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God In Creation

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Introduction

Greetings...
Today is a day that many will get out of bed and attend services for the first time this year.
Today is a day that many will dress very nice, for the first time this year, to worship their God.
Today is a day, unfortunately, that many will walk out the doors of the building not knowing God any better than they did before they came.
The number of people each year that make the year or bi-yearly treat to services is growing, but why?
Why are more and more people not worshiping God more than just a handful of times each year?
Why are so many of our brethren and young people becoming like this?
The answer is simple, they don’t know God.
God has said throughout the Bible that the path to consistent faithfulness is based on an understanding of God and His desired relationship with each of us (; ).
Jeremiah 9:23–24 ESV
23 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”
Psalm 78:2–4 ESV
2 I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings from of old, 3 things that we have heard and known, that our fathers have told us. 4 We will not hide them from their children, but tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders that he has done.
2 Peter 3:18 ESV
18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
Ps 78:
Today we are beginning a series of lessons entitled “Open Eyes.”
Today we are going to begin a series of lessons entitled “Learning About God.”
Psalm 119:18 ESV
18 Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.
Today we are going to begin a series of lessons entitled “Learning About God.”
In the NKJV and ASV the word wondrous is capitalized indicating
Now, if teaches us anything its that
The hope of this series is that our “eyes are open” to the “wondrous things of our God through His Word.”

The Created Universe

Look at the knowledge and power of our God in creation.

There are so many things that have no explanation without a God who created them.
God created the entire universe in six days.
Genesis 1:1 ESV
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Exodus 16:11 ESV
And the Lord said to Moses,
Exodus 20:11 ESV
11 For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
That means “our God” created at least 100 billion trillion stars in the universe and cared enough to name them all.
Psalm 147:4 ESV
4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
That means “our God” created all the animals that astound us.
Cheetahs that can run upwards of 70 mph.
Blue whales that can be heard over 500 miles away.
Falcons that dive toward their food at 200 mph.
That means “our God” created mankind.
Look no further than the “brain” of mankind to see this amazing creation.
We are different than the stars, the moon, the earth, the animals, and everything else.
In 2013 scientist were able to simulate a single second of human brain activity though computer power.
They “succeeded in creating an artificial neural network of 1.73 billion nerve cells connected by 10.4 trillion synapses.”
Man is different because God creates each of us in “His image.”
Sound impressive until you realize that scientist believe the human brain actually has 80 to 100 billion nerve cells.
Genesis 1:27 ESV
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Here is the kicker, it took 40 seconds to create a single second of human brain activity.
Nothing else in the universe has this.

Summery

1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV
23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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There is not one person that God does not personally create in His image.
What does all this mean?
Psalm 139:13 ESV
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
It means our God knows the universe and thus “us” better than any one or anything.

The Purpose Of The Universe

The purpose of the universe is “us.”

God didn’t just go about creating things “just because,” no He created the universe, for us the pinnacle of His creation.
We are the only thing created with body, spirit, and soul.
1 Thessalonians 5:23 ESV
23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Thess 5:
We are the only thing created in the “image of God.”
Genesis 1:27 ESV
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Psalm 139:13 ESV
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
There is not one person God isn’t personally involved in creating.
Psalm 139:13 ESV
13 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
God did all this for us because He loves us.
John 3:16 NKJV
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Summery

God didn’t have to create the universe or create us but He did because He loves us.
God wanted a relationship with you Sadie, Levi, Sophia.
God wanted a relationship with you Ashlyn, Brayden.
God wants us to have a better relationship with Him than anyone else and He has done everything He can to have that type of relationship with us.

Conclusion

Invitation
Isaiah 59:1–2 ESV
1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear; 2 but your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.
Philippians 2:6–7 ESV
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
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