Journey through the Bible - Lesson 2
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Journey Through The Bible Lessons

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LESSON # 2           "Then GOD Said..."
by Joel Hendon

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All scripture references are from the New King James Version unless otherwise stated.

"Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light." (Genesis 1: 3)

"Then God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. Thus 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." (Genesis 1: 6, 7)

"Then God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so." (Genesis 1: 9)

"Then God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth; and it was so" (Genesis 1: 11)

"Then God said, Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1: 26, 27)

In lesson one of this series we established sound reasons for believing that there is an omnipotent God whose extraordinary, supernatural intelligence and knowledge allowed him to be able to create, from nothing, this expansive and enormous universe and ever particle of dust within it's makeup. This lesson is dealing with the subtle proofs of the Bible's worthiness to be called His Word. We know that there are numerous proofs which are not so subtle but are outright unexplanable prophecies that came to pass exactly as prophesied. Scientific and geographic comments so accurate that it is beyond the realm of coincidence plus many other such proofs. But in our lesson we want to deal with those things that are subtle but when considered, pose even more problems for the evolutionists.

For starters, let's look back at to the first lesson's scripture reference, Genesis 1: 1-3. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light." What writer, then or now, would start a book like that? When the world was full of imaginary false gods and there were no biblical writings before this. Any knowledge of the true GOD has simply passed down by the household heads, the patriarchs. Yet the writer did not begin with "Once there was a spirit God who dwells in heaven, an all knowing and all powerful God, etc." No, he simply begins the book by saying "In the beginning, God created..."

In the writer's eye, the fact that GOD existed was a "given". Nothing to have to be explained but he knew that the "how and when" of the origin of the universe was not a known thing and was needful of explanation. And this type of writing did not cease with the first verse. As you study God's Word, consider each verse and you will see this type of approach many times throughout the Holy Scriptures. It is totally unlike those things written to "sell" someone a bill of goods or to defraud.

Notice that the writer (Moses) of Genesis, was not an all wise man, had no special attributes that you and I do not have other than inspiration from God to write these things. He was not aware that somewhere down the road, someone would write, "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." (John 4: 24). Yet, he understood perfectly that God was a Spirit and could accomplish great and supernatural phenomena. He knew this so convincingly that he felt no explanations were necessary. Think about it.

Now, let us notice the scriptures from Genesis 1: 3 through 27 as listed above. There the writer lists five instances that God said "Let there be..." and whatever he said, regardless of how very supernatural it was, was so! And Moses made no mention whatsoever of it's greatness or it's unlikely accomplishment but simply and matter of factly states what was done. Again, I ask what writer of today would dare write so dogmatically of supernatural occurrences without giving detailed reasons for his saying such? Moses was writing these first five books of the Bible approximately 3500 years ago. Not many people of that day could even read or write and far fewer were considered well educated.

This was many years before the advent of the Greek philosophers such as Socrates, Aristotle, the poet Homer, and other such men who were regarded as "thinkers". They were indeed, men of high intelligence and profound thought. Socrates left no writings but his philosophies were highly respected and written about by others over the years. Aristotle and Homer were also great students of philosophy and left numerous admired writings. None, however, have ever offered anything to compare even slightly with the Holy Bible.

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We grant the reader the fact that much of the first two or three chapters of Genesis may read somewhat like a fairy tale or a science fiction drama, yet we are attempting to point out those items which show a vast difference between a person writing serious facts as apposed to someone writing fantasy. Notice that Moses runs briefly throughout the entire creation of the universe, then he begins to explain some of the features of the things he has just mentioned. Here again is an example where most uninspired writers would have very likely explained each item in full detail before going on. It is probable that a full chapter would have been written on each singular item that was created or, at best, each day of creation would have filled a chapter.

Before we conclude our lesson number two, we are compelled to notice the fact that this account of God's creation of the universe is a critical piece of writing. For the next 3500 years and beyond, these few pages of the Bible will undergo the most strenuous criticism and man's most concerted efforts to prove it to be in error. As man's knowledge developed beyond any imagination and when space travel, communications technology, medical technology has reached levels never anticipated, not one word of this ancient writings yet can be proven to contain error. How many of man's hypotheses, theories and ideas have been thwarted by error over these years are beyond counting. But not one word of this marvelous book has faltered.

Do you think perhaps Moses spent years of writing and discarding those writings until he got it correct and unimpeachable? I think not. Let us ever thank the God of Moses and of Abraham for giving us His all powerful word. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away." (Matthew 24:35)

When God finished His work of creating the universe and all the living things, including man, He saw that it was very good. (Genesis 1: 31). Man has challenged that verse almost since it was written and have accused God of either having been mistaken, proving that He was not omniscient, or that the Bible is not an inspired book. Neither of these assumptions are valid. The conclusion here is in reference to how well the entire system is constructed where every facet is in place and will perform as God had intended. And it was. It has no reference to the fact that man would later sin or that he would not. The things that God created have performed through the centuries exactly as God had intended.

Even man has performed as God intended for him to do. Atheists, skeptics and those of false religions immediately take issue with these reasonings with the exclamations that "God was sorely disappointed in man, even to the point that He would have destroyed all had it not been for the righteousness of Noah!!" That is an untruth. Man did precisely as God had intended...he made his own choice. He exercised his free moral agency. Certainly God was disappointed in man but He knew from before the creation that he would fail to obey Him, knew so well that He established a plan whereby He would give man a second opportunity to do His will. So, once again, do you suppose that Moses knew in advance that some future writer would vindicate his declaration of what God saw in verse 31? Following is an excerpt from Don Martin's 'Bible Truths'

God's plan for saving man in Christ is not an after thought, but forethought. Some have the faulty idea of God that he planned matters pertaining to man's salvation as He went along. Not so. God's plan of salvation for man is eternal, if you will, in its inception and conception. Paul wrote to the Ephesians of the "dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you ward" (Eph. 3: 2). The particular grace to which Paul alludes is the matter of the acceptance of the Gentiles (vs. 4, 5). Paul explained, "That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel" (vs. 6). In this vein, Paul is speaking of salvation. All men would be saved in Christ by the gospel (Eph. 3: 1-10). How and when was this plan conceived? Hear the answer: "According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord" (vs. 11). This "eternal purpose" (prothesin ton aionon, purpose of the ages) was in God's man from the beginning. Hence, man's salvation is a plan in every sense of the word. The prophets of old knew of this salvation and that it was associated with Christ of whom they prophesied (I Pet. 1: 10-12). Hence, the matter of salvation in Christ preceded Jesus' actual coming, death, and resurrection.

The fact that God made His plans for the redemption of man even before his creation proves beyond doubt that God knew that he would be disobedient, thus successfully refuting the misunderstanding of Genesis 1: 31. As we said earlier, not one statement in God's inspired word has failed over the past 3500+ years and we can rest assured that it will never do so.