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January 30, 2019
How Big is Your God?
The central truth of Genesis 1 is that God is the sole Creator of everything. That God and God alone has the power and the wisdom to create. And God and God alone is sovereign over everything that He has made.
There are several things that Moses is not concerned to teach us. He is not concerned to prove to us the existence of God. He is not concerned to teach that God made matter, the basic "stuff" of the universe, although that is probably assumed in the title. "Heavens and earth" are called a ''merism'' where you state opposites to indicate everything.
But those are not the things that are important to Moses. What is important to Moses is in verse 2: he wants to enter into the details of the creation story. Look at the world in verse 2. It is formless, it is void of structure, and God's Spirit is hovering over the earth and He is getting ready to act.
Then we enter into the actual six days of Creation. While there are different specifics in each of these days, there is a theme that runs through the first three days of creation that ties it all together. And there is a slightly different theme running through days four, five and six. These three days of creation show that God was in the process of taking what was uninhabitable and making it inhabitable.
The first three days of creation are all about God moving into chaos and formlessness and void and making it structured, making it ordered, making it a place that can later be inhabited. That is the theme that ties these three together. So, in day 1, Moses starts in verse 3,
"And God said 'Let there be light.' And there was light, and God saw the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness and God called the light 'day' and the darkness He called 'night.' And there was evening, and there was morning, the first day."
In day 1 God creates light and what does light do? It separates, it brings order, it separates the day from the night. That is day 1 of creation.
Notice the ultimate power over the universe and beyond, that God simply speaks and creation happens. He speaks and he brings order out of chaos; when God speaks, he brings things to pass. Think about this. God can simply speak, that God that we are worshipping right now, the God that we were singing about, the God that we serve, the God that we pray to, can simply speak and the universe is created.
How big is your God? That’s the question, isn’t it?
How big is your God? We worship him, we serve him, he calls us to pursue him, he calls us to love Him. How big is that God? Well, I’ll tell you how big that God is. That God is so big that He creates light without the sun. Did you notice that? The sun and moon and stars aren't created until day four. But God doesn’t need the sun to create light. He doesn’t need stars to create light.
I wish we had the time for me to read to you some of the pagan creation myths. They are amazing. One of the most famous is the “Enuma Elish.” It’s the Babylonian story and it’s typical of this kind of literature in which you have confusion and chaos and gods and stars and sea dragons and monsters, all warring with each other, cutting off heads, disemboweling each other. Tiamat's eyes are stabbed, and out of her eyes flow the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
That’s the kind of world Genesis 1 was written into. A world in which the stars are power, the stars are authorities that control human lives and human destinies. But Moses writes, “Let there be light. I don’t even need the stars to create My light.” Day 1.
Day 2 picks up at verse 6.
“And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse 'heaven,' (or in the ESV footnote “sky”), and there was evening and there was morning, the second day.”
In the second day of creation, God creates the sky to separate the waters above -- clouds and other things -- from the waters below. He’s bringing structure to chaos, orderliness. He’s making the world inhabitable.
On Day 3 God said,
“Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place and let the dry land appear, and it was so.” See, when God speaks, it is so. And God saw that it was good.”
So the question is, "How big is your God?" Do you really understand that the God you worship and follow can merely speak all reality into existence? That's the God of the Bible, a God who walks with us, protects us, and saves us.