Creation - Day 1

The Creation of the Universe

A. The Hebrew verb “BARA” is unique.

1. Used 45 times in the Old Testament

2. God is always the Subject of the Verb

3. Man cannot “create”

B. The verbs “ASAH” and “YATSAR” are also used.

1. ASAH is the common work for “make.”

2. YATSAR is better translated “sculpt” or “shape.”

3. Both God and Man can “make” and “shape.”

C. “In the beginning . . . (TIME)

D. “God created the heavens . . . (SPACE)

1. Hebrew – “stretched out-ness”

2. Isaiah 45:12

E. “and the Earth . . . (MATTER)

1. Hebrew – “to be firm”

2. Genesis 1:2 is said to be improperly translated....that "was" should be rendered "became."

3. HAYAH (normal verb for "state of being") is translated "became" sometimes, but always the context demands a "come to pass" idea.

4. Genesis 2:7, 10; 19:26; 20:12; 24:67

5. HAPHAK is the normal word for a change of state.

6. Job 30:21; Leviticus 13:16, 55

III. The FIRST Day – The SHAPING of the Universe

A. “Earth” (firm stuff – matter) was . . .

1. Without form – Hebrew: TOHU

a. no shape; no organization

2. Void – Hebrew: BOHU

a. empty; nothing in or on it

B. “Darkness on the face of the deep”

1. Isaiah 45:7 – “I create darkness…”

2. “Face” = “presence” – not surface

3. “Deep” = (oceans; abyss; vast waters)

C. “The Spirit of God moved upon…”

1. Genesis 1:2 – Hebrew “RACHAPH” (flutter) – perhaps = “vibrate”

2. Deuteronomy 32:11 – eagle flutters over nest

D. “the face of the waters.”

1. Synonymous with “face of the deep”

2. Although “created” this watery matrix must “energized” and “activated”

E. LIGHT becomes visible – The WORD

1. “Let there be…” 1st recorded command

2. John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:16-17

3. Hebrews 1:2 – Jesus is the Creator!

F. Division of “Day” and “Night”

1. Psalm 89:12 (magnetic field)

2. Psalm 104:2-5 (shape; function)

G. Defining of “Day” and “Night”

1. “Light” = “Day: – “Darkness” = “Night”

2. “evening and morning” = Day One.

IV. The FIRST Day – The Purpose of the Universe

A. Revelation 4:1 – Thou are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created

B. Romans 11:36 – For of Him and through Him and to him are all things

C. Psalm 19:1-4 – The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world.

D. Romans 1:18-20 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them.  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

E. God’s Showcase – Clearly Seen Invisible Things

1. Eternal Power

a. Infinite energy – Omnipotence
b. Infinite complexity – Omniscience

2. Godhead

a. THEOS – Main word for “God” (used 1172 times)
b. THEIOTES – “Godhead” – Romans 1:20
c. THEOTES – “Godhead” – Colossians 2:9
d. THEIOS – “divine power” – 2 Peter 1:3
f. THEIOS – “divine nature” 2 Peter 1:4

V. The Tri–Une God

A. The “Trinity” of God is unique.

1. God the Father

2. God the Son

3. God the Holy Spirit

B. Many symbols attempt to describe It.

1. The Triangle ▲

2. The Egg

3. Three states of matter

4. They all fall short.

C. The “Trinity” of God is unique.

1. Nothing is Like God (Exodus 20:4-6)

2. God does not change (Malachi 3:6)

3. God is ONE (Deuteronomy 6:4)

D. The Trinity must be . . .

1. Co-equal – each as great

2. Co-terminus – inseparable

3. Co-extensive – everywhere accessible

E. Martin Luther

1. “He who would deny the Trinity would lose his soul; he who would understand the Trinity would lose his mind”

VI. The Tri-Universe

A. Space is a tri-une phenomena

1. First Dimension

a. Space Identified

2. Second Dimension

a. Space Manifested

3. Third Dimension

a. Space Experienced

B. Matter (mass-energy) is a tri-une phenomena

1. Energy

a. Matter Generated

2. Motion

a. Matter Manifested

3. Phenomena

a. Matter Experienced

C. Time is a tri-une phenomena

1. Future

a. Time Originated

2. Present

a. Time Manifested

3. Past

a. Time Experienced
Series: 
In the Beginning
Lesson: 
#3
Book: 
Genesis
Verses: 
1:1-5

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