Solomon wrote “History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new.” – Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 NLT (http://bible.com/116/ecc.1.9-10.NLT)
There really isn’t anything new under the sun. All of the discoveries and inventions, while new to us, are just finding and putting together the information and materials God provided for us from the beginning of time. Perhaps we should be a bit crestfallen that it has taken us thousands of years to figure it all out….. go back and read Genesis 1. Consider the order and the precision. First, we have the heavens, the stars and the planets. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” – Genesis 1:1-2 NLT
It strikes me that here is where God, the Creator of this incredibly complex universe, chooses the earth to be His focus. The earth?? This little, unassuming planet on the edge of this incredible thing He has just created. Not the center of the the universe, and not a big, impressive planet. Just a little thing, off to the side. I need to ask about that when I see Jesus.
So here He is, “hovering over the surface of the waters,” and He decides to light things up. “Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.” – Genesis 1:3-5 NLT
WOW. He just flips the switch, and there it is. Light; day. If you continue to read carefully, you’ll see that the author is describing a world full of mists and fogs. There doesn’t seem to be any dry ground at this point, until verses 9-10. It’s still a barren planet; no plants or bird or animal life, but that’s coming.
“Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day. Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good.” – Genesis 1:6-10 NLT
So far, the difference in creationists and evolutionists is how the beginning happened. And “accident” of the cosmos (although I challenge any evolutionist to explain where the “space particles” that presumably collided to generate the earth and life came from) or creation by God?
Day 3 – God creates the vegetation to cover the earth; grasses, flowers, trees of all varieties. He called it good and completed the day. Now, this part is fascinating to me. Day 4, God makes lights. Do you realize what this says? Before this day, all of the light was from…what? He doesn’t make the sun or moon or stars until the fourth day. Before that, HE is the light. There is nothing new…. before He created the universe, He was the Light. During the creation of the earth, He was the Light. He provided us with the sun and moon and stars to give us separation of light and dark, and to give us hope when we are in dark times. Just like I believe the sun will rise every morning to light the earth, I know that Jesus rose the third day to Light the world through the darkness.
Things were starting to get exciting.”Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.” – Genesis 1:20-23 NLT
Sea creatures; fish, mammal, vertebrae and invertebrate, reptiles, all things of the water, God created them all. He made all of the birds on the same day. The earth was coming alive with His creatures. I especially like verse 21: “So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries or swarms in the water…”
Imagine! The whales and the other water creatures we now call dinosaurs, spouting water and diving and leaping, frolicking with their Creator. Can’t you just see it? The fifth day, He creates the land animals. “Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.” – Genesis 1:24-25 NLT
He saw that it was GOOD. He made ALL of the animals, great and small. From the Titanosaur to the pygmy shrew, He created them all. ALL. (I mean, really, looking at the incredibly diverse numbers of animal, plant, insect, fish, etcetera….. it just happened spontaneously? REALLY?)
Okay, so I got a little off track from the beginning of of today’s thoughts, but what’s new? It’s all about God, anyway. And wait until later when I get started on the rest of the story! (I sincerely hope I am meeting Einstein criteria….)