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CREATES LIGHTS AND LIFE
September 9, 2018
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 1:14-25
KEY VERSE: And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: (Genesis 1:14)
INTRODUCTION: Two major themes run like railroad tracks through the Bible, from the original creation of the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1) to the creation of a new heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1). One track is creation, the other is redemption (closely related to salvation). It’s important to keep both in mind when reading and interpreting Scripture.
The CREATION TRACK reminds us that …
· God in Christ has made everything there is. He is Creator and Lord (Gen. 1:31; Col. 1:16-17).
· God has created and called people to oversee the earth as His managers (Gen. 1:27, 30; Ps. 8:6). People have been given a mandate to care for the earth -- to preserve, protect, and use it wisely.
· Everyday work matters to God. We are His coworkers, called to accomplish meaningful tasks for which He will hold us accountable (Gen. 2:8, 15; Eccl. 9:10; 12:13-14).
· What happens here and now, in this present, physical world, matters to God (John 5:17; Eph. 2:10).
The REDEMPTION TRACK reminds us that …
· God has committed Himself to reclaiming this fallen world and rescuing sinful people through His Son, Jesus Christ (Gen. 3:15; Rom. 8:19–22).
· God desires that no one be lost, but that every person comes to repentance and faith in Jesus (2 Pet. 3:9). As believers, we have a mandate to spread the gospel to the ends of the earth (Mark 16:15; Acts 1:8).
· Salvation affects everything about us, our relationships, our character, and our conduct (Col. 3:17).
· What happens here and now affects us spiritually and has eternal consequences (Matt. 25:31–46).
INSIGHT: To ignore either of these two tracks is to get derailed from a balanced understanding of God’s work in the world as revealed in the Bible. -- Adapted from Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Commentary, Genesis
BACKGROUND: The Biblical explanation of creation: (1) In The Beginning God (Genesis 1:1a). (2) God’s Majesty And Power (Genesis 1:1b). (3) God Created Everything (Genesis 1:2).
A SYNOPSIS OF CREATION (Genesis 1:1-2).
DAY ONE (Genesis 1:3-5): THE CREATION OF LIGHT.
· God commanded the light to shine and then separated the light from the darkness.
· Life as we know it could not exist without the light of the sun.
· From the very first day of Creation, God established the principle of separation.
· Since God is the Creator, He has the right to call things whatever He pleases; and therefore we have “day” and “night.”
DAY TWO (Genesis 1:6-8): THE CREATION OF THE FIRMAMENT.
· God put an expanse between the upper waters and the lower waters and made “heaven,” what we know as “the sky.”
· The word translated “firmament” means expanse.
DAY THREE (Genesis 1: 9-13): THE CREATION OF THE WATERS.
· God gathered the waters and caused the dry land to appear, thus making “earth” and “seas.”
· God also caused plant life to appear on the earth: the grasses, the seed-producing herbs, and the fruit-bearing trees.
I. THE CREATION OF LIGHTS IN THE SKY. (Genesis 1:14-19)
INSIGHT: The Bible says that "In the beginning God created.” What does the Bible word “created” mean? It means that God called things into being (i.e., it means that God made things out of nothing).
· DAY FOUR (Genesis 1:14-19): THE Sun, Moon, Stars Appear.
A. God Said Let There Be Lights. (Genesis 1:14)
(Genesis 1:14) And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years.
God didn’t create the sun and the moon at this time. They were already up there. God just brought them around into position.
B. God Said Let There Be Lights In The Sky. (Genesis 1:15-16)
(Genesis 1:15-16) And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
One of them was to take charge of the day, and the sun does that pretty well. Also the moon does a good job by night. I don’t know about you, but I proposed to my wife on a moonlight night. That moon has a lot of influence over the night, I can assure you.
Then there is just a little clause, “He made the stars also.” That was a pretty big job, by the way, but not for God. It was John Wesley who said, “God created the heavens and the earth and didn’t even half try.” God “made the stars also.”
C. God Said Let There Be A Division Between The Light And Darkness. (Genesis 1:17-18)
(Genesis 1:17-18) And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
You will notice that it is God who does the dividing here, “to divide the light from the darkness.”
You know, He still does that! There are those today who ask, “What’s the difference between right and wrong?” God has drawn all the lines. How can we know what is right? God says what is right. God has put down certain principles. God divides the light from the darkness and there is just that much distinction between right and wrong. He is the One who makes the difference, and He still does it.
D. God Said It Was The Fourth Day. (Genesis 1:19)
(Genesis 1:19) And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
II. THE CREATION OF ANIMALS IN THE WATER AND SKY. (Genesis 1:20-23)
· DAY FIVE (Genesis 1:20-23): THE Animal Life.
