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God of the Bible

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I. The Bible is about God (1:1a)

Genesis 1:1 KJV 1900
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The Bible is a book about God - It both begins and ends with God
is one of the most God-centered chapters in the Bible (32 times in 31 verses)
is the foundation for the entire Bible - if you can believe this verse, you can believe the entire Bible
Atheism says there is no god, many religions say there are many gods, pantheism says everything is god
In the beginning, God - God exists: No atheism
In the beginning God - One, not many: no polytheism
In the beginning God created - A part from creation, not a part of creation: No pantheism
If you can discredit , you can discredit the entire Bible
The Bible is not a disjointed set of stories and rules; it is one story - all about Jesus

II. The Bible tells us God created everything (1:1)

Genesis 1:1 KJV 1900
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
This is not a question of whether or not it is true, the Bible gives no defense or evidence, God simply says: “This is how it happened”
In the beginning, God - God exists: No atheism
In the beginning God - One, not many: no polytheism
In the beginning God created - A part from creation, not a part of creation: No pantheism
Only a belief in God can make sense of this world
Where did you come from? Your parents… their parents, etc
Must have something eternal
Our universe is composed of three things: Time, Space and Matter
In the beginning (Time), God created the heaven (space) and the earth (matter)
The theory of evolution is just that - a theory!
So how did God create our world?
Genesis 1:2 KJV 1900
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.
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The earth had no form and was void
Then God speaks...
Genesis 1:3–5 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:3
The second day God covers the earth in water
Genesis 1:6–8 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:
The third day God makes land and plants
Genesis 1:9–13 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:
The fourth day God makes the sun, moon and stars
Genesis 1:14–19 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:14-19
The fifth day, God makes Birds and Fish
Genesis 1:20–23 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:
Genesis 1:20–22 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:20-
And God made land animals and man on the sixth day
Genesis 1:24–25 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:24
God speaks all these animals into existence but God does something different with man
Genesis 1:26–28 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:26-
Mankind was not created in the likeness of animals but in the likeness of God
Genesis 2:7 KJV 1900
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
It is in man’s nature, personality, moral and spiritual capacities, in emotions, intellect conscience and will - all of these separate man from animals
If we were animals...
No need for morality - we are just animals
No need for sympathy
If we are just evolved animals spinning on a rock in the middle of space, we are truly insignificant nothings - and whether or not someone kills millions of people is of no consequence

III. God created man in a special place for a special role

Genesis 1:29–31 KJV 1900
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.
Genesis 1:29–31 KJV 1900
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.
God gave creation to man (vs. 28-30)
Genesis 1:28–30 KJV 1900
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.
He tells man that man has dominion over the earth
We all want paradise and God gave it to him
There was no death or killing at this time (29-30)
Genesis 1:29–30 KJV 1900
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.
Sin had not entered the world and broken it
Death is a result of sin
God then declares it all good
God was done
Genesis 2:1–3 KJV 1900
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.
Did God need to rest? Why did He rest? - it was a pattern
Exodus 20:10 KJV 1900
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
His work was done
God was content - but this is the last “rest” He had - He now waits to finish His work
But even in Christ’s finished work, He still is not done
But now we can rest, not because of a day, but because of a Person
Conclusion
Our God is an active God
He was active in creation, not passive in just letting it happen
His only rest we see in the Bible is taken here
But since then He has been active, actively working out His plan of salvation and redemption
Actively working in our lives
Do you trust in His work? That He made it all, but that He is at work in your life as well
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