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In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth. Gen. 1:1
The Hebrew name for God used here in verse one is Elohim. It is a plural of
majesty. It also speaks of the triune nature of God. That we will see
when we come to verse 26. This opening statement of the Bible
is straightforward and to the point. The Creator of the heavens and the
Earth is Elohim. The implication is large and unmistakable. There is no
other God. Elohim is not one of the gods hatched up out of
man's fertile imagination. He is not from among the hand-hewn
idols that men have formed and fashioned out of wood or stone or metal.
He has no relation to any manmade religion. On this point,
the Bible here is straightforward and dogmatic. Elohim ... and Elohim alone ... is the one true and living God who made all things. He is the Creator. There is no
other. As he himself put it to Isaiah the prophet,
Thus says the LORD, the
King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: 'I am the First
and I am the Last; Besides Me there
is no God' (Elohim). Isaiah 44:6
All that exists came from, and is presently being held together, by the
powerful Word of Elohim. As the Apostle Paul put it to a crowd of
polytheistic Greeks on Mars Hill,
...for in Him we live and move and have our
being... Acts 17:28a
The earth was without
form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was
hovering over the face of the waters. Gen. 1:2
This second statement here reveals that in the beginning all that
existed were waters.
This is a difficult but very important reality to wrap our minds around. It is so
very foreign to what you and I know and experience in our present state of
existence here on God's green earth. In the beginning, all that existed was two parts hydrogen
and one part oxygen (H2O) ... waters. Water was everything ... measureless and infinite. Nothing else of what we know and hold as normal existed. There was no space, no matter, no light, no stars, no galaxies. In the beginning, there was only waters and
I take this statement ... the spirit of God was hovering over the face
of the waters ... to speak of one of God's great attributes, namely,
his transcendence. I do not believe it refers to any spatial aspect in
relation to God. Although God, being omnipresent, is in his creation,
he is not limited to his
creation in any way. He transcends all that he has made. As you have it
in First Kings 8:27a,
But will God indeed dwell
on the earth? Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot
Now, it is usually taken that the spirit of God who was
hovering over the face of the waters here is speaking of the Holy Spirit,
the third member of the Trinity. Personally, I do not think so. It may
be splitting hairs, but I believe that the spirit of God who is referred to here is
the spirit of the Son of God, second member of the Trinity, in his
pre-incarnate state. As you have it in John 1:3, speaking
about Christ Jesus,
All things were made through Him,
and without Him nothing was made that was made.
And again, in Colossians
For by Him all things
were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him
and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
And again, in Hebrews
God, who at various times
and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,
has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed
heir of all things, through whom also
He made the worlds..
Take it for what it is worth, I hold that the spirit of God who was
hovering over the waters at creation was that of the Son of God, second
member of the Godhead.
Then God said, 'Let there be light';
and there was light. And God saw the light that it was good; and God
divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the
darkness he called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first
day. Gen. 1:3-5
First, note that when God began to create he did so ex nihilo (out
of nothing). He simply spoke and it was. In Hebrews 11:3, we read,
By faith we understand
that the worlds were framed by the
word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things
which are visible.
And again, in Psalm 148:5,
Let them praise the name
of the LORD, for he commanded and
they were created.
The instant God called for light, the limitless waters at the beginning
of creation filled with light. The light had no source other than
the Word of God. It didn't come from a sun or a moon or any other
It simply existed by the spoken Word of Elohim. From that time
darkness was no longer on the face of the deep.
However, it then became necessary for God to imposed limits upon the light he had called into being so
that darkness itself could be preserved. Our text states that God divided the light
from the darkness. God called the light Day and the
darkness he called Night.
Thus, the waters began to oscillate between
light and darkness. After the first cycle of light had faded into darkness and then reappeared back into light ... the first twenty-four hour day
of history had come to a close. Should there be any doubt concerning what the
means here, the text clearly defines it for us by adding, the evening and the
morning were the first day.
Keep in mind though that at the close of the first day ... still, all
that existed were waters. Waters that for the first time, however, had experienced a full twenty-four hour cycle of light
Then God said, 'Let there
be a firmament in the midst of
the waters, and let it divide the
waters from the waters.'
Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under
the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it
was so. And God called the firmament heaven.
So the evening and the morning were the second day. Gen. 1:6-8
The day following, the waters suddenly
and literally exploded apart at God's next command. The description
of it in these three verses is three-dimensional. In instant
obedience to God's Word, the limitless waters were separated by
(expanse) ... the waters above
the firmament being flung outward and away
from a smaller body of waters which remained under the firmament ...
leaving, in between the two, a gigantic empty space. The word firmament here is
an unfortunate translation because this old English word conveys the
impression of substance. The New American Standard Version gives us the
best translation of this Hebrew word. Rather than the word firmament,
it translates it expanse,
which is its best and appropriate rendering. Like smoke billowing out and away from an
explosion, the waters above fled outward in every direction from the
waters under leaving in between a vast expanse. And, because this
command from Elohim was not subsequently modified nor
rescinded ... the expanse quickly became incredibly large ... gigantic
... and, from a human perspective, seemingly limitless and infinite.
Today, you and I call the expanse space.
Recent scientific data has proven that space is still expanding outward
which is entirely consistent with the Word of God here. Our text says that God
called the expanse heaven.
At the end of the second twenty-four hour cycle of creation then, there
were now three things in existence ... two bodies of waters and a new
and virtually limitless expanse which was becoming larger and larger as the
waters above continued their flight away from the waters below. The
expanse, however, did not contain anything ... no solar systems or galaxies,
planets or moons, black holes, novas or quarks or anything else. Heaven
was completely empty. Space and water was all that existed ...
separated into two realms ... the waters above and the waters under.
Before we leave this description, let me say that, based on a literal
interpretation of these verses, I believe if you or I could travel far enough and
fast enough to catch up to the outer edge of our ever-expanding
universe ... we would doubtless come to the waters above ... boundless
... limitless and infinite. According to the Bible, then, it is not space that is infinite. It is waters that are
infinite as space continues to follow them outward. Psalm 148:4,
specifically refers to them saying,
Praise Him, you heavens
of heavens, and you waters above the
Then God said, 'Let the waters under the
heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land
appear'; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of
the waters he called Seas. And
God saw that it was good. Then
God said, 'Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed,
and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed
is in itself, on the earth'; and it was so. And the earth
brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind,
and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to
its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning
were the third day. Gen. 1:9-13
The third day of creation commenced with God organizing the waters
under into a unit. God said, Let the waters under
the heavens be gathered together into one place. In instant
obedience, the waters under were on the move.