A. God Made Each Creature. (Genesis 1:20)
(Genesis 1:20) And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
We do have a certain amount of development. This does not mean that everything came from one little cell but that God made one of each creature and there has been development from each one. God said, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly,” and the next verse adds “after their kind.”
The word “kind” does not mean species, as even Darwin said, but it means more than that. The word is “phylum.” It’s been reported that one scientist said he had been looking around for another word to use other than “kind.”
INSIGHT: Bible teacher Vernon McGee said this about the word “kind”: “I had a professor in seminary, a very brilliant man, who gave “phylum” as a synonym for “kind.” If you will look up that word in the dictionary, you will see that it means a direct line of descent WITHIN A GROUP.
For instance, it would include not just one horse but every animal in the horse family. God created one like that, and there has been development from each one, tremendous development. [But] there has been devolution [also] -- that is, there has been development, then later there has been degeneration.”
B. God Said That What He Made Was Good. (Genesis 1:21)
(Genesis 1:21) And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
“And God saw that it was good.” Notice that. When God does it, it’s good.
C. God Blessed His Creation. (Genesis 1:22)
(Genesis 1:22) And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
By the way, one scientist I quoted previously said that if our schools teach the creation story, they might as well teach the stork story. Believe me, the Bible certainly gets rid of the stork story. If you read it carefully, you will notice that these animals had to “bring forth.” This will be true of mankind also. You won’t find little Billy under a stump, and the stork won’t bring little Sally, either.
D. God Said It Was The Fifth Day. (Genesis 1:23)
(Genesis 1:23) And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
III. THE CREATION OF ANIMALS ON THE LAND. (Genesis 1:24-25)
· DAY SIX (PART ONE) (Genesis 1:24-25): THE Fertility of Animal Life.
(Genesis 1:24-25) And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
A. God Divides Plant Life And Animal Life From Mankind.
Notice again the expression “after his kind” -- after his biological phylum. Now we will see that God separates plant life and animal life from mankind., and He says, “Let us make man in our image.”
B. God Said That There Is A Unity In Humans. (Genesis 1:26)
God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….” (Genesis 1:26a).” This creature is of great interest to you (and me) because that “man” (Adam) happens to be your great-great, etc., grandfather, and he is mine, too. This means that you and I are cousins, although maybe not kissing cousins -- BUT THE WHOLE HUMAN FAMILY IS RELATED!
INSIGHT: Here is something for us to remember. When we read the Bible (God’s Word), (1) use God’s vocabulary and (2) use God’s dictionary. Be sure to use the true meaning for the Biblical word!
by Dave Branon
The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. (Psalm 104:12)
· On a recent visit with some of our grandchildren, we enjoyed watching a web cam that focused on an eagle family in Florida.
Every day we would check in on the mom, the dad, and the baby as they went about their daily routine in their nest high off the ground. Each day the parent birds would keep a constant, protective vigil over the eaglet, bringing it fish from a nearby river for nourishment.
· This little eagle family depicts for us one image the psalmist gave us of God’s magnificent creation in Psalm 104 -- an array of creation images, of scenes from the work of God’s creative hand.
(1) We see the majesty of God’s creation as it relates to the universe (Psalm 104:2–4).
(2) We experience the creation of the earth itself -- waters, mountains, valleys (Psalm 104:5–9).
(3) We enjoy the glory of God’s gift of animals, birds, and crops (Psalm 104:10–18).
(4) We marvel at the cycles God created in our world -- morning/night, darkness/light, work/rest (Psalm 104:19–23).
· What a glorious world God has fashioned with His hands for our enjoyment -- and for His glory!
“Praise the Lord, my soul!” (Psalm 104:1). Each one of us can say thank You to God for all He has given us to appreciate and enjoy.
God! Praise You, Lord, for
the wonder of the earth You created.
-- Adapted from Dave Branon, Our Daily Bread, July 5, 2018
CONCLUSION: In the Book of Genesis, God divides.
· The principle of separation is basic in all the Bible.
God separated the light from the darkness, the dry land from the waters, and the waters above from the waters beneath.
· The Lord wants Christians to be different from the world.
God separated Abraham from Ur, the nation of Israel from the Gentiles, His church from the world (John 17:14–16).
God wants His people today to be separated from all that defiles.
(2 Corinthians 6:14-18) 14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “The beauty of creation reflects the beauty of our Creator.”
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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the King James Bible (KJV), The Moody Bible Commentary, Dr. J. Vernon McGee © Thru the Bible Radio Network (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, RBC Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations, and other references.
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