Sunday, January 3, 2021

God’s Timeline – Part 8 Creation Detailed

 

God’s Timeline – Part 8

Creation Detailed

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON INTRODUCTION

So far, we have read of the creation of everything that is, or would ever be created, all taking place during the first week.

 

Day 1 – God creates the heavens and the earth and separates light from dark and I believe it is at this point He creates all the Universal Natural Laws, such as thermodynamics, time, gravity, etc.

 

Day 2 – God separates water from the sky, preparing the layer above the “vault” for the future judgment/flood.  This vault or void, probably made of CO2 for the vegetation He will create on Day 3

 

Day 3 – God separates the dry land from the water so man and land creatures will have somewhere to live, and then creates the vegetation and trees upon that land, first “life” giving them seeds and fruit, a way to “reproduce”. He does not create a tree but fills the land with trees and vegetation.

 

Day 4God lights the suns in the universe, sets the earths sun and moon in the perfect orbits to control the earths temp and tides to cycle the air and allow for the conditions needed to support life of man and animals.

 

Day 5 – Now that the CO2 has been converted into oxygen through the vegetation and trees of Day 3 & the sun of Day 4 causing the process of photosynthesis, the earth is ready for its first oxygen breathing “creatures” to be created! Birds fill the air, and creatures fill the seas.  Not a bird, but birds, and not a sea creature, but many, filling the air and sea.

 

Day 6 – God creates livestock, insects and other ground moving creatures, wild animals, all “according to their kind”, and then made “mankind in our image, in our likeness”, meaning they would “rule” over all of creation. He created them “male and female” for pro-creation purposes (has nothing to do with being created in image of God, or likeness of God).

 

At this point, all creatures, animal, and human, are vegetarians.

 

Day 7 – The day of rest is not mentioned in Chapter 1, but in the beginning of chapter 2 of Genesis. (Remember, Chapters were not added to the scriptures until the 13th century.

 

A man named Stephen Langton divided the Bible into chapters in 1227AD. He was a professor at the University of Paris and later he became the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Verses Were Added in The Sixteenth Century.

 

 

SCRIPTURE READING

Genesis 2:1-17

 

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.

 

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.

 

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

 

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

 

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

10 A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 (The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there.) 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris; it runs along the east side of Ashur. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.

 

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

 

 

 

                  I.            THIS IS THE ACCOUNT OF THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH

a.      Didn’t God rest on Day 7?

                                                                         i.      Short answer, yes

                                                                      ii.      Genesis Chapter 2:1-3 should have been left in Genesis Chapter 1

                                                                   iii.      This should have been included with the seven days of creation, because resting is doing something.

                                                                    iv.      God blessed the seventh day and made it holy BECAUSE He rested on that day

 

 

b.     Before Day 6

                                                                         i.      Genesis 2 starting with verse 4 is a detailed breakdown of what took place DURING the seven days of creation recorded in Genesis Chapter 1.

                                                                      ii.      We read in Genesis 2:4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”

                                                                   iii.      This”, referring to Genesis Chapter 2

                                                                    iv.      Common sense tells us the Lord God did not “make the earth and heavens” again, since Chapter 1, therefore, this account takes place DURING the creation recorded in Chapter 1

 

 

c.      Day 6

                                                                         i.      Now we know this takes place during the creation week recorded in Chapter 1, the Word tells us where this account falls within the week.

                                                                      ii.      Genesis 2:5, 6 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground.”

 

1.      No shrub had yet appeared on the earth

2.      And no plant had yet sprung up

3.      This is not referring to God creating vegetation on Day 3, rather, the vegetation He had created had “not yet sprung up”

4.      So not enough time had passed since He created vegetation for it to drop its seed and allow for the growth of “new” plants

 

                                                                   iii.      This is important because it tells us that the creation of the Garden of Eden, and Adam, will take place BEFORE there is even time for plants to reproduce.

 

                                                                    iv.      So, the events recorded here in Genesis 2.

