Summary: Continuing our series titled, "Alpha and Omega", we see God's craftsmanship to create a literal gap between the waters which is the space that contains the air we breathe. Creation reveals the Glory of Christ and this message points to that as well.

Alpha and Omega Series, Part 2

Genesis 1:6-8

Continuing our series titled, “Alpha and Omega”; literally the beginning & the end

-- Examine two critical questions: How did we get here? How does it end?

Ω Introduction


-- Psalm 14:1, “Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, and their actions are evil; not one of them does good!”

-- Just as a building requires a builder, a creation must have a creator

-- All energy in the universe requires a source … it had to start somewhere

-- There is an irrational logic trying to prove something popped up from nothing

- So, what we find ourselves in is a situation what separates all of us

-- If you do not believe this account, you fall into one of these two categories:

1. Theistic Evolutionist: Believes that God is real, yet He used evolution to evolve all things in this world to include the creation of mankind

2. Naturalistic Evolutionist (which most non-believers are): Believes that everything evolved by accident, and that there is no God nor Creator

-- Claims to use the formula: “Nobody times Nothing equals Everything!”

-- This is absolutely the wrong angle for us and is at the heart of our beliefs

- As a believer, we have to be willing to refute the commentaries of today

-- Scientists, teachers, and pundits from all walks of life wish to denounce Creation

-- It is critical that we are able to demonstrate a clear logic in our thinking

-- IMP: Not only clear logic, but a Biblically based explanation of Creation

- APP: It is not our place to defend God; but know/use Word to demonstrate truth

- Let’s read up to our text today so we have the complete view of where we are

- Read Genesis 1:1-8

- Pray

Ω Point 1 – Day 2

Ω - At the beginning of Day 2, we see that the Earth is covered in water (the deep)

- Then God said (again, notice how things happen: He speaks and it is so) …

-- God’s authority is supreme; He speaks and it happens – it’s ultimate authority

-- Firmament in Hebrew: “raqiya”; means something that is spread out; an expanse

- APP: So, when God speaks, a space is created between the water and outer space

-- IMP: Remember from last week the foundation is water (ref Genesis 1:2)

- So now, there is a defined layer that is created between two things we know of:

-- 1. The water (or seas) below

-- 2. The water above (which refers to the clouds, the ozone layer, etc.)

--- This is the atmospheric heaven that when we look up, we see with our eyes

- IMP: This includes the Earth’s breathable atmosphere – or SPACE that we live

- God says let there be a separation (firmament), between the below and the above

-- He also refers to this area (or expanse / “raqiya”) as heaven (see v8)

- No one can survive in outer space; it’s a proven fact because it is a total vacuum

-- There is no air, there is only space (hence its name); loaded with celestial bodies

- We saw in Genesis 1:1 that God created the “Heavens” (this is space)

-- So, first He created THE heavens and THE Earth which gives us clarity today

Ω - Question: What was there before there was a Heaven and an Earth?

-- Answer: John 1:1 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

-- In the beginning there was God … He is eternal and nothing created Him!

- APP: If you cannot stand on this fact; you’ve missed the purpose of Jesus Christ

-- Jesus did not die just to save you from your sins; but to redeem God’s creation

-- There was a time when there was perfection and a Savior wasn’t needed; Gen 1

-- There was a time before death existed (Last week: Rom 5:12, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned.”

- IMP: Today, we live in the time when a Savior is required because of OUR sin

- Day 1 God engaged the void; His Spirit moved upon the deep (v2)

-- IMP: God did not re-create something already there; this is a new creation Ω

- It is the very foundation of the space that we inhabit; God did it with a word

-- There was not some evolutionary process that occurred, one word spoke it all

-- The Psalmist grabs this concept in one sentence: Psalm 104:2 says, “He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent.”

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