Sunday, November 22, 2020

God’s Timeline Part 2: Creation Day 1


God’s Timeline

Part 2: Creation Day 1

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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Today we begin our walk through the scriptures, God’s Timeline, looking at the major events of the Bible.


Obviously, we need to start at the beginning, Creation.


When thinking about everything that is, we need to remember, before creation there was God. Everything else that is, is created and outside of God.


So let’s begin looking at all that is.





Genesis 1:1-5


“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”








                  I.            BEFORE THE BEGINNING

a.      Before creation, there was only GOD

                                                                         i.      “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.” John 1:1-3


                                                                      ii.      Here we see that in the beginning was God the Father and the Word (later to be called Jesus Christ when Word becomes Flesh, John 1:14)


                                                                   iii.      We also see that everything that is NOT God (everything created) is created by the Word.


                                                                    iv.      We also see that there is NOTHING that exists that the Word did not make.



b.     Why did God create anything at all?

                                                                         i.      The Bible tells us God created us for His Glory

1.      Isaiah 43:7

2.      He formed us so we might declare His praise – Isaiah 43:21

3.      Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.”

4.      “…All things were created for Him.” Colossians 1:16


                                                                      ii.      It wasn’t because He was bored, or lonely, or sad. It was because He is God and WORTHY to receive honor and glory and praise!



c.      So how long did God exist before creation?

                                                                         i.      First, time (4th dimension) did NOT exist before it was “created” by God in Genesis 1:3


                                                                      ii.      Secondly, God makes clear to us in John, everything other than God is “created”, God ALWAYS WAS and always will be, the ONLY eternal thing there is. Everything else (created) will only ever be “everlasting”, not eternal, because everything other than God was “created” and therefore has a beginning.

                                                                   iii.      “And God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, “I AM has sent me to you”Exodus 3:14.

1.      God tells us in Revelation 1:8 He is the Alpha and Omega, beginning and end, the one who is and was and who is to come, the Almighty is the ONLY eternal being.


               II.            THE HEAVENS AND EARTH ARE CREATED

a.      In the beginning God created the heavens

                                                                         i.      This is the literal beginning of a “pallet” or “space” for all of God’s creation


                                                                      ii.      This is the “heavens”


                                                                   iii.      A bubble filled with all the matter needed for which everything that “is” is made from.


                                                                    iv.      All the planets, moons, asteroids, comets, etc., are placed in the bubble of creation, which we call “universe”


                                                                       v.      This may or may not have happened with a “big bang”, considering none of us were there, we can only theorize.



b.     And the earth

                                                                         i.      Within the created bubble (universe) are billions and billions of planets, moons, etc., the earth being one of them.


                                                                      ii.      Within all of creation, God chose this specific planet to be the beginning of something wonderful.


                                                                   iii.      At this point, (Genesis 1:1) there are no Sun’s (stars) or galaxies formed (they need suns for gravitational orbits)



c.      And the earth was formless and empty

                                                                         i.      Genesis 1:2 “Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

1.      Formless” as in no land mass yet. We know this because the verse states “darkness was over the surface of the deep.” Surface of what deep?

2.      The next verse says, “the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”


                                                                      ii.      Now we reach Genesis 1:3

1.      Somewhere between Genesis 1:2 & 3 God creates the Natural Universal Laws




a.      Natural Universal Laws (both discovered and yet to be discovered)

                                                                         i.      Laws that were created by God to hold the universe in place and operate its functions.


1.      These laws exist whether we have discovered them, understand them or have no clue about them at all.

a.      Just because you don’t know anything about the law of gravity, that does not change the fact that it exists and affects you.


                                                                      ii.      Scientific laws are proven theories we discovered and understand, while scientific theories are evidence of laws not fully understood

1.      Example…  E=MC2


a.      Einstein’s theory of relativity, Energy is equal to mass at the speed of light in a vacuum.

                                                                                                                                                 i.      i.e. this is the formula that throws a monkey wrench into time travel because you would literally be destroyed if you moved faster than the speed of light to travel backward in time.

b.     This was once a theory, then proven and became a fact.

c.      This scientific law was created by God during the creation.


                                                                   iii.      There are many scientific laws (Hubble’s Law of Cosmic Expansion, Kepler’s Laws of Planetary Motion, Gravity, Newton’s Law of motion, Laws of thermodynamics, Archimedes’ Buoyancy Principle, General Relativity, etc.)

1.      There are also many theories, such as String Theory, Black Matter, Quantum theory, etc.


2.      These theories have evidence, but not enough for us to conclude the true nature of their fact. Which in no way means they do not exist.



b.     Genesis 1:3 – God creates the laws of the universe including TIME

                                                                         i.      Some may ask why time?

1.      This 4th dimension creates a “timeline” where there is an order to events, an unchangeable reality to those within time that there IS a yesterday, today and tomorrow.


2.      Without time, it is always “now”


3.      God wanted to place limits on creation, rules of operation, this is why there are universal scientific laws such as gravity.


                                                                      ii.      Time allows finite minds to grasp the concepts of stories for understanding. A story needs a beginning, a middle and an end. Without time, this cannot be achieved.


                                                                   iii.      God shows us in His Word, in the beginning was God, He created everything and it was perfect, sin came and broke our relationship with Him. He paid the debt of our sin, and while we are alive, we can partake of the New Covenant and in the end, judgment and eternity once more in relationship with God.



1.      If there was no “time”, judgment would be instant. You would break God’s Law and be punished instantly.


2.      God knows we cannot keep His perfect law because we are not perfect, therefore time is needed to teach, for us to learn, confess, repent, serve, and then come to a covenantal agreement with God through Jesus Christ and be forgiven.


c.      Now, the FIRST DAY

                                                                         i.      Now that the laws of the universe are created other things can happen

1.      And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day. – Genesis 1:3-5


                                                                      ii.      Why didn’t God make light first so He could see what He was doing? (Like He needs light)


                                                                   iii.      Because, the Universal Natural Laws had not been created yet, therefore, scientifically speaking, light could not exist without;

1.      Planck's Law

a.      This law is generalized to mean that all objects have some internal temperature, and given that temperature, they all glow.


2.      Kirchoff's Law

a.      This radiative transfer law states that at thermal equilibrium, the emissivity of a body or surface equals its absorptivity.


3.      Wien's Displacement Law

a.      The Wien's displacement law provides us with expected values for the most probable wavelengths in the Bose-Einstein distribution of blackbody radiation


4.      Stefan-Boltzmann Law

a.      The Stefan-Boltzmann Law states that the radiative energy emitted by a surface is proportional to the fourth power of the surface's absolute temperature.


                                                                    iv.      Remember, these laws worked BEFORE they were discovered by scientists, named afterwards, but all created during creation by the Word in Genesis 1!





CONCLUSION – Before Creation, Creation of the “heavens” and the first day


So we see before creation God is “I AM”, existing as God the Father, the Word (before He becomes flesh) and the Holy Spirit.


God creates a workspace, a pallet, a sphere in which everything He creates will exist.


In Genesis 1:1-5 (Around 4,000 B.C.) God creates within this snow globe, all of creation (all of matter that will ever exist, first law of thermodynamics) including the planets, moons, asteroids, comets, earth, as well as the Universal Scientific Laws, the suns, galaxies set into motion, and the passage of Time.


The first day.


Next week we will begin our series with the Second Day



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