Summary: God is a master creator as he revealed in Genesis 1 when he created the world from nothing. The culmination of his work is human life.
There are two questions which every person asks: “Where am I from?” and “Where am I going?” We know our past and we want to know our future.
The book of Revelation ultimately answers the second question about the future and the end of the world. The first question is answered by the first two chapters of Genesis. So as we begin a new year today, let’s look at the foundation, the beginning of our history.
Unfortunately, this chapter is often viewed as a myth or legend but if God’s Word is truth as it claims to be, do we have a right to separate this chapter from the rest? Neither Jesus nor any of the Apostles viewed the story of creation as a legend but as fact because they viewed the Bible as a whole and completely true. This is our starting point for truth.
And it answers the crucial questions which have influence on our life and our future. “Where am I from? Why am I here?”
GOD: THE ONLY CREATOR FROM NOTHING
„In the beginning God created...” What does that mean? Scientists tell us that the universe always existed – that at least there was some kind of concentrated energy before the big bang. But if we take the Scripture seriously, there was a definite beginning point and before that point nothing existed except for God himself. Isaiah 44:24 says this: “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,”
The lie of the enemy is that there was no creator. There is no need for God for the existence of the world and life. We need only a lot of time and some luck and then there will be life on earth. This is not the teaching of the Scripture – we are not a product of time and chance. This is simply a theory which has never been proven even once. Science is not able to create even the most basic forms of life. And so the enemy feeds people with his lies that God doesn’t exist and we are simply a product of chance.
The Bible says the exact opposite. Before the creation of the universe, before our world, before time and before life, God existed. In the first verse of the Bible, the Hebrew word “bara” appears which means “to create from nothing.” Only God can create from nothing! What did God create from nothing? Time! “In the beginning.” For the first time there was a beginning – the clocks started ticking. Going further, God created the “heavens.” This refers to space – the vast open space that we cannot find the end of with our most powerful telescopes.
And thirdly he created “the earth.” This is not merely the earth on which we stand but the basic elements of the universe with which he created everything else in the universe.
Time – space – physical elements. Do you see that these are the basic building blocks of all we know? It’s like a child who wants to build a house from blocks. These three things God created from which he formed everything we know within the six days of creation.
But there is something else that God created from nothing in Genesis chapter one. Read verse 20: “Let the waters swarm with LIVING creatures…” Do you see what God created? LIFE. This is something that no man can create from nothing – life. Certainly we can create life from seeds but no one can take basic elements like nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen and so on – add energy and cause life to suddenly appear. Only God!
GOD: LORD OVER TIME
One of the most common arguments against creation according to Genesis 1 is the belief that the world simply couldn’t be created in six days. Friends, this is true! Our world with all the life in it cannot be created in six days – it is simply impossible. According to all we know about the world around us it takes time for things to grow – a tree doesn’t grow overnight.
But let me read Luke 18:27 "What is impossible with men is possible with God." We serve the God who does the impossible! We serve a God who stopped the sun during the time of the Judges. He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross from Egypt. He caused a worldwide flood to sweep over the earth. He raised the dead. He walked on water. And he caused faith to spring up in your heart. Those are impossible things according to science – but not too hard for the Lord.
2 Peter 3:8 reminds us what God is like: “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” What we say must take a thousand or a million years, God can accomplish in ONE DAY! Why do we limit God? Simply because we don’t believe in the Word of God – we believe in what we can see and hear in this world. Friends, the Scripture will never fail you! It is the truth!