Summary: In the beginning marks a starting point of a specific duration.
Intro: WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR BUT GOD HIMSELF!
1. In Boca Raton Florida, Jerry Stevens, a pilot, decided to greet the New Year by writing, "God is Great" and similar messages in the sky above the city. When they saw the skywriting; many residents panicked and called police.
They believed Steven’s airplane might be part of a terrorist plot.
2. It tells alot about our Nation - we have no fear of God, who is great; but
we stand in fear of terrorists, of mere men. If we would fear God, we
would soon lose our fear of man.
3. Name and Nature of God.
Trans: Gen. 1:1
"In the beginning" marks a starting point of a specific duration, as "in the beginning of the year" which anticipates an "end" as well.
"11 "But the land into which you are about to cross to possess it, a land of hills and valleys, drinks water from the rain of heaven, 12 a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning even to the end of the year." Deuteronomy 11:11-12
Job 8:7; 42:12; Eccl 7:8; Isa 46:10...
The earth not only has a commencement, but one with a view to a consummation. Just as surely as the earth has a specific beginning it will have a specific end. That consummation will involve a new heavens and earth.
"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things will not be remembered or come to mind." Isaiah 65:17
"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea." Revelation 21:1
This is why we should live life with that consummation in mind...life is not just aimless but has a purpose, an end - it is going somewhere. And it all centers on God.
Tozer, "One of the greatest tragedies that we find, even in this most enlightened of all ages, is the utter failure of millions of men and women ever to discover why they were born....
Those who have followed the revelation provided by the Creator God have accepted that God never does anything without a purpose. We do believe, therefore, that God had a noble purpose in mind when He created us.
We believe that it was distinctly the will of God that men and women created in His image would desire fellowship with Him above all else.
In His plan, it was to be a perfect fellowship based on adoring worship of the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
If you are acquainted with the Shorter Catechism, you know that it asks an age-old, searching question: "What is the chief end of man?"
The simple yet profound answer provided by the Catechism is based upon the revelation and wisdom of the Word of God: "The chief end of man is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever."...
Yes, worship of the loving God is man’s whole reason for existence. That is why we are born and that is why we are born again from above. That is why we were created and that is why we have been recreated. That is why there was a genesis at the beginning, and that is why there is a re-genesis, called regeneration.
That is also why there is a church. The Christian church exists to worship God first of all. Everything else must come second or third or fourth or fifth....