THE STORY OF CREATION AND CONTROL
By WHOM were the heavens and the earth created?
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1.
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How did God bring the heavens and earth into existence?
"By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth. . . . For He spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast." Psalms 33:6-9.
Through whom did God create all things?
"For by Him [the Son] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him." Colossians 1:16. "All things were made by Him ["through Him," R.V., margin]; and without Him was not any thing made that was made." John 1:3. (See also Hebrews 1:1, 2.)
What was God's object in making the earth?
"For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God Himself that formed the earth and made it; He hath established it, He cre- ated it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited." Isaiah 45:18.
How did God provide inhabitants for the world He had created?
"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." "And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man." Genesis 2:7, 21, 22. In whose image was man created? 45
"So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created He him; male and female created He them." Genesis 1:27.
To what glorious position did God assign man?
"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." Verse 26. "What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou inadest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; and Thou hast put all things under his feet." Psalms 8:4-6.
What home did God make for man in the beginning?
"And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed." "And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Genesis 2:8, 15.
How did God provide for the perpetuation of life?
"And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; and the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." Genesis 2:9.
What simple plan did God devise to test man's loyalty and obedience?
"And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." Verses 16, 17.
By what power are all things upheld?
"Upholding all things by the word of His power." Hebrews 1:3.
THE SPEECH OE NATURE
What do the heavens declare?
"The heavens declare the glory of God. ... Day unto day utter- eth speech." Psalms 19:1, 2.
What may be perceived through the things that are made?
"For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even
His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." Romans 1:20.
THE NEW CREATION
Whose workmanship is the Christian?
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2:10. In view of the curse upon this earthly creation, what has God promised? "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the for- mer shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." Isaiah 65:17. (See Revelation 21:1.)
THE INSTINCT OF WORSHIP AND BROTHERHOOD
What contrast is drawn in the Scriptures between the Creator and false gods?
"Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens." "The portion of Jacob is not like them: for He is the former of all things; and Israel is the rod of His in- heritance: for the Lord of hosts is His name." Jeremiah 10:11, 16.
To whom is our worship justly due?
"0 come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker." Psalms 95:6.
What is the true basis of the brotherhood of man?
"Have we not all one Father? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profan- ing the covenant of our fathers?" Malachi 2:10.
THE ASTRONOMER SPEAKS
One great man said, "The undevout astronomer is mad." He who looks into the star-decked sky and sees not God, is blind in his soul and abnormal in his mind. General Mitchell, the astronomer, said, "If there is anything which can lead the mind upward to the omnipotent Ruler of the Universe, and give to it approximate knowledge of His incomprehensible attributes it is to be found in the grandeur and beauty of His works."
Theodore Roosevelt used to say, after a long search of the night sky, "Now I think we are small enough! Let's go to bed."
Humility and trust tend to join hands under the spell of God's creation, and say, "He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength." Isaiah 40:29. And when called to trial and sorrow one hears a voice say, "Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing unto a faithful Creator." 1 Peter 4:19, R.V .
THE spacious firmament on high, With all the blue, ethereal sky, And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. The unwearied sun from day to day Does his Creator's power display, And publishes to every land The work of an almighty hand.
Soon as the evening shades prevail, The moon takes up the wondrous tale; And nightly to the listening earth Repeats the story of her birth; While all the stars that round her burn, And all the planets in their turn, Confirm the tidings as they roll, And spread the truth from pole to pole.
What though in solemn silence all Move round the dark terrestrial ball? What though no real voice nor sound Amid their radiant orbs be found? In reason's ear they all rejoice And utter forth a glorious voice, Forever singing as they shine, "The hand that made us is divine." -JOSEPH ADDISON.
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