Genesis Chapter 1. Job 8:7, Genesis 10:9-10 & Jeremiah 28:1
We join this podcast already in progress having already read Genesis Chapter 1 (read it for yourselves please) and the following quote from Martin Luther on Genesis…
“There are none before me who could explain all these momentous things, with sufficient appropriateness and success. For interpreters and commentators have confused and entangled them with such a variety, diversity, and infinity of questions, that it is sufficiently plain, that God has reserved the majesty of this wisdom, and the full and sound understanding of this chapter to Himself alone.”
Pastor Steve devoted much of today’s sermon to an exploration of four primary theories about the Genesis creation story.
The first is known as “youth earth,” the idea that this planet is only 6,000 years old, with the fossil record and other geologic evidence attributable to the Great Flood in Noah’s time. The second is called “theistic evolution,” meaning God created the earth and then sat back to let it develop through evolution. The third is the “gap theory,” that a long span of time passed between verses 1-2 of Genesis 1, which accounts for the old age of the earth. The fourth is “historic creationism,” that God created the earth and everything in it—regardless of how old it might be. (During a further discussion of the sermon on the following Wednesday night, Steve said he likes the latter because it ties everything together.)
“In the beginning God created heaven and earth,” Steve said in his sermon. “No know exactly how long that took. Between verses 1-2 God is making the earth inhabitable for the crown jewel of His creation. Did anybody notice (in Genesis 1) you have life before the sun? The sun didn’t show up until day four. There were plants before there was photosynthesis.”
Young earth proponents would say a God who can part the Red Sea, make an axe head float, and Jesus walk on water could make it that way. While it doesn’t make logical sense that you would have plants before the sun, Steve said, the bottom line is that God did. And, when it says that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth, that means if there’s a beginning, there will also be an end.
How that all happens is yet to be seen. In the meantime, it is important to believe that God created the earth and knew the end at the beginning.