In The Beginning God Created
Memory Verse: Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
“In the beginning”. The beginning of what? Was there a time when there was nothing? Then what happened? Science tells us that a Big Bang happened to start the universe. If that was true, what would have caused this Big Bang? There had to have been some kind of matter to explode if the Big Bang theory was true. Where would that matter have come from? If there had been matter that exploded, then that was not the beginning. There had to be a time where nothing but God existed – a time where matter did not yet exist.
In the beginning….a time when only God existed – nothing else. A time where something was started – a beginning.
“God created”. What does that mean? Did God use something to start things out? The Big Bang theory tells us an explosion of matter started things out. The dictionary defines the word “create” to mean: to cause to come into being, as something unique that would not naturally evolve or that is not made by ordinary processes; to spring from one's own thought or imagination, as a work of art or an invention. Something that would not naturally evolve – not made by ordinary processes – to spring from one’s own thought or imagination. God thought it and then He did it.
How did God create? Our Bible tells us that “God said”. God spoke things that had never before existed, into existence. God thought it, planned it, designed it and spoke it into existence. “God said.”
“In the beginning God created”.
What did He create? “The heavens and the earth”
“The earth was formless and empty.” This earth that God created had no mountains, no plants, no animals on it. God created light by the words that He spoke. And evening and morning – not morning and evening, evening and morning were the first day.
God created the atmosphere of earth. Of all the planets it seems that only the earth has a breathable atmosphere. Our atmosphere contains water in the form of vapor. There is moisture in the air. God knew that the creatures He would be creating would need air and water.
He placed some of the water in and
on the earth with the rest of the water as water vapor in the air – some
forming clouds that would return that water to the earth only to have some of
it evaporate into water vapor and rise. Thus God provided a permanent cycle
that would make sure that water was always available for His creation. Up to
now, He had not created anything living. He was designing a world that would
God knew that His creation would need food and breathable air, so He created plants. He made them so they could reproduce themselves so His creation would never be without them. God was really thinking things out before He did them. He designed plants. He knew they would need water, air, and light to grow and reproduce themselves.
God created the sun to light the day, and the moon to light the night. He peppered the universe with stars and galaxies to mark the seasons, days and years. He made a way for us to count the passage of time. The sun would warm the earth just enough so that it would not be too hot nor too cold for His creation to live and prosper wherever they desired to live on it. The earth was now ready to support living creatures.
God now filled the sky with birds who lived in the trees and with fish and sea creatures that lived in the seas and oceans, rivers and streams. God was filling His earth with life.
After God filled the sky with flying creatures, He created the land animals. He created them so that each kind could produce young of the same kind. He filled the earth with every conceivable kind of creature, but none of these He had created so far could communicate with Him.
God then created His highest creation. He created mankind -- creatures that would be able to communicate with Him -- creatures made in His image and likeness.
God took His own hands and formed a creature from the dust of the earth. He designed and fashioned man to be different from the other creatures He had created. This creature would be able to communicate with Him, he would be able to think and to reason. He could learn abstract ideas like science and mathematics, art and music. He could be creative. None of the other creatures had these capabilities. None of the other creatures would be able to do these things. The other creatures could live and multiply, but man was different. He was intelligent and needed something to do. He could get bored. So, God gave man a job.
Gen. 1:28-30 and Genesis 2: 8, 15
8 “Then the LORD God planted
a garden in Eden in the east, and there He placed the man He had made.”
Adam was the only human at that point. God knew that Adam would need a companion, someone to talk to, someone like himself. God knew that just being around the animals would not fill that need.
So God created woman.
Up to this point, God had called His creation good, but after He created man, He called His creation of man and woman, VERY GOOD. He considered man and woman His greatest creation – even better than the creation of the universe, the earth, the seas, and every other creature He had created. Man was the highest, the best, the most perfect of His creations.
God created everything in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. He, as all powerful God, could have done it in 6 milliseconds or less. He did it in 6 days so you would be able to see that it wasn’t just a whim. You weren’t an afterthought. God created this all for you. He started out with a place to live – the earth and a place for that place to be in – the heavens. He then put air and water on that place so you wouldn’t die. He continued with plants for food, the sun, moon and stars so we could keep track of time and would have daytime to work or play in and nighttime to rest and sleep. He then populated the world with a huge diversity of creatures living in the air, water and on the earth. The when everything was ready, He created mankind – both male and female. What forethought, what planning. Nothing was out of order and nothing was missing.
You are special. God created this all for you. Never let anyone tell you that you are the descendants of an animal. That is not who you are. Jesus did not die for an animal – He died for you. He wants to spend eternity with you. This life is our training ground for eternal life with Him forever. God wants us to learn how to be like Him. You are very special indeed!
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