The main point of Scripture is Christ. He is the central figure whom God predicted would come as the Savior of the world, who did come and whose return we now eagerly anticipate. Knowing Scripture in and of itself does not save. God’s message to man is that we embrace, love, honor and trust in His Son and be saved through Him.
Christ came into this world to save sinners. Even with the aggressive and antagonistic Pharisees who want Him dead, Christ demonstrates this heart of God. He exposes their unbelief—the callousness of their hearts to divine testimony—SO THAT they might be saved. May the Lord evermore mold our hearts to be like His.
Day six of creation ends with God’s blessing upon man and provision of food for all creatures. All that God made was indeed “very good”! As day seven approaches, God continues to be the center of this account. This is the day when God completed His creative work and reached a definite end. Down to the very end, God of the Bible claims authorship over all things, even down to the seven day week for which there is no natural parallel.
Man is unique. God makes this abundantly clear in His creation of the first man. He made him in His likeness and as a ruler. Much of this has been marred due to the fall, but in Christ we gain the likeness to God in His communicable attributes and we will reign with Him forever. We were also specially created for the unique oneness of marriage.
Christ rose from the dead and is alive now! In His resurrection, we have great hope. Humans die because we have sinned against God: “the wages of sin is death.” But if we hold fast the gospel of Christ, we have confident assurance that our sins are paid for and that we will rise (like Christ) unto eternal life in glory. Praise the Lord!
God claims authorship over land creatures and He groups them into three simple categories of the cattle (domesticated), the creepers (low to the ground) and the beasts of the earth (wild). What purpose did these creatures serve? As the rest of the Bible reveals, God had a supreme purpose to illustrate His eternal redemption in Christ with these creatures.
On day five, God brings the seas and the skies to life as He introduces something truly brand new into His world: living creatures! We see the wonders of God in His handiwork as we dive into the waters and soar through the skies. How supremely creative and ingenious is our creator God!
God is the author of the seasons, the days and the years. He gave us the heavenly bodies as time-markers in the sky. In this sermon, we also take an excursus to address the question regarding what is sometimes falsely called “the second creation account” of Gen. 2.
God’s spoken words on day three are at odds with Darwinian evolution. God directly called for the kinds to come out of the ground. What’s more? God made the world fully mature with the appearance of age! As for day four, God illuminated the earth with the sun, moon and stars. With the two great lights, He made the canonical day cycle visible on the earth.
Where does human language come from? Who populated its vocabulary? God sets the pattern for human language in the naming of the first five features of the world and then He creates man with the full capacity for language. God also creates vegetation from the ground and each after its own kind for the nourishment of His creatures.
The sky, land and seas have all been created by our creator God. What we experience every day didn’t come into existence out of billions of years of random chance, but by the logical and intelligent design of the creator God. Genesis 1 continues to amaze us with truths that the God of the Bible is the creator of the universe and the earth and all that they contain.
God is the author of the day cycle. He created the regular alternation of night and day. To our astonishment, our solar/stellar days are patterned after the day cycle that He created before He created the heavenly bodies. What is this day cycle on day one of creation? Listen to find out.