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When we read the amazing account of creation in the first two chapters of the Bible, we can’t help but wonder what it must have been like, and how God accomplished it; of course we can never know beyond what He has disclosed to us, but it’s encouraging and interesting to think about it, and to put together and examine what He has given to us.
Before physical creation, as far as we know, there were only spirit beings that God had created. Scripture says that God created the physical by His will and for His own desire or pleasure – "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created" (Rev. 4:11 KJV ). God apparently desired a physical environment to display His creative magnificence, and what a spectacular performance He has given us. Who can fathom the vastness of the universe, the intricacy and complexity of the microscopic world, much less a God without beginning or ending, and eternity? The first chapter of Hebrews gives us a few more details of how it all came about.
HEBREWS 1:1-14.... IN MANY separate revelations [each of which set forth a portion of the Truth] and in different ways God spoke of old to [our] forefathers in and by the prophets, [but] in the last of these days He has spoken to us in [the person of a] Son, Whom He appointed Heir and lawful Owner of all things, also by and through Whom He created the worlds and the reaches of space and the ages of time [He made, produced, built, operated, and arranged them in order]. He is the sole expression of the glory of God [the Light-being, the out-raying or radiance of the divine], and He is the perfect imprint and very image of [God's] nature, upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by His mighty word of power. When He had by offering Himself accomplished our cleansing of sins and riddance of guilt, He sat down at the right hand of the divine Majesty on high, [taking a place and rank by which] He Himself became as much superior to angels as the glorious Name (title) which He has inherited is different from and more excellent than theirs.
5For to which of the angels did [God] ever say, You are My Son, today I have begotten You [established You in an official Sonship relation, with kingly dignity]? And again, I will be to Him a Father, and He will be to Me a Son? [2 Sam. 7:14; Ps. 2:7.] Moreover, when He brings the firstborn Son again into the habitable world, He says, Let all the angels of God worship Him. Referring to the angels He says, [God] Who makes His angels winds and His ministering servants flames of fire; [Ps. 104:4.] but as to the Son, He says to Him, Your throne, O God, is forever and ever (to the ages of the ages), and the scepter of Your kingdom is a scepter of absolute righteousness (of justice and straightforwardness). You have loved righteousness [You have delighted in integrity, virtue, and uprightness in purpose, thought, and action] and You have hated lawlessness (injustice and iniquity). Therefore God, [even] Your God ( Godhead), has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions. [Ps. 45:6,7.]
10And [further], You, Lord, did lay the foundation of the earth in the beginning, and the heavens are the works of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain and continue permanently; they will all grow old and wear out like a garment. Like a mantle [thrown about one's self] You will roll them up, and they will be changed and replaced by others. But You remain the same, and Your years will never end nor come to failure. [Ps. 102:25-27.] Besides, to which of the angels has He ever said, Sit at My right hand [associated with Me in My royal dignity] till I make your enemies a stool for your feet? [Ps. 110:1.] Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation?
The Bible says – "By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible" (Heb. 11:3). This new physical environment consisted of space, matter and time; space appears to be invisible and empty, but nobody knows what it is; neither do we know what matter or the elements are, or the energy that comes from the sun that they are all contain. We can name it and use it for all manner of purposes, but no can define it. Intelligent people since the beginning of time have been asking, without receiving an answer, the same question that the Israelites asked when they first received the angel’s food from heaven, manna (what is it [Ex. 16:15])?
GENESIS 1:1-31.... IN THE beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. [Heb. 11:3.] The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
At this point God called the 96 material elements, that we know of, into existence and began to form and fashion a place for us.
3And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness. [2 Cor. 4:6.] And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Then He illuminated it so it could be seen.
6And God said, Let there be a firmament [the expanse of the sky] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters [below] from the waters [above]. And God made the firmament [the expanse] and separated the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the firmament Heavens. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
Then He made a breathable atmosphere.