Logically, they were compelled to form into a ball or sphere
as each and every molecule rushed toward one central
point to fulfill God's command. The predictable result was a giant ball
Then, God called for dry land to appear.
Instantly, the newly formed sphere of waters was impregnated, as it
were, by a gigantic mass of solid matter. Doubtless, this involved a
massive churning within the waters ... greatly expanding them
outward as a single great
super-continent rose up from their midst. What a sight that must have been, aye?
Wouldn't you have liked to have been there to witness it? God called
the land Earth
and the waters he called Seas. This
sequence, by the way, is in precise agreement with Psalm 24:1-2.
The earth is the Lord's,
and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For he has founded it upon the seas, and
established it upon the waters.
Creation scientists are just beginning to understand that this horrendous
event alone explains a great deal of the deepest
stratifications of Earth's mantle due to the sediments that doubtless formed on the third day of creation.
By the middle of the third day, three initial building blocks of our
present universe were in place ... liquid, space and matter.
However, this incredible day of creation was still far from over.
Once again, God spoke ... and immediately Earth's single continent greened with
infinite varieties of vegetation. Symmetry, design, color and beauty
... all splashed across the face of the Earth as if from the brush of a
master artist. However, had you or I been there, we probably would not
have been able to see it because light
was yet only found in the waters of the Seas
(its original home) ... and
even there, roughly for only half of the 24 hour day. Nevertheless, all the
myriad varieties of plant life instantly exploded across Earth's
land surfaces in countless varieties of shape, color and size ... and
such numbers that, even today, they are yet to be completely
However, the lack of light was no problem for God. The Scripture
Indeed, the darkness
shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness
and the light are both alike to You. Psalm 139:12
Nor was lack of light a problem for the newly created plant life ...
since the lack of light was only to last for a few more hours. By
the way, if these days were in fact billions of years long, as the Day/Age people postulate, how did the
plant life survive all those millions of years with no light? From day three to this day, God's plant kingdom has ceaselessly borne testimony to its Creator's existence, artistry, wisdom, beauty
and power. As you have it in Romans 1:18-20,
For the wrath of God is
revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of
men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what
may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them.
For since the creation of the world his invisible attributes are
clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His
eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse...
A pastor friend of mine once said, God
doesn't believe in Atheists!
He was right. According to Romans 1, there are no atheists
because there has never been a single person on planet Earth that God has not
clearly spoken to through his creation. There isn't a single person who can
honestly say, There is no God.
Nor, are there any agnostics who can honestly say that they do not know
if there is a God or not. There are only men and women who make empty
and disingenuous pronouncements that, There is no God! or say, I do not know
if there is a God or not! NOT! Deep down in every heart, they know that
their prideful and empty statements are lies. Men do know
there is a God. We have the Word of God on it. And, one day,
every human being will be called to account concerning this revelation
of the Creator who, night and day, has been so clearly displaying
himself through his Creation. And, by the way, ever since Jesus' day, God has
also been speaking to man by his Holy Spirit. As Jesus put it in John 16:8,
And when He has come
(the Holy Spirit), He
will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
So, by the end of the third day, Elohim's new world had come alive with
all manner of vegetation. There were grassy dells, forested hills and
verdant plains adorned with all manner of vegetation ... doubtless,
all being caressed by soft winds and gentle breezes. Yet still ... all
existed in darkness ... and all were under a vast and empty space above.
One more thought here. Although the creation of Earth's atmosphere
is not specifically mentioned in our text ... it is implied ... since all
the plant life would have required it.
SUN, MOON AND
God said, 'Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to
divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons,
and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of
the heavens to give light on the earth'; and it was so. Then 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. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on 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. So the evening
and the morning were the fourth day. Gen. 1:14-19
On the fourth day, God redefined and regulated light in its
specific relationship to his new Earth ... creating two great lights along with innumerable stars in
the heavens for signs and seasons and to give light on the earth. Keep in
mind, however, that light and dark, in their twenty-four hour cycles,
still existed from day one in the outer expanding waters. I believe that to this day,
the waters above are still oscillating between light and dark
in ceaseless twenty-four hour cycles and without any source whatsoever
other than the Word of God! That would surely be something to see,
would it not? Perhaps we shall see it, one day. However, as to light's relation to
Earth ... on day four God designated that it would henceforth come from three
new sources which he made to shine down upon his new world.
Suddenly, as if someone had flipped on a great light switch, massive
concentrations of hydrogen in a vast sun burst aflame as trillions of
nuclear reactions spread across its surface. Then, a second celestial body appeared in the sky above the earth and a massive
satellite moon began its first circuit around the earth reflecting the
new sun's light down upon the planet below. Then, almost as an
afterthought, literally trillions of suns in countless billions of
galaxies appeared throughout the expanse above the earth adding their light
as well. Effortlessly, like so many seeds flung from the
fingers of a sower, Elohim
showered deep space with seemingly infinite sources of light! Amazing
to contemplate, is it not? Such astounding omnipotence! Such
unparalleled majesty. My, how great our God is! Yet, his work in creating the stars was not haphazard. Rather, it was precise, warm and intricate. We learn from Scripture that he took care
and delight with every single one. As you have it in Psalm 147:4-5,
He counts the number of
the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in
power; His understanding is infinite.
The temporary light of the first day of creation ... having fled away
when space was created on the second day ... and darkness having
extending through the third day during the creation of all plant life ...
now, here on the fourth day, God provided permanent light for the earth via
its own sun, moon and trillions upon trillions of points of light which
began to twinkle down upon the earth from the once empty expanse above. These tiny points of light came forth in such
numbers and with such organization and beauty that they would forever
be one of man's greatest mysteries and wonders. As the Psalmist puts it,
The heavens declare the
glory of God; and the firmament (space) shows his handiwork. Day unto day
utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no
speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Psalm 19:1-3
May we step aside here for a moment and speak to an old objection to a
young universe that I picked up in college many years ago? It went
something like this, It is a fact that stars and galaxies are so far
distant from Earth that it takes their light millions and even billions
of years to travel down to the Earth so that we are able to see them.
Therefore, the universe has to be of great age ... simply because we
are able to see the light from so many incredibly distant stars and
galaxies. Each and every source of light that we see had to have time
to travel here through all those great distances. This is undeniable proof that the universe
is of great age!,
they claim. Scientists measure the distance to a star or galaxy in
light years ... the time it takes light, traveling approximately 186,000
miles per second, to travel in one year.
