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By Brian Pepper
Most of us enjoy watching a good nature film. Some years back there were the Walt Disney classics. They were exceptionally well done. The picture and music were skillfully blended to make a very entertaining presentation. However I have noticed in the majority of nature films of recent times that the narration very strongly supports the evolutionary theory. David Attenborough and the Leyland Brothers are classic examples of this.
One night I turned on the TV and started to view a film which turned out to be a search for the missing link. I thought to myself - what a fool that man is. He has spent a lifetime looking for that very elusive thing, the missing link. The Christian does not have to waste their time in such a useless quest.
Origin of the Earth
Origin of the EarthI would like you to notice the text in our study today. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." The Bible tells us that this Earth did not come into being through some accident. It was created. It was carefully planned. There was a Master Designer in the background.
LightJust for a few moments I want to take a look at certain aspects of creation as recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Genesis 1:3 says, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." What would we do without light? One thing is very certain. We could not manage without light. God said "Let there be light..." It says in the Good News Bible verse 5, “and he named the light "day" and the darkness “night”. Evening passed and morning came – that was the first day." I guess that is where we got the word "daylight" from. And of course we think of "sunlight" because that is the source of our "daylight."
The FirmamentGenesis 1:8 says, "And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." When you think of heaven your mind pictures blue skies and fluffy white clouds and then you think of glorious sunsets. Then at night there are the twinkling stars.
StarsThe stars tell us about God. Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork." The stars did not get there by chance. Did you know that so accurate are their movements that we set out time by them. Psalm 147:4 says, "He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names." The Bible tells us that only God knows how many stars there are. He knows the names of each one of them and this is something which should encourage us; for He knows our names as well. Yes He knows us (as individuals) and is interested in each of us personally.
Dry LandGenesis 1:10 says, "And God called the dry land earth ..." A wonderful place is earth. Just think of the forest clad hills and mountains, the productive plains. Even today the earth still reflects the glories of creation. And when God makes this earth new, as is pictured in the Book of Revelation, that glory will be restored.
SeasGenesis 1:10 last part says, “… and the gathering together of the waters called he seas: and God saw that it was good." Most people love the sea, especially when we think of the deep blue water of the tropics, the golden sands, the waving palms, the coral reefs. And when we think of water there are the rivers; the spectacular waterfalls.
GrassGenesis 1:11 says, "And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind …” Green Grass - God chose the most restful colour when He laid down the carpet which covers the brown earth. If God had coloured the grass red we would all be nervous wrecks. But He didn’t: He gave us the right colour. And while we are on the subject of grass a small boy said that he could not understand how that a black cow eating green grass could produce white milk. The only answer we can give to that is that God made it that way.
Herbs and Fruit
Herbs and FruitGod also gave us the herbs and there are so many of them. They contribute to our health and well being. Then there are the fruit trees: the peaches, the plums, the apricots, nectarines, the mangoes, the oranges, and so on. There is such a variety of good things that are available for us.
Two Great Lights
Two Great LightsGenesis 1:16 says, "And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: He made the stars also."
The SunThe sun is a flaming ball 865,000 miles in diameter. Its tongues of fire shoot out into space for thousands of miles. At least one giant flame leaped out one million miles. What a huge fire! The sun keeps on burning day after day, year after year, millennium after millennium. Yet it never burns out - how does this come about? The scientists have many theories but I assure you that none of them can explain this mystery.
FishGenesis 1:21 says, "And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind, and God saw that it was good." The great whales, the monsters of the ocean; the dolphin and the sea lions; and the infinite variety of marine creatures that inhabit the waters. When I lived in Fiji I used to go out on the coral reefs at low tide. And there were all kinds of brightly coloured fish in the crystal clear pools.
Animals and Birds
Animals and BirdsGenesis 1:25 says, "And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind and God saw that it was good." The monkeys, elephants, giraffe, lion, tigers, cows, sheep and goats; everything brings forth after his kind.
After his kind
After his kindThere are some animals that do cross such as a donkey with a horse but they become a hybrid. They cannot bring forth a species. We do see something called mutation. This is variation within a species. All the different dogs is a good example from the huge Afghan to the tiny Pomeranian, but they are all dogs. I want to assure you that mutation has its limits. "After its kind" Right here is a scientific fact that stands unchallenged.
