Let There Be

Posted by on May 13, 2012

Let There Be

“Let There Be”

MP3 Version: “Let There Be

Scripture Text: Genesis 1:3-13

By Pastor Mike Withem
First Baptist Church
Ranson, West Virginia

Introduction:

A. Last Sunday morning, as we continued our study of the book of Genesis, we looked at the six days of creation in a somewhat general sense.
1. First of all, we considered the fact that the six days of creation were LITERAL 24-hour days (not ages).
2. We also considered the fact that because they were literal days, the earth is actually very YOUNG, as opposed to very old. (Rather than being millions, if not billions of years old, the earth is actually only a few thousand years old.)
3. Then, last of all, we considered the fact that to deny these truths is to deny the ENTIRE Word of God.
4. Let’s not forget what Jesus said in John 5:47, “But if ye believe not his (Moses’) writings, how shall ye believe my words?”
5. The fact is, if you don’t believe what Moses wrote about the creation, that God created the heaven and the earth in six literal days, then you have absolutely NO reason to believe John 3:16!

B. Now, this morning, I want us to begin looking at the six days of creation in detail, and, of course, we will begin with…

I. The First Day.

A. What did God create on the first day?

B. According to Gen. 1:3, on the first day of creation, God created “light.”
1. Notice that verse again, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” (Gen. 1:3)
2. The word translated “light” here is a Hebrew word (owr) that literally means “ILLUMINATION.”
3. One moment, according to what we are told in Gen. 1:2, “darkness” engulfed the entire earth, the next moment there was “light,” there was ILLUMINATION! (Just like someone in a dark room flipped a switch and turned the lights on.)

C. Now it is important to note here that this “light” was NOT sunlight (light from the sun).
1. I say that because God didn’t create the sun (or the moon) until the FOURTH day of creation.
2. Notice Gen. 1:16, “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”
3. And, again, this was the fourth day of creation.
4. Now this raises a question, “Why did God wait until the fourth day to create the sun?”
5. Of course, only God knows for sure, but some believe that He waited until the fourth day in order to emphasize the supreme importance of the earth among all of the astronomical bodies of the universe.
` 6. Just think about it, of all the planets that exist in our vast universe, it was upon THIS planet (planet earth), that God chose to place man, created in His image.
7. It was also to THIS planet that God came, in the person of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for the sins of mankind.
8. And it is also to THIS planet that one day Christ will return!
9. And so, perhaps because of the superiority of the earth, as far as the spiritual order of things is concerned, the earth was created first, then three days later the rest of the universe. (Something to think about!)

D. Not only did God create “light” on the first day, He also separated the light from the darkness, creating both “Day” and “Night.”
1. Notice again Vrs. 4-5, “And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.” (Gen. 1:4-5)
2. Most Bible scholars believe that it was at this precise moment that the earth’s ROTATION on it’s axis began.
3. Their belief is based on the words found in the last part of Vrs. 5, “…And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
4. The thinking is, you really can’t have an “evening” or a “morning” without the earth rotating on it’s axis.

E. And so, on the first day of creation, God created light, He then separated the light from the darkness, creating both day and night.

F. Now, let’s take a look at…

II. The Second Day.

A. What did God create on the second day?

B. According to Gen. 1:6-7, He created the FIRMAMENT.
1. Notice again these verses, “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.” (Gen. 1:6-7)
2. The Hebrew word from which the word “firmament” is translated (raqiya) literally means “an EXPANSE” or “a space.”
3. The word we would use today is the word “atmosphere.”

C. Notice that this “firmament” (atmosphere) SEPARATED (divided) “the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament:” (Gen. 1:7)
1. The waters “under the firmament,” of course, refers to heavier (LIQUID) water that covered the entire face of the earth at that time.
2. The waters “above the firmament” refers to a vast blanket of invisible water VAPOR that encompassed the earth.
3. I am told that this blanket of water vapor created a marvelous greenhouse effect, which maintained mild temperatures from pole to pole.

