Creation (Genesis 1, Isaiah 40)

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1. Creation (Genesis 1, Isaiah 40) In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1). The Bible opens with a simple statement. Genesis 1 tells us that this world had a beginning, and that God created it. First, there was nothing and then He made the earth formless and void. Over the next six days, God shaped it into the world that we now know. On the sixth day He created man. On the seventh day, God ceased from His labours; He rested. The Bible stresses God’s power and glory in creation. It does not explain what God was doing before the creation. It does not explain how He created; it just says God spoke. God was in heaven before the creation. He made it. He was independent from it. When He created the world, He also created time. The creation is a statement of the glory of God. Through His creation He shows us His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature (Rom. 1:20). 1.1. The Creation of Man Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness" (Gen. 1:26). God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of…show more content…
Man’s sin affected all his relationships. His relationship with God was broken (he was afraid of God whom he had rebelled against), his relationship to Eve was broken (he blamed her), and his relationship to himself was broken (he was now self-deceived). He knew he was under God’s judgment, and he sought to hide from God. (In Romans 1:21ff, Paul says man knows he is under judgment and he suppresses the truth, even from himself.) Adam was the head (over creation) and so the effects of the fall applied not only to him, but to all the creation. Due to Adam’s sin, sin and death entered into the whole of creation (Rom. 5:12, Gen. 4:5). Due to sin, Adam’s first two children fought and one died. The creation was marred by

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