1.      Take place during the creation week

2.      After there is vegetation created on Day 3

3.      Before vegetation can reproduce

4.      And before Day 6 because God does not make man until Genesis 2:7

d.     Genesis 2:7

                                                                         i.      Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

                                                                      ii.      then

1.      We know Adam is the first man 1 Corinthians 15:45

2.      So, the scripture is referring to Day 6, when Genesis 1 tells us God created mankind

 

                                                                   iii.      “formed man from the dust of the ground”

1.      Here is a chart of the elements found in the human body compared to the earth’s crust

 

Oxygen (O) 61%
Vital role in breathing and metabolism. Nutrient compounds, inside of the cell, are oxidized through complex enzymatic processes.

Carbon (C) 23%
Virtually every part of the body is made up of molecules based around carbon chains.

Hydrogen (H) 10%
Critical component of water and other hydrogen bonds. Stomach acid (hydrogen and chlorine) allows digestion, therefore absorption of elements. Many chemical reactions that make life possible involve the hydrogen ion.

Nitrogen (N) 2.6%
Your body digests Nitrogen and makes it into energy. Nitrogen can be obtained from eating plants or from animals that eat plants (herbivores).

Calcium (Ca) 1.4%
Structure of bone and teeth.

Phosphorous (Ph) 1.1%
Structure of bone and teeth. Rebuilding of red blood cells.

Potassium (K) .20%
Major electrolyte of blood and cellular fluid. Required for maintenance of pH and nervous system.

Sulfur (S) .20%
Element of the essential amino acids.

Sodium (Na) .14%
Major electrolyte of blood and cellular fluid. Required for maintenance of pH and water balance. Vital to the transmission of impulses from our brains to muscles.

Chlorine (Cl) .12%
Major electrolyte of blood and cellular fluid. Balance of pH and water. Used in balancing electrical charges in nervous system.

Magnesium (Mg) .027%
Important in bone structure.

Silicon (Si) .026%
Essential nutrient for healthy bone metabolism.

Trace Elements

Iron (Fe) .006%
Contained in blood, required for oxygen transport.

Fluorine (F) .0037%
Helps the body strengthen the bones and teeth.

Copper (Cu) .0001%
Contained in enzymes, which regulate iron transport.

Zinc (Zn) .0033%
Growth and repair of tissues. Required for DNA binding. 
Creation, release, and use of hormones. Sight, taste, and smell depend on zinc.

Aluminum (Al) .00008%
Involved in the action of a few enzymes.

Manganese (Mn) .00002%
Supports the immune system, regulates blood sugar, involved in the production of energy and cell reproduction. Deficiency can lead to improper bone formation.

Iodine (I) .00002
Used in production of thyroxine which plays an important role in metabolic rate.

Selenium (Se) .00002%
Helps our immune system produce antibodies, keeps the pancreas and heart functioning properly. Needed to make our tissues elastic.

Molybdenum (Mo) .000007%
Assists the processing of iron and nitrogen.

Chromium (Cr) .00002%
A cofactor in the regulation of sugar levels.

Cobalt (Co) .000004%
Contained in vitamin B12 which is necessary for the formation of all cells, especially red blood cells.

2.      Man would not discover this truth from scripture for thousands of years

 

                                                                    iv.      God then breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and he (Adam) became a living creature.

1.      This is not the Holy Spirit, rather, the “breath” or spirit of “life” itself which is breathed by God into all things which are alive.

2.      Includes vegetation, creatures of the air and sea, animals, and mankind.

a.      Along with any other known or undiscovered living thing, i.e., bacteria, viruses, etc.

 

                                                                       v.      So, it is clear we are now speaking of Day 6 of the creation week.

 

 

 

               II.            THE GARDEN OF EDEN

a.      The Garden was created on Day 6

                                                                         i.      Genesis 2:8 “Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.”

 

b.     God placed Adam in the garden before setting it all up

                                                                         i.      Genesis 2:9 (in Adam’s presence) “The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food.”

 

c.      There is no doubt in Adam’s Mind “who” God is

                                                                         i.      Adam witnessed firsthand God creating the vegetation and trees within the Garden of Eden

 

 

            III.            THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE

a.      The four rivers give clues of Eden’s location

                                                                         i.      Both the Tigris and Euphrates rivers flow and meet at the Persian Gulf.

