CHRISTIAN EVIDENCES

Psalm 14:1 "The fool has said in his heart, there is no God"

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THE CREATION

DAY SEVEN:

 

Psalm 33:6-7 "By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. 7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deep in storehouses."

 

Hebrews 4:4 "For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”"

 

Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it."

 

Mark 2:27 "And He said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath."

 

Seventh Creative Day:

On this, the seventh day, God would cease His creative work. Everything is complete, He has determined that all the creation and work of His hand has matched and exemplified His Divine will. In this last day of creation, God will demonstrate a Divine Sabbath (only as a teaching tool - we will elaborate more about this later), and the blessings of rest.

 

Text:

Genesis 2:1-3 "Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made."

 

Host: Verse one is a summary of the previous six days work. It is stated that God created the heavens (necessary for light, signs, seasons, and measured time) and the earth (the home for the special creation of man), and all the host of them. The host of them, describes the entire creation of life on the earth.

This is where the term "God of hosts" is derived; however, it is not limited to the hosts of earth. The term "host" is from the Hebrew, "Tsebaam" and means 'to go forth as a soldier', or 'to join together for service'.

This term has also been applied to the heavenly beings -

2 Chronicles 18:18 "Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on His throne, and all the host of heaven standing on His right hand and His left."

[Micaiah was a true prophet of God, who resided in Samaria in the days of Jehoshaphat and Ahab]

 

Psalm 148:2 "Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts!"

[A Psalm of praise to the Lord from creation]

 

Luke 2:13-14 "And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “ Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

 

The term is also used of celestial bodies -

Isaiah 34:4 "All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; All their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as fruit falling from a fig tree."

[Spoken of God's sovereignty and judgment of nations]

 

Isaiah 40:26 "Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power;
Not one is missing."

[Isaiah records the incomparable greatness of God and that He is beyond human counsel]

 

Thus, the God of Hosts is given often in scripture to demonstrate that He is the origin of everything in the heavens and the earth.

 

The strong emphasis in these verses on the completion of all of God's creating, clearly refutes modern evolutionary materialism, which seeks to explain the origin and development of all things in terms of natural processes and laws innate to the universe. Creation is complete, not continuing (if evolution takes place at all, it would require continuing miraculous intervention in the present laws of nature).

 

Seventh Day: With the summary of the previous days stated, we are now introduced to the last day of this creative narrative. Day seven of this narrative is introduced as a day of cessation and rest. The word "rest" used here in verse two, is from the Hebrew "Shavath" and means, 'to sit still'.

 

Blessed it: God blessed this seventh day in three ways:

The record of this blessing by God was as an example and revealed to His people thousands of years later for their clear understanding of the illustration.

 

Sanctified it: God literally declared it holy!

This “hallowing” of every seventh day was for man's benefit (Mark 2:27), and was obviously intended as an illustration for a permanent human institution; for the physical and spiritual need of all men for a weekly day of rest and worship, in thankfulness for God's great gift of creation.

The Sabbath (literally “rest”) day was incorporated in the Mosaic covenant with Israel

The age-long, worldwide observance of the “week” is not contingent on the movements of the sun and moon (like the day, the month and the year) but rather is mute testimony to its establishment as a memorial of God's literal seven-day creation week.

 

Divine and Human Sabbaths:

The word "Sabbath" comes from the Hebrew "Shabbath" and means, 'to desist', 'cease', and 'rest'.

 

Divine Sabbath was:

Human Sabbath was:

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."

God would once again engage in the act of creation. This was prophesied by Isaiah (Isaiah 65:17-19), and would be fulfilled in the new heavens and earth established in the righteousness of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 12:22-24; 2 Peter 3:13). In this new creation, we would also be given a new day to mark the work of God through Jesus Christ (Acts 20:7).

 

Summary: After the perfection of the first six days of creative work, God rested. This day of rest is blessed and sanctified for illustrative purpose, and men are the beneficiaries of this blessing; as a day of rest and reflection on our Creator is truly refreshing.

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THE GENERATION OF CREATION:

 

Verses 4-7 are given here as a review of the creative days, before we transition back into day six and look at some additional details of that day. The word "generations" comes from the Hebrew, "Toledoth" and means 'history' or 'generations'.

 

Text:

Genesis 2:4-7 "This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, 5 before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; 6 but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.
7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being."

 

Lord God: In this review of the creative process, or generations, we have the first mention of the Lord God. This is a reference to Jehovah Elohim, which is illustrative of God as the architect; the fullness of His Divine nature, and the multiplicity of His Divine power.

 

In That Day: The reference "in that day" is given to establish the first of the creative days. It will be followed by a systematic set of "before" to show the events that would follow the first day. Verse six and seven also include a "but", and an "and"; to introduce additional events and the necessity for them.

 

Before it Grew: This statement clearly teaches the fact of a mature creation, or creation of apparent age. The first plants did not grow from seeds, but were created full grown.

 

No Rain: The ancient hydrological (the study of the properties, distribution, and effects of water) system, due to the absence of rain, being a consequence of the water vapor above the firmament and the uniform temperature which it maintained over the earth.

The system itself was implemented in this history prior to the "plant of the field" or the "herb of the field", to show that God had prepared for the introduction of these.

Rain today is dependent on the global circulation of the atmosphere, transporting water evaporated from the ocean inland to condense and precipitate on the lands. This circulation is driven by worldwide temperature differences in the atmosphere and would be impossible with the global warmth sustained by the canopy.

Since there was not a system for the hydrology of the earth (in the form of rain); the world that existed then, prior to the flood and separation of the continents was watered by a mist. The word "mist" is from the Hebrew "ade", which means, 'a fog', 'vapor', or 'mist'. It refers merely to the local daily cycle of evaporation and condensation occasioned by the day and night temperature cycle.

Similarities to this on a smaller scale exist in condensation and dew.

 

Dust of the Ground: Since there was not a man to till the ground, God solved that problem with his creation (day six). Man's body was formed out of the very home he was created to inhabit (carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, etc.). It was the same material plants and the whole of animal life was created.

 

Breath of Life: The word "breath" comes from the Hebrew "Nishma", and means, 'puff, blast', 'wind', or 'breath of life'. All the creatures of God (air, and land), had this breath - Genesis 7:21-22; however, man's breath was imparted to him directly, rather than indirectly as in the animals.

 

Living Soul: The word "living" is from the Hebrew, "Chay" and means 'alive', fresh', or 'life'; while "being" is from the Hebrew, "Nephesh" and means 'soul'. When we include this statement to the one made in the previous chapter (Hebrew, "Tslelem Damuth" which meant 'image and likeness'); we see the we have both the animal life spirit and the eternal life spirit in the likeness of God.

This continues to advance the superiority of man in comparison to the other creatures. More importantly, it stands as testimony that evolution is dead wrong in stating that we came from other animals. If that were true, it would not have been necessary to give us our own "Nephesh", as the animals created prior to us already had it.

 

Summary Points of the Generations of Creation:

All of creation serves the special creation (man) of God and is the perfect home for such.

All creatures are not the same. This is the will of God. God obviously delights in variety, necessity, and function.

No separate creature can be anything other than its individual nature allows.

To be different than what God has made us, is to be guilty of foolish and sinful discontent.

A creatures highest function is to act in accordance with God's assigned nature.

Every creature, including man, has a place.

Every creature, including man, has his own work.

Ours is to reverently worship God, thankfully receive our charge from creation, to be obedient to the same Divine Word that created everything (obedience is the first duty of the created), and to seek the approval of the Creator.