Our last post was “Finished”. I really hadn’t planned it that way, but every thing, every object, every thing we can see, as well as that which we cannot see, cannot “finish” unless it had a beginning.
Even this world.
Did it just “happen”?
No rhyme, no reason. Just one day…
And there it all was, in all its primordial glory, in a puff of smoke….
Or was it this way…?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters, Genesis 1:1, 2 NKJV.
The first, somewhat abridged and inaccurate, is the “scientific” version; the second is the Scriptural version.
Today, we’re beginning a series on the first 11 chapters of Genesis. In these chapters, describing four seminal events, are the beginnings of everything we see around us.
Many will not agree with the viewpoint of this series, that Genesis is an accurate historical record of the beginning, not only this planet, but of the material universe.
The Lord Jesus accepted the historicity and accuracy of Genesis.
We need nothing else.
As far as the “puff of smoke”viewpoint, that’s pretty much how it’s viewed today, although the possibility of such a thing actually happening have been calculated as 1 in 1 followed by a ridiculously large number of zeroes.
In other words, “it ain’t happenin’ ! ”
And it took a ridiculously large number of years. It didn’t just suddenly appear one day in a cloud of smoke.
But this view, in the mind of atheist scientists, has the advantage that it gets rid of God.
The other view, that it took only six actual, literal days…
That’s the view of Scripture, not only in Genesis 1 and 2, but in other Scriptures as well. We’ll look at them as we go along. Some of the early church fathers wondered why it took God so long. He could have done the whole thing in an instant. He chose not to. Genesis gives us the record of what He did do.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
The first sentence is a capsule summary of creation. God created the heavens and the earth. The rest of Genesis 1-11 fills in some of the details.
Some, not all. We’re not told everything, just what we need to know, not what we might want to know.