Genesis 1:14-19

10 Nov

‘And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.”  And it was so.  God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.  He also made the stars.  God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness.  And God saw that it was good.  And there was evening, and there was morning–the fourth day.’

God has set up a primitive calendar system for us, or at least that is how the Israelite people used the stars.  I find it fascinating that the first use mentioned was not to mark days, but sacred times.  The moon and stars were meant to demarcate the times that festivals and worship times were to happen, oh, and days too.  You can almost see this being told around a fire in the desert, with the whole open sky above the little camp with billions upon billions of blazing stars shining down on you.  I think this is just

amazing.  This whole story of the creation of the world is just a brilliant poem that is used to instill in everyone that God is in control and that He did made the world which we live in.

Now, I think we need to understand something here:  this is to be taken literally (like the rest of the Bible), but at the same time, I think we need to recognize that the creation story, above all else, was the answer to the question: “how did we get here?”  It is the answer to the question about our origin, it is the explanation of a people group about the origin of the universe, and this origin shows God’s sovereignty, but at the same time, I really think that if pressed, the Old Testament Jews would really not be able to tell you if that is how God created the world.  How could they?  They were not there, and neither were we.

But should that matter?  Does that shake our faith?  No,  I don’t think it should.  When science comes along and says “this is blah blah blah!” and it seems to contradict the creation story we find here, does that make us scared? No, it shouldn’t.  A scientist coming forward to say that the world was created this way or that should only take us back to the fact that:  God did it, that’s all that matters.

So, what do we do with it then?  What do we do when we are trying to teach others about creation or evolution or whatever it may be?  I think we need to recognize that as long as the person/student grasps that God’s sovereignty should be gleaned from whatever lesson, then that is the point.  Evolution is not mentioned in the Bible, so we are not really able to tell if it is contradictory or not, and furthermore, they are different fields of study, so, once again, it should not matter much.

Anyway, that is my study/rant for today…enjoy.

And any comments will be appreciated.