There is a flaw in this reasoning, however. Do you really think that
the God who created the stars in a moment of time for the express
purpose to give light on the earth would have forgotten to create the
light-waves in-between so they could, in fact, give their light on the
earth? Is it reasonable to assume that God, having made the stars for
the express purpose of lighting the earth, had to wait millions and
even billions of years for their light to arrive to fulfill his purpose? I think not. Their
light was seen from Earth the second they were created, as is so
clearly implied in our text. It seems silly to have to bring
this up, but it is often brought up
as proof against a young Earth when, in fact, it is a fallacious argument.
To be fair, some creation scientists believe that what I just said is
too simple an explanation and that the problem of light from distant
points of the universe is a much more complex problem than that. They also feel
that if our universe gives an appearance
of age that
that can become an ethical problem for God as well. I respectfully,
disagree. It is obvious that God created both light waves and their
sources at creation. Light that is just now arriving from
distant stars and other sources ... including so called "dying or forming
stars and galaxies" is a problem only if you accept the presuppositions
of uniformatarianism apart from the revealed Word of God. Our world and
its universe only has a appearance
of great age if you accept the presuppositions of those who ignore the
revealed truths of Scripture. For example, if you happened upon Adam, 5
minutes after he was created, and were asked how old you thought he was
on your experience you would, in all probability, give an age
in years ... the time it takes any other human being to reach Adam's
same stage of physical maturity. However, if you knew the Bible and
truly was ... you would correctly say, He's
very young. Possibly only minutes ... hours ... or days old.
So, when the fourth day of creation drew to a
close, the skies above Earth were filled with trillions of emitters
of light. Myriads upon myriads of galaxies, nebula, novae and stars ...
each adding its own joyous Hallelujah
to the glory of God. Ever since that fourth day, their endless and
relentless song has not ceased to be sung, accompanied by the basso continuo of Earth's own amazing
sun and by the soft alto of
its wondrous moon.
SEA LIFE AND
Then God said, 'Let the waters abound with
an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth
across the face of the firmament of the heavens.' So God created great
sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind,
and every winged bird according to
And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, 'Be
fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds
multiply on the earth.' So the evening and the morning were the fifth
day. Gen. 1:20-23
The fifth day of creation dawned bright and sunny upon a beautiful, but still
relatively quiet, new world. Once again, God spoke. Immediately, within
the waters of the seas, great stirrings of life erupted as multitudes
of vibrant, living, and often noisy, sea creatures simultaneously
appeared. Suddenly, they were all just ... there! In an atom of time,
from the smallest to the largest, the micro to the macro ... from sand
crabs to barracudas ... microbes to plankton ... starfish to sea horses
... dolphins to whales and much, much, much more ... so much so that, again,
even today, man is still discovering and classifying them.
On top of that, just as suddenly as the seas brought forth life, the earth
did so as well ... as a plethora of feathered creatures emerged from the
ground (2:19). Glorious and amazing varieties of fowl were suddenly
anywhere and everywhere above and upon the earth. They filled its
trees, its bushes, its grasses and its skies with movement, color and
sound. Can you picture it? It must have been utterly
mesmerizing. One can only imagine the commotion ... the utter cacophony
of noise ... and the sheer joy of it all as each sea creature commenced
doing its thing and each bird discovered its voice and began to
exercise its own peculiar sounds, habits and abilities. By day's end, Earth's skies were
dotted with countless flights of these amazing, vocal and feathered creatures. And, her
seas were literally teeming with life.
Before we move on, please notice that the text
says that God created each living creature of the sea and air, according to their kind.
Evolution teaches that all life evolved from one single source,
ascending upward and branching out from one species into another.
Hence, it confidently declares, all life is related. The Bible,
however, states that the exact opposite is true. The Bible says that
God created each creature (species, for lack of a better term) unique and complete in itself ... according to their kind.
So it was in the beginning and so it continues today. Now that's
scientific, brother. It is observable
and repeatable, repeating itself over and over again. All life is related, all right.
It all came from the mind of God. But, a cow has always been a cow, a
dog a dog, and on and on. And there is not one shred of scientific
evidence to the contrary ... just elaborate theories and speculations
based on some observable changes within a given species. Take the fossil record, for example. If evolution is correct, there
should be billions and even trillions of fossilized transitional
creatures which are clearly and identifiably in the process of changing from one species
to another. Yet, there is not one such indisputable example found in
all the fossil record, much less the multitudes that should be readily
and easily found there.
In fact, just the opposite is true. The
fossil record contains myriads of fully formed and distinct life forms,
all of which appear simultaneously in the fossil record. So-called "scientists" choose to ignore this overwhelming
evidence, however, and continue to plunge ahead with their endless
search for the "missing link" in hopes that, one day, they will
discover just one example that might prove their flimsy theory. What a
sad excuse for science the theory of Evolution dishes up! Make no
mistake about it, evolution is a theory, a philosophy and a
religion for many ... but it is far far from scientific. If it were
scientific, it would not demand blind and unthinking acceptance based
on political correctness in the academic
community. If you would like to research origins through real science
across a multitude of disciplines, three
good starting points would be ... The
Institute for Creation Research and Answers in Genesis and Creation Ministries International. At these sites, you will find recommended
reading and current articles in a wide variety of scientific
disciplines that speak to the value of acknowledging Creation over
Evolution. Also, for an introduction to the near total intolerance of debate on these issues in the academic community, you might like to watch Ben Stein's insightful movie, Expelled, No Intelligence Allowed.
CREATURES AND MAN
God said, 'Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to
its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each
according to its kind'; and it was so. And God made the beast of the
earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and
everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw
that it was good. Gen. 1:24-25
The sixth day of creation dawned to the sounds and subtle music of
birds, interspersed with a vast variety of noises from the myriads of
creatures of the sea. Shadows of great Pterodactyls swept across the
landscape as tiny humming birds flitted from flower to flower. Great
whales spouted and fluked as tiny sand crabs scurried
between the waves that crashed upon the shores.
Again, God spoke and, once more, the earth brought forth
life. In instant obedience, the earth churned out
a plethora of living creatures. Up from the sand, dust, dirt and rocks
they came ... from tiny minute stirrings of displaced pebbles ... all sorts of insects
emerged ... while, simultaneously ... massive disruptions of earth
were displaced by up-rearing dinosaurs and a vast population of
mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Creatures of all sizes and sorts
scrambled up from the earth, shaking off the dirt from which they had been made.