9And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be collected into one place [of standing], and let the dry land appear. And it was so. God called the dry land Earth, and the accumulated waters He called Seas. And God saw that this was good (fitting, admirable) and He approved it. And God said, Let the earth put forth [tender] vegetation: plants yielding seed and fruit trees yielding fruit whose seed is in itself, each according to its kind, upon the earth. And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed according to their own kinds and trees bearing fruit in which was their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it. And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.
Then He designed living-reproducing plant cells and caused them to grow.
14And God said, Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs and tokens [of God's provident care], and [to mark] seasons, days, and years, [Gen. 8:22.] And let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light upon the earth. And it was so. And God made the two great lights--the greater light (the sun) to rule the day and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night. He also made the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it. And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
Then He formed the stars and planets of the universe and put them in space.
20And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens. God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let the fowl multiply in the earth. And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
Then He designed living-reproducing cells for all the fish of the seas, the birds of the air, and the ground animals.
24And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creeping things, and [wild] beasts of the earth according to their kinds. And it was so. And God made the [wild] beasts of the earth according to their kinds, and domestic animals according to their kinds, and everything that creeps upon the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (fitting, pleasant) and He approved it.
26God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth. [Ps. 104:30; Heb. 1:2; 11:3.] So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. [Col. 3:9,10; James 3:8,9.] And God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth. And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. And to all the animals on the earth and to every bird of the air and to everything that creeps on the ground--to everything in which there is the breath of life--I have given every green plant for food. And it was so. And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it completely. And there was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
Finally God designed and fashioned man in His own image from some of the same 96 material elements He had called forth at the beginning, and breathed into him the breath of life and man became a living soul.
GENESIS 2:1-25.... THUS THE heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. [Heb. 4:9,10.] And God blessed (spoke good of) the seventh day, set it apart as His own, and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all His work which He had created and done. [Ex. 20:11.]
4This is the history of the heavens and of the earth when they were created. In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens–when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not [yet] caused it to rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the ground, but there went up a mist (fog, vapor) from the land and watered the whole surface of the ground – then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath or spirit of life, and man became a living being. [1 Cor. 15:45-49.]
8And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden [delight]; and there He put the man whom He had formed (framed, constituted). And out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight or to be desired--good (suitable, pleasant) for food; the tree of life also in the center of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of [the difference between] good and evil and blessing and calamity. [Rev. 2:7; 22:14,19.] Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from there it divided and became four [river] heads. The first is named Pishon; it is the one flowing around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is of high quality; bdellium (pearl?) and onyx stone are there. The second river is named Gihon; it is the one flowing around the whole land of Cush. The third river is named Hiddekel [the Tigris]; it is the one flowing east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
15And the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to tend and guard and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and blessing and calamity you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.
18Now the Lord God said, It is not good (sufficient, satisfactory) that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him. And out of the ground the Lord God formed every [wild] beast and living creature of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them; and whatever Adam called every living creature, that was its name. And Adam gave names to all the livestock and to the birds of the air and to every [wild] beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper meet (suitable, adapted, complementary) for him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam; and while he slept, He took one of his ribs or a part of his side and closed up the [place with] flesh. And the rib or part of his side which the Lord God had taken from the man He built up and made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. Then Adam said, This [creature] is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of a man. Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. [Matt. 19:5; 1 Cor. 6:16; Eph. 5:31-33.] And the man and his wife were both naked and were not embarrassed or ashamed in each other's presence.
Since energy is exhibited by motion the following verses take on new meaning for us, "THE HEAVENS declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork. [Rom. 1:20,21.] Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge. There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard. Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world. Of the heavens has God made a tent for the sun, [Rom. 10:18.] Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; and it rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its going forth is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the ends of it; and nothing [yes, no one] is hidden from the heat of it" (Ps. 19:1-6). God is giving us a magnificent display of His unfathomable power in a heavenly spectacular!
In the microscopic world of the atom, He displays the same awesome genius and power by confining the electrons in the atom, these electrons are spinning so fast and with such force that we cannot explain why they do not escape the atom. Since we know that Jesus holds the elements together (Col. 1:17), therefore, we have the answer to this mystery. We also know that when He releases these electrons the world will be destroyed by fire when He makes a new heaven and a new earth – "But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been stored up (reserved) for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly people" (2 Peter 3:7; Rev. 21:1-5).
