Who made the world? How did man arrive upon the earth? From where did the flowers, the trees, the birds, the animals, and the fish come? For the correct answers to these questions we must turn to the Bible. God’s book contains a record of creation.
1. What is the origin of the material universe?
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
2. How were the heavens made?
“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth….For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.” Psalm 33:6, 9.
3. How long the earth to endure?
“You who laid the foundations of the earth, so that it should not be moved forever.” Psalm 104:5.
4. Who has created all things?
“Lift up your eyes on high, and see who has created these things, who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power; not one is missing…..Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord,the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints nor is weary.His understanding is unsearchable.” Isaiah 40:26, 28.
“God…..has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” Hebrews 1:1, 2.
5. How was man brought into existence?
“And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” Genesis 2:7.
6. How is it possible to understand the creation story?
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”Hebrews 11:3.
7. Can we be sure that each day of creation week was a twenty-four hour day?
The first chapter of Genesis gives us a definite record of each day’s work and there is a positive marking of the exact duration of each day. At the close of the first day’s work the Bible says, “The evening and morning were the first day.”Genesis 1:5, last part. And in the very same way each of the remaining days of the week are marked off. Each day consists of two parts, the light and the dark. In God’s plan the setting of the sun marks the close of the day. Read Genesis 1:14-18. Each day of creation week began and ended with the setting of the sun, and was 24hours long.
NOTE: Sometimes the idea is advanced that a day in some instances may be an indefinite period of time. However, a study of the Hebrew manuscripts reveal that whenever the word day is used with a definite number as an adjective a day of twenty-four hours is always indicated.
8. Why was the world created?
“For thus says the Lord, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain, who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.””Isaiah 45:18.
NOTE: Read Job 38:1 through to Job 42:6. In these verses you will read evidences of God’s creative might and Job’s final confession as he comes to see God’s power and wisdom.
9. What are the basic elements of nature presented in Genesis, chapter 1?
In Chapter 1 each of these laws is preceded by the phrase, “And God said.”
First, God created light. Read Verse 3
Second, He created the atmosphere.
Third, in Verse 9 God set the bounds for the land and the sea.
Fourth, God fixed the species in the vegetable kingdom. Each would produce after its kind. Read Verse11.
Fifth, God divided time into days, months, seasons by the rotation of the sun, moon, earth in their several paths. Read Verse 14.
Sixth, God fixed the species of aerial and marine life. Each would also after its kind. Read Verses20, 21.
Seventh, in Verse 24 God fixed the species of cattle and beasts. Each would produce after his kind.
Eighth, man’s creation was a separate and distinct act of creation. Read Verse 26.
Ninth, God then gave the law of man’s generation. Read Verse 28.
Tenth, finally God gave man’s diet. Read Verses 29, 30.
10. What principles having to do with man’s conduct are revealed in Genesis, chapter 2?
First, God mentioned the Sabbath. He made the seventh day holy. Read Verses 1-3
Second, He gave labour. Read Verse 15.
Third, God placed restraint on man. Man was to manifest self-control. He was to acknowledge God’s ownership. The tree of knowledge of good andevil became the test of Man’s obedience. Read Verses 16, 17.
Fourth, God gave marriage. This was the foundation of the home and human society. Read Verses 18,24.
Everything that God did was “very good.” Man was made perfect. There is no God like the Creator. Let us worship Him. Read Isaiah 43:10-13.