Again, our historic account says that God called each and every one into being according to their kind.
This qualifier of God's creative Word reached deep into the genetic
codes of each and every creature he had made. With one profound decree, God preserved
the unique identity of each of his creations for time immemorial ...
forever locking out any possibility of mixing between them and forever
preserving the initial integrity of each one as well. So says the Bible and, I
might add, so proclaims the fossil record, the genetic record and all
other records one might like to scientifically examine. John 10:35,
says that the Scripture cannot be broken. That is ... what God says,
stands. Jesus said,
Heaven and earth will
pass away, but my words will by no means pass away. Matthew 24:35
So, from that day to this, each of God's land creatures has been
reproducing after their kind.
In a biology class in college, I was assigned the task of writing a
paper on the evolution of the horse. The professor claimed that
there was more than ample evidence for Evolution in their fossil
record. After researching the topic and examining the evidence,
however, I came up with an entirely different conclusion. In my paper,
I pointed out that, in spite of the differences found between various
horses in the fossil record, the bottom line was that they were all
still horses. There were horses as small as dogs and other horses large
beyond what we know today ... but all that it proved was
that there has always been great variety within the horse species ... just
as there still exists today. I pointed out that I did not find any
evidence that there had been any movement from one species to another
in relation to horses. I concluded that it is true that there are
demonstrable changes within the horse species. Horses can be bred to
become smaller of larger ... to be of one color or another ... but, in
the end, you still have a horse. I received an "F". Not because I
didn't do the work, but because I didn't "toe the line". These so
called "scientists" cite instance after instance of change within a
given species and then claim that it is proof of Evolution. What utter
In the same class, I was also given the assignment of growing fruit
flies in a jar and selecting out and breeding the ones that mutated and
changed. Supposedly, this is yet another absolute proof of Evolution.
But, you know what? After all was said and done, I still had a jar full
of fruit flies. So it was in the beginning and so it has always been.
The basic presuppositions of Evolution are a philosophy and even a religion to many, but they are not
science. Evolution is being taught as "fact" in practically every high
school and university in our nation today and, for the most part, to
the deliberate exclusion of any real and meaningful debate on its
merits or consideration of the scientific data from a different
framework, such as that of Creation. Evolution is one of man's greatest
self-deceptions so that he does not have to acknowledge and deal with the true and
living God who is the Creator of all things and Judge of the whole
Earth. A famous biologist, Dr. Edwin Conklin, once said of Evolution, The
probability of life originating from accident is comparable to the
probability of the unabridged dictionary resulting from an explosion in
a print shop!
Then God said, 'Let Us make man in Our image, according to
let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the
air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping
thing that creeps on the earth'. So
God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;
male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God
said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply;
fill the earth and subdue it; have
dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over
every living thing that moves on the earth.' And God said, 'See,
have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all
the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be
for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air,
and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I
have given every green herb for food'; and it was so. Then God
saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the
evening and the morning were the sixth day. Gen. 1:26-31
It is impossible to overemphasize the importance and significance of
these verses here in the creation account. Elohim
said, Let us make
man in our own image. Notice the plural pronouns here ... us
This speaks to the fact that the inherent person of God is plural in
nature. This is the first indication in the Bible that multiple
personalities exist within the Godhead. Jesus' words to Nicodemus in John 3:10-11, are along the same line.
Jesus answered and said
to him, 'Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
Most assuredly, I say to you, We
speak what We know and
testify what We have seen, and
you do not receive Our
Our Lord was referring to himself, his Father and the Holy
Spirit acting in concert with one another. They had all been
speaking to Israel ... but the vast majority of the Jews had not been listening. Later in
the Bible, the Triune nature of God is specifically defined as the
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Jesus put it in Matthew 28:19-20,
'Go therefore and make
disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name (singular) of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit, (plural) teaching them to observe all
things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the
Three Persons ... One God ... an amazing, perplexing and very mysterious fact indeed. In all of our wide universe there is absolutely nothing analogous to him. God is God. Unique. Mysterious. Incomprehensible.
Returning to our text, with one declarative statement the
Godhead declares that man, though he be made of flesh and blood
like all the other creatures, would be created uniquely separate
from them. Man, God said, will be created like us ... in our own
And, so he was. By the end of the sixth twenty-four hour day of
creation, two new human beings were standing upon the earth ... a man and a
... both having been made in God's own image. They were the crown
of God's creation ... uniquely separate and different
from all the other creatures that God had made. As true copies of God's
image, they were able to look upon the world around them with eyes like
God ... full of awareness and analytical thinking ...
self-conscious and God
consciousness. They possessed reason ... a full range of emotions ...
impressive communication skills ... a free will ... and an amazing creativity. They were not a higher
form of animal, as the evolutionists and the misguided animal rights
of our day are so constantly trumpeting. No, far from it. Man was one of a kind. He was created in the image of God. Though the image was limited in scope, man possessed the
inherent qualities of the Creator Himself. He was a being with which
God could relate, dialogue and fellowship. He spoke to the two
beings he had made as follows:
God blessed them.
This statement is repeated in 5:2. All human beings have been blessed by God. A life blessed by one's Creator is the
only way to go, beloved. We find a whole list of possible further blessings in the
first twelve verses of Matthew 5, by the way. You may want to read up
Then, God said, Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth.
Sex was God's idea and design. It is normal, holy and good. It came
with a command from God and is wonderfully pleasurable and fulfilling
within the marriage parameters of which God designed it. Surely,
however, God weeps when he sees what sinful man has made of it. Hebrews 13:4, says,
Marriage is honorable
among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God
God's command to be fruitful and multiply was not given to Adam and Eve
in the same context that he gave it to the animals. It was given to
Adam and Eve as a pair of human beings who had the ability to obey or
not to obey. They were designed to be monogamous and to be one flesh.
This was God's plan for protecting relationships and the family and
insured the very best environment for real love to flourish.
Selfish and rebellious adulterers and fornicators, however (according
to Hebrews 13:4 above), make a mockery of it and invite God's judgment.
In our day, the majority of our world is openly defiant and hostile
toward these truths. And, while practicing various forms of sexual
immorality, they haphazardly go about damaging or destroying their
lives along with the lives of those they touch.
One more thing here. It goes without saying that children
are central to God's plan
for a married man and woman. God's first command to
Adam and Eve was to procreate and populate the earth. Psalm 127:3-5a, comes to mind in this regard,
Behold, children are a
heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows
in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. Happy is
the man who has his quiver full of them...
