of process. Man was created. He did not flop out of some scum filled water hole to develop into what he is today. The very fact of the evolutionist argument should show its fallacy. For example, if it is true that man eventually evolved from a monkey, then why are there not naked people who have evolved wandering out of some jungle somewhere fully evolved. For that matter why have we not found people who are partially evolved. A friend of mine from the Dominican Republic told me that at a young age someone told him that monkeys were created by the devil. Although untrue, because Satan could never create, only manipulate, this theory of evolution is straight from his lips.
An appearance of history

The description we have of God’s creative work seems to imply a creation with an appearance of age. This is really seen in the creation of man. On the day that Adam was created, he was one day old, but scripture seems to define him as a full grown man rather than a baby. The implication is that he was created with an appearance of age. The same is seen in animals and plant life. we are told that God created trees yielding fruit that had with hem the seeds for reproduction. This obviously answers the age old question of “who came first?” and in this sense the answer is the chicken came first. The Biblical answer would be that God created egg laying chickens who looked and acted like those who had been hatched and grown to adulthood.
2. A conclusion

There is only one God and that is the God who created us. He is the God of every man even if every man refuses to acknowledge it.
We should also realize that He is currently involved with His creation. We see this especially in the picture of His Spirit given to all His children on conversion. Our great God having one planet, in all this vast galaxies, and star systems full of stars and dead planets (which I feel are another example of His love for man) God is concerned with this one little blue planet and what happens on it. We have all heard the theories: That if the earth was one or two degrees off its axis we would float into space. The fact that this planet just happened to be the right mixture for man and plant life. That this planet just happened to be the right distance from the sun. Look at all the other planets around us, they scream at us the wondrous works of our loving Father.
Yes there was a big bang. God said it and bang it was.

God created everything. It is never questioned. It is never debated by Moses.

The seven days of creation

1. The two-fold account of these days:

a. The flood light account
A general description of the creation account

b. The spotlight account
A specific description of the creation of man

Genesis 1:1 refutes all other philosophies dreamt up by man.
1. Atheism – There is a God
2. Polytheism – There is but one God
3. Evolution – God created all things
4. Pantheism – He is apart from His creation
5. Materialism – There was a beginning to creation
6. Fatalism – There was a purpose to creation
7. The Gap theory – There was not one
8. The 2 creations – There is only one

Let the Bible speak for itself. It means what it says and says what it means.

2. The first day.
The creation of light
1:2-5

God brought light into the darkness
Isaiah 9:1-2
He produced physical light. The New Testament records God sending His Son to be the light of the world
John 1:1-9, 8:12
One day there will be no darkness
Revelation 21:23
Why was light created first?
Perhaps it was the first need

3. The second day
The separation of the waters
1:6-10

(6-8) Atmospheric waters in the form of translucent vapor called the heavens.
“Firmament” means heavens and it literally means “something stretched out”
Psalms 19:1,150:1

(9-10) The earth and sea
These are regular land based waters in the form of shallow water, oceans, rivers, and lake heads.

4. The third day
The creation of plant life
1:9-13

There are three natural divisions of plant kingdoms:
1. Grasses
2. Herbs
3. Trees

God’s purpose for vegetation:
1. To supply food for living creatures
2. For beauty
3. Utility uses (shelters)

5. The fourth day
The creation of the sun,moon,and stars
1:14-19
Job 38:4-11

They were special light sources
God’s three-fold purpose for these special light sources:
1. To distinguish between day and night.
2. To serve as signs for man
Romans 1:19-20
Seasons
Providing man with a calender
Dividing seasons
3. To serve as permanent repositories of light

“He made the stars” This is a significant statement. In those ancient times, other religions worshiped, deified, and mystified the stars. These pagan nations revered the stars and looked to them for guidance.
The creation account only gives the stars the briefest of mentions and is a direct show of contempt for ancient Babylonian astrology. (Ps29)
We must remember that Moses is writing to Hebrews who had just recently come out of slavery in Egypt. Egyptians had worshiped Ra, the sun god or one of their chief deities. The Hebrew people needed to know that God and Re were not similar gods, but that God, Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews was the sole creator of the universe. This brief mention of the stars also has two other possible intended meanings:1) To show that there was nothing that had not been created by God. 2) To prevent the Hebrews from following the heathen practices of astrology and star worship.

Why was the earth created before the sun?

A. Priority – Because the earth was the most important in His mind. He would soon put His most important creation here – man – and one day His Son would reconcile all this back to Him.
B. Prevention – Almost every ancient civilization has worshiped the sun and through this way God is informing man that life and light existed before the sun and it came through the Son.

6. The fifth day
The creation of fish and fowl
1:20-23

1. The waters are filled with fish
2. The air is filled with birds.
3. We see by the end of the fifth day that God saw all that He had created and pronounced it as being good.

7. The sixth day
The creation of land creatures and man
1:24-25

1. Cattle most likely refers to domesticated type animals
2. Beasts of the earth:
Large carnivore like lions, beasts, elephants, and most likely dinosaurs
3. Creeping things:
Worms and insects, Bats and rats
4. In Genesis 1:27-31 God tells us about our origins and responsibilities

8.The seventh day
God rests
2:1-3

His divine resting indicates the end of His special creation acts.
All is good and in order
His work is complete.

The seventh day is God’s sabbath.
A day set aside as holy unto Himself. Later on God introduces this concept to Israel as an element of His covenant(Ex 20:8-11)
This day of rest is also setting an example for man. Man needs to have at least one day of rest, the precise day does not matter. We should have at least one day for rest not because we are commanded but because God introduced it for our own good. It would seem un-biblical to work seven days a week all of the time and we should understand it was made for man not the other way around.

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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