Back to the Basics:
THE CREATION OF MANKIND
INTRODUCTION: It is a story that is as old as our nursery books. We
all begin with Adam being created, then Eve being taken from Adam and the
entrance of the serpent. But so many look upon the Genesis account of creation
as merely a myth without any basis in truth. But this beautiful, pristine,
creation story, which the Bible declares as fact, is fundamental to the
truth of the entire Scriptures, including the divinity and truthfulness
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
I. AN OVERVIEW OF CREATION
A. "The beginning" was not the beginning point of God. He existed
before creation and set creation in motion.
II. QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CREATION ACCOUNT IN GENESIS 1-3.
1. Genesis 1:1 - "In the beginning God created the heavens
and the earth."
B. The order of creation.
2. Psalm 90:1_2 "LORD, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever You had formed the earth
and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God."
3. Acts 17:24 - "God, who made the world and everything in it, since
He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.
4. Proverbs 8:22-25 - talks about wisdom personified as being with God
before He created all the universe.
1. Genesis 1:1 is an overview statement of the entire creation
account. The explanation given by the Jule Miller Video of this verse is
about as good as I have seen.
C. Notice some things about the creation of God.
a. "In the beginning" - time
2. We need to understand that while the creation of the universe was supernatural
(outside the realm of our established natural laws) it is not illogical.
In fact, the entire creation was laid out in a logical fashion.
b. "God" - force
c. "created" - energy
d. "the heavens" - space
e. "and the earth" - matter
3. Notice the account of creation, given by the Scriptures. (Six days)
a. Creation of light (1:3-5)
b. The division of the water on earth from that in the heavens (verses
c. The division of land masses from the oceans and the beginning of
plant life on the land (Verses 9-13).
d. The placing of the moon and stars in the universe (verses 14- 19).
e. The creation of birds and aquatic creatures (verses 20-23).
f. The creation of land animals and finally, the creation of man himself
g. On the seventh day God rested. This is not meant to convey "rest"
as we know rest, as if God could get tired. It, like some many things taught
in the Bible was representative and meant to teach certain truths to man.
h. The final capping creation of God was the forming of Eve, after awakening
a sense of loneliness with Adam by having him name all the animals. (2:18-22)
1. It was a complete and perfect creation.
a. That is part of the significance behind the concept of God
"resting" on the seventh day.
2. It was true creation. It was not the reforming of matter, shaping what
was already in existence.
b. See the conclusion of God creation after fashioning Eve (technically
not a creation because she was taken from Adam).
c. Genesis 1:31 - "Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed
it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
a. The creation spoken of in the first three chapters of Genesis
was ex nihilo, or literally "something out of nothing."
3. All the animals that have lived on this earth, those now living and
those extinct, had their origin during the seven day creation of the universe.
A. Are we to accept the Genesis account as literal, or are
we to just see it a symbolic of God's dealings with man?
1. This is not a moot debating point! The fact is that a rejection
of the Genesis account will naturally lead to a rejection
B. Didn't the days in Genesis 1-3 really mean long ages and not real days?
of the entire Bible, since the Bible tells us again and again that
Genesis is true.
2. When Moses was instituting the Sabbath he hearkened back to the Genesis
account to show why God wanted the Jews to keep the Sabbath.
a. Exodus 20:8_11 "Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day
is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor
your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant,
nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. 11 For in
six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that
is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the
Sabbath day and hallowed it."
3. Jesus believed the Genesis account and held it to be literally true.
When he sought to teach about the permanence of marriage he hearkened back
to the Genesis account and said it was "in the beginning." He even quoted
the words of Adam!
a. Matthew 19:4_6 And He answered and said to them, "Have you
not read that He who made them at the beginning 'made them male and female,'
5 "and said, 'For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and
be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh'? 6 "So then,
they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together,
let not man separate."
4. Paul believed the Genesis account as literally true. He used it to teach
about the Messiah's mission on earth, and even used the Fall to teach about
the relationship between men and women. He even identified Adam and Eve
as the first man and woman.
a. Romans 5:14 - Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression
of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
b. 1 Corinthians 15:22- For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all
shall be made alive.
c. 1 Corinthians 15:45- And so it is written, "The first man Adam became
a living being." The last Adam became a life_giving spirit.
d. 1 Timothy 2:13_14 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam
was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.
1. First, you cannot get this idea from a simple reading of
the text. It is clear that the phrased repeated after each day's creation,
"the evening and the morning were the ______day," was meant to show each
C. What about the "Pre-Adamic" age between Genesis 1:1-2?
2. The Hebrew word for day, Yom, is spoken throughout the Old Testament
as a literal 24 hour day. This is the accepted and usual definition as
found in the Bible.
3. The Old Testament spoke of literal days when teaching why the Jew
should keep the Sabbath day. (Exodus 20:8-11)
4. This "day-age" theory has not support from the Scriptures and in
fact destroy the veracity of the rest of the text, especially when it comes
to the genealogies in Genesis and the Gospels.
1. Some will point to God's command to Adam and Eve to "replenish
the earth" in Genesis 1:28 (KJV). But this is a mistranslation. The NKJV
gives the accurate sense when it translates the phrase "fill the earth."
D. Is it really "that important" about the how of God making the earth?
After all, couldn't God have made the earth through evolution instead of
2. Any believe in a "Pre-Adamic" age has to be understood for what it
is, pure speculation and pointless supposition. It is done by Christians
who have sold out to evolution because they believe the fossil records
do not support creation.
3. In fact, as we have seen earlier, the Bible looks upon the events
in Genesis 1-3 as "the beginning."
1. Yes, it really is that important! Upon our acceptance of
the Genesis account rests our attitude toward the literally of Scripture,
and our understanding of the nature of Jesus. If Jesus didn't know that
the Genesis account was just a myth He is not the Messiah of the Scriptures.
If he knew it was a myth and just repeated the tale for the benefit of
his audience he is a fraud!
2. What we believe about origins is of tremendous importance as to how
we look at society.
a. Creation states that a loving God carefully and lovingly
created the universe to be in harmony, while evolution states that the
universe is a result of blind chance.
3. One final thought about this question. It is not a question of how God
could have accomplished the origin of mankind but how God did choose to
carry out the origin or mankind.
b. Creation states that man is the result of the creation of God and
thus we are different than the other beings of the world and are responsible
to God for our actions. He gave us moral laws for us to live by. On the
other hand, evolution believes that man is just the product of a continual
"survival of the fittest" evolution and that such things as moral law and
religion are the product of man's development. We are not different than
the animals of the world, just smarter.
c. Creation believes that man is made in the image of God, while evolution
believes that man has made gods in his image.
d. Creation believes that we have an eternal soul in need of redemption,
while evolution believes that man needs to be free from such nonsense!
CONCLUSION: Evolution has brought about Communism, genocide, and
the idea that we are all savages fighting to get to the top of the heap!
This is not God's way! The Genesis account lovingly calls us back to a
God who made all things well and place man here responsible for his actions,
with a moral standard of right and wrong, and a need to be accountable
to God. Remember this century's greatest evolutionist? He believed in survival
of the fittest - Adolf Hitler!
STUDIES OF BASICS:
Existence of God
Creation of Mankind
Epistles- Christ's Messages to the Church
Book of Acts
The Inspiration of The Bible
The Inspiration of The Bible (Part 2)
The Life & Mission of Christ
The New Testament
The Book of Revelation -- Victory
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