IN THE BEGINNING GOD / THE DOCTRINE OF CREATION (4)/ ADAM AND EVE (Genesis 2)
During the Sunday service, Pastor (Mrs) Silvia Lia Leigh preached from the Book of Genesis chapter two She said that we shall go and revisit the beginning of creation. The way Isaac dug Abraham’s well (Genesis 26), we want to dig our Heavenly Father’s well of eternal life! The Bible starts with four simple words: “In the beginning God…”. The Bible takes it for granted that God exists and God is the creator of everything that is created. You cannot read the Bible without faith. You must believe these words. If not, to you, the Bible looks like a foolish book.
The doctrine of creation states that creation is a miracle. God, who alone is uncreated and eternal, formed and brought into existence everything outside of Himself. He did this out of nothing, just by the Word of His power. Everything God created was very good.
Just the way Isaac went to re-dig his father’s wells, covered by the dirt of the Philistines, so we shall search for the deeper revelation found in the story of Creation. The Word of God is simple. That is why even the children understand it. But the evil spirits of religion have confused and complicated many people. This complication is a religious seduction. The intent of the devil is for us to forget the simplicity of Christ! We need to reject these demons of religion, to dig deeper and find the Water of Life, bellow, which in fact, is our Lord Jesus Christ! This process is part of the preparation for revival. As you read the story of Creation, you should have a feeling that you have heard these things in the past. But the anxiety of life, the cares of the world, the pollution of empty religion have covered the revelation. We should dig to find the water of life again! Spiritual warfare should not be strange to a believer! Jesus is Lord!
1-God has created all things in six days and rested on the seventh day! God does all things for His pleasure and to manifest His glory! “All things were created through Him (Christ) and for Him (Christ)” (Col 1:16). Creation is God’s work. It is separated from Him. God is not equal with His creation. God is greater than it! As the Potter is greater than the vessel of clay so God is concerning His creation. God created both the visible and the invisible realm (the angels). Creation manifests His power and glory! It does not manifest His Goodness and Grace! That revelation came only thru the Lord Jesus Christ!
2-God does not need the creation to live! God is independent of His creation. He is self-existent and self-sustaining! God’s name Jehovah means “I AM”. He introduced Himself to Moses as I AM. “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” (Ex 3:14). The name I AM is a verb. It means To BE. It means action, activity and life! The burning bush is a sign that God does not depend on His creation to exist. God was like the fire in the bush. It was burning by Himself! It was not the bush that was the fuel for the fire. That is why it was not consumed. The fire in the bush was not in any way dependent upon the bush for its energy to burn. What is the Lesson? God is not dependent on His creation. God is All by Himself! But creation is dependent on God. Creation cannot control God. It is God who controls and sustains creation.
(Pantheism is a religion/ philosophy that equates the creation with God. They say there is no personal God; that everything is God. One of the best known ‘disciples’ of pantheism is A. Einstein. He was a Jew, born in Germany. He later became a US citizen. He is considered to be the greatest physicist of all times. In 1921 he won the Nobel Prize for physics. He said: “The word God is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weaknesses, the Bible a collection of honorable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish. I do not believe in an afterlife. One life is enough for me”. When he died, the doctor removed his brain for research, what made him so intelligent).
3- God made man in His image and gave him dominion (authority) over everything. God commanded Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply! There was no bareness in God’s creation! God made man from the ground and breath His breath in him. This is how Man became a living being. God commanded man to take care of the garden. God did not make Adam to be idle in the Garden. God gave man work to do. All Adam’s work was easy and profitable. Can you imagine a work, a business, where there is no loss and no cheating? This is how Adam’s work was to be. He freely gave him all fruits to eat except the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. God made Adam and Eve to be the crown of His creation! It is His last work before He rested! All creation was for Adam (who is a symbol of Christ). God created man with a body and a soul God said that it is very good! Animals do not have souls. God gives spiritual understanding to man. He knew God and understood God. God gave man a conscience that will tell him what is good and bad. Man was animated by the life of God! God prepared the garden and put man in it. This was the best place of creation. Man is like God and represents God. Man is unique and special in God’s creation. Man is God’s messenger and ambassador. Adam was created intelligent. He named all animals. Adam was creative. Adam understood the world in which he was placed. He knew God’s will. The law of God is written in the heart of every man (Rom 2:12=16). God invented marriage. God made a helpmeet for him. Can you imagine a marriage where both husband and wife are without sin? This is how Adam and Eve enjoyed marriage. God is a Trinity. Man is created for love and fellowship. That is why it was not good for man to be alone! Lesson? God made man to work, to rest, to worship God and to love one another. God gave Adam ‘dominion’ over the rest work of His hands. The word ‘dominion’ means to have sovereign power and supreme authority. Adam was given dominion over all the animals, insects and things that crawl on the ground. That includes the microbes, viruses and parasites. No virus had the power to enter Adam’s body to make him sick. After the fall, Adam lost this dominion because the devil took it from him.
In Christ, we are to be like Adam, and even more than Adam. In Christ, we regain the dominion lost. Sickness, poverty mentality and addiction to failure should not have dominion over us. Sin should have no dominion over us! As believers, King Grace now reigns in our lives! We must rule over our circumstances in the powerful name of Jesus! The evil spirits of the Philistines have tried to hide the gains we have in Christ. We must dig thru this ‘dirt’ and find the water of life and hope beneath the rubble. God help us! Worship the Lord!