Seven Truths about Creation
That Are Foundations for Our Lives
Part 1 – 02.26.2005
There is a bird that lives in the outback of Australia named the Megapode. The bird weighs about 3.5 pounds, but lays eggs that are ostrich size, about a half pound each. It lays up to 35 of these in one season! Question: how does this tiny bird sit on all of these eggs to get them to hatch? It builds an incubator (In fact, it’s also called an “incubator bird” or a “mound bird.”) The male builds an incubator mound and uses web grasses to create compost heat and makes air holes to give proper ventilation. The bird also uses sand to insulate the mound in the summer so that the inside temperature stays at 92 degrees. Male incubator birds have temperature-sensitive areas in their mouths that allow them to sample a mouthful of soil and determine its temperature so they can maintain the eggs at 92 F +/- 1-2 degrees. If the temperature varies any more than that, the eggs won’t hatch.
How do they know how to do all of this? The Wisdom of God.
The truths we will cover today help us understand how the truth about creation works its way into the everyday. Sometimes we look at creation through a microscope or a telescope, and we fail to see the real scope of what God is telling us.
Truth #1: God Created Everything out of Nothing
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Hebrews 11:3)
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)
What did this substance look like before God created everything out of it?
For us, creativity is rearranging the things God has made, putting them together in different ways. For God creation is making it all out of nothing.
Is this scientifically possible?
Of course not! Science studies how creation works. But a study of how things work will not necessarily tell you how they began.
Everything that you see is an example of the creative mind of God.
Don’t let our human need to figure everything out steal away from you the wonder of what God has done. Don’t let anyone or anything steal that sense of awe. It is one of the responses in you that God most enjoys.
What stands out in your mind as one of the most powerful pictures of the creative mind of God?
Truth #2: Creation Was Done in Proper Order
What was the order of creation in Genesis 1:3-26?
Light, sky water, land, day and night, sea animals, birds, land animals, man.
Do evolutionists believe in a well-ordered world?
Evolution is the idea that order evolved out of chaos.
The Bible teaches instead that order was created by design.
Worker bees and Scout bees
The scout bees had to have a way to tell the worker bees where to find the pollen. The scout bees do a dance that tells the other bees where to go. In this dance they show the distance to the food source by the number of times the dancer circles and by wiggling their abdomen. The greater the distance, the more slowly they wiggle. The direction is revealed by the direction and angle the dancing bee cuts across the circle.
God’s creation shows that God has a plan. The sun comes up each morning, plants continue to grow, the stars shine at night, and the bees keep dancing. He has a plan for this world, and he has a plan for each one of us.
In what ways does God’s creation speak to you specifically about the person and character of God?
Truth #3: God Saw That It Was Good
God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:4)
God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:10)
The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:12)
16 God made two great lights-the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:16-18)
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:21)
God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:25)
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)
Is the material world inherently evil?
The belief that “things” are where evil resides will take you in one of two directions:
- This body and this world are evil, so it really doesn’t matter what I do with them.
- If everything is evil in this world, I can’t touch anything in this world, can’t be a part of anything in this world, can’t enjoy anything in this world.”
God’s creation is not evil. The world did not make people evil; people brought evil into the world.
Are humans inherently evil? To be human, is it necessary to be evil? If Jesus was fully God and fully man, was he evil too?
Humans are now inherently evil because of the original sin, and the sin nature is passed down throughout the generations. However, when God originally created humans they were “good.” So to be human is not evil, it is good. That’s why when Jesus became human, He was perfect because He did not have the sin nature passed down to Him.
Many believers act as if we can’t enjoy anything until we get to heaven. God created this world too, even though it is scarred by sin. Don’t wait until you get to heaven to enjoy what God made.
Do you tend to look at material things as “good” or as “evil”? What is the difference between recognizing that evil is present in this world and thinking thateverything that is material must be evil?
Truth #4: Man Is the Crown of Creation
How did God create man?
the LORD God formed the man [a] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7)
21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs [a] and closed up the place with flesh.22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib [b] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:21-22)
Girls: next time a guy treats you badly on a date, you can be biblically accurate by saying that he’s “dirt.”
Compare how God created:
- How did God create the rest of creation? With a word
- How did God create man? From the dust of the ground
- How did God create woman? From a rib
Adam being made from the dust of the ground is a reminder of our connection to the rest of creation – that we are created by God. Eve’s creation from Adam’s rib is a reminder of our connection to one another.
Being created in God’s image means that God’s fingerprints are all over our lives. His heart, his character, his values – his person – are all to be seen in who we are.
Steven Curtis Chapman’s song “Fingerprints of God”
The person in the mirror doesn’t look like the magazine
Oh, but when I look at you, it’s clear to me that…
I can see the fingerprints of God
When I look at you
I can see the fingerprints of God
And I know it’s true
You’re a masterpiece that all creation quietly applauds
And you’re covered with the fingerprints of God