Posted by Pastor Joe

DISCIPLESHIP LESSON #5

God is the God of Creation.

 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Hebrews 11:3 

              Knowing that Scripture is the testimony of truth and the only complete revelation from God, we will see who God is Biblically. The first place we should start is the beginning. The creation account is found in Genesis 1-2 and it shows very specifically how the physical realm came about. Before we begin to look at specifics, what needs to be made very clear that the timeline in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 are the same: they just look at the events in different ways. Genesis 1 lists the events like a grocery list: this happened on this day, this happened on that day, and so forth until the creation was finished. Genesis 2 is a narrative. The heart of the creation account in either chapter is the creation of man. So what this lesson will achieve are: to give a summary of the creation account, focus on the creation of man, and appreciate different characteristics of God.

                  This is a summary of what happened in the Creation Account: God made everything in just seven days, and as the verse on top of the page informs, creation was all by the word of God. He said it and it came forth. He made everything out of nothing which means that there was nothing existing besides God and He by His power and wisdom spoke it (space, the world, light, plants, animals, stars, sun and moon) into existence. On the first day, He made the heaven (or space) and the earth. The earth at this point was uninhabitable by anything; all the earth was was a ball of water and the Spirit of God held it together. God made light and separated it from darkness, calling the one day and other night. That was the first day. On second day, God created the firmament (atmosphere) above the earth, separating the waters on earth and in the firmament. On day three, God made dry land appear which He made bring forth plants which produced seeds, and trees that yielded fruit. The fourth day was when God made the sun, moon, and stars, and put them in their places. After that day, God created all the water creatures and the birds, and told them to multiply. On the sixth day, God made the rest of the land animals and man. After He made man, God gave man and woman the dominion over the earth. Being done with the creation account, He looked at it and said it was very good. The last day He rested. This is the creation account.

                 Next will be a look at the importance of man. In Genesis 1, God set apart man for himself. In verse 26 of chapter one, God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion overfish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth.” The fact that God made man in His own image and gave him the special job of overlooking the whole earth shows man as very important. In Genesis 2, the Bible records that God personally handcrafted man out of the dust of the earth, molding and shaping him to what He wanted him to be like. Also in that record, God breathed into the man life. The Bible does not say that God did this for any other creature; man is very important to God. Genesis 2 shows that the man and woman were created differently and with different purposes. The man, Adam, was made to have the dominion over the earth and Adam exercised this dominion by giving all the creatures names. It was after this that God said that it was not good for man to be alone.  So from a rib taken from the man, He made the woman. He made the woman to be a help meet for the man. This is why in a Biblical marriage, the man needs to be the leader and the woman needs to submit to her husband. And with God bringing the woman to man, we see in the Bible the beginning of the institution of marriage. Back in Genesis 1, God, after He made them, gave them the command to be fruitful and multiply and have dominion over the earth. Also, He told them that He gave them fruit from the trees and green herb for food, yet in Genesis 2, the Bible says that there was one tree that they could not eat from, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Knowing the story of man, they did not follow this command and sin entered into the world, corrupting the nature of man. Yet this does not take back the importance of man to God; that is why He made a promise of a coming Messiah in order for man to get right with God by His sacrifice for sin.

                 With all that said, we can see in the creation account many characteristics or attributes of God. The first characteristic is that God is self-existent. Having the first four words of Genesis 1:1 as in the beginning God, it shows that He was there at the beginning. It was because of Him that there was a beginning in the first place. Self-existence means that God did not need anything from anyone else to exist. He exists on His own. For example, we are dependent on God for food, water, even what goes on in our body with every heartbeat. We are dependent; He is independent from everything or self-existent. The second characteristic is that God is powerful. Anyone that thinks about physics can appreciate this. If everything that exists that we see are made up of energy particles, which are called atoms, then if you put these particles of everything that ever was made in the universe together with the energy that it took in order to create that energy, the amount of energy that you would come up with is mind boggling! It is then that you have an insight into the power of God. Yet in making everything, He was not exhausted in His power nor was He tired that He had to rest on the seventh day. He is powerful, even all-powerful.  The third attribute is that He is orderly. God had a plan and put it into action. Thinking about the complexity of the universe or the earth or even just the human body, you can’t go away from that and say that it is not in great order. God is very orderly as seen from creation. Another characteristic of God displayed in creation is that He is wise. The wisdom of God is astounding if you think about the cycle of things like water or the cycle of life, it is so remarkable. Everything that was made has a plan to it, a purpose from God to fulfill. He is wise also because of His plan goes against the ideas of man in science. The scientists would say that the sun and stars had to be first before the planets came into being, but God tells us that the earth was first, and the sun came three days later. Astounding is the wisdom of God. The next characteristic that can be seen is simply that God is creative. There is no doubt about that because His very act of creation displays it. Look at the various types of animals and their unique features, and you will see a very creative God behind it. The sixth characteristic of God is seen in the name of the LORD in chapter two. The word LORD in the Hebrew comes from a being word. Being verbs are as follows: is, are, were, was, will, be, being, been. This name for God shows that He is eternal. He is, He was, He will always be is exactly what the name LORD conveys. He is eternal, never-ending, has and will always exist. The seventh attribute is seen in the command not to eat. God tells Adam to eat of any fruit of the trees except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God also told him the ramifications of if he does eat of it: thou shalt surely die! This shows that God is just in that He gave a command and the consequences of sinning against God, and after they did sin, they died spiritually and began to die physically. God is just when dealing with humanity, and He is also faithful and true. But God is also merciful and gracious. We can see these last attributes in the fall of man. Mercy is someone not giving punishment to someone who does deserve it. God withholds the physical death for humanity and it shows Him to be merciful because He could have just killed Adam and Eve right then and there, ending humanity at the moment they sinned. But He did not. He is merciful. But He is also gracious. God did not leave humanity to waste away and then to go to hell for being sinners. He made a way back to Himself, and that way was sending His own Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf, taking the punishment for our sins, death, on Himself. And if you accept this gift of Jesus Christ, you will be saved, justified before God. With Jesus taking our place, we take His place and are righteous before God.  God is merciful and gracious toward humanity.

              Now that you now know more about God in His person, do you have a closer relationship with Him? He is real and is right there for you to have a relationship with. If you are not saved, your relationship is guilty sinner in front of an angry, wrathful God who will condemn you useless you come to Christ. If you are saved, meaning you accepted Christ’s sacrifice on your behalf, then you are a saint, righteous before the eyes of a loving Father. You need to get to know Him more and more. This comes with time of reading your Bibles and praying. By faith you must want to know Him more and more in order to have a great relationship with Him. The question is how much time a day do you give God? Another question is how much do you want a better relationship with God? It will show itself in how much time you spend with Him.