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Lesson 3: The Creation Completed *

Introduction: Evolutionists and assorted "Old Earth" advocates like to point out that the Bible is not a science book. It is not about biology, chemistry, physics or genetics. I think we can agree on this. So, the question is, "What is the Bible about?" I suggest it is about God and man and their relationship. Consider how the plain language of Genesis 1 impacts the relationship between God and humans. If God truly spoke the universe into existence, and the major sections of the project were each completed in twenty-four hours, what were God's options? Could God say "undo," "redo," or "reset?" The answer is, "of course," and that speaks volumes about God's deliberate decision to stick with His erring creation. What a God of love! Let's jump back into our study of the Creation week!

  1. Sky Lights


    1. Read Genesis 1:14-15. What is the purpose of the stars? (Our big star, the sun, lights the earth during the day.)


      1. What other purpose do the stars serve? (They are a clock. They "mark seasons and days and years.")


      2. We previously studied that God created light on the first day, and recounted an "evening and morning" time period. How could this be without the sun, moon and other stars and planets? (What if we start with different assumptions? What if we say that God created a 24 hour time sequence at the beginning, and then set the sun and planets to mark His time sequence. This is just like a clock. It doesn't create time, it just reflects time.)


    2. Read Genesis 1:16-19. We know that the moon is not like the sun, it does not have any light of its own. Why is it correct to call the moon a "lessor light?" Does this give support to evolutionists who say that the Bible cannot be trusted to give us scientifically correct statements? (If you asked for a light, and someone gave you a mirror, would you be angry? In some cases having a mirror is a good as having an original light source. Our moon is a source of light, just like a mirror. It is the lessor light because it reflects the light of the sun.)


  2. Water and Air Animals


    1. Read Genesis 1:20-23. There is a whole section of the law devoted to something called "statutory construction." The issue for lawyers and judges is, "What does this statute mean?" The first question to be asked is, "Is the language plain on its face?" If it is, you go no further. Only if the language has some ambiguity do you look at its legislative history and other factors to figure out what it really means. Let's apply that process here. Is the language about sea animals plain about whether they evolved from simple organisms? (It says God created "the great creatures of the sea." This plainly refers to large, complex animals.)


      1. How many of the birds did God create? (Every one.)


      2. How many new species of birds do we see today? (During my life-time I know that some types of birds have become extinct. We are not expanding in types, we are contracting. Or, if this is not true, there are no popular reports of the expansion.)


      3. Evolution has life moving from the sea to the land and sky. What does the plain language of the Bible say about the emergence of sea and sky animals? (They were all created in a twenty-four hour period.)


    2. Look again at Genesis 1:20. A natural question is whether God started the animals like He started humans - few in number with the expectation that they would increase in number. What does the Bible say about that issue? (It says "let the water teem." Teem means to be filled or abound with something. At the same time Genesis 1:22 speaks of a growth in number.)


  3. Land Animals


    1. Read Genesis 1:24-25, Genesis 2:19-20. What detail does this add about the creation of the animals? (Like humans, He formed them out of the ground.)


      1. Why did God allow Adam to name the animals?


      2. Notice that Genesis 2:20 tells us that in this naming process, no suitable helper was found for Adam. Who was looking? (Adam.)


        1. Did God already know that no suitable helper existed?


        2. Why do you think God included Adam in the search? (This whole naming and search sequence shows that God wants to partner with us. God let Adam name the animals. God had Adam looking for a partner, so Adam would share God's view of the need for a special one. God wants us to be co-laborers with Him.)


        3. Do you think Adam wanted a "suitable partner?" Does an only child want a sibling?


      3. What is the message of evolution about the relationship between God and humans? (We are hardly co-laborers with God. We were running so that we would not get eaten!)


  4. Humans


    1. Read Genesis 1:26-27. Would this be a difficult decision for you, if you were God?


      1. Imagine the wonderful park and wildlife preserve that you have created. You could come and relax and enjoy the wonders of nature any time you wanted! Creating humans would only bring trouble.


      2. What is the plain language describing the quality of our existence upon our creation? (We were created in God's image to be rulers. We were not running away from animals trying to avoid becoming lunch.)


      3. Why does God mention that He made both males and females? (It gives both importance. It makes both distinctive. It shows that both sexes are made in God's image.)


    2. Read Genesis 1:28. What is the God-given task for humans? (To multiply, subdue and rule. Again, the plain language shows a reproduction system in place. Evolving is not part of the replication of humans.)


    3. Read Genesis 2:21-24. This is different than the record of the rest of creation. Why? (Read Genesis 2:24. God created a special relationship between men and women so that they could become one in marriage.)


  5. Sabbath


    1. Read Genesis 2:1. Was anything left to do after the sixth day? Was some part of creation still undone, and needed tweaking? (No. The plain language of the Biblical account does not allow for the evolutionary theory.)


    2. Read Genesis 2:2-3. Let's look at this with new eyes. I have a recliner that I have owned for many years. It is the place that I like best to rest when I'm not sleeping. Is my recliner holy?


      1. Why, logically, would a day of rest be holy?


      2. One answer is that God "blessed," Saturday. But, I'm still wondering why would He do that? (The only logical thing is that God was celebrating and commemorating His Creation. It was set apart.)


      3. When I celebrate something, I normally do not rest, I play. If God could speak the universe into existence, it is hard to believe that He needed a rest. Is it possible that the Sabbath is also part of the creation? Just as God created light and animals, so He created rest and celebration?


    3. Let's look at the "big picture" aspect of this. If God is locked in combat with Satan over the loyalty of humans, would God know about this future problem at the time of creation? (Yes. The Bible is filled with stories and prophecies that show God's foreknowledge, His omniscience.)


      1. If God's primary claim to authority is His status as Creator, would He take steps in advance to impress that claim upon humans? (Again, logically yes.)


      2. When do you engage in most of your thinking? When you are busying working or resting? If someone asks you to solve a difficult math problem when you are walking, will you stop and think? (Yes, we do more thinking when we are resting.)


      3. Does this series of questions improve your understanding of the Sabbath? (God wanted to create a time each week when His co-laborers could rest and reflect upon their Creator God. The Sabbath was to stand as the weekly memorial and celebration of our Creator God!


        1. How successful has Satan been in undermining creation and the Sabbath?


    4. Friend, if you have let your Sabbath rest, reflection and celebration slip, will you determine right now to correct that in the future? Will you clearly declare your allegiance to the God of Creation?


  6. Next week: Creation, a Biblical Theme.
* Copr. 2013, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D. All scripture references are to the New International Version (NIV), copr. 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society, unless otherwise noted. Quotations from the NIV are used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Suggested answers are found within parentheses. The lesson assumes the teacher uses a blackboard or some other visual aid.

© 2017 Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.
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