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Christmas 2008 #3 – Beginning At The Beginning

November 26, 2008

Ok, bear with me, this is a pretty lengthy chunk of Scripture. If you have trouble reading the old style language of the King James Version (used because it is Public Domain), you may want to try a simpler version. Some that I like to use include the New International Version, Today’s New International Version, New International Reader’s Version, New King James Version, The Message (yes, I know it’s controversial!), The Good News Translation (TEV), and, well, most of them are decent. The Latin Vulgate is good if you want to become very frustrated… before you remember you could never understand Ancient Latin in the first place.

Anyway, here goes:

Genesis, Chapter 1 and Genesis, Chapter 2, verses 1-3 (KJV)

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 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. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

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. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

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: and God saw that it was good. 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: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 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. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

Whenever studying any topic in the Bible, I usually begin at the beginning. Genesis – the Creation of the World, as observed and described by the Lord God, and recorded by His servant Moses.

So, what has Creation got to do with Christmas? Well, it might not be immediately obvious but I hope that as this series progresses, we will be able to peel back a layer or two surrounding it.

Creation is where God forms and fills the Earth. His Word clearly defines six days in which Creation is made, and the Seventh day is a day for rest, reflection and celebration of God’s good work.

And it is good. He repeatedly says it is good. At day 6 it becomes very good.

What we are talking about is a perfect Paradise, a spectacular world where every human need is fulfilled. Animals live peacefully. God is good and has made a good world with the very power of His Word.

Now look around. The world around us doesn’t look so good anymore, does it? So, either God didn’t make sucha good world after all, or something has gone terribly wrong. There is bad news in all this. The Good News of Jesus Christ begins in a perfect world, but that world becomes corrupted – so that even the best things are mingled with sorrow and pain, but there is an answer.

For now, it is enough to meditate on the goodness and beauty and wonder of Creation. The creativity and endless love of God, whose Word is powerful beyond our imaginations.

The next post in this series on Christmas 2008 will have a look at more of Creation, followed by a post that looks at the bad news – what was it that happened to corrupt the Earth?

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Further Information:

– Moses writing the first five books in the Bible

http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/pentateuch.html

– Different Christian approaches to interpreting Genesis (literal Creation, progressive, and theistic evolution)

http://www.probe.org/site/c.fdKEIMNsEoG/b.4218297/k.1E71/Christian_Views_of_Science_and_Earth_History.htm

“Christian Views of Science and Earth History,” by Dr Ray Bohlin and Richard Milne, Probe Ministries.

[Links accessed 25 September 2008.]

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