Then, God said ... subdue it (speaking of the earth); have
dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over
every living thing that moves on the earth.
God gave Adam and Eve authority and dominion over the earth and all of
its creatures. And, may I say to you, man hasn't done a very good job
in this department. In fact, fallen man continues to carelessly destroy
the earth for his own selfish purposes. In many ways, environmental
groups are in accordance with the Word of God in this respect and we
believers should be at the forefront of many of their concerns. Many of
the creatures that man was to care for no longer even exist and much
of our present world lies polluted, barren and neglected. One day, God
will call men to account for it. After all, with authority comes
responsibility. As you have it in Revelation 11:18,
The nations were angry,
and your wrath has come, and the time of the dead, that they should be
judged, and that you should reward your servants the prophets and the
saints, and those who fear your name, small and great, and should destroy those who destroy the earth.
Finally, God said to Adam and Eve, See,
I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of
all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall
be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the
air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is
life, I have given every green herb for food. In the
beginning, man, as well as all the other land creatures, were vegetarian.
Later, this was changed by God. He has the right to make changes, by
the way. Today, God has given man the right, even the obligation, to eat
meat. It has not always been so. It is fascinating to me to observe how man
rebels against this truth today. It's almost as if they say, If God said it, I'm against it.
Vegetarianism, though not wrong in itself, in some cases, can be just
another indicator of man's rebellious sinful nature being exercised! The defining text
on this is found in First
Now the Spirit expressly
says that in latter times some will depart
from the faith,
giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies
in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God
created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe
and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is
received with thanksgiving; for it is
sanctified by the word of God and prayer.
According to the verse above, is it a good idea to thank God for one's
food before eating? Yes, it surely is. Why? I think it's because you and I have received
Christ are temples of his Holy Spirit. Therefore, anything that
enters that temple should be clean and holy. Would you agree? That being the case, it is important for
you and I care about whether or not the food we eat is sanctified to the "n-th" degree. The Word of God has
sanctified it simply because God has said it is clean. In addition, you and I can also sanctify our food by giving thanks through prayer. I think this is more important than we realize. What then might be some of the consequences of not thanking the Lord and asking his blessing on the food when a child of God eats? You tell me.
Thus the heavens and the
earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day
God ended his work which he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his
work which he had done. Then God
blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it he
rested from all his work which God had created and made. Gen. 2:1-3
On the seventh day, God rested (ceased) from his work of creating.
Nothing was created by God after the sixth day. And, from that day to
this day, God has continued to rest
from his work of creation. He was not tired, by the way. It simply
means that he ceased from creating and therefore marked the seventh day
as special. God has continued in his 7th day rest all the way down to today. The book of Hebrews points out that this on-going rest of
God which began way back there on the seventh day, continues down
to our day and that we believers who have been placed into Christ
have entered into that very 7th day rest in him. As you have it in Hebrews 4:4, 9-11,
For He has spoken in a
certain place of the seventh day in this way: 'And God rested on the
seventh day from all His works...'
remains therefore a rest for the people of God. For he who has entered
his rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from his.
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall
according to the same example of disobedience.
The point here is profound. We, who have placed our trust in Christ,
have entered into God's seventh day rest along with him. Have you
entered into that rest, dear reader? If you have placed your faith in
the Son of God, you have been placed into Christ by a divine act of God
and are, right now, taking part in God's
day of rest which began back there on that historic seventh day. This
may sound strange to many, but it is a wonderful truth. Salvation can't
be earned, you see. It is a gift. And, when you receive Christ as your
personal Savior you are placed into Him by God's Holy Spirit (I Cor. 12:13), and
thereby enter into God's Sabbath rest
that began on the seventh day of creation. Truly, as you have it in Second Corinthians 5:17,
Therefore, if anyone is
in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold,
all things have become new.
For by grace you have
been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of
God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
One last thought before we move on ... the pre-Flood world that God
made ... and of which we have been reading ... has long ago passed away. It was
a very different world from our present-day world in which we live. We'll discuss more about this later in the book. Shortly, we will read that it did not rain in the pre-Flood world but that
a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground (2:6). This
produced an incredibly temperate and lush earth. The present vast oil, gas
and coal deposits on earth are abundant and silent witness to that world, its magnitude and
prior existence. These deposits are made up the organic matter
from that ancient world but modern, educated, sophisticated
man refuses to acknowledge it.
Evolutionists claim that all these elements
were formed over eons of time, bit by bit, and are still being formed
today. However, they can't produce one single concrete example of such
a gigantic process going on that is sufficient to even begin to substantiate their claim. Oil, coal and gas deposits of the magnitude that we find on earth today require a catastrophe of an unbelievable proportion to produce. No demonstrable catastrophes
are presently taking place anywhere on earth that even come near to
what would be required to produce these abundant deposits. We will discuss this in greater depth when we
get to chapter 6, and the great Flood. Peter says that men of his
day also chose to ignore these obvious things...
For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and
in the water, by which the world that
then existed perished, being flooded with water. Second Peter
OTHER POPULAR VIEWS
Before we move on, let's take a look at two other views that have been
put forward in interpreting this first chapter of the Bible. The
underlying reason for these views, in my opinion, is primarily to
reconcile the biblical account with the long time periods and geologic
strata interpretations that Evolutionists and most geologists insist
upon in order to make their shaky case for Evolution. Those who hold
these views strive to reconcile the Genesis account of Creation with Evolution and are called Theistic Evolutionists.
1. The first view
that each of the six days of the Creation account were actually "ages"
consisting of long periods of time ... not actual 24 hour days.
This is called, The Day/Age Theory. The main verse of Scripture that is
used to buttress this view is Second Peter 3:8, where
But, beloved, do not
forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand
years, and a thousand years as one day.
The context of the above verse, however, is that God is a patient God who
does not want anyone to perish. It is not teaching that words like day in the
Bible are not definable in their context. And, even if you were to concede
that the word day
in Genesis 1, meant a thousand years, it still doesn't help the
Theistic Evolutionists' case since they need millions and even billions
of years to support their theory ... not mere thousands.
Also, a couple of basic rules of interpretation are involved here.
there is the normal use of language rule. This
rule applies to all human writing including the Bible. It states that, When reading something, the normal everyday use of the words written are their most likely meaning. So,
the correct interpretation of a writer is almost always found by
interpreting the words the way they are normally used unless the reader is specifically directed otherwise in the
context. I submit to you that this word day ... in
all of speech and writing ... normally refers to a twenty-four hour period of time.
