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September 6, 2017 / Pastor George Fike

Bara


Fourth in the series  From Adam to Abraham

Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God CREATED the heavens and the earth.

Hebrews 11:3 – “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.”

The Hebrew word, BARA, expresses that God Who is transcendent, created everything we observe and experience sensorially. Hugh Ross, astrophysicist and founder of Reasons to Believe, explains it thus:

It is important to underscore that when God created the universe He made no use of preexisting materials, nor did He make the world out of His own being. Christian theism rejects the view that identifies the world with God’s being or essence (either pantheism or panentheism). God alone is infinite, eternal, and independent, while the physical universe, the creation, is finite, temporal, and contingent (matter is not eternal but results from the power of God’s Word). Creation Ex Nihilo teaches not only that the universe had a singular beginning but also that the created order is continually dependent upon God’s sustaining power. Since creating the world, the sovereign God continues to uphold, preserve, and direct His creation (Acts 4:27-28; Col. 1:17). The God of the Bible is therefore revealed as the transcendent Creator and immanent Sustainer of all things. God’s wondrous intervention in His creation through the doctrine of divine providence overturns the deistic view of God. Deism sees the divine as wholly transcendent, a being who creates but does not intervene in the universe.

The implication of God’s creative event is PURPOSE.  There is a reason for all of it.  There is a reason that we have the unique moon that we do. There is a reason that stars far beyond our reach explode, scattering their heavy, life-essential elements toward us. There’s a reason the giant gas planets and asteroid belt stand as sentries to our special orbit inside our solar system. There’s a reason our sun has a window of time to provide stable energy. Even our place in the galaxy provides a safe haven with the best view possible of our universe.

HE MADE US TO KNOW US.

Everything we observe tells us this time is precious.

There is enough time to find Him.

Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Romans 1:20 – For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

Psalm 8:3-4 – When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

Romans 8:19-21 – For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

The clock is ticking down. It could be in a thousand years, a century, a decade, a year, a month, a week, a day, an hour,… or the second you finish this sentence. God will sound the trumpet and say, “Time’s up. Put your pencils down.” The tests will be graded. How did you answer?

Q: What is the purpose of your life?

A: ___________________________________________________________________________

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