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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

Philippians 4:1-7

1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved. 2 I implore Euodia and I implore Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 And I urge you also, true companion, help these women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

Paul is reminding them of how he loves them and how he showed his love for them.  Now he is urging them and us to show love to one another and help our fellow Christian brothers and sisters.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!

We should be very happy that we are in God’s hands and that our names are written in the Book of Life, that through Jesus, we have eternal life with Him.  Whatever hardships or difficulties we have in this world, we know that it will be over and we will have peace and abundant life with our Savior.  So, rejoice!

5 Let your gentleness be known to all men.

Not only do we help our fellow Christian brothers and sisters, we should show this love to all men and women.  The love and peace that God has freely given us, we can give to others and we would know a little of the joy that God has when He blesses us.

The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Be thankful for the peace and love that Jesus has shown you, there is nothing to be worried about.  God is with us even though we can’t feel it sometimes, but we will soon be able to see and touch Him and bask in His glory, and His peace, and His love. I can’t wait!

God is Peace

Philippians 3:12-21

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 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 the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

Even if we have done a lot for the kingdom of God, we are not perfect nor will we ever be, but we must press on and move forward to be what He has called us to be.  We are His handiwork, let us conform to His will and be used by Him.

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as you have us for a pattern. 18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame—who set their mind on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself.

Jesus is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, we have received Him into our hearts and have declared Him the King of our lives, that is why we are subjects of His kingdom and citizens of heaven.  Just as being an American, we set our minds on American customs and laws, not some other country’s.  Since we are also citizens of heaven we should set our minds on things that are of heaven.

God is King of all kings

Philippians 3:1-11

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe.2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,

Christians are circumcised in the spirit, meaning we have cut off the flesh and fleshly desires.  This relates directly to God’s command to Abraham to circumcise himself and his descendants, it is a symbol of dying to oneself and throwing away fleshly desires.  We should not rely on that part anymore but rely on the Spirit and Jesus who we can put our trust and confidence in.

4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish,

If anyone has anything to boast about in the flesh, it is Paul, he born a Jew, a direct descendant of Abraham.  He followed the law and the ten commandments to the tee, you can’t find a fault in him, he went so far as persecuting Christian when he was a Pharisee because he thought they were heretics.  He was completely righteousness… in the eyes of man, but in the eyes of God, he is nothing, because Jesus is the truly righteous and perfect man.  After knowing Christ, Paul thought of all he has done as nothing, worst than nothing even.

that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

To be righteous in the eyes of God is easier than ever, it is through faith in Christ, He will cleanse us from our sins and give us the power to live for Him and the hope of life with Him in eternity.

God is Righteous

Philippians

The church at Philippi started when Paul and Silas visited there after the Spirit called them to preach the gospel there. (Acts 16:6-10)  They preached to the Jews first, the ones that were praying on the sabbath (Acts 16:11-15), then also to the Gentiles.  The devil was trying to hinder their work there, but God who uses all things for good, made even their imprisonment a catalyst for spreading the gospel. (Acts 16:16-34)  This was the beginning of the Philippian church, they only got stronger.

They have sent Paul money to help in his ministry and knowing that Paul was in prison in Rome, they sent a brother in Christ to help.  Paul wrote the letter to thank them for their generosity and to encourage them in their work for the gospel.  As with anything human, there are a couple of problems that have arisen that Paul is addressing in the letter.

Philippi laid on the great Roman road, Egnatian Way, and sits on a range that separates Asia and Europe.  It’s strategic location is not only great for the Romans in defense of its empire, but also great for spreading the gospel as many traveling to and from Asia and Europe would be able to bring the Truth with them.  The Philippian colonists were also great loyal Romans and Paul used this to illustrate that our citizenship is in Heaven, so we should act accordingly.

The overriding message is that Christ is the ultimate value, whether in state of freedom, happiness, and comfort or like Paul, in confinement, uncertainty, and mistreatment, we are live for Christ, for “to live is Christ.” (Philippians 1:21)

Jesus is Joy