And, I find no indication in the context of Genesis 1, that suggests it
should be taken otherwise. In fact, to the contrary, the
repeated use of the phrase and the evening and the
morning were the ___ day clearly defines the writer's meaning for us as a
normal 24 hour day. Have you ever known a day that had an evening and a
morning that was not a normal 24 hour day?
b. Second, there is the
Scripture interprets Scripture rule. The best interpreter of Scripture is Scripture! So, we need to ask
ourselves, "Is there any other scripture that come to bear on the
definition of this word, day, as it is
used here in Genesis 1?" The answer is, "Yes, there is." Consider the
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your
work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath
of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son,
nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor
your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For
in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all
that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed
the Sabbath day and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8-11
According to this passage in Exodus, the word day,
as used in Genesis 1, is to be taken as a normal 24 hour day. God
commanded his Jewish people to pattern their weeks after it. As far as
I'm concerned, this settles the argument. The creation was accomplished
in seven literal 24 hour days.
second view that seeks to insert great periods of time in the creation
account theorizes that there is a gap between verses two and three of
the first chapter. This is called, The Gap Theory. It
speculates that millions or billions of years ago there was an original
creation that fell and was subsequently judged and destroyed.
Afterwards, God re-created our present world on top of the bones and
ruins of the previous one. This too, is an attempt to reconcile the
biblical account with such knotty problems as the dinosaurs and the
long time periods required by the theory of Evolution.
Frankly, let me say that there is not a shred of evidence in the Bible
to support this view. It is pure imagination and speculation.
Furthermore, if there were a prior creation that fell before this
present one, the Bible would discuss it. More importantly, the Bible
explicitly states that sin and death entered via the fall of Adam ...
Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned... Romans 5:12
This theory also violates a third basic rule of
interpretation. It breaks the hermeneutic that states, Never build a doctrine on an obscure verse
or passage. The
Gap Theory doesn't have the comfort of even a single verse on its side.
It has to rely on a supposed gap
between two verses! ??? My, how humans
do love to fit in, aye?
This is the history of
the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the
LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field
was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on
the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the
ground. Gen. 2:4-6
In the for what it's worth department, some have argued that what we
have recorded here in Genesis 2, is a second creation account which is separate from,
and conflicts with, the first creation account in Genesis 1. They
say that this second account says that the animals were created after Adam was created and then God brought them to him for naming ... contradicting the order
of Genesis 1. The answer to that is that the Genesis 1, account
gives us the order of the Creation. Genesis 2, simply fills us in with the details. Since the order of creation has already been established
in the chapter 1, the statement that God created the animals and
brought them to Adam for naming is merely stating a fact ... not giving us a
Here in the chapter 2, we will be given a much more
personal and intimate account of the creation of
man and the conditions under which he first lived. It is not a second
creation account. It is simply moving us from the macro to the micro
... a narrowing down and giving of specifics in order to give us a greater and
more intimate look at God's creation of ... and dealings with ... man.
Our text begins by pointing out several pertinent facts about
man's early environment. First, in the beginning, crops were not yet organized
by man. So, he had no fields to till. Second, the earth was not watered
by rain. Its original pre-curse environment consisted of a lush
terrarium-like landscape watered by means of a mist
that came up from the ground beneath. Later, in chapter 6, we will
learn that the first rainfall that mankind ever experienced came about at
the Flood in Noah's day. Can you imagine how great Noah's difficulty
was then, when for an hundred and twenty years he had the task of warning
people about a coming rain and flood ... neither of which anyone had
ever seen before? Talk about a tough sell!
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground,
and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man
became a living being. Gen. 2:7
The description we have set before us here of God's actual creation of man is an
intimate and moving one. Before we look at it, however, let me say a
word about the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ. Before Christ became a man
and dwelt among us (John 1:14), he was, and always has been, the eternally existing, second
member of the Godhead. God of very God. As you have it in John 1:1-2,
In the beginning was the
Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the
beginning with God.
Furthermore, he is the Creator. If you continue to read the John
passage, cited above, it says,
All things were made
through him, and without him nothing was made that was made. In him was
life, and the life was the light of men. John 1:3-4
And again, as you have it in Colossians 1:15-16,
He is the image of the
invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things
were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and
invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.
All things were created through him and for him.
In John 1:18, we
No one has seen God at
any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he
has declared him.
Jesus is, and always has been, the revealer of who God is. So it
was before his coming into our world in the flesh as well as after his
incarnation. More than once, we will encounter him here in the
book of Genesis. His pre-incarnate appearances are called theophanies. Each are
pre-incarnate appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ. For example, it
was the Lord Jesus himself, along with two of his angels, who showed up
at Abram and Sara's tent in chapter 18. And, it was the Lord Jesus who
laid hold of Jacob and wrestled with him through the night in chapter
32. Afterwards, Jacob said, I have seen God face to
face, and my life is preserved
(32:30). I say all of this to remind us that the Scriptures clearly
teach that Jesus is God, the Creator of all things, the eternal second member of the Godhead.. He is the one
spoken of here, when it says, And the Lord God formed
man of the dust of the ground.
Now, let's think about his creation of Adam here for a moment. Up to
this point, God's simply spoke things into existence. But that is not how he created man. His
creation of Adam was a hands-on thing. It was accomplished with great intimacy,
love and care. After all, the Lord was making man in the image of himself.
Had we been there to watch, I believe we would have seen the
Lord Jesus kneeling in the dirt, carefully scraping and molding the
earth with his own two hands ... like a divine Michelangelo, working over an
intricate sculpture. Finally, we would have seen him lift his
lifeless work into his arms and, drawing it very close, breathe into it the breath of life. Then ... we would have seen Adam awake and draw his first breath ... a living soul! By the way, if you want to know where the source of all life is, well,
here He is. As you have it in John 1:3,
In him was life...!
Doubtless, the first thing Adam saw when he opened his eyes was the
face of God, his Creator ... the pre-incarnate Lord Jesus Christ ... the source of all
life. The two would become immediate friends.
One more thought before we leave this passage. You and I are made from
the dust of the ground, brother and sister. Our bodies are made up of fourteen or fifteen
basic chemicals. If we went out and bought them on the open market,
they probably wouldn't cost more than forty dollars or so, combined.
When we die, our bodies return to the dust from which our ancestor,
Adam, was formed. However, we are more than a body, as we see here in
our text. We are also spirit. C. S. Lewis said, "You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." We will look more closely at
this aspect of man's makeup as we continue on in our study.
