Affirm God’s Good Plan
December 2, 2007
I know it is a good plan because God said that it
In this study I will be freely using excerpts from The Pulpit
Commentary on Genesis and Henry Morris' The Genesis Record
We are studying the origin and creation of all
things as God has revealed it - and this includes
mankind - the way one reacts to the first verse in the
Bible - "In the beginning God created the heavens
and the earth" determines how the rest is received!
We don't get very far in life or this society until we
confront an attitude that "science and religion" are
at conflict - I Tim. 6:20 - "oppositions
of science falsely so called" - the word is really the
Greek word for knowledge as science, in the modern
sense of the word, the investigation, discovery and
classification of secondary laws (which Genesis 1 speaks)
is unknown in Scripture - this proves the antiquity of
scripture because the teaching of evolution and other
modern criticisms are "johnny come latelys" and are
not addressed - it takes for granted that God is the
origin of all things - "All things were made by Him
and without Him was not anything made that was
made" - John 1:3
Only "the fool has said in his heart that there is no
God" and then proceeds to act like it?
v. 28 - says "to subdue the earth" - from this pulpit
nearly forty years ago Bro. Duncan preached
that this meant to find out the earth's secrets.
Excerpt from my book My One Hundred Favorite
Artifacts from the Little River Clovis Complex.
I have tried to be as realistic and scientific as I know how –
one of the original responsibilities which God gave to man
was to “Replenish the earth and subdue it”- Genesis 1:28 –
we have been faithful in that we have filled the earth with
people, that is the easy part – Clovis men and women lived
when the earth was not as populated as it is now – they coped
and got along fine – but the subjugation part is a little more
“tricky” - “Subdue” means to find out its secrets – I am of the
firm belief that man will never discover anything that is not
real or true – he may manufacture something that is false but
he can only discover truth - modern man thinks he is something
but Clovis people could have had electricity or chased mammoths
in helicopters if they knew how to control principles that were
already in existence in 11,000 B. C. – it is the tools and the
technology that makes one group more successful than another
group – Clovis people were highly intelligent and very skilled to
live in their harsh environment but video games and pornographic
movies does not make us superior – the culprit to me is philosophy
and pseudo-science where the subjugation gets “sticky” – man
comes along and puts in his “two cents worth” and is often very
selective and biased in the conclusion he comes to – it reminds
me of the proverbial “blind man, in a dark room, looking for a
black cat that isn’t there’
The word used of false science in I Tim. 6:20 is the word taught
in English classes across America as "pseudonym" - bearing a
false name. This false name is not SCIENCE - I submit to you
that it is philosophy - what a person thinks and it is often
Such is "godless humanism" - a heavy hitter in the
educational community of the last 50 years - and one of
the main reasons creationism is under such attack in
American schools - Kansas is under ridicule by the
leftist media because of passing a law that it must be
taught along side of evolution - Webster's
Dictionary gives this definition of secular humanism: a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centered on human interests or values; a
philosophy that asserts the dignity and worth of man
and his capacity for self-realization through reason
and that often rejects supernaturalism.
Nothing is more galling to pseudo-science than obvious
ignorance putting on the airs of infallibility....the very
elements which they do not understand - II Peter 2:12 -
"speak evil of things that they understand not"
The Bible speaks of such a condition as "willingly
True science, which has rewarded centuries of labor
have not in a single instance clashed with any truth
of the Bible.
This wilful ignorance is a part of "THE LIE"
I Thess. 2:11 and comes from the devil who is the
father of it - John 8:44
So as we study the Creation as revealed by God
we may fix our thoughts on a Loving and Omnipotent
God who made a glorious world!
The lesson for all is for men or nations that
THERE IS NO LIFE APART FROM GOD!
Genesis one is neither history, science nor
mythology - it is a REVEALTION.
v. 1 - "In the beginning" - without indicating
when - the expression intimates that the
The visible universe with men, animals, plants,
starry hosts and angelic races.
The universe is vast but not infinite - only God is infinite!
It stands out distinctly from His personality!
v. 2 - Isaiah 45:18
The Holy Spirit is represented as the formative cause of
all life and order in the world - presented as "brooding"
hence to cherish young.
The formative powers of life and order which were to
burst forth in answer to the six words of the first six days.
v. 3 - "And God said" - ten times repeated in the six days
Every time the word goes forth from Elohim - it is
followed by instantaneous movement in the chaos.
v. 4 - "And God saw the light, that it was good"
Light is a Divine gift - it belongs to no one nation or class
of people but to all - it was His first gift to the race - it is
free - it costs nothing - directly or indirectly - all the earth's
glory is dependent on light - without light there would be
no Super Bowl, no new construction of houses to be worried
about, no ordering from a fast food restaurant, no drive
to work, no nothing!
Not only did God, who is Light, create light but He created
the eye to behold and the brain to translate the light -
"God is light and in Him is no darkness at all" - I John 1:5
God's will is that we know Him, the Light of the world!
v. 7 - the atmospheric firmament - it is the handiwork of
God - Psalm 19:1
It is not God's handiwork which we are to worship
but He, its Maker.
The Hebrew mind never mistook things for persons,
or creatures for the Creator - it is only modern philosophy
that degrades the Creator from His throne and puts the
creature in His seat.
Jayne Ellen had her 5th chemo-treatment last Monday -
if it were not for the mercies and faithfulness of God
she wouldn't have to worry about lung cancer because
for not God's design she would realize the above fate.
Javard Lindley's breakup of the pass in Tennessee game
nor Maxwell's interception could have occurred - their bodies would have blown up except atmospheric pressure holds it in place by God's design -
Neither the person who committed adultery last week,
he or she who abused their body with cocaine, those
planning to rob a bank or ring a Salvation Army bell
during Christmas like Lyle Dunbar and Mack Brake could exist -
While in line at a drive up window Friday night, I saw
cars whiz by - were it not for God and His creation of
gravity and centrifugal force they would whiz right
on out into space - sinner and saint alike would be in
the same predicament were it not for God's grace - we
would end up like the wicked mentioned in Jude 13 -
"wandering stars, to whom the blackness of darkness
is reserved for ever" - For God's own - I Peter 1:4
The gentle breeze - the south wind blowing - from a
kid hearing the trains bearing news of good weather
to JW McGaughey's diary of hearing the guns from
Ft. Donaldson during the Civil War!
Is not God great?
vs. 9-12 - Day 3 - All God's creatures have their own
peculiar natures and characteristic structures.
These natures and structures are assigned by God!
He delights in variety - to wish to be different than
what God created us is a sinful discontent - our
highest function is to act in accordance with our
God designed nature - "Bloom where you are planted"
The seas were divided into oceans, lakes, rivers - the land into
mountains, hills and valleys, the plants into grasses, herbs and
The best way to serve God is to be ourselves, we are all to be
subservient unto one another -
vs. 14-19 - Sun making reached its culmination on Day Four.
"He made the stars also" - "He telleth the number of the stars,
He calleth them all by name" - Psalm 147:4
vs. 17-18 - An intimation that on this day the astronomical
arrangements for the illumination of the globe and the
measurement of time were permanently settled.
Day-Night- time for work- time for sleep - eventually one day
a week - the sabbath - ch. 2:2
Therefore "Give unto the Lord the glory due unto His name" -
vs. 20-22 - Day 5 - creation of animal life - God finds a part
of His happiness in surrounding Himself with living
creatures culminating with man.
The aquatic and aerial creatures were in preparation for
the coming of man and to be subservient to his needs and uses.
They were endowed with the power of hereditary transmission.
"Be fruitful and multiply"- (in masses)
vs. 24-31 - Day 6 - animal life and man -
v. 26 - A Divine Consultation - His last and greatest work!
"Let us make man in our image" - man's relation to
God is - "shadow"
Emphasize the teaching of "hands" in Psalm 119:73
Contrast - Hilary and Ambrose think that by the plural
"hands" is intimated that there is a more exact and perfect
workmanship in man, and as if it were the greater labor and
skill he had been formed by God, because after "the image and
likeness of God: and that it is not written that any other thing
but man was made by God with both hands, for He saith in
Isaiah 48:13 - "Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of
Thus the sad statement of Isaiah 5:4 - "What could have
been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in
it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth
grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?
"Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth
and subdue it" - utilize the vast resources of the earth,
by agricultural and mining operations, by geographical
research, scientific discovery and mechanical invention!
Every square inch of earth is capable of subjugation and
occupation - the resources - everything in heaven, earth,
and the sea was placed at his command - nothing was
useless and many things were precious beyond compare.
God had given it to him - they were not acquired by the
sword but donated by their Maker.
v. 31 - Not simply "good" but "good exceedingly" -
an expression of admiration - I got a tinge of
that Friday when I vacuumed up my leaves and the yard looked so good - contrast last week when I turn around and there they are again.
v. 1 - " were finished" the ideas of cessation and perfection -
not that God had simply paused in His activity but the
Divine idea of His universe had been realized.
"and all the host of them" - brand new - a brilliant array
vs. 2-3 - the sabbath day
The sabbath is adapted to the wants of man physically,
intellectually, socially, politically - the benefits of a rest
from a week of toil is realized by the manual laborer,
the professional thinker, the social fabric and the body
politic in respect of health, wealth, strength & happiness.
This is an ordinance of God for the good of man. Till it
merges with the grand design of an eternal rest, it must
Christ said "the sabbath was made for man, not man the
v. 4 - "the Lord God" - Jehovah - the proper personal name
of God, the absolute self-existent One!
v. 5 - "every plant....before it was in the earth......and every
herb....before it grew"
These also were the creation of Jehovah.
v. 7 - Read - the material body and the immaterial soul - so
wondrously fashioned, so delicately carved, so finely
articulated, so firmly knit - all from a heap of dust!
"I will praise Thee, O Lord; for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made" - Psalm 139:14
The body is very valuable and we are obligated to neither
dishonor nor abuse it - man's body is the temple of the
v. 8 - The Garden of the Lord - a heaven on earth - "give
unto the Lord the glory due unto His name" - people
talk of Mother Nature??? - let us rejoice in the earth's
beauty and thank God for it!
It was distinguished by the presence of two trees - the Tree
of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
v. 15 - God always locates men in spheres that are exactly
suited to their natures and needs.
Man's endowments and capacities are fitted for activity.
His happiness and safety (against temptation) required
him to be employed. If God was ever working, why should
man be idle? "An idle mind is the devil's workshop"
vs. 16-17 - man - a moral being - had the law written on his
conscience - the ability to distinguish between right
and wrong, duty and sin, sins of commission and sins
of omission - morality had been implanted in their
natures and was intended to regulate their lives -
good would be reaped from obedience and evil would
v. 18 - "I will provide a help meet for him"
v. 19 - "to see what he would call them" - man was
created with the faculty of speech (a most
marvelous piece of equipment) - the distinct gift
of articulate and rational utterance - the capacity
to attach words to ideas.
v. 20 -