Summary: God desires to restore order to our chaotic world.
We begin a new Series: Kosmeo
kos-meh’-o: to put in order; make ready; prepare; to adorn; embellish with honor
It’s where we get cosmetics = to adorn
And it comes from the Greek word Cosmos = an orderly harmonious systematic universe.
Our God is the God of Order.
Genesis 1:1-2 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Let’s hear from our scientific experts:
NASA: "The universe was created sometime between 10 billion and 20 billion years ago from a cosmic explosion that hurled matter and in all directions."
UC Berkeley: "The big bang theory states that at some time in the distant past there was nothing. A process known as vacuum fluctuation created what astrophysicists call a singularity. From that singularity, which was about the size of a dime, our Universe was born."
University of Michigan: "About 15 billion years ago a tremendous explosion started the expansion of the universe. This explosion is known as the Big Bang. At the point of this event all of the matter and energy of space was contained at one point. What existed prior to this event is completely unknown and is a matter of pure speculation. This occurrence was not a conventional explosion but rather an event filling all of space with all of the particles of the embryonic universe rushing away from each other."
PBS: There was an "initial explosion" of a "primordial atom which had contained all the matter in the universe."
Hebrews 11:3 “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”
For the atheistic scientist, or the scientist who thinks there is no place for God in science (keep that God-stuff in the field of philosophy), their “Hebrews 11:3 would state: “by faith we understand that space, time, matter and energy somehow exploded from essentially nothing in the sudden big bang that was the birth of our universe.”
Psalm 14:1 “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.”
Blowing things up: the explosion never results in order, only disorder.
Let’s turn to the trustworthy account in Scripture: Genesis 1. Check out the ORDER of creation.
Day 1: Light created; it was good. God separated the light from darkness (day & night)
There was evening and there was morning – the first day (already a system was in place)
Day 2: God created an expanse (sky) to separate water above from water below
There was evening and there was morning – the second day
Day 3: God gathered the water together, forming dry ground (land & seas); God saw it was good
Let the land produce vegetation (according to their kinds); God saw it was good
There was evening and there was morning – the third day
Day 4: God created lights in the sky to separate day from night and to mark seasons, days, years
God created the sun and the moon and the stars; God saw it was good
There was evening and there was morning – the fourth day
Day 5: God created fish and birds (according to their kinds); God saw it was good
God blessed them and told them to be fruitful and increase in number
There was evening and there was morning – the fifth day
Day 6: God created land creatures (according to their kinds); God saw it was good
God made man in His image, gave them purpose; blessed them and told them to be fruitful
God gave them food to eat (plants and seeds)
God saw ALL that He had made, and it was very good
There was evening and there was morning – the sixth day
Job 25:2 “Dominion and awe belong to God; he establishes order in the heights of heaven.”
It was all very good! It brought pleasure to the CREATOR and peace to the CREATED! That’s an important truth to remember throughout this series: when we submit to God’s established order, it brings pleasure to Him and peace to us.
1 Corinthians 14:33 “For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace.”
So what was God’s established order? Two things I want to highlight:
1. God’s established order had designated places
God, the Creator – we are to have no other gods before Him!
And the Created:
Rest of creation: animals and plants
Of course, some people today do not make a distinction between humans and animals – we’re all part of the animal kingdom.
But even my three year old daughter can tell that she is different than Daisy, the hamster we just welcomed into our home yesterday. Scriptures explains the distinction: