Friday, February 28, 2014

The Message Creation Proclaims

When a magician stands before a crowded room of children and just before his next trick asks, “Kids, what’s the magic words?”   What’s the answer? Come on, I know you are thinking the word so go ahead and say it out loud.  Ready….Abracadabra!!!!

Abracadabra is an Aramaic word and means, “to create something from nothing. ‘I will create as I speak.’”  It is also a companion to a word we find in the first verse of the Bible.  Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God BARA (created)…” Bara is defined as “Created from Nothing.”

In Physics we learn of the Law of Conservation of Energy.  It states that energy cannot be created nor destroyed.  The Universe could not have created itself without some outside infinite power source.  .  Science is based on observation and can only study that which already exists. Since energy cannot be created, a source of unimaginable power from outside of nature was required for life to begin…that power is GOD.

8 Times in Genesis chapter 1 it states, “God said…” and something was created.
  Day one – Light, day and night
·         Day two – Atmosphere, separating the upper atmosphere from the waters on the earth
·         Day three- the appearance of land, Plant life
·         Day four – Sun, Moon, and Stars
·         Day five – Marine life and fowls of the air
·         Day six – Land animals and humans

Psalm 148: 1-5 declares,  Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens;
Praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; Praise Him, all His hosts! Praise Him, sun and moon; Praise Him, all you stars of light! Praise Him, you heavens of heavens, And you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created.”

Creation has a message to proclaim.  I preached on this topic recently and here are some of the points that creation proclaims!
a.       God is   GLORIOUS (Psalm 19:1)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”

b.      God is LIVING and LIFE comes from Him (Colossians 1: 15-18)
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.”

c.       God is POWERFUL  (Isaiah 40: 12-13; 25-26; 28-31)
Isaiah 40: 12-13,                “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? 13 Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, Or as His counselor has taught Him?

d.      God is FLAWLESS (Nehemiah 9: 6)
You alone are the Lord; You have made heaven, The heaven of heavens, with all their host, The earth and everything on it, The seas and all that is in them, And You preserve them all. The host of heaven worships You.”
Have you ever noticed that there is no natural pollution?  Everything in creation is reused to sustain life.  In school we were taught this was the circle of life.  However, everything that man creates leaves behind a waste product – pollution.

e.      God is BEAUTIFUL (Psalm 115:16)
 “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s; But the earth He has given to the children of men.”
Floating in space, the earth itself sings about God our creator.  It is like no other planet in our solar system.  Earth is covered with green vegetation, enormous blue-green oceans containing over a million islands, hundreds of thousands of streams, rivers, and huge land masses, mountains, ice caps and deserts.  Some form of life is found in every ecological niche on the earth’s surface.

f.        God is ORDERLY (Genesis 1: 1-31)
Think about the planets that rotate the sun near us.  Mercury is the closest planet to the sun.  Temperatures rise to more than 800’ on the side facing the sun, and the side facing away will drop t -298’ below zero.
Venus is hotter than Mercury, yet farther away from the sun.  Its atmosphere is 90 times thicker than earth’s and heat is trapped in the clouds.  Venus can be as hot as 931’F.

Mars is most similar to earth, but its warmest day is a mere 67’F but with two small moons it has very little gravity and cannot sustain a large enough atmosphere.
God is a God of order.

g.       God is FAITHFUL (Isaiah 40: 8)
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

h.      God is GOOD and creation is to be ENJOYED (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.

i.         God VALUES YOU (Genesis 1: 27-31)
Genesis 1: 27-31,              So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth….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.”

As I young man, I remember listening to my uncle preaching and teaching in Church that God created everything there is before He created mankind.  Why?  It is as if when God made mankind, He was saying, “Look, I’ve made all this for YOU!”  Creation itself tells you how much God loves you and the place of value that you hold in His eyes.

Do you know Him?  Take a moment and worship God for the beauty of His creation and meditate on this powerful truth...He created all this for you to enjoy and to bring Him glory.