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Second Week of January 2018
Second Study – Creation




There are approximately 100 to 200 billion stars in our Milky Way Galaxy. There is an estimated 100 to 200 billion galaxies visible to man. How many more galaxies are there in the universe? How much of the universe do we really see? Is there life on other planets? How did this marvelous universe come into existence?

Some suggest that the universe came about by some massive explosion called the Big Bang. But where did all this massive amount of material come from to have a Big Bang? Could there be mass without a Creator? Could there be life without a Life-giver? Could there be perfectly functioning systems in living organisms, such as, sight, hearing, breathing, touch, growth, reproduction, and much more without a Designer? Is life truly a matter of randomness and chance with no Creator? Or was there a Creator who created the universe? Did a loving Creator make our little world with its beautiful array of colors, the blue sky, the sun that gladdens our day, the animals both large and small, the majestic mountains, the rolling hills, the babbling brooks, the birds that warble their beautiful songs, and the nobility of man? What does the Bible say?

1. How does the Bible begin? Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Notice that God did not have a beginning, but the universe and the earth had a beginning. This would make God self-existent. Everything else owes its existence to God.

The Bible teaches us that God the Father had a co-worker in the creation of the universe. The Bible says, “All things were made by Him [Jesus]; and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” John 1:3. “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son [Jesus], whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom He made the worlds.” Hebrews 1:1, 2. If Jesus created all things with the Father, then the Son is before all things, and He is also self-existent.

2. Did God only create matter? Colossians 1:16, 17

The apostle Paul wrote, “For by Him [Jesus] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.” Colossians 1:16, 17

We first find that He created “all things. . . that are in heaven, and that are in earth.” Therefore, every celestial body, including the earth was made by Jesus. All things that are “visible and invisible” were created by Him. We are quite familiar with the visible world, but there is an invisible world that we cannot see. This may, in part, refer to spiritual beings like the angels. We can see angels when they manifest themselves to us. But for the most part, the millions of angels that ascend and descend from heaven to earth every day, are not seen by the eye of man. Our radars or satellites do not pick up their physical forms or voices. Nevertheless, they are here in our present world and throughout the universe. Jesus made them too.

He made all things with a purpose and a sense of order, as it says, He created all things “whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers.” There are angels that rank over others angels, often we call them archangels. Indeed, God has created order throughout the universe. He is a God of order, not disorder.

Not only did the Father and Son create everything, but everything consists by Them. The word “consists” comes from the Greek word sunistemi, meaning “to stand together,” “to hold together,” or “to cohere.” Can you imagine the kind of Beings the Father and Son must be to have created the universe and to hold it together? This is one of the reasons the Bible gives for worshiping God, and Him alone. The Bible says, “Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” Revelation 14:7. In heaven they sing, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11

3. What was God’s crowning act in the creation of our world? Genesis 1:26, 27

God created man in His own image, meaning that man was created in likeness to God. Man was made in resemblance to God physically. Man was created with a spiritual nature with the desire to do that which is right. If man became a sinner, it was not because God made him that way. Adam and Eve had a choice to remain loyal to God or to disobey. They had freedom of choice.

The cross of Calvary only makes sense if man begins with a spiritual nature that is in agreement with God. If God had made man like some caveman or Neanderthal, then there would be no reason for the cross. If God made man sinful from day one, certainly God could not punish man for sinning. The only way that Adam and Eve could be guilty for sinning, is if they had started off innocent.

If God made Adam and Eve innocent from day one, then the act of sinning would fall square upon our first parents. They would be guilty of disobeying God. Since the wages of sin is death [See Romans 6:23], man would face an eternal death unless Someone would die in his place. More on this in a later study.

4. What wonderful institutions did God set forth in the very beginning? Genesis 1:26, 27

God instituted marriage between a husband and his wife, male and female. Jesus confirmed this truth at the wedding at Cana. See John 2:1-1. God performed the first marriage. Adam and Eve are the parents of us all.

