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Creation of the World: Gen. 1:1
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-2; Psalm 14:1; Romans 4:17; ...
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All of the Bible rests on this one unmistakable truth, In the beginning, GOD! This verse doesnt whitewash the facts, doesnt sheepishly push forward a fact, this verse states the one fact that God wants you and I to know and all mankind to accept; God is real and God is the reason for all existence. It came from Him and He is the origin of all things; the Creator.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Genesis: Origins
The Creation of the World (Genesis 1:1-2)

Last week I taught that the foundational book in the Bible is the Book of Genesis. All of the Old and New Testaments rest on the principles and truths found within its pages. To know and understand the Bible depends on how well you know and understand Genesis. The same is true with the first 11 chapters of Genesis. They are the foundation of the Book of Genesis. Without the first 11 chapters, the rest of Genesis and the Bible itself really doesn’t fit together or have a purpose. The very essence that man needs and looks for is found within those chapters.

By the same token the 1st chapter of Genesis is the foundational chapter to the first 11 since it summarizes the creation of the worlds and all things therein. Finally, verse 1:1 is the foundational verse of the foundational chapter. It is the foundation of all foundations and is thus the most important verse found in all scripture.

Genesis 1:1 (NIV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Just think about the importance of these words. What truths do these 10 little words communicate? What are their significance? What happens if this verse is false? What difference does it make to you and me if it doesn’t tell the truth?

All of the Bible rests on this one unmistakable truth, In the beginning, GOD! This verse doesn’t whitewash the facts, doesn’t sheepishly push forward a fact, this verse states the one fact that God wants you and I to know and all mankind to accept; God is real and God is the reason for all existence. It came from Him and He is the origin of all things; the Creator.

True or False: If a person really believes the truth of Genesis 1:1, he will not find it difficult to believe anything else recorded in the Bible.

Here is the hard cold fact about Genesis 1:1; the opening verse of the Book of God makes no attempt to prove that God exists. The opening verse simple takes this fact for granted as though it were so obvious that only a fool would say there is no God.

Psalm 14:1 (NIV) The fool says in his heart, "There is no God."

Let’s look at the words that make up the most important verse in the Bible

The first time the divine name of God appears in scripture it is in the Hebrew form and name
“Elohim” It is a plural personal pronoun. Basically it means “Gods”. It is a plural name with a singular meaning. It basically is a uni-plural noun. 4B: God is one, yet more than one.

This is a remarkable word, bara. It is only used in the Bible to mean the work of God.

True or False: Only God can create.
Basically what this word means is, to call into existence that which had no existence.

Romans 4:17 (NIV) As it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed--the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

Hebrews 11:3 (NIV) By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Man can make things or assemble things but he cannot create things. The work of creation is solely reserved for the work of God. The forming and making consists of organizing already existing materials into more complex systems. The act of creation is speaking into existence something whose material had no previous existence except in the mind and power of God.

When we read, “God created the heavens and the earth”, what is happening here?

The Hebrew word used here (shamayim) is similar to Elohim, both are in the plural form and can be translated heaven or heavens. It does not mean the stars of heaven because they weren’t created until the 4th day. The term corresponds to the modern word we use today, SPACE. Basically a universe of space and time. There is no other word used in this sense found in the Bible. Scholars see this as the components of space being created, the basics of space-mass- time

When I think about these big ideas, I often wonder if time also had to be created. Did time always exist or did God create this as well as space?

This word follows the same though as the word “space”. It is not the assembly of the components but the actual creation of the components themselves. Think about the wonders of the smallest things we can’t see but can feel their power and importance. Items like the atom. I the theory of the “Big Bang”, there is an assumption that the particles necessary always existed. But according to the Bible, all the essential elements that make up our universe first had to be created before they could be organized and assembled.

In the Beginning
If you remember your basic science back in Jr, High, especially Chemistry, the universe is actually a continuum of space, matter and time. Each one is dependent upon the other and all three have to be together for there to be an existence. The universe is not part space, part time or part matter. But rather all space, all time and all matter. They are one but yet three. When we use the term “matter” it is assumed that energy is included and must function in space and time. In scientific terms, Genesis 1:1 states:

“The transcendent and omnipotent Godhead called into existence the space-mass-time universe.”

Can someone give me another example of a continuum? The Godhead!

We talked a little about the date of creation last week. So when was “the Beginning?” When did God do all this? Was it a few thousand years before Jesus or was the beginning billions of years ago? For Christian scholars, this has been a nagging issue to deal with. For those who believe the earth is an old earth, there is a problem to overcome.

Darwinism and other evolutionary ideas didn’t really come in to play until the early 19th century. But several Christian scholars including Archbishop James Usher computed one of the best known chronological systems to identify the date or year of the Creation, 4004 BC. Isaac Newton, one of the most renowned scientist and mathematicians totally agreed that the years of the earth were earlier than later. Of course today anyone who believes that the earth is a young earth is totally ridiculed and labeled an idiot. Everyone knows the earth is billions of years old.

So what is the problem? How does a believer in Christ hang onto the belief that God created everything and yet not have to hold to the idea that the earth is very young? The solution was found in verse 2. Many Christians believe that there is a time period or gap of billions of years between the two verses. The theory is called the “Gap Theory”.

The Gap Theory: A belief that primeval creation described in Genesis 1:1 may have taken place billions of years ago with all the geological ages inserted into a tremendous time gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2.

Genesis 1:1 (NIV) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:2 (NIV) Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

The reason for this theory was to bring into harmony the accounts found in the Bible and the accepted system of the geological ages which was coming popular in the mid 19th century. Either one believed the earth was created just more than 6,000 years ago or find another way to explain the new discoveries found in a new science called geology.

The gap theory has one big problem within the Christian doctrine. What is it? The geological age system relies on the fossils found within the layers of the earth. As fossils are found, the age of the layer is determined. Fossils are dead things. They speak clearly of a world in which suffering, disease, and death, often violent death were universal realities.

Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned—

1 Corinthians 15:20-22 (NIV) But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

In your own mind, do you see the earth and Creation as something that happened a long time ago or as a fairly recent event? Why is it hard for a large number of Christians to believe that God created everything the way he said he did? What effect has the concept of evolution had on our society? What have been the destructive outcomes?