In order to gain an even better appreciation for God’s creative ability, let’s dig a little deeper by considering, in a very general way, the inner working of a living cell. The following quotations are from World Book 2003 Multimedia Encyclopedia:
All living things are made up of cells. Some organisms consist of only one cell. Plants and animals are made up of many. The human body has more than 10 trillion (10,000,000,000,000) cells. Most cells are so small they can be seen only with a microscope. It would take about 40,000 of your red blood cells to fill this letter O. It takes millions of cells to make up the skin on the palm of your hand. Some one-celled organisms lead independent lives. Others live in loosely organized groups. The cells in plants and animals are specialists with particular jobs to do. As you read these words, for example, nerve cells in your eyes are carrying messages of what you are reading to your brain cells. Muscle cells attached to your eyeballs are moving your eyes across the screen. Nerve cells, muscle cells, and other specialized cells group together to form tissues, such as nerve tissue or muscle tissue. Different kinds of tissues form organs, such as the eyes, heart, and lungs. All the specialized cells together form you--or some other complete organism.
All cells have some things in common, whether they are specialized cells or one-celled organisms. A cell is alive--as alive as you are. It "breathes," takes in food, and gets rid of wastes. It also grows and reproduces (creates its own kind). And, in time, it dies. . . .
One of the most important tools scientists use to study cells is the microscope. An optical microscope can magnify a cell up to 2,000 times. An electron microscope can magnify a cell by 1 million times. An ant magnified 200,000 times would be more than 2 1/2 miles (4 kilometers) long. But even with such tremendous magnification, the detailed structure of some cell parts still cannot be seen. . . .
Cells differ greatly in size, in shape, and in the special jobs they do. But all cells have certain features, and each cell can be thought of as a tiny chemical factory. It has a control center that tells it what to do and when. It has power plants for generating the energy it needs to function, and it has machinery for making its products or performing its services. . . .
Every living thing is made up of one or more cells, and each of these cells was produced by an already existing cell. New cells are formed by division, so that there are two cells where there once was only one cell. One-celled organisms begin and complete their lives as single cells.
Human beings and other multicellular organisms also develop from a single cell. After the cell grows to a certain size, it divides and forms two cells. These two cells remain attached to each other. They grow and divide, forming four cells. The cells grow and divide over and over again, and during this process they begin to specialize. A dog, a fish, a human being, or some other multicellular organism finally develops from the single cell. . . .
A cell is intensely active. It carries out life's functions, including growth and reproduction. In addition, cells in multicellular organisms have special jobs. To live and to do its work, a cell must obtain energy. It also must manufacture proteins and other substances needed for the construction of its parts and to speed up the thousands of chemical reactions that occur in the cell. . . .
The Code Of Life
As we have seen, DNA controls the life of the cell--and the lives of organisms made up of cells--in two ways. First, DNA determines the form and function of the cell by regulating the kinds of proteins the cell produces. Second, it passes on all the hereditary information from one generation of cells to the next. Thus, DNA is the master plan of all life.
DNA--the wondrous molecule. DNA molecules lie tightly coiled in the chromosomes of a cell. Each chromosome probably contains one extremely long DNA molecule. On the average, a single human chromosome consists of a DNA molecule that is almost 2 inches (5 centimeters) long. But the DNA molecule is a thread so thin that only some of its details can be seen when magnified by an electron microscope. Scientists have determined the structure of the DNA molecule primarily on the basis of its chemical composition. They have determined the molecule's shape by bouncing X rays off the atoms in the molecule and then studying the patterns the scattered X rays made on photographic plates. The patterns show that the molecule has the shape of a rope ladder that is coiled like a spring. This shape is called a double helix. All DNA molecules have this shape. . . .
How can anyone possibly believe that all this complex design and uniformity came about by anything else than God’s creative genius, power and ability?