God Rested (Gen 2:1-3)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can listen to the sermon below and download it here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

Beloved, we have gotten through chapter one of our study of Genesis, this book of beginning, thus far seeing the Who of creation (which is God alone). We’ve seen the when of creation (which as I understand it as the Bible teaches it is about 6,000 years ago, and in six sequential twenty-four hour days). We’ve seen the what of creation (which is the heavens and the earth and all they contain). We’ve seen the how of creation (God created by His word). And we also saw the why of creation (it’s all for His glory).

We have also taken a look at what it means for us to be made in the image of God — with personality, morality, and spirituality. We have been created, male and female, different from everything else, and we’ve been created to rule of everything else as God’s representatives on earth.

Tonight, then, we move on to chapter two, because there is one more day we need to be thinking about, the seventh day, which is so important, and such a gift to us. So let’s read Genesis 2:1-3… Continue reading “God Rested (Gen 2:1-3)”

The When of Creation (Genesis 1:1)

Author’s Note: I am preaching through Genesis on Wednesday nights. Here I will present edited notes in blog form. You can access the audio of this sermon here. May God be glorified and His people edified. Comments below if you like.

In the last post I wrote about how the most offensive verse in the Bible is Genesis 1:1, where we find out that everything has come into being through a Creator… the Creation… God… the Hebrew word Elohim. He is the who of creation, and the implications of that are huge. You can read more here.

The topic of this post, then, is the when of creation — when creation happened. What does it mean when Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”? When was that beginning?

This is, of course, a controversial subject for some, and to be sure, it’s not of first importance. That is to say, it’s not the gospel. It’s not the doctrine of who God is. You could say it’s a secondary issue. But then again, if we don’t get the beginning right, there are ramifications to that. How we answer the question of when creation happened is important, and I’m convinced it says much about what we really believe regarding the authority of Scripture.

The more I study it all, the more this becomes a conviction, because if the Bible is our authority for all we believe and how we are to live, and if we hold to sola scriptura, the Reformation principle of Scripture alone (and I believe we must), then we know — and I’m not speculating when I say that — we know the when of creation. Using the Bible, using biblical history, using the genealogies, we can pinpoint creation to around 6000 years ago, something around 4000 BC. It may seem far-fetched to think we can be that precise, but it’s only because the Bible is fairly precise. We can know the when of creation. Continue reading “The When of Creation (Genesis 1:1)”