Family Bible Study lesson for August 4: Creation - How Did it Begin?
July 12 2002 by Crate Jones , Genesis 1:1-3, 6, 9, 11, 14-18, 26, 31; 2:1

Family Bible Study lesson for August 4: Creation - How Did it Begin? | Friday, July 12, 2002

Friday, July 12, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for August 4: Creation - How Did it Begin?

By Crate Jones Genesis 1:1-3, 6, 9, 11, 14-18, 26, 31; 2:1

The purpose of this lesson is not to focus on what came into being at creation but on God's method of creating. Other phases of creation will follow in the next three lessons.

Probing how the world came into existence is ongoing. The secular mindset usually differs from biblical teachings. To some, there is no conception of the Creator, who with purpose and design "created the heaven and the earth."

Robert Ingersol, lawyer and politician, lived in the 1800s. For more than 30 years, he attacked orthodox Christian beliefs and lectured on his agnostic creed. For him, there was no God in creation. The world just happened.

In a lecture, he refuted the biblical account. At lunch, he commented on the beautiful arrangement of flowers on a table. "Who arranged them?" he asked his hostess.

She replied, "Oh, no one. They just jumped into the vase and arranged themselves."

"In the beginning, God" is the foundation of all that follows. It does not mean there was nothing before creation. It was the beginning of time and history as we know them. Father, Son and Holy Spirit have always been.

Jesus prayed to God, "Thou loved Me before the foundation of the world" (John 17:24). Again Jesus asked the Father to glorify Him "with the glory I had with Thee before the world was" (John 17:5).

The sacrificial death of Jesus was "foreordained before the foundation of the world" (1 Peter 1:20).

How then did God create the world? If it did not exist beforehand, He created it out of nothing. That's the basis of this study.

The Bible declares it was "spoken" into being. "By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast" (Psalm 33:6,9).

Hebrews 11:3: "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made with things that do appear." We were not there when it happened, so faith is involved in our believing.

There is only one creator. We do not create, we rearrange, combine or use what God has already created.

The writer uses the mind God gave and paper from trees; bridges are built with iron ore from the earth; jewelry is made from mined silver and gold, The artist uses pigment. The preacher does not "create" sermons; hopefully, he puts words and thoughts together provided by God.

And even when we "create havoc," we use Godgiven emotions that have run amuck.

How long did creation take? Basically, there are two schools of thought. Some understand a "day" to be a 24-hour period; others believe it was long, extended ages of time. It's one of those neverending debates on which our faith in God's word does not depend and which should not bring division among Christians. Someday, we will know.

The highwater mark in the unfolding story of creation is the coming of Jesus into this fallen world. "God so loved the world that He gave His only Son" to redeem mankind.

The greatest act in creation is salvation, made possible through the death and resurrection of Christ. "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (2 Cor. 5:17).

I have a friend whom I have tried many times to lead to Christ. When he told me of his plan to go to a sinful place of entertainment, I tried to talk him out of it. He went. I prayed that God would make him so miserable he would have to leave.

Later, he told me: "I got so miserable sitting there, I had to get up and leave. I don't know what happened." I said, "I do," and told him what I had prayed.

After the tragic death of his sister, he called and said, "I want Jesus in my heart more than anything." We prayed and he received Jesus. He's a new creation in Christ.

Through Jesus, we can call the God of all creation "Father!"

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7/12/2002 12:00:00 AM by Crate Jones , Genesis 1:1-3, 6, 9, 11, 14-18, 26, 31; 2:1 | with 0 comments
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