Adam was created first, and Eve was taken from the rib or side of Adam. See Genesis 2:20-24. She was to stand by his side forever. This relationship was designed by God to last forever. See Matthew 19:6; Romans 7:2, 3. They would raise a family together. They would help one another to become more beautiful in Christ each day.

Marriage serves as an example of our relationship with God. See Isaiah 54:5; 62:4, 5; Ephesians 5:23, 27. Jesus is described as the Bridegroom and the body of believers as His bride. See Matthew 9:15; 2 Corinthians 11:2. As we are to be married to our spouse all the days of our life, Jesus is to be our only Lord and Savior. We are to be faithful to the true God and not go after false gods. The first commandment reads, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3.

5. Did you know that our loving Creator planned man’s original diet? Genesis 1:11, 12; 3:18

Man’s original diet consisted of grains, fruits, and nuts. After the fall of Adam and Eve, God added vegetables. Today, we would call this a vegetarian diet. Many today have experienced the blessing of such a diet, which is higher in nutritious carbohydrates, and lower in fat and protein. More on this in a later study. But I think it is safe to say that our Creator knows what is best for us.

6. Where did the Sabbath come from? Genesis 2:1-3

After God created the earth and everything living thing in six literal days, He established the seventh-day Sabbath as the memorial of His creative works and His creative power. By keeping the seventh-day Sabbath holy, from Friday evening to Saturday evening, we acknowledge that God has given us life. We also acknowledge that God has the power to re-create us in His image.

Through sin the image of God in man has been marred. But all that has been lost through sin can be restored through the creative power of God. Therefore, from Sabbath to Sabbath, we have the glorious opportunity to share our testimony in reference to the wonderful working of God’s power in our life.

Some have asked why we keep the Sabbath from evening to evening? This is how God arranged a full day. On each day of creation, it reads, “And the evening and the morning were the first day. . . And the evening and the morning were the second day. . .” and so forth. Genesis 1:5, 8. So each Biblical day is from sunset to sunset.

Some have asked, “Isn’t it enough to keep any day of the week?” Notice how God inspired Moses to record God’s creation of sacred time, the seventh day Sabbath. “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:1-3

Clearly the seventh day Sabbath is the memorial for creation and God’s creative power. The “seventh day” is specifically mentioned. In fact, all throughout Scripture the seventh day Sabbath is the only Sabbath day mentioned for God’s people. But notice what God had done. He “rested on the seventh day,” “He “blessed the seventh day,” and He “sanctified” the seventh day. He did all this because He created our world in six days and rested on the seventh day.

The word “rested” comes from the Hebrew word shabath, from where we get the word Sabbath. It means “to cease.” In this case, God ceased from His labor or activity of creating the world. Does God still believe in resting on the Sabbath? According to the Creation account, our world was created six thousand years ago. That would be around 4000 BC. God reaffirms His will concerning the Sabbath when He gave the Ten Commandments on two tables of stone to Moses around 1550 BC. In the heart of God’s commandments, we find the Sabbath commandment as the fourth commandment. “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.

In the first century, Jesus confirmed His own memorial of Creation, “And He [Jesus] came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up: and, as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.” Luke 4:16. If Jesus created the universe and holds it together; if He created the seventh day Sabbath as a memorial of His creative works, then it only makes sense that Jesus would keep His own Sabbath day. Throughout of all Biblical history, God’s people had only known one particular day as the weekly Sabbath. It was the seventh day Sabbath. It is a glorious time to worship the Lifegiver for giving us life, and to praise Him for giving us the promise of eternal life through His Son, Jesus Christ.

Summary

We have much to be thankful for. God created a perfect world. He made Adam and Eve innocent. God never intended for sin and suffering to enter into our little world. He intended for us to live forever.

Many blessings came out of Adam and Eve’s Eden home. There was the marriage institution that is the basis of society. There is the blessedness of family. There was our original diet, that science today testifies as a healthy lifestyle. There was the seventh day Sabbath. The weekly reminder that we are not our own. We did not make ourselves and we cannot save ourselves. Our only hope of salvation is to know Him who made us and who alone can re-create us.