Genesis 1: Creation Part 2
Every day God spoke His word. He said something the first day. And He said something the second day. Every day He spoke. That's what you need to see in the very first chapter of the bible-that our God is a living God who speaks. If you want to be transformed, the most important thing you need is to hear God speaking to you.
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4). that's how God planned for man to live. And so if we don't listen to His voice daily, we will not be transformed.
We have to develop the habit of listening to God.
God speaks every day. But most believers do not listen to Him. Even those who read the Bible everyday do not listen to God. Listening to God is not the same as reading the Bible. You can read the Bible like you read a storybook or study it like a chemistry book- and never hear what God is trying to say to your heart.
The other thing we see here is that the Spirit of God moved over the face of the waters. (1:2). After the Spirit of God moves upon you, you must listen to God speaking to you. Only then can you be transformed. We see the Holy Spirit working along with God's Word right from the beginning. Only the Holy Spirit can change man. It was the combined working of God's Word and of the Holy Spirit that brought change and beauty to that chaotic earth that we explained about last week.
The great need in the Church today is for balance. Many believers emphasis the study of the word of God, but do not emphasize dependence on the Holy Ghost equally. If you study the word of God without the Holy Spirit's enabling, you will be as dry as a bone and just as dead. Others emphasize the ministry of the Holy Spirit and neglect God's Word and thus get sidetracked into emotionalism, which they mistake for the Spirit's workings. Like steam engines (that have gone off the rails of God's Word), they blow there whistles furiously and make a lot of noise, but they are stuck in the mud and make no progress, because they do not allow the word of God to guide them.
So, in the very first paragraph of Genesis chapter 1, we see that we can get correction and instruction in righteousness in order to be perfect.
In Chapter 1:4, we read that “God divided the light from the darkness.” This separation is repeated on the fourth day in chapter 1:18. This is a very important thing, and that is why it is repeated. When God created the light, He didn't want the darkness mixed up with it and that was why He made a separation.
Many people imagine that all division must be from the devil. But here we read that the first person to make a division was God Himself. Life can have no fellowship with darkness. When light comes into our hearts, the very next thing that God wants to do in our lives is to separate us from all that is darkness. In 2 Corinthians 4:6 we have a Divine commentary on the creation of light. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Christ Jesus.” Then two chapters later, in 2 Corinthians 6:14-17, we are told of the necessity of separating ourselves from all darkness, The world is full of darkness and there must be nothing of the world in our hearts. “What fellowship hath light with darkness?” When Christians don't separate from the darkness, confusion is the result.
When God place the sun and the moon in the middle of the skies, again He separated the light from the darkness. “And God made two great lights...to divide the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:16-18). In both occasions we see that God “saw that it was good”. Only when you are separated from all that is of darkness can God say, “it is good.”, not otherwise. Many who have received the light have not separated themselves from the darkness. That is why they have so many problems in their Christian life.
Man was created on the sixth day. The beasts of the field were also created on the same day, just before Adam (verse 24). those beasts were made from the same dust that man was made from. Only one thing distinguished man from those beasts: God “breathed into his nostrils” (Genesis 2:7). It is only the Spirit of God in man that lifts him above the level of animals. From this we learn that if we stop living by the Spirit of God, we will sink to the level of animals very soon!. God mad man from the dust to teach him that he was worth nothing apart from the breath of God.
God kept the seventh day as a day of rest. That was the seventh day for God, but it was the first day for man. Man was created towards the end of the sixth day and so his very first living day was a day of rest. God was trying to teach man thereby that he must fellowship with God first before going out to work for Him. Adam and Eve were to work in the garden of Eden only after they had spent a day in fellowship with their God. That is the Divine order for Man: Fellowship first and then service. In the beginning God himself-then God's work. We forget that order to our peril. This was why God taught Israel to respect the Sabbath so strictly. Today, there remains a Sabbath rest for God's people to live in. “There remaineth therefore a day of rest for the people of God.” (Hebrews 4:9).
In Genesis 1:28, God told Adam and Eve to “Increase, be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.” How did He expect them to do that? Obviously by having sexual relationship. It was God who produced the sexual function in man and told man to use it to produce children. The sexual function in man was also included in what God finally called “very good.” (Genesis 1:31). So we see that sex in marriage is something that God himself has termed “very good”. Sex is very bad outside of marriage, but very good inside it.
When God created man, He blessed him (Genesis 1:28). He told him not only to be fruitful, but also to subdue everything under him and to rule over everything. So we see that God created man to be a ruler, not a slave. God created man to be an overcomer who has everything under his feet. In Genesis we read of God's desire for man to rule. And in Revelation we read of God's desire for man to overcome. (Revelation 21:7). That was God's original will for Man, and he finally finds a few who fulfill His plan and become overcomers. God's purpose for you is to rule over everything. He wants you to rule over sin in your life, over your anger, your lusts, and your passions. He wants you to put them all under your feet. God never created you to be a slave. He created you to be a conqueror and a ruler. And that can come about only when God blesses you (as we read in chapter 1:28). Notice in chapter 1, that God examined each day's work and certified it as good. (God did not say that on the second day, because Satan who had been cast down by God was permitted to dwell in the second heaven). We too should allow God to examine our work each day, to see whether it meets with His approval.
St. Francis of De Sales gives us some great advice concerning an examination of our work each day:
“As to the examination of conscience, which we all should make before going to bed, you know the rules:
Thank God for having preserved you through the day past.
Examine how you have conducted yourself through the day, in order to which recall where and with whom you have been, and what you have done.
If you have done anything good, offer thanks to God; if you have done amiss in thought, word, or deed, ask forgiveness of His Divine Majesty, resolving to confess the fault when opportunity offers, and to be diligent in doing better.
Then commend your body and soul, the Church, your relations and friends, to God. Ask that the Saints and Angels may keep watch over you, and with God's Blessing go to the rest He has appointed for you.
Neither this practice nor that of the morning should ever be omitted; by your morning prayer you open your soul's windows to the sunshine of Righteousness, and by your evening devotions you close them against the shades of hell.”