Notes For FaithPoint

Pic from Flickr by John Levanen

Pic from Flickr by John Levanen

Our title for this sermon is It Was Good. The text for this sermon comes from Genesis 1:1-25.

vs 1 In the beginning God: Before time existed, God was. Before suns and moons and stars and galaxies, God was. It is hard for the human mind to grasp the concept of forever, infinity, eternity. Our minds are limited by time. It is hard for us to think outside the time box. We are bound by seconds, minutes, and hours. We are bound by days, weeks, months, years, decades and centuries. Before space was space, before there was oxygen, before there was even a hint of wind, God was.
vs 2 The earth was without form and void: Think blank canvas. The emptiness is God’s canvas and He is the artist. Verse 1 says God created the heavens and the earth. It is like God had a box of art supplies and dumped them out.
Bryson does the same thing with the toys in his room. He will completely empty out his toy box looking for one toy. Then his room looks like a bomb went off in Toys R Us. When God emptied His box, while it may have looked like a mess, He knew exactly where everything was.
vs 3-5 God speaks. Everything responds in obedience to the voice of God. Out of what seems like a mess, everything goes perfectly to its proper place at the sound of God’s voice. God does not wave his arms for a dramatic effect. He doesn’t use smoke and fireworks like Chriss Angel or David Blaine. He doesn’t lift a finger. He simply speaks.
We have to take this by faith. We believe this because the Bible says this is true. We can’t simply speak and have whatever we want. If we could, then I would speak into existence a 2013 Mustang in Midnight Blue, 5.0 liter V8 with 420 horsepower, and it would never run out of gas, never need tires, and never need maintenance.
It would be nice.
But I’m not God. Neither are you. We cannot reach into nothingness and bring something into existence that was never there before. God is the Potter and we are the clay. We are not God.
vs 6-8 The expanse is a separation of waters. God called the expanse Heaven or sky. The expanse is like a canopy that separates the water in the air from the water on the ground. This canopy will last until rain first appears.
vs 9-13 God made Land and Seas. The reason for the capital letters is because that God named the objects which He created. The land produced plants, grass, trees, fruit, flowers and vegetables. It was perfect. This food would was edible and would be shared between animals and man. This food did not have to be refrigerated, stored, or frozen. There was no such thing as expiration dates.
vs 14-17 God sets into motion how time will work. The sun is for day, the moon and the stars are for night. There would be now trees that would be evergreen and trees that would bear fruit in its appropriate season. The vegetables would grow in their season and not grow when they were not supposed to. This is perfect because God ordained it that way. There are no factories, no foods being crossbred, there are no tomatoes injected with peanuts, no apples mixed with grapes. There are no greenhouses.
vs 18-25 God created fish and birds. God created animals. The animals ate the vegetation and plants. They did not chase each other. Animals were not afraid of each other because they did not eat each other. Yes. God made dinosaurs. It was good. Everything that God made was good. It was just as God wanted. He made everything to look and act work as He designed it. Nothing He made had mistakes. God owes no one an apology for how or why He made anything. It was good. It was perfect.
The Hebrew word here for God is the plural Elohim. Why would Moses use that word and not just the word of God the Father or God the Holy Spirit? There is something more going on here.
John 1:1-3, 14
Jesus is the Creator!
From the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 1, the Bible points to Jesus.
Jesus is the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer, Lord and Savior.
Colossians 1:16-17
Who better to follow and devote your life to than the Creator of the universe? – Jesus
Jesus holds the entire universe together. Apart from Jesus, the universe would be in total chaos. Stars would fall from the sky and planets would crash into each other.
Everything works the way it should because Jesus designed it that way.
If you feel like your life is in chaos, if you think things are not working out the way you planned, if you feel like you are out of control, it is time to relinquish control of your life to Jesus.
Jesus can take your mess of a life and create something incredibly beautiful out of it. Jesus is the Potter. You are the clay. When the Potter gets a hold of the clay, He makes you into what He wants you to be.
Give your life to Jesus…today.