                                                                      ii.      Though the Pishon and Ginon rivers have been renamed, we know that the land Pishon flowed to was Havilah, which in biblical times became the land of Cush, or modern-day Ethiopia.

 

1.      Does Ethiopia have Gold, resin and onyx like the bible says Havilah has?

a.      Ethiopia exported $602 million in gold in 2012

b.     The aromatic resin? That is Frankincense

c.      And yes, Onyx can also be found in Ethiopia

 

                                                                   iii.      Between the Euphrates and Tigris is Mesopotamia, which is known as “the cradle of civilization”

1.      Scientists believe all humankind started in this area

2.      Just as the bible says it did

3.      Scientists have also discovered in 2100 BC the land of UR was here, in the 24th – 28th centuries BC Assyria was here, and in the 19th-18th centuries BC Babylonia

 

                                                                    iv.      So where is the Garden of Eden?

1.      No one knows, and there are 2 reasons why

a.      Genesis 3:23 “So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. 24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”

b.     The Flood reshaped a lot of the land

 

 

b.     The tree of life

                                                                         i.      God placed the trees and gave Adam a command.

1.      VS 16-17 “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

 

                                                                      ii.      These trees were placed in the center of the garden

 

                                                                   iii.      Why did God put Adam in the garden?

1.      Vs 15 says so Adam would work it and take care of it

 

                                                                    iv.      Why did God place the tree of life in the garden?

1.      The tree of life is mentioned three times in Genesis 2, in Eden, and again four times in Revelation, three of those in the final chapter. These instances seem to refer to Eden’s literal tree of life. We are told the tree of life is presently in Paradise, the intermediate Heaven (Revelation 2:7). The New Jerusalem itself, also in the present Heaven, will be brought down, the tree of life and all, and placed on the New Earth (Revelation 21:2). Just as the tree was relocated from Eden to the present Heaven, it will be relocated again to the New Earth.

 

                                                                       v.      The Tree of Life would nourish and be a source of everlasting physical life

 

 

c.      and the tree of knowledge of good and evil

                                                                         i.      This tree was the catalyst for Adam (and mankind) to be “good”, “righteous”, “obedient”

                                                                      ii.      Because as long as Adam did NOT eat from this tree, he was Obedient to God’s command, which made him righteous, or simplified, good.

                                                                   iii.      Something I find interesting about verse 17, “…, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

 

 

d.     The Blessing and the Curse

                                                                         i.      The trees placed before Adam and the command given to him represent our relationship with God the Father.

1.      Deuteronomy 30:19 “19This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”

 

                                                                      ii.      COMMAND: You are free to eat of any tree (including Tree of everlasting physical Life), but do NOT eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.

1.      Life (Tree of Life) and Death (Tree of Knowledge)

2.      Obedience or disobedience

3.      Good or bad

4.      Choose life (or, obedience)

 

                                                                   iii.      The blessings and curses here are

1.      Blessings

a.      Perfect beautiful garden

b.     Many trees of food provided

c.      Tree of life protects against sickness, disease, growing old, death

 

2.      Curses

a.      Genesis 3:17 “Because you listened to your wife (obeyed her instead of God)

                                                                                                                                                 i.      Cursed is the ground because of YOU (not Eve)

                                                                                                                                              ii.      Painful toil to eat from it

                                                                                                                                           iii.      All the days of your life

                                                                                                                                            iv.      It produces thorns and thistles for you

                                                                                                                                               v.      By the sweat of your brow, you will eat

                                                                                                                                            vi.      Until you return to the ground (death now instituted)

 

 

CONCLUSION –

 

So, it is apparent in scripture that this account is not an “additional” creation outside of the creation week when everything was made that would be made, rather, a detailed account of what took place during day 6 of the creation week.

 

Look at Genesis chapter 1 as the “outline” of days 1-6, and chapter 2 as a more detailed account of what took place before and during day 6 of the creation week.

 

God gave mankind a single command (do not eat from the tree of knowledge)

 

This Command made it possible for Adam to be “obedient to God”, which made him righteous, and opened the door to the blessings of God.

 

 

Next week we will look at Adam and Eve’s new life together

 

 

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