Story of Creation

The story of creation is still one of the most mysterious things that has ever happened. The scripture only painted to us a fraction of the whole creation process. Humanity then sought to know how and what the components, constituents, and functionality of some of the earth’s possessions were. Even with the advent of sophisticated technology in carrying out this research, the knowledge of creation is yet to be fully understood and unfolded. Let’s see a few scriptures in this regard.

In Genesis 1:1, the scripture says, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." What does this scripture imply? Even before we begin to explore its meaning, I personally believe that the scripture was written as it truly is. Alright, let’s go back to our scriptural reference. This scripture meant that the creation of the heavens preceded the creation of the earth. I will explain how the Holy Spirit gives utterance. Let’s also check Genesis 2:1. It says, "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." This second scripture bears witness to the first scripture earlier stated. The second scripture never said, "Thus the earth and the heavens were finished, and all the host of them."

Let us also consider a biblical reference in the New Testament to confirm the two scriptural verses that were stated above. The scriptural text is Romans 1:20 (New International Version, NIV): "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." or (KJV) "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..." The above scripture carefully tells us that the invisible realm is understood by the visible things. Consequently, the visible is the shadow of the invisible.

Most of us know that the creation days lasted for six days, and the Creator rested on the seventh day. The first two chapters of the first book of the Bible were all that were dedicated to telling the creation story. Even before we probe into the little account about creation, how was man able to tell a fraction of the whole creation story? We discovered that man was created on the sixth day; how then was man able to tell the creation story? By the mercies of God, it was told by Moses, who was a friend of God, and he wrote the first five books of the Bible. Moses walked so closely with God that he knew so many things about God—His nature, His abilities, His names, His ways, His magnitude, and so on.

One of the many things Moses was privileged to know was how God, in His wisdom, will, and purpose, created the heavens and the earth. The Bible reveals in Exodus 33:18-23 that "and he said, I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will shew mercy. And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. And the LORD said, Behold, there is a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand while I pass by: And I will take away mine hand, and thou shalt see my back parts: but my face shall not be seen."

By God’s mercies, Moses was able to see the back part of God. Someone over there might be asking, "How then did Moses receive wisdom from the creation story and beyond?" The truth is that whoever works with God in singleness of heart, sincerity, and holiness will continually be exposed to God’s glory, wisdom, power, nature, understanding, knowledge, and lots more. One of many things Moses collided with in his walk with God was his wisdom and knowledge. And a fraction of the knowledge Moses received was about the creation process.

Alright, let’s drive into the creation process proper. Genesis 1 and 2 is the major creation story per say. However, it is also worthy of note that the scriptures is written in such a way that “there a little, here a little” as revealed in Isaiah 28:10 that “For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.” Why I quoted this scripture is that the Holy Spirit might be pointing to any other necessary scripture in the explanation of the topic of concern. Genesis 1:1 lunches the creation story with the summary of all that happened at creation. Likewise, Genesis 2:1 did the same. 

Genesis 1:1 says that “in the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 2:1 says that “thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.” Others verses in Genesis chapter 1 other than verse 1 explained briefly the creative adventure of God. The other verses explain the earth formative processes. The true creation process was executed at the proclamation of the Lord. God spoke things into existence by His word. The speakings of God is not necessarily to display His power and potential but He speaks things because there is need for it. How I wish we could almost literally go through every verse of those chapters. 

The creation of a thing is either a complement to and/or for the consumption of another. Each and every one of the earth’s constituents, whether in existence or out of existence, has its own appropriate allocation and purpose. The processes of creation are:

The calling forth

Proper placement

Divine jurisdiction

Responsibilities or duties

Let us take some time to see these creation processes. The first thing is necessarily the calling forth of things. You will notice I said things, not all things. Because man wasn’t called forth like most other earthly things. The calling forth of all these earthly things seems simple, as though anyone and everyone can do the same thing God did and have the same result. But the simplicity of creation is solely dependent on life. One scriptural reference in the new testament bears witness with this last statement, it is Romans 4:17 (NIV) which says "as it is written: "I have made you a father of many nations." He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed —the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not."

There are a number of points that could be made from this verse and we will be considering them. These points are:

1.      God gives life to anything lifeless

2.      Life proceeds from Him

3.   He calls into existence things that were not as though we were. The calling forth is far more than just saying so-so-so and so come forth. The execution of such an enterprise is determined by life and power. It is life that backs up the calling forth of a thing to make it come into existence. Life in this sense is more than the soul life in animals or the life in plants; it also focuses on creativity. Let us take Genesis 1:3 &4 for example, it says "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." The existence of light does not necessarily need life per say but needed more of creativity. However, both plants and animals need creativity and life for them to come into existence.

The next creation process is proper placement. This creation process decides the position of a creature. I mean to say that, God dictates where a creature stays. Let’s consider the galaxy for example, their position is behind the firmament. Genesis 1:14-16 gives us the picture which says “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.

The dividing of the firmament talks about it’s placement. A portion is to be above and the other of the firmament is to be beneath. Not just the firmament alone has its own placement, many other creature has their respective placements. Let’s see Genesis 1:9-10 too which says "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."

Now to the third creation process which is divine jurisdiction. Divine jurisdiction in context means the extent or the limit in power and influence. One of the things I said earlier is purpose. That is to say that each creature has its specified limit in power and influence. Let’s see a few scriptures. 

Genesis 1:14-18 says "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 lastly, the creation process of assigning responsibilities. This has to do with purpose. This creation processes seems interwoven but I will say that they are a bit distinct from one another in a little way. Let's check the scriptures to see this last creation process are:

Genesis 1:21-22 and 24
21. "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.
22. And God blessed them, saying, be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
24. 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 that will be all for now. Thanks for reading.

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