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Genesis 1:6-8

6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Firmament dividing waters from waters

On the second day, God separated the waters upon the earth and created the atmosphere and the ozone. There is still no land, so it’s just one big ocean covering the entire globe. It’s interesting to note that there is enough water, even after separating some into the atmosphere, to cover the whole earth. This means that the flood in Noah’s time can and did cover all the land.

But why does it have to be on another day that God does this one thing. Does it take Him a whole day just to do separate some water? Of course not, we are told that He said and it was so. He is an infinite God, with infinite power, He doesn’t even need to say it really, just think it and it’s done.

So, then why did He choose to create everything in six days? We find the answer in Exodus when God spoke the Ten Commandments to the people of Israel, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:11. God set a pattern for us to follow during the creation week. He did work on the first six days and rested on the seventh day, this seven day pattern is still in existence today, actually, most of us only work five days and rest for 2 days, but it is still the same seven day week.

It is also interesting that He didn’t work the whole 24 hours, He didn’t even work during the whole daylight time, He only spoke and the atmosphere is created, that probably took like 10 seconds at most. Again, this is just the pattern, it doesn’t mean we can just speak and have things done or only work 10 seconds a day, but I do think that we are not suppose to work all day every day, we need to take time to rest even on the work days. And definitely rest on one of the days of the week.

Read more on the creation days and why God took six days to create everything here.

Jesus is the Creator

Genesis 1:2-5

Jesus Powered - Light over waters

2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

It is interesting to note that the first thing God created right after creating time, space, and the earth was something to keep track of what day it was. He could have created everything in the same instant, but He chose to do it in seven days and to help us keep track of the time He just created, He create light so that there will be light and darkness or day and night. “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” Right away, this light and darkness was used to denote one literal, 24 hour day.

Day and night was created to help us keep track of time and to know the days and the seasons. Every person knows what a day means, they live it every day of their lives, so “the evening and the morning” image be used as a reference when we are reading Genesis 1 to know that it means a literal day. All the references to night and day passing shows us that “the first day,” “the second day,” and so on really is just that, one day. There should be no reason why we would interpret these days to be day ages or eras except to incorporate humanistic and evolutionary ideas into the Creation.

If you believe the inerrancy of the Word, why would you try to change the meaning of the words in it to fit your world view?

Further reading for literal 24-hour days:
Six Literal Days
24 Hours – Plain as Day


Jesus is Light

Genesis 1:1

Jesus Powered - Time and SpaceThe first book in the Bible; the word genesis means beginning, and the book of Genesis is in the beginning of the Bible and talks about our beginning. It is not just the beginning of Jewish people and the genealogy of Jesus, and it is not even just about the beginning of human history, but it tells us about the beginning of time itself.

“…the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity…” — Isaiah 57:15

God lives outside of time, in eternity, nobody created God, He has always been and will always be, He just is. From eternity, He create time and space, He created the beginning. He created time for us to perceive the progression of events that led from the fall of Adam to the death of Jesus and our way to salvation. With this perception, we can see the cause and effect of our sins and the way to redemption.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In the beginning of what, in the beginning of time and space. But if God was in that time and space, how can He create the heavens and the earth? It must be that He is outside of time and space to be able to create it. This is what eternity must be, that it is not just an infinitely long time, but that there is no time at all. There is no end because there was no beginning, eternity, just is. Eternal life with Jesus is just that, we will be with Him forever and ever, but without time, we will just be with Him.

This article, The Most Important Verse in the Bible?, by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. explains this verse much better than I could.

Jesus is Eternal

Genesis

The first page of Genesis

This is the most important book in the Bible, it tells us where we came from, who we are, where we are going, why we need a Savior and who is going to save us. It is the foundation to all the other books of the Bible and the foundation to our faith in Jesus.

This first book of the Bible tells us that we were created in the image of God, we were created and gifted with the ability to choose. We can choose to listen to and follow Him or we can choose to follow our own desires. Adam, the first man, chose to follow his desires and we also continually choose to follow our own desires. We choose things that make us happy and stray from what our Father, our Creator, has for us. Our sin is disobeying Him, the One who gave us life and to be brought back into His family, to be on speaking terms with our Father, we have to repay our debt, the grief and sadness that we have given Him. But that debt, that punishment, is so huge that we would never be able to repay it. God in all His grace and mercy and love, has given us a way to repay it, He has sent His Son to die for us, to wipe clean all of our transgressions. All we have to do is accept this gift, to accept Jesus as our Savior.

