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Summary: This series focuses on the Biblical facts of Creation, and using Scripture puts to rest the scientific opinions of how the world was formed. Part 1b continues the exploration of Day 1, and addresses both the age of the Earth and demonstrates the beginnin

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Creation Series, Part 1b

Genesis 1:1-5

Introduction

- From last message:

- As a building requires a builder, creation must have a creator

- Even the energy in the universe requires a source, it requires a creator

- There is an irrational logic proving that something popped up from nothing

- We have a Creator, and this study will give us all opportunity to delve into this

- APP: 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 have the solution: “Nobody times Nothing equals Everything!”

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

- There is no middle ground on this issue and it is where we must answer for ourselves

- Before we can even see the Redeemer who is Jesus, we must see the workmanship

- We must see the Glory of a Creator who specifically put each thing into place

- Stand and read Genesis 1:1-5

- Pray

Point 1 – The Age of the Earth

- Many want to debate the timeline of the creation and we must be able to answer this

- The bible records that God created the Earth in 6 days, period! This is the truth!

- Scientists want to use something called “the gap theory” to explain between v1 and v2

-- What scientists want to do is tell us that between verse 1 and 2 there is lots missing

- This is at the root of unexplainable things that science wants to gloss over

- Many of these theories want to stuff in thousands/millions of years that don’t exist

- But, the writer of Genesis defines the times of the Patriarchs who were actually born

-- The birth of these men clearly shows us the timeline, and we can put down theories

- Genesis 5 gives ages of dates when sons were born … and how old Patriarchs were

- This allows us to do the math, working back, from the time of Christ

- We know the timeline between Christ and us, this is clear (2000 + years)

- Well, when we apply the timeline of before Christ to creation (approx. 4000 years)

- APP: One thing becomes obvious here: The Earth is only approx. 6,000 years old!

- The reason we need to know is simply is: So others cannot violate God’s truth

- One quick thought to give you to shoot things down quickly in this debate:

- Some ask, “How do we explain fossils? How do we explain the dating of fossils?”

- OK, let’s do this simple: What are fossils? Bones of things that have died!

- Romans 5:12 says, “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.”

- APP: Death came because of sin; well … we have no sin until Genesis Chapter 3!

So, how can we have bones of dead things before there is even sin

- So, once you know the age of the Earth, we can then explain how it was created

Point 2 – Starting at the Beginning

- God spoke all these things into existence, and because of this we have a clear account

- In the beginning, there was clear and unmistakable darkness in the universe

- We see v2 giving us a clear description of the Earth: “void and without form”

-- There was “darkness on the face of the deep” and God’s “Spirit was hovering”

- At the beginning of Day 1, we have nothing except for God, and His Spirit (IMP)

- The Hebrew word use here is “tohu wa boho”; tohu is wasteland; boho is empty

- The Earth, in the very beginning, was an empty wasteland; a bleak place

- But it is here, that we see the VERY purpose of God’s intended creation; the Earth

- In the very beginning we see that the Earth was simply a vast expanse of water

- The word “deep” used in the scripture refers to the “sea”, or to the waters covering

-- Water is the central element of life; and thus the beginning of everything is water

-- Psa 104:5-6, “He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains.”

- The Spirit of the Lord hovered over the water just as He hovers over each of us today

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