The LORD God planted a garden eastward in
and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the
LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good
for food. The tree of life was
also in the midst of the garden, and the
tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Gen. 2:8-9
How involved the Lord was with Adam. Right off, he set about
preparing a place for him on the new Earth he had made. He hasn't changed much, has he!? This brings to mind Jesus' words to his disciples in John
Let not your heart be
troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house
are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And
if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you
to myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
Do you sense a pattern here? God has a great heart for, and to be
with, his people! Touching, is it not? He prepared a
very special and beautiful place for Adam ... and he has prepared such a place for you
and me as well, dear saint. The name, Eden, means delight. Notice that the trees that
he put there were not just for food. Our text says they were pleasant to the sight as well. Undoubtedly,
they will be so in our new home in the New Jerusalem as well (Rev. 22:2).
Now, concerning these two
special trees that were in Eden, the tree of life and
the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil ... frankly, we know very little
about them. They have long since been removed from the earth. However,
the tree of life
is found again in the last book of the Bible, the book of Revelation.
That's because it will play a significant role in the New Heavens and the
New Earth throughout eternity (Rev. 2:7; 22:2). We can gather a
good many more details about it there.
Now a river went out of Eden to water
the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The
name of the first is Pishon;
it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is
gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone
are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes
around the whole land of Cush. The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes
toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates. Gen. 2:10-14
In that original first world, the garden of Eden was the source of the headwaters
of a magnificent river. Our text tells us that from there it split
off into four famous rivers of the pre-Flood world ... the Pishon ... the Gihon (Nile) ...
(Tigris) ... and the Euphrates.
It's hard to picture this in our present world because of the radical
changes in topography that were brought about by the Flood of Noah's
day. The earth has radically changed from its original appearance. However, the names of these rivers survived through Noah and
his sons and their wives who lived in both worlds. The rivers of our
world today are named after these namesakes but they no longer share a
common headwater as they did in the previous world.
The waters of the garden in Eden must have greatly added to its appeal
and beauty. Our Lord obviously loved his amazing creation ... water, especially, as is apparent here ... with its rivers and streams. There will be one that continuously flows from
beneath his throne during his future millennial reign on Earth. Its waters will heal and clear up pollution wherever it flows. And, it will teem with fish and be lined with fishermen along
its banks (Ezek. 47). After the Millennium, there will be a magnificent
river in the New Heavens and the New Earth as well. It will flow out
from the throne of God inside the New Jerusalem (Rev. 22:1). The
Psalmist speaks of it saying,
There is a river whose
streams shall make glad the city of God, The holy place of the
tabernacle of the Most High. Psalm 46:4
So it was in the Garden of Eden, and so it will be during Christ's
thousand year reign on Earth and so it will be in our eternal home,
the New Jerusalem, situated on the New Earth one day.
Then the LORD God took the man and put him
in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. And the LORD God
commanded the man, saying, 'Of every tree of the garden you may freely
eat; but of the tree of the knowledge
of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it
you shall surely die.' Gen.2:15-17
Notice it says here that the Lord took Adam and put him in the garden.
I picture it coming about something like this. One day, Jesus said, Adam, come with me. I've got
something to show you. Then, after a bit of hiking, they
arrived in a beautiful well-groomed valley. Wow, Adam said, what a gorgeous place! You did all of
this? Yes, Jesus replied, Come
on, let me show you around.
When I was a boy, my uncle Woodrow Buchanan and my Aunt Esther and
their four kids invited me to go along on their vacation to Yosemite
National Park in California. When we arrived at the entrance to the
park, we paid our fees and then drove off into a tunnel through a
mountain. Coming out the other end, suddenly, spread out before us
was a breathtaking panorama the like of which I had never seen before.
It was so spectacular that everyone in the car just gasped, Wow!
Uncle Woodrow promptly pulled off the highway into an overlook parking
area and we scrambled out to feast our eyes. To our left, across the
valley, cascaded the incomparable Yosemite Falls. Below us, was an
enormous and beautifully forested valley through which
wound a crystal clear river. Up the valley was the majestic El Capitan Mountain.
And, behind us, was a towering two-thousand foot cliff that seemed to
reach all the way up to the sky. The air smelled deliciously of pines
tinted with wood smoke from numerous campfires. The
impression was indelible. I shall never forget it. Adam's first look at Eden must have been
something like that. Our home in heaven will also be like that. Both were
... and are ... prepared places for the children of God by their loving
Lord and Savior.
During the tour of Eden, the Lord and Adam came to a certain tree and the Lord said, Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die. This was the only prohibition in all of Adam's new home. The fruit ofthe tree of the
knowledge of good and evil,
he was not to eat. Now, let's think for a moment about Adam's nature at
that particular point in time. He was innocent. Innocence means he was
neither righteous nor unrighteous. God had given him a free will and
along with it came responsibility. Privilege always brings
responsibility. From that day on, every time Adam passed by
that particular tree, he would have a decision to make. Ultimately,
whichever way he decided, he would no longer be innocent. If he chose to
obey the Lord and not eat of the tree, he would graduate and become
righteous (one who always chooses the right thing). If he chose to
disobey and eat of the tree, he would become unrighteous. In either
case, he would no longer continue in a state of innocence.
Now, if Adam
had been a sinner living under God's Law, he would have immediately
eaten of the forbidden fruit. I say that because, under the Law,
commandments and rules just rile up the sin nature that dominates
sinners and, invariably, it slays them. As we have it in Romans 7:7-11,
What shall we say then?
Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known
sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness
unless the law had said, 'You shall not covet.' But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment,
produced in me all manner of evil desire.
For apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law,
but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. And the
commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. For sin, taking occasion by the
commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me.
Back when I was in Bible School, I had a dear teacher named Dr. John
Mitchell. He illustrated this point of being under the Law like this.
He said, If you have a cherry tree
in your front yard and you don't want the kids to eat your cherries,
whatever you do, don't put up a sign that says, "DON'T EAT THE
CHERRIES!" Because if you do that, you'll have a tree full of
tow-headed kids picking and eating your cherries! The sign (a law)
combined with their sin natures will just stir them up.
opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil
Paul said. But, Adam had no such inner compulsion. The Lord's
prohibition had no such effect on him because he was not a sinner nor
was he under the Law. However, now, he did have a choice to make. And,
on that choice hung the fate of the entire human race. As you have it
in Romans 5:12, 18-21,
Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world,
and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all
Therefore, as through one man's offense
judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through
one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in
justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made
sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous.