Animals - a lower order of Life
Animals - a lower order of LifeThere is no question that some animals are very intelligent, but I have yet to see a monkey doctor or a monkey dentist. Actually I would not have a great deal of confidence in a monkey doctor or lawyer or dentist. No, monkeys act like monkeys - they do not act like men because that is the way God made them. They are a lower order of creation.
Man Created in God's Image
Man Created in God's ImageGenesis 1:27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female he them." We were made in God’s image with two eyes and two ears, one nose, and one mouth, two arms and two legs.
EyesDid you know that our eyes are placed in such a way that they enable us to see things in their right perspective? We call this stereoscopic or three dimensional.
MouthThe mouth and the nose are in the exact position to function properly. I have always thought that the main function of the mouth was to swallow food; that was until I saw a film on TV where they drew our attention to the amazing ability of the vocal chords to produce musical tones, equal to the finest instruments. Great artists such as Caruso, Pavarotti, Marjory Lawrence, Placido Domingo and many, many more have proved that to be so.
NoseEven the nose plays a very important part. Besides giving character to the appearance it supplies air to the lungs and body and stimulates the senses as well. If you walk past a bakery when they are baking fresh bread or a restaurant when a meal is being cooked, you will realize this.
Our Bodies give Evidence of Careful Planning
Our Bodies give Evidence of Careful PlanningOur bodies give very clear evidence of careful planning. It is no wonder the Psalmist said in Psalm 139:14. "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well." We are certainly fearfully and wonderfully made. We did not come about by chance. Our bodies give very clear evidence of careful planning.
EyesThe eye is a masterpiece of design. If you know anything about cameras then you would know that most of the latest cameras have auto-focus. And this is wonderful when it works but very costly when it does not as I found out when I paid the bill. However right from the time God made us we have been equipped with auto-focus plus auto-exposure which regulates the opening and closing of the retina. As long as our eyes are not closed in sleep they are constantly changing focus or allowing more or less light to pass through.
BrainLike the eye the brain is so complex in its working that there had to be a designer. If you think that video machines are cleverly constructed - then you are right. But even the most advanced of them are nothing compared with the one in your brain. For everything you see and hear is stored away in that little memory box and can be recalled at a moment’s notice. And beside this, your brain makes all the decisions. It controls all the actions of the body and above all else your spiritual perception is in the mind. God speaks to you through your mind.
Image of God
Image of GodNow I ask you - if you were to improve on the physical structure of man, where would you start? How could it be done? However being in the likeness or the image of God means more than being physically like God. It means in character as well and this is far more important for it is God’s ideal that man should be spiritual; that his nature be in harmony with the will of God.
Why God Rested
Why God RestedGenesis 2:3 says, "And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made." Have you ever wondered why God rested? The Bible tells us that God does not get tired. Perhaps you might ask "Why didn’t God go back to heaven for the weekend, or move on to some distant Galaxy to make another world?”
Behold it was Very Good
Behold it was Very GoodGenesis 1:31 says, "And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." As God surveyed the things He had created it gave Him a great deal of satisfaction. So much so that He acknowledged it as "very good." Usually if you make something you can see where improvements can be made but where would you start with God’s creation? For instance take a human being or a horse or even a tiger. How could you improve on a tiger?
Why Man should Rest
Why Man should RestGenesis 2:2 says, “And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made." We have already noticed that God was not tired; neither were Adam and Eve for they would be at the peak of their physical fitness. Because we are told to rest on the Sabbath that does not mean to say we are to spend the day in bed or sleeping. There are some people who believe this for they usually sleep through the Church service. The Sabbath is more than a day to rest tired minds and bodies; it is a day for fellowship with God and Jesus.
Sanctified the Seventh Day
Sanctified the Seventh DayGenesis 2:3 says, And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all His work which God created and made." Santified it - Now what does that mean? It means that He made it holy. And how did He do that? By putting His own presence in it and that is why stayed on with Adam and Eve.
Be Ye Holy
Be Ye Holy1 Peter 1:16 says, "Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” God can give us characters as lovely as a sunset or as perfect as a rose. There are some people who question this. They ask "can He really do it?" Why He is doing it all the time. The apostle Paul says in 2 Corinthians 5:17. "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new." A new creature or a new creation: it requires a creator to produce a new creation.
God will Cleanse the Earth
God will Cleanse the Earth2 Peter 3:12 says, "Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” God is going to cleanse this earth with fire. You may think that this is rather severe but just look at the polluted earth that we are living on and you will realize that drastic action has to be taken to prepare for God’s new creation. 2 Peter 3:13 says, "Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."