When we look around us we see many things. When we see a building, we logically know that there was a builder who built it. When we see a painting, we know there was a painter that painted it. And when we see creation, we know there is a Creator who created it. Today we will talk a little about The Creator, whom Peter called the faithful Creator, and His work. (1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.)
Genesis 1:1-5 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Day 1– heavens and earth, light and darkness
1) day, time, year
1a) day (as opposed to night)
1b) day (24 hour period)
1b1) as defined by evening and morning in Genesis 1
1b2) as a division of time
The world throws out all kinds of garbage today, attempting to convince us of how long the earth has been around, how old it is, and how the account of creation is just a symbolic story. And yet if we dig a little into the known language and customs of the peoples we can easily see that the writer meant exactly what he said: a single, 24-hour day. And this is true anytime the phrase “the evening and the morning” are used. Yes, that is a common way of saying a day as we know it now and it was used extensively in the Hebrew language and not just in Scripture. And it always, without exception, means a 24-hour day. And we mustn’t forget that Scripture is made up of many types of literature: prophesy, poetry, songs, wisdom books, and history. The book of Genesis is a book of history: accounts of facts, not allegory, not fables. Being a history book we must interpret it properly, as we must with all types of literature, both those included in God’s Word and those that are not. The mistake of not knowing the customs/culture and wrongly interpreting the type of literature one is working with leads to confusion and even false teaching.
Genesis 1:6-8 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Day 2– creation of the firmament, and the separation of the waters above the firmament from those below it, the atmosphere if you will
Genesis 1:9-13 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Day 3– waters are separated from the earth and formed into seas and plants are created
Genesis 1:14-19 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Day 4– the sun, moon and stars are created
Genesis 1:20-23 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. 21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Day 5– birds, reptiles, and aquatic animals are created
Genesis 1:24-28 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Day 6– all land animals are made and finally man is created in God’s image and likeness
Genesis 1:29-31 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
And so we have it, all created life were given to eat of the fruit of the earth, to be vegetarians. The significance, you may ask? To eat meat would’ve required death, and death was not a part of God’s original plan. There were no predators and prey, only all of creation living in peace and harmony.
Of course that didn’t last too long, as sin and death soon entered into the world. But thankfully The Creator had a plan to defeat these evils: redemption and salvation through His son, Jesus Christ.
This is a lesson outline I prepared for VBS 2014, the topic being “God is the Creator of all”. The Key Verse to this lesson is Psalm 24:1 and text is Genesis chapter 1.