Summary: Part 7b concludes the study of Creation with mankind's creation as well as the importance of God's rest on the 7th day. (Ref: Genesis 1:27-2:3)
Creation Series, Part 7b
Genesis 1:27 – Gen 2:3
- This evening, we bring to a conclusion our series on Creation from Genesis 1
- Let me ask … has this series helped you understand God’s miraculous work?
-- If your answer is yes, I want to encourage you to be bold enough to share it
-- Remember that these messages are not only available online, but on CD as well
- What’s important to keep VERY close at hand is the things we have discussed
- 1) We have a Creator, He is God, and He has given us a clear account of His story
- 2) What we find ourselves in is a situation that separates all of us: Do we believe?
-- If you do not believe this account, you fall into one of these two categories:
- Theistic Evolutionist: Believes that God is real, yet He used evolution to evolve all things in this world to include the creation of mankind
- Naturalistic Evolutionist (which most non-believers are): Believes that everything evolved by accident, and that there is no God nor Creator
-- Evolution uses the formula: “Nobody times Nothing equals Everything!”
-- This is absolutely the wrong angle for us and is at the heart of our beliefs
- Before we can even see the Redeemer, who is Jesus, we must see the Creator
-- We must see the Glory of a Creator who specifically put each thing into place
- APP: If we cannot see the work of the Creator; can we see the work of a Messiah?
- IMP: There is NOTHING in scripture that supports something evolved from anything
- What we have seen to date is that God has created:
1. The Earth
2. The skies above (including the atmosphere)
3. The land and the seas
4. The vegetation that we see around us
5. The lights in the sky (to include the sun and the stars)
6. The fish in the sea and the birds in the sky
7. The creation of the animals which inhabit this
8. This morning we saw the creation of man in God’s own image and His purpose
- Stand and read Genesis 1:26-2:3
Point 1 – Control is given to Man (1:27-31)
- First we see God’s decision to create; and then it was done by His word
- However, what God has created is not something that looks just like Him
- What has been created is something that contains the same attributes that God has
- Man is a person; animals are not people; which again strengthen “non-evolution”
-- What man has that animals do not is consciousness; awareness; ability to reason
-- Animals realize their environment; but for them it is an instinctive realization
-- Mankind however not only realizes our environment, but we interact with it
- We can appreciate beauty; think about issues; to choose right/wrong; etc.
- Mankind also; created in God’s image; we have the ability to show emotion to others
-- Example of God reacting to us: Rom 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
- In the same manner we were created to react to God; to worship and adore Him
-- It is what separates us from Fido and Fluffy; and what we must grasp in these verses
- God then gives us a blessing in how we should live (28); critical to comprehend this
- Rev John MacArthur said, “We have a cursed earth to deal with and it's not easy. But like Adam after he sinned, we need to work at it a little to the point where we sweat in order that God's creative beauty might be on display. We're still stewards of His creation. …. While I'm here I want God to be able to be on display.”
- God has graciously given us everything on this Earth to be stewards of; but will we?
- Will we act in a way that reflects everything that God has presented to us?
-- 1 Cor 10:31 says, “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
-- Paul is not telling us how to drink a cup of coffee; but to react to God in everything
-- APP: Will we allow God to be reflected in everything that we are and that we do?
- TRANS: (31) When God has finished; He said that is was VERY good (perfection)
Point 2 – A completed work (2:1-3)
- Creation then comes to a close with a defining moment in history; He rests
-- But here on the 7th day, God rests from all that He has done and steps back