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin
abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death,
even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.
And the LORD God said, 'It is not good that
man should be alone; I will make him a helper
comparable to him.' Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast
of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see
what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature,
that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of
the air, and to every beast of the field. So Adam gave names to all
cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper
comparable to him. Gen. 2:18-20
God knew that Adam was incomplete although Adam wasn't aware of that
yet. So, the Lord began to educate him by enrolling him in the school of
life ... bringing all the creatures he had made to Adam for him to name. During that process,
Adam observed all the creatures' maleness and femaleness. He must have
been a pretty sharp fellow, by the way, in order to name all those
animals. Having observed how each species were paired up, he began to
keep an eye out for his own other half. But, as our text says, there
was not found a helper comparable to him and now that Adam realized he had a
need, God was in a position to meet it.
Let me "chase a rabbit" here for a minute. Our Lord
still puts his children in school to show them their needs just so he
can then meet them. We see that over and over again in
the lives of his saints in the Bible. And the beautiful thing is, when
the time is right and they fully understand their dependence on the Lord,
he is always there to meet their need. As you have it in Philippians 4:19-20,
And my God shall supply all your need according
to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be
glory forever and ever. Amen.
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to
fall on Adam, and he slept; and he took one of his ribs, and
closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had
taken from man he made into a woman,
and he brought her to the man. And Adam said: 'This is now bone of my
bones and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman,
because she was taken out of Man.' Therefore a man shall leave his
father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one
flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not
ashamed. Gen. 2:21-25
The Hebrew word here for man is ish. It is the root of the word
ishshah which means out of man.
Once again, the Creator chose not to create ex nihilo.
Rather, he lovingly worked with his own hands an wisely chose the very best medium. He molded the woman from a part that he took from Adam's side. His work was tender, intimate and compelling. The
choice was deliberate. If the two were made of the same flesh ... they would
ever be mysteriously drawn to one another and only when they were
together would they feel truly complete. Someone has said that, A man without a woman is only half a man. Well
said. And, I might add, the reverse is true as well. This account of
the Lord's completion of his creation of man in the making of Eve, is
pregnant with import. With her creation, we find the foundation for
God's purposes for male/female relations within marriage. At the very
least, this passage teaches the following basic principles:
designed marriage to be a monogamous institution ... one
man, one woman. Jesus quoted this passage to the Pharisees in
The Pharisees also came
to him, testing him, and saying to him, 'Is it lawful for a man to
divorce his wife for just any reason?' And he answered and said to
them, 'Have you not read that he who made them at the beginning 'made
them male and female,' and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his
father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become
one flesh.' So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore
what God has joined together, let not man separate. Matthew 19:3-6
Polygamy has never been God's purpose for mankind. Wherever and
whenever it has been practiced, it has lead to problems and a blurring
of God's original purpose for marriage.
designed marriage to be an exclusive institution.
God instructed Adam and Eve that there was to be a leaving and a cleaving
when marriage took place. When external relationships outside of a
marriage continue to dominate one partner or the other, the union
itself can come into jeopardy. Both the man and the woman must leave all
other ties behind and cleave to each other. When there is no real
genuine leaving and cleaving, a marriage is in for big trouble. If I
could say a word of advice to parents here. Parents, when your children get married,
please make the leaving and cleaving easy for them. Hands off! Your
raising is over.
Newlyweds, if you want your marriage to succeed ... lovingly allow no
interference by your parents or new in-laws. This is very important.
designed marriage to be a sexual institution.
As you have it here in our text ... the two shall become one flesh.
Sex, as we have noted earlier in the creation account, is God's
creation and idea. And, it is not just for the propagation of the human
race. Three principles and scriptures that speak to the subject of
marital sex come to my mind.
God made sex for pleasure and to facilitate real intimacy and bonding
in marriage. The entire Bible book of The Song of Solomon deals with
this subject. Proverbs
Let your fountain be
blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth. As a loving deer and
a graceful doe, let her breasts satisfy you at all times; and always be
enraptured with her love.
b. God made sex to propagate the human race. Psalm 127:3-5a,
Lo, children are an
heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As
arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.
c. God made marriage to deter immorality. In First Corinthians 7:2-5,
of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife, and let each
woman have her own husband. Let the husband render to his wife the
affection due her, and likewise also the wife to her husband.
The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband
does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own
body, but the wife does. Do not deprive one another except with consent
for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and
come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your
lack of self-control. First Corinthians
designed marriage to be a heterosexual institution.
God's intentions in marriage can only be fulfilled within the
relationship between a man and a woman. Not many years ago, it would
have been unnecessary to even bring this up, but not so in our day.
Since February of 2004, when the Supreme Court of the state of
Massachusetts ruled that same sex marriages are constitutional,
misguided officials around the country began issuing marriage licenses
to homosexuals. And now, the Supreme Court of the United States has put
its stamp of approval on the practice. As our country becomes more and
more pagan and ungodly, we will see more and more such departures from
God's purposes for marriage. Homosexuality simply doesn't qualify. It
fails the most basic test of the definition of marriage, The union between one man and one woman, instituted, ordained and
maintained by God.
Homosexuality is condemned by God in both the Old and New Testaments.
For Jews, under the old covenant, its practice carried the death
penalty. As you have it in Leviticus 20:13,
If a man lies with a male
as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination.
They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them.
Later in our study of Genesis we will come to the history of God's
judgment and destruction of several cities where this was one of the main issues
Under the New Covenant, which is in effect today,
homosexuality is straightforwardly condemned as well. As you have it in Romans 1:26-29a,
For this reason God gave
them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural
use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the
natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men
with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the
penalty of their error which was due. And even as they did not like to
retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to
do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all
unrighteousness, sexual immorality...
In conclusion, note that the man and the woman were naked and it
brought them no shame. Shame is an emotion experienced by someone who
has done something wrong and is being plagued by guilt. Having never
sinned, there was no source for shame in the minds of Adam and Eve
... concerning anything. But, when they disobeyed God and ate of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, they experienced shame for the first time. However, they deflected their shame and attributed
it to an outward source ... blaming it on the fact that they were
naked. But, that wasn't the problem at all. They hadn't been ashamed
before. Their shame did not come from being naked. It came from their
disobedience and rebellion against God. And now, they were cut off from
him. Truly, in the real sense of the word, they had already died ...
just as God had said they would.
taken from the New King James Version. Copyright 1982 by Thomas
Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights
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