D. Not only did God create this vast expanse to separate the waters below from the waters above, but he also gave a name to it.
1. What did He call it?
2. Gen. 1:8 gives us the answer, it says, “And God called the firmament Heaven.” (Gen. 1:8)
3. Now you have to understand that according to 2 Cor. 12:2, there are actually three different heavens mentioned in God’s Word.
4. Notice what Paul wrote in this verse, most probably speaking of himself, “I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.” (2 Cor. 12:2)
5. Now if Paul was caught up “to the third heaven,” then there must be three heavens.
6. The first heaven, as we have already seen, is the firmament, or the atmosphere.
7. The second heaven is the universe, that vast expanse that is beyond our earth’s atmosphere.
8. The third heaven, of course, is where God now sits upon His throne.
9. The Bible says in Psa. 11:4, “The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven:” (Psa. 11:4)

E. And so, on the second day of creation, God created the firmament, that vast expanse that separated the waters that were below from the waters that were above.

F. Now, let’s take a look at…

III. The Third Day.

A. What did God create on the third day?

B. According to Gen. 1:11-12, God created all plant life on the third day, but before He could do that, He had to cause the dry land to appear.
1. Notice again Vrs. 9-10 of our text, “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:” (Gen. 1:9-10)
2. Up until this time, water covered every inch of the earth.
3. But then, the dry land appeared and the continents of the earth were formed.
4. The dry land God called “Earth,” and the waters that remained He called “Seas.”

C. After God had caused “the dry land” to appear, He created all plant life.
1. Notice again Vrs. 11-12 of our text, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind:” (Gen. 1:11-12)
2. THREE categories of vegetation are mentioned here.
3. First of all, God created the “grass.”
4. At the same time, He created “the herb” (small plants).
5. He also created “the tree.”

D. What’s interesting here is, as most of you know, evolutionists believe that all life began in the OCEANS.
1. A movie produced in 2005 entitled, “Ocean Origins,” has the following introduction: “ORIGINS OF LIFE invites us to an extraordinary adventure: 4 billion years in the ocean, from the very beginning of life up to this incredible moment when the first vertebrate emerged onto dry land and opened the path to the conquest of the continents.”
2. This is what most people today believe.
3. The Bible, however, tells us something very different.
4. The Bible tells us that the very first life form (plants) began on the earth, and NOT in the oceans.
5. This was on the THIRD day of creation.
6. Ocean life, as we shall see later, did not come about until the FIFTH day of creation.
7. Once again we see a direct contradiction between the beliefs of man and the plain teaching of God’s Word.
8. Remember Rom. 3:4? It says, “…let God be true, but every man a liar;”
9. If what man says does not line up with the plain teaching of God’s Word, it is clear WHO the liar is (not God)!

Conclusion:

A. And so, we see what happened on the first three days of creation.
1. On Day 1, God created “light.”
2. On Day 2, God created the “firmament.”
3. On Day 3, God created vegetation (grass, herbs & trees).

B. There is one more thing that I want us to notice before I wrap things up this morning, and that is the fact at the end of each day, when God stepped back and looked at what He had just created, He saw that it was GOOD.
1. Gen. 1:4, “And God saw the light, that it was good:” (Gen. 1:4)
2. Gen. 1:10, “And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.” (Gen 1:10)
3. Gen. 1:12, “And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.” (Gen. 1:12)
4. Everything that God made was “GOOD.”

C. Do you know WHY that was true?
1. It was true because God HIMSELF is good!
2. The Bible says in Psa. 100:5, “For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psa. 100:5)
3. Notice also Nah. 1:7, “The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” (Nah. 1:7)
4. Everything that God made was good, because God Himself is good.

D. But someone says, “Wait a minute, pastor. There’s a lot bad things in the world today. If everything that God made was good, how do you account for the bad?”
1. We will answer that question in depth a little later in our study of Genesis.
2. However, the short answer is, “There are bad things in the world because there is sin in the world. And the reason there is sin in the world is because our great grandparents, Adam and Eve, chose to disobey God.”

E. Can I ask you a personal question, this morning.
1. If you should die this very moment, can you say FOR SURE that you would go to heaven?
2. If not, please listen very carefully to me for just a moment while I tell how you CAN know for sure.
3. (Present Gospel)

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