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
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 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. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 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. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 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.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
- Genesis 1:1-31
For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
- Exodus 20:11
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”
- Revelation 4:11
“Q. 9. What is the work of creation?
“A. The work of creation is God’s making all things (Gen. 1:1) of nothing, by the Word of his power (Heb. 11:3), in six normal consecutive days (Exod. 20:11), and all very good (Gen. 1:31).”
- Charles H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon’s Catechism
“Q. 9. What is the work of creation?
“A. The work of creation is God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.”
- The Shorter Catechism (Westminster Assembly)
“Q. 15. What is the work of creation?
“A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing, the world and all things therein for himself, within the space of six days, and all very good.”
- The Larger Catechism (Westminster Assembly)
While the secular world is dictating to us through schools and in brain-washing television programs, true science is discovering, a little each day, about how Evolution and millions of years are flawed concepts and indeed far from scientific. As a means to explain the origins of life on earth, these secular concepts are absurd, but the secular world will do anything to deny God’s existence.
Yet, God’s Creation speaks for itself.
Until the earth was cursed along with mankind due to the sin of Adam and Eve, the earth was good, very good. It will be again after Jesus returns.
The problem in considering other theories, such as very long days, the gap theory between Genesis 1 and the rest of the chapter, etc. are all based upon fossil records. Yet, fossil records are records of death, and death was a result of the sin of Adam and Eve. There is theological folly in adopting the world’s view and then backfitting it into the Creation story.
Yet, recent scientific discoveries point to a much younger earth, such as tiny machines that exist by the thousands in each cell, soft tissue found in dinosaur fossils, the existence of helium in zircon stones, and many others. Even DNA studies to trace changes in DNA in the Y-chromosome for males and the mitochondria for females both point to about 6000-7000 years and no more.
In six days, God created the heavens and the earth. And what He created was very good.
And now let us sing.
The hymn, I Sing the Mighty Power of God, talks of God’s creation and God’s provision for us in that creation.
- I sing the mighty pow’r of God, that made the mountains rise,
That spread the flowing seas abroad, and built the lofty skies.
I sing the wisdom that ordained the sun to rule the day;
The moon shines full at His command, and all the stars obey.
- I sing the goodness of the Lord, who filled the earth with food,
Who formed the creatures through the Word, and then pronounced them good.
Lord, how Thy wonders are displayed, where’er I turn my eye,
If I survey the ground I tread, or gaze upon the sky.
- There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes Thy glories known,
And clouds arise, and tempests blow, by order from Thy throne;
While all that borrows life from Thee is ever in Thy care;
And everywhere that we can be, Thou, God, art present there.”
- Isaac Watts, I Sing the Mighty Power of God
Thank You for planning everything in creation so that we have all that we need. Help us, Lord, to not be greedy. Thank You also for recent scientific discoveries that point us to the Bible as being inerrant. And Lord, since You have the power to create this world, You have dominion over the heavens and earth as well. We await the return of Jesus so that we can all experience the earth in an unspoiled state by our sin. And thank You for forgiving our sins.
In thy Name we pray.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.