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Genesis 1:1-5

In the Beginning

  • Rich Jones
  • Weekend Messages
  • March 11, 2018

Genesis is a book of beginnings. In fact, the word, Genesis actually means ‘beginning.’ Here we receive answers to some of the greatest questions people wrestle with; how did I come into being, who is God, what is God’s plan for the ages?

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In the Beginning

Genesis 1:1-5                                  
                                         
                
 
Mark this date because we are now starting once again in Genesis. We will be begin here in Genesis 1 and then go through the entire bible through Revelation
and then start in Genesis again. For those new to the church, it’s important to know that the Wednesday evening service and weekend services that I
teach will be connected. At the Wednesday services we will go verse by verse, chapter by chapter, and then on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings
we will look deeply into a section of scripture from what we study on Wednesdays.
 
Paul wrote that he “did not shrink back from declaring the whole counsel of God.” We receive the whole counsel of God when we study the whole of God’s
Word from Genesis to Revelation.
 
Genesis is a book of beginnings. In fact, the word, Genesis actually means ‘beginning.’ Here we receive answers to some of the greatest questions people
wrestle with; how did I come into being, who is God, what is God’s plan for the ages?
 
The book begins with a powerful statement that we should be careful to note because it has great importance to the rest of God’s Word…
 
I. In the Beginning – God
 
➢ It says, “In the beginning God.” We must start with just these four words and then look carefully at what is behind them.
 
➢ Maybe it’s better to say let’s look at what was before those four words. In other words…
 
A. Before the beginning – God
 
➢ God existed eternally before creation. That one statement is more than our minds can comprehend.
 
➢ God is infinite – that being said, God is limited by His own character. For example, these two verses are both true…
 
Luke 1:37, “For nothing will be impossible with God.”

Hebrews 6:17-18, God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie…

➢ We also know that before the creation God was committed to loving us in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 1:4-5, He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love, He predestined us to adoption
as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.
 
B. No one created God
 
➢ “Who created God?” I have been asked this question many times.
 
➢ I always give the same answer. If God was created by anyone or anything, then He is not God.

Illus – Mormon doctrine teaches that the god of this earth is only the god of this earth, who, they say, was once a man like you and me and that there
are many other gods that are gods of their own planets out there somewhere. 

Some Mormon missionaries came to my door once and we got into a discussion about this. I asked, “Isn’t there a God above all other gods?” They said, “Yes,
but we don’t know who he is.” I responded, “That’s my God right there; the God who is above all other gods.”

➢ But that does bring up an interesting question. In the beginning did God or Gods create the heavens and the earth?

➢ In the beginning – Elohim – or ‘Gods’ is the exact translation. But notice the use of plural and singular in these verses…

Genesis 1:26-27, Then Elohim said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” …And Elohim created man in His own image, in the image of Elohim He created them.

➢ Does this mean there are other gods? By no means…
 
Deuteronomy 6:4-5, “Hear, O, Israel, the Lord, our God, the Lord, is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your might!”

➢ So who was God speaking to when He said, “Let Us make man in Our image”?… He was speaking to Jesus, the Son of God.

Colossians 1:16-17, For by Him (His beloved Son) all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
 
C. How great is our God! 
 
➢ “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” also helps understand who God is; He is revealing Himself to answer the question asked by
the Pharaoh of Egypt…
Exodus 5:2, But Pharaoh said, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice…?”
 
➢ God answers that for us and for all men, that He is not a local god made from wood and decorated with silver and gold.
 
➢ He is the creator of the universe! There is none like Him and there is none beside Him.

Isaiah 40:21-31 Who could be His equal?

Illus – How amazing is God’s creation! 1.3 million earths would fit into the sun! But Antares is 700 times larger than that! There is even a star in
the southern hemisphere that, traveling at the speed of light, it would take more than three hours to pass through it!!

App – It puts our life and our problems in perspective.
 
Psalm 138:7-8, Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me…Your right hand will save me. The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your lovingkindness, O Lord, is everlasting;

II. God Created by the Word of His Power

➢ God is omnipotent in power and created the universe by the word of His power. God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.”
 
➢ Only God can make something out of nothing.
Illus – I have been asked several times as I was sharing my faith, “Can God make a rock so big that even can’t lift it?”
 
➢ This is supposed to be an unanswerable conundrum that refutes the existence of God. But the answer comes out of His nature the answer is no, God
cannot make something finite – a rock – that is more infinite than Himself. There’s no such thing as ‘more infinite.’

➢ In fact, by His creation, God reveals His nature.

Romans 1:19-20, 22, That which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse… Professing to be wise, they became fools.

A. God spoke… and it was so

➢ First there was God, and then God spoke, and He created the heavens and the earth. We were not there, we understand this by faith.

Hebrews 11:1-3, Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.

➢ It is logically reasonable that if there is a God, He can create by the word of His power. Notice, it says that the things that are seen are made of
things which are not seen. In other words, “Everything is made from energy.”
 
➢ By faith we understand that God created the vastness and greatness of the universe, but that He also had us in mind as the crowning glory.

Psalm 8:1, 3-5, O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! …When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? You have made him a little lower than God and You crown him with glory and majesty.

Isaiah 49:15-16, “Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.
Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands;”

App – God, who knows each star by name, is the same God who said that He would never leave you or forsake you, that He would supply all your needs according
to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus, that He would come again to receive you unto Himself.

B. And it was good
 
➢ A statement we see in Genesis over and over is, “And it was good.”
 
➢ The word means beautiful, good, as in complete.
 
➢ There is of course a great debate about whether we developed through evolution. The creation account tells us that God created by His Word and it was
good – complete.
 
➢ It seems straightforward that if there is an amazing design, then there must be an amazing designer.
 
Illus – Charles Darwin, in his Origin of Species, said, “If it could be demonstrated that any complex organ existed which could not possibly have been
formed by numerous, successive, slight modifications, my theory would absolutely break down.”
 
➢ The theory breaks down with the principle of irreducible complexity.

Illus – Biochemist Michael J. Behe, Ph.D. explains, “…a system or device is irreducibly complex if it has a number of different components that
all work together to accomplish the task of the system, and if you were to remove one of the components, the system would no longer function.”

Illus – Some examples of this are easily seen. i.e. “Don’t pick that scab,” our moms would say. If it weren’t for scabs we would die. The mechanism
of blood clotting cannot evolve because everything prior would be extinct even before it lived!

Bombardier beetle – when disturbed, they eject a hot noxious chemical spray of hydrogen peroxide and hydroquinone which explodes when combined, but
before the system was complete, all bombardier beetles would have died…

The human eye, the immune system, a single cell, systems of reproduction, even DNA itself are examples of irreducible complexity.

➢ God formed the
earth that was formless. He shaped that which was good out of that which was nothing.

➢ God didn’t create the universe and then stand outside of it observing, He is in the midst of it, interacting within His creation.
 
➢ And He will work in our lives to bring His purpose, so that He will say, “It is good.”

Genesis 1:1-5   NASB

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the
deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that
the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was
evening and there was morning, one day.

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