Genesis is traditionally thought to be written by Moses during the 40 days he was on Mount Sinai, that God spoke to him and told him the accounts as he wrote. I believe that Moses actually had these accounts already in writing, passed down through the generations and he compiled them into one book. There are nine separators of records found in Genesis and Exodus 1:1, these are marked with the words, “the generations of…” If these are subscripts or signatures of the accounts before it, written by the first hand eyewitness of those events, it gives the historicity of those records more weight. This leads to the conclusion that Genesis 1:1-2:4, ending with “the generations of the heavens and the earth,” is written by God Himself. He wrote it or perhaps spoke it to Adam, who did the actual writing, either way, the creation of time, space, earth, and everything on it was relayed to man by the One who was there, it is and will always be, the most accurate account of the origin of man. Take a look at this excerpt from Henry M. Morris’s the Genesis Record for more in-depth study of this idea.

One of the greatest resource that helped me understand the Bible from a scientific and logical standpoint is Answers in Genesis. It is through scouring their website and reading as much of their articles as I can that I have come to believe the Bible, God’s Word, and how I have come to know Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Beginning

Philippian 4:14-23

14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

Giving is not about the giver or the receiver, it is all about God and the glory of Jesus Christ. It maybe be the needy that we give our time and money to, but it should be in joy that we give and in the name of Jesus, because the things we are able to give was a gift itself from God. Giving to help the children of God and to further His kingdom is pleasing to God and it will be blessed. We will also be bless more to be able to give more, but more importantly, He will bless us abundantly in eternity where we will be in His presence.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

God is Gracious

Philippians 4:8-13

8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy-meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Meditating in a quiet place.

If you are constantly thinking on and thinking about good things then it will come out in whatever you do. If you thoughts are always on pure things, always on love and praiseworthy things, then it will show in what you do and how you act. Meditate and pray on these things and God will bless us in these things and help us in this endeavor. Hint: These things are in the Bible.

Thinking and doing good all the time is hard, so find a Christian brother or sister that is doing this. You can learn from them and use them as an example just like Paul was to the Philippians. Do the things that are true, noble and just, pure and lovely and you will feel the peace that only God can give.

10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity.

That is what the Philippians were doing, they were showing love and care to Paul.

11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Paul is again another example we can learn from; to be content is whatever situation we are in, rich or poor, full or hungry. This doesn’t mean that if we are poor we have to stay poor or if we are hungry we have to stay hungry. Just as Paul knows how to abound, we can abound in these things, we just shouldn’t be worrying about it. God loves us and wants to bless us and as we are ready, He will bless us with all the wonderful things that he has created for us. God will give us everything we need when we need it and we can be assured that He is watching out for us. We can relax and be worry free in whatever situation or stress we are going through in life. Give it up to God and He can do all things through us.

God is Good

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. — Jeremiah 29:11

God only has good thoughts toward me, even though it may seems bad now, like going through financial or health problems, God only has thoughts of good and hope for me.

Reach out to Him, believe in and rely on Him and He will bless you with abundant life.

Read the entire chapter here.

Is Evil From God?

Looking at the world and seeing all this sickness and suffering, one has to question where all this evil comes from.  From a Christian’s point of view, God created the world and everything in it.  So, did God create evil as well?

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

“Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:17-19

God cursed the the earth because of Adam’s work…

But God also created a way for us to be saved.  He gave His only Son to redeem us from our sins.

This article from Answers from Genesis explains it well.

God is Merciful

What Cancer Cannot Do – Summary

The previous posts lists the things that cancer cannot do to us. If we have our faith in Jesus with that belief based on the Truth, nothing in this world can affect us. Jesus is our ultimate goal, He is our hope and life.

Start reading from Part 1.

Summation:
1. Cancer is not my enemy
2. Cancer is an agent to produce tribulation
3. Tribulation is an agent to produce self-focus
4. Self-focus is my enemy if allowed numberswiki.com

to draw my attention away from God’s goodness
5. It’s not about me…It’s all about Jesus who bought me with a price (1 Cor. 6:20)

FAITH for HEALING

Heb. 11:1…Faith (Str.4102 – assurance) is the substance (Str.5287 – confidence) of things hoped for (Str.1679 – expected), the evidence (Str.1650 – proof) of things unseen.

HOPE for HEALING

Rom. 8:25…If we hope (Str.1679 – have expectancy) for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance.

God gives life

What Cancer Cannot Do – Part 12

12. Cancer cannot stop me from pressing on toward the goal for the prize in Christ Jesus

13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for more info

the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:13-14

God has given my faith and hope in Him and to be with Him eternally. I doesn’t matter what happens to me here, I will always push forward through all trials and tribulations toward Jesus and fellowship with Him.

Jesus is God