Summary: Part 3 of 5. The beginnings of the heavens & the earth were handed down in God’s word. Man must be aware the scenario that surrounds the founding of his world. How can we find our place in the world? The place for us is found in the...
THE PLACE for US-III—Genesis 1:1-10
Mankind without God, is plagued by...
Hopelessness(Purpose; Direction; Meaning; Joy; etc.
Insecurities-Losses(Job; Financial; Health—threat of cancer, disease, catastrophic illness; Weather; Stability; Family—relationships, abuse—physical, mental, substance; Marriage etc.)
Fears(Brought on by the above, OCD-Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Paranoias- ‘out to get me;’ Trepidations-fear of ‘what might happen’)
We desperately need 1)A place of belonging, 2)Relationships of various types—Marriage to work, Friends to befriend & be befriended, Fellowship to encourage & to receive encouragement, Boss to appreciate & work done well, Neighbors to neighborly & vice versa....
The beginnings of the heavens & the earth were handed down in God’s word.
Man must be aware the scenario that surrounds the founding of his world.
How can we find our place in the world??
The foundational means of finding our place in the world.
(“world”—used in the most inclusive sense)
Previously weeks uncovered that The place for us is found in the...
1—INTENTION of God(:1)
2—CARE of God(:2)
3—LIGHT of God(:3)
4—TIME of God(:4-5)
5—SPACIAL LIMITS of God(:6-10)
A. HEIGHT(:6-8)—FIRMAMENT / EXPANSE
B. WIDTH(:9-10)—WATERS & EARTH
Today, we will discover that...
6—The place for us is found in the...
FLORA / Plants of God(:11-13)
Explanation:(:11-13)Herbs & Trees
:11—“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, & the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; & it was so.”
God caused the dry earth to sprout vegetation consisting of grasses, seed bearing plants & “fruit” trees. He created them by “kind” & created those “kinds” to remain those same “kinds.” Thus each ‘kind’ has a particular fruit that remains true to its “kind.” Thus though new species can arise, they will always arise within the limits of their own “kind.” The earth brought forth these plants at God’s express command.
“Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass,”
The earth is empowered with the ability to “bring forth” plants.
“Bring forth/Sprout/Produce”—avd daw-shaw’—Verb Hifil imperfect third feminine singular jussive—To sprout, shoot, grow green—1b) (Hiphil) To cause to sprout, cause to shoot forth. Strong—To sprout:-- Bring forth, spring.
“Grass/Vegetation”—avd deh’-sheh—Grass, new grass, green herb, vegetation, young. Strong—A sprout; by analogy, Grass:-- (tender) Grass, green, (tender)herb.
“The herb that yields seed,”
“Herb/Plants”—bse ` eh’seb—Herb, herbage, grass, green plants. Strong—from an unused root meaning to glisten (or be green); Grass (or any tender shoot):-- Grass, herb.
“Yields”—erz zaw-rah’—To sow, scatter seed. Strong—a primitive root; to sow; figuratively, To disseminate, plant, fructify:-- Bear, conceive seed, set with sow(-er), yield.
“Seed”—erz zeh’-rah—Seed, sowing, offspring. Strong—Seed; figuratively, Fruit, plant, sowing-time, posterity:-- X carnally, Child, fruitful, seed(-time), sowing-time.
“And the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”
“Fruit”—yrp per-ee’—N. mas.—Fruit—1a) Fruit, produce (of the ground), 1b) Fruit, offspring, children, progeny (of the womb), 1c) Fruit (of actions) (fig.). Strong—Fruit (literally or figuratively):-- Bough, ([first-]) fruit([-ful]), Reward.
“Tree”—Ue `ets— Tree, wood, timber, stock, plank, stalk, stick, gallows. Strong—A tree (from its firmness); hence, Wood (plural sticks):-- + Carpenter, gallows, helve, + pine, plank, staff, stalk, stick, stock, timber, tree, wood.
“Yields”(See :7-”Made”)—hse aw-saw’—Verb Qal participle masculine singular absolute—To do, fashion, accomplish, make—To do, work, make, produce.
“Kind”—Nym miyn— Kind, sometimes a species (usually of animals). ‘Groups of living organisms belong in the same created "kind" if they have descended from the same ancestral gene pool. This does not preclude new species because this represents a partitioning of the original gene pool. Information is lost or conserved not gained. A new species could arise when a population is isolated & inbreeding occurs. By this definition a new species is not a new "kind" but a further partitioning of an existing "kind".’ Strong—from an unused root meaning to portion out; A sort, i.e. Species:-- Kind.
“And it was so.”
What God said & says, occurred & occurs.
:12—“And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, & the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.”
God spoke self perpetuating grasses, green herbs & trees—all according to their “kinds.” These sprang from the earth at God’s bidding.
God recognized & accepted that what He had done was “good” just as He had regarding the creation of Light(:4) & Earth & Seas(:10).
These major groups of plants hold a capacity for self-perpetuation & variation within their “kinds.” The “kinds” do not cross boundaries but remain true to their kind & yet—as observed today—incorporate & perpetuate great variation.
“And God saw that it was good.”
Thus these newly created plants were in every sense complete for their intention.
:13—“So the evening & the morning were the third day.”
Thus the creation of Seas, Dry Land, & various forms of Plant Life were completed on the Third Day.