Friday Sundown Worship: In the Beginning

Word viewIn the Beginning

Genesis 1

When I open my Bible, the first words I read are, “In the beginning God Created the Heaven and the Earth.” It is upon these 10 words in English and seven words in Hebrew that the whole rest of the Bible is based upon. Genesis 1:1 is the foundation upon which the whole rest of Bible is built upon. God says, I created the heavens and the earth.

God makes a point of stating that the evening and the morning were the first day, the second day, the third day, until six evenings and mornings had come and gone, and in each instances he spoke that that which was created on those days came into existence. Six times he spoke and each time he said afterward that “It was Good.”

Many times I have been asked why I stick to this idea that God created the heavens and the earth in six literal days. My answer is simple. Because he said he did. And throughout the Bible faith is the test by which God measures us. It certainly isn’t works, but on our faith in him and in his saving grace.

But the reality my answer goes a little deeper than that. God says he did so I believe he did for any other response on my part to say that it couldn’t have been six literal days, then limits God’s power, and I am not willing to limit his power, just because I cannot fully comprehend how He created the earth in six literal days.

But I want to carry this one step further. Since God spoke and world, the heavens and all that is within the world and the heavens came into existence happened in what I believe to be six literally days, then I can now believe that God loved mankind so much that He, then, instead of speaking came down and formed Adam and blew into Adam the breath of life. Then from the rib of Adam, he formed Eve and blew into her the breath of life. If God had the power to create all in six literal days, then he certainly had the power to create Adam and Eve and then with His breath of life, make them into living beings. Because God wanted to be with us, from our first parents who lived in the garden of Eden to each and everyone that is reading this blog, God wanted to be with us, so he formed us to be with Him. And might I add when day six came to a close and He looked down on all he had created and then looked upon Adam and Eve he said, “It is very Good.”

I am also not willing to limit God’s power because if I limit His power, then how is it he could send His son, to be formed in the womb of Mary, to be born, raised as you and I and all children have been raised from the beginning of time, how could he do all that if we limit his power by saying he did create all in six days.  For Salvation to work, we cannot limit the power of God.

There is certainly nothing scientific with all this, it is just the simple faith of a man who looks upon the Bible and says, If God says it, I must believe it for with God the only measuring stick he is looking at is faith, not blind faith but faith to believe that through the Bible God reveals His love for mankind and gives us as complete a picture of salvation as is humanly possible to understand, but it all starts with the words, “In the beginning God, created the heavens and the earth.” God spoke it then formed us and then breathed into us the breath of life, so that He could be with us, because He loved us before the world was even formed and wanted to create a place for us to live where He could come and be with us.

Published by The Bible In Your Hand

Hi, I am Pastor Lester Bentley, a devoted husband, father, and Pastor for the Northeastern Wyoming District of the Rocky Mountain Conference of Seventh-day Adventist. I am committed to the great gospel commission as stated in Matthew 28:19, 20.

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