STORIES FROM THE BIBLE: 11/17/2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The Story of Creation
The Bible begins with God the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth. It tells the true story of how God made all things. He filled the world with perfect and good things. He made the world for you and me. I wonder . . . How did God make all things? How did He give us life?
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved stories, especially stories from the Holy Bible. I have never outgrown my love for these wonderful biblical stories, not even now at age 74. Let’s start with a look at creation in Genesis 1 and the world He made for us.
God Creates the World
‘In the beginning, there was no land or sky or sea or animals. And then God spoke in the darkness: “Let there be light!” Right away there was light, scattering the darkness and showing the infinite space. “That’s good!” said God. “From now on, when it’s dark it will be ‘night” and when it’s light, it will be ‘day’.” The evening came and the night passed and then the light returned. That was the first day.
On the second day, God added to the earth and over it He carefully hung a vast blue sky. He stood back and admired His creation. “That’s good!” said God and the second day was over.
The next morning God looked around and thought, “the earth needs to be a bit more organized.” So, He put all the water in one place and all the dry land in another. When He had finished that, God made plants to cover the land. Flowers appeared. All sorts of trees and grasses began to grow. “That‘s good!”, said God and that was the end of the third day.
On the fourth day, God looked around and though, “the daylight still needs a bit more work and the night is just too dark.” So, He made the sun to light the sky during the day and the moon and stars to add a bit of sparkle to the night. He hung them in the shy. “That‘s good!,” said God, and that was the end of the fourth day.
The next day, God turned his attention to the water he had collected in the oceans. “I want these waters teeming with life!” As soon as He said it, it was so. In no time, there were millions of small fish darting through the shallow water and huge fish swimming in the ocean. God made birds, too. He sent them soaring through the air. “ That’s good!, “said God. The dusk fell over the water and the sky grew dark and that was the end of the fifth day.
On the sixth day, God added creatures to the land. He made lions and tigers and bears. He made rabbits and sheep and cows. He added everything from ants to zebras to the land. But there was still something missing. So God added Man to enjoy and take care of all that He had created. God looked around and was happy with all He had made.
After six days, the whole universe was completed. God said, “It’s very good”, and that was the end of the sixth day.
On the seventh day God rested and enjoyed looking at all He had made.”
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT:
Do not be fooled, God created the earth. It did not happen by chance. It takes just as much faith to believe that statement, than it does to believe that we came from slime. In the past, and to a certain extent today, scholars had a tendency to understate the importance of biblical creation because they did not understand the science behind it. Rest assured, there is much scientific study and explanation behind much of the events in Genesis - including creation. Note that God created the earth from nothing (without form and empty). Note that God created LIGHT on day one. He did not create the sun on that day. The sun was not created until the Fourth Day (Gen 1:14-19). Note that the light which God created was “GOOD”. God called the light “Day” and the darkness “Night” The word “day”, as used in the Bible most of the time, means a solar day, a calibrated 24 hour period. Creation marks the absolute beginning of the world we live in.
A HYMN: Words by C. F. Alexander (1848) and music by L. O. Sanderson (1935):
“All Things Bright And Beautiful”
1. The little flow’r that opens, The little bird that sings,
God made their glowing colors, He made their tiny wings. REFRAIN
2. The cold wind in the winter, The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden, He made them every one. REFRAIN
3. He gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well. REFRAIN
REFRAIN: All things bright and beautiful, Creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.
Today’s Blessing: May God take care of you, through everyday, over all the way.
PRAISE GOD and GIVE HIM ALL THE GLORY! BE BLESSED TODAY, Vic,