Summary: We don’t hear first that God is Love, Holy, Good . . .but that He is the Creator.
10 Amazing Miracles from Scripture Series (10 of 10)
Creation: The Big Bang Reality
December 13, 2015 CFBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A The Bible puts tremendous significance upon the fact that God created the universe, the Creator of Creation.
1 Genesis 1:1 (NASB) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
a We don’t hear first that God is Love, Holy, Good . . .but that He is the Creator.
b In the Gospel of John, the most theologically oriented of the Gospels, creation comes screaming out of the gate: John 1:1-3 (NASB) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.
aa John is telling us that we can’t think back to a time in eternity that Jesus was not present. (Coeternal)
bb v.2, God is the creator and the Father worked through the Word to create creation.
2 Believing that God is our Creator is significant to our faith.
a Hebrews 11 is called “The Hall of Faith”, in which the author writes, “Hebrews 11:3 (NASB) By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.”
b In the last book of the Bible, John the Revelator writes that the 24 elders praise the Almighty in part because He is the Creator: Revelation 4:11 (NASB) 11 "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."
c In the picture that God has presented of Himself to us in His Word, is the clear role of Him as Creator.
B Believing that God is the creator effects our understanding of everything concerning our faith.
1 Man was uniquely created by God.
a He created the heavens, earth, sun, stars, waters, animals, plants . . . but the creation of humankind from the dust of the earth/rib from man . . . in God’s image, makes humankind different than the rest of creation.
b That tells us something about the sanctity of life, protection of the unborn, being a voice for the silent.
aa How we treat each other, love one another.
bb If we truly believe He created us, formed us in our mother’s womb, uniquely/wonderfully made . . . then we truly are special amongst God’s creation.
cc Jesus’ didn’t come to redeem any other part of creation but humankind.
c If we deny/alter the belief that God is our creator, we then have to alter our views on everything else about what we believe about the Bible.
2 Isaiah describes God’s power to create, His provision to sustain and His presence to help.
a Isaiah 40:21-22 (NASB) 21 Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
b From His sovereign position in heaven God watches over His created universe.
aa Nothing or no one can be compared with our transcendent God.
bb God is almighty and all-powerful, but even so He cares for each of us personally. Isn’t that awesome? ... that the Sovereign of the Universe cares for you?
C Let’s jump down to verse 21. I love Isaiah’s awareness here. "Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?"
1 News about God’s sovereign power is not new. It has been evident to one and all since the beginning of time.
a God existence and amazing power has been evident since the foundation of the cosmos itself for the inanimate cosmos itself could not be responsible for such grandeur and intelligent life.
b Isaiah boldly proclaims that the Lord is the "unmoved mover" (Aristotle) behind His awesome creation.
c So many who see and hear are blind and deaf toward God.
2 God is also the Governor of the world. Look at the first half of verse 22. "It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers."
a Twenty-two hundred years before Christopher Columbus, God said our planet was circular (The Hebrew word encompasses the concept that the earth is a sphere) and not flat.