Saturday, January 13, 2007

Genesis 1+2 - fourth-seventh days

Gen 1:11 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.

Plants were created, illuminated by the light that God provided. Each was according to it's own kind. They were created as mature seed producing plants. There could be variations, but each was according to its kind. Grass cannot be a tree. An apple is not mixed with an orange, they are separate kinds.

Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Gen 1:12 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.
Gen 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

The third day brought all kinds of plant life. All that God does is good.

I believe that all plants originally were for good, but after the fall of Adam, the ground was cursed and God brought forth briars and poisenous plants. Plants that were addictive like marijuana, tobacco, opium poppies, were the result of sin.

The fourth day

Gen 1:14 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:
Gen 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
Gen 1:16 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.

Lights, in the heavens: the stars and galaxies. There are millions of galaxies; they are beyond our measure.

Psa 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.

The sun and the moon for day and night for dividing day and night. These would be faithful, as God is faithful, seasons: spring, summer, summer and fall. For days, for moon cycles, for months and years, they were established to run in a predictable orbit.

Eccl 1:5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

Gen 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
Gen 1:18 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.
Gen 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

The sun has always risen and set again, except for one day.

Josh 10:12 Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.
Josh 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
Josh 10:14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel.

With God on our side, all things are possible.

The fifth day

Gen 1:20 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.
Gen 1:21 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.

Fish and sea creatures, and water fowl and all birds were created together, they did not evolve from the sea. The waters have an abundant and plentiful variety of living creatures, from Giant sea creatures to minute organisms. Explorers are still finding new species of life in the depths of the ocean. Varieties that were thought extinct have been brought up in the nets of fishermen. The closer we examine the creation, the more we see the master designer in all things. The sea creatures and birds are created according to their own kind. There are canaries in a cage whistling tunes, the red winged blackbirds singing like glass wind chimes, and pelicans diving beak first from the sky, to feed its big scooped beak. All according to their kind, beautifully created by our Lord.

Gen 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
Gen 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

Let me say, that when watching nature film on TV, that it is best to turn off the narrator, for it is all about evolution. The world pretends that there is no God, and all came about by chance. There is no chance that they will escape the judgement of God. Science that started with facts has turned to theory and religion; worshipping the creation and not the creator.

1 Tim 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 1 Tim 6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith....

Rom 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

The sixth day

Gen 1:24 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.
Gen 1:25 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.

God created the animals next, every living creature after his kind, cattle, domestic animals and creeping things, lizards and snakes, the beasts, the jungle animals again, after his own kind. God said this often, so evolution has no truth to stand on. God's word is truth.

Gen 1:26 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.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God said, Let us, plural for God, make man in our image, after our likeness:

God is a Spirit, we must be made spiritually in the image of God.

John 4:24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

Man was created with a soul and a spirit from God. He was created for fellowship with God, he thinks and he feels and he is emotional. He has moral judgement, from his conscience. He is creative and can fashion things from his mind. He was created to love God and his fellow man. He was created with language and reason

Gen 1:28 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.

God blessed, and said, be fruitful and multiply. There was no incest prohibition, because all was pure and blessed of God. Sin brought corruption to humans and laws were given to not breed with close relatives. Some question this, that is why I am jumping ahead.

Man was given dominion over all the life on earth. He was created to be master over all animals and fish and over every living thing on earth. This authority was given to him by God. To remain in authority he must serve God and make him Lord. Later we will see that satan caused man to sin, so mankind became servants of sin, they had a sin nature, instead of the nature of God. The god of sin is the devil, so satan stole dominion away from man. Because man fell, animals fear men, for they are not peaceful.

Rom 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,
Rom 8:21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
Rom 8:22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
Rom 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

Jesus restored dominion to those who serve him. As a man, he lived a perfect life and gave himself to restore us to God and the authority we had as children of God.

Gen 1:29 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.

Apparently man was created as a vegetarian.

Gen 1:30 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.

Every beast of the earth, lions tigers and bears incuded, were created to eat vegetation. It was the fall of Adam and eve and the resulting curse that caused man and beast to kill flesh and eat. blood was required for sin. Many animals were given as sin offerings and the flesh eaten.

Gen 1:31 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.

Six days were required to create the heavens and the earth and all life found therein. This was an over view of the creation. Chapter two will get into details.

The seventh day

Gen 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
Gen 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

Does God need rest? No, be we do. We need time to rest from the cares of life, the demanding work that requires our full attention.

Gen 2:3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

The Seventh day was sanctified, set aside to God. A holy day, a day of rest from labor. The seventh day was a type and shadow of the rest we would have in Jesus. As Christians we are sanctified to God, set aside to Him every day. Jesus is our rest. If you choose to keep the Sabbath day, it is your choice, not a command for the non-Jew.

Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Col 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Gal 4:9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
Gal 4:10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.
Gal 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain.

Heb 4:9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
Heb 4:10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
Heb 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

God created all in six days; all living creatures after it's kind. On the seventh day he rested. Seven is the number of fullness. There are seven days in a week. Jesus is the fullness of God. The perfect man, the perfect sacrifice, the perfect peace and rest of God. He spoke the perfect Word of God, is the perfect Son of God and has perfected us through faith in His finished work on the cross.

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