The Lessons of the Creation Account

The Lessons of the Biblical Creation Account 1 God takes total responsibility for the finished product and all parts thereof. Name of God 29 times in Gen. 1 Elohim 2

When He finished, the creation was complete. Ex. 20:11 lists the time span used First Law of Thermodynamics QUANTITY OF MATTER/ ENERGY TIME 3 Living things reproduced according to their kinds

What you sow is what you grow Gen. 1:11, 1:21, 1:24 Consistent with an orderly, rational mind Preservation of each ingenious design 4 God formed living things from common dirt and water Gen. 1:11: Let the land produce . . . Gen. 1:20: Let the water teem . . . Gen. 1:24: Let the land produce . . . Gen. 2:7: And the Lord God formed

the man from the dust of the ground . . . Physically, man has no grounds to boast because he is made of 5 grounds! Gods words had immediate effects . . . and it was so shows up six times in Gen. 1 Immediate effects

6 God spoke first, then He acted Gives man a basis for trusting in His Word Faith in what God says is encouraged for the first time Like a billiards master calling his shot Babe Ruth telling the crowd where this home run is going God is fully in control of the

creation events 7 Creation was proclaimed to be very good What good means: Fitting (Isa. 45:18) Selfsustaining Functional Beautiful Good from the

standpoint of The ecologist The engineer The artist The philosopher Psalm 34:8: Taste 8 9 The creation period spanned six days Days yamim (Heb.) used 700 times in the OT, and it always means 24-hour days Ex. 31:17-18

Evening and morning, light and darkness Day-age problems There are no overlapping creative events Humans should rest 1 day out of 7 10 God follows an orderly plan God analyzed His work as He created it God saw 7 times in Genesis 1 Like a master artist, He fashioned the universe into a

work of art 11 God gave commands Why? He is entitled as King of all creation to command He alone is responsible for the survival instincts of creatures There is an orderly scheme all things follow Natural law He is the author of it 12

Man is to rule fairly and live in harmony with all other forms of life Stewardship Justice Colonizing Wise exploitation of resources 13

God created time as well as matter and energy For what purposes? 1. To give man a perspective (Rom. 13:11) 2. To give man reference points ( Gal. 4:4) These both make lifes events important, valuable, and

significant (Eph. 5:16) Only one life, twill soon be past Only whats done for Christ will last 14 All three persons of the Trinity were involved in creation Gen. 1:26 -- Let us make man 1 Cor. 8:6 -- There is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made

that has been made. Gen. 1:2 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. 15 God sustains His creation Although the work of creating was complete at the end of the 6th day, Gods work of sustaining is ongoing Ps. 104:27 Acts 17:25 James 1:17

Col. 1:17 Hebrews 1:3 16 Mans life force is derived from the spirit God gives him Apart from the inbreathed spirit from God, we have no life Job 33:4 Ezekiel 37:5 John 6:63 17 Man was to be the

crowning work of creation We are not naked apes Genesis 1:28 Ps. 8:4-8 Since we were the last of Gods creations, we can take no credit for any of it creation wasnt complete until we were created 18

The creation and its continued existence are not an accident Jesus the Son of God is at the center of Gods purposes in creating Col. 1:17 Heb. 1:2 Creation declares Gods glory, workmanship, and pleasure Isa. 43:7 & 64:8 Ps. 19:1

Rev. 4:11 Creation reveals God to humanity Romans 1:20 Creation invites humans to call upon God Jer. 33:2-3 He wants to entrust creation to us Gen. 1:28 1 Cor. 3:21-23 19

Is this Exegesis Based on an Interpretation? Interpretation Basic of a text (as Hermeneutical something Principle: other than a Unless the literal account) context clearly is not indicated

indicates that a by the context text is not to be of Genesis 1 taken literally, it is to be read and understood Thus, this 20 exegesis is not Why view Genesis as a historical record? Historiographic elements

No other Biblical references to 1. Customs are explained Genesis 1-11 2. Ancient names are support a nontraced literal 3. Written records are meaning cited 4. Precise chronological reference points are

Ex. 20:8-11 Ex 31:17-18 21 Why view Genesis as a historical record? Jesus affirmed Paul affirms the the creation account authenticity of as historically Adam & Eves factual Acts 14:15, 17:24existence John 17:24 Mark 10:6

Matthew 24:37-39 26, Romans 1:1825, 5:12-14 & 19, 8:19-23, 2 Corinthians 11:3, 1 Timothy 2:13 Jude viewed Genesis as history So did Peter Jude 14 22

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