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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.

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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

- IMPORTANT!! There IS a God! (THIS IS CRITICAL!!!)

-- 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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