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The How, Why, and When of Creation, Part 2

And in verse 5 He gave them names. “He called the light day, and the darkness He called night.” And so it was, and so it has always been. Since the first day there has been light and there has been darkness. There has been day and there has been night. And that constant cycle of light and darkness, day and night, has defined the character of this universe and this earth since day one. And verse 5 says, “And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” When daylight passed, the period allotted to darkness came, and it was called evening; and when night passed, the period allotted to light came, and it was called morning; and with that comment, the Bible indicates the completion of the first day ever. And on that day what was created? Light. Light.

You say, “But how could there be light without the sun?” I don't know. If it said so I would know. But you certainly don't believe that God couldn't create light, but could create the sun to give light.

That's a pretty spectacular first day, isn't it? Just in case something might think this was some evolutionary process, emphatically, says verse 5, “And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” That's a literal translation of the Hebrew. Not one billion years, one day. One cycle of light and dark, evening and morning, and creation is launched. I can't wait till we get to day two next week.

The English poet by the name of John Dryden with great imagination wrote a song for St. Cecilia's day; he wrote it, I think, in about 1687. And this song, magnificent song about creation was later put to music by George Frederick Handel. I will leave the music aside and just read you the lyrics. This is what John Dryden wrote with great imagination about creation.

“When nature underneath a heap of jarring atoms lay, and could not heave her head, the tuneful voice was heard from high, ‘Arise, ye more than dead.' Then cold and hot and moist and dry in order to their stations leap, and music's power obey. From harmony, from heavenly harmony this universal frame began, from harmony to harmony through all the compass of the notes it ran, the diapason closing full in man. As from the power of sacred lays, the spheres began to move, and sung the great creator's praise to all the blessed above. So when the last and dreadful hour this crumbling pageant shall devour, the trumpet shall be heard on high, the dead shall live, the living die, and music shall untune the sky.”

Brilliant stuff, but that's how it'll go. This glorious creation, corrupted by the Fall, will some day in its corruption find its uncreation, and then will be created a new heaven and a new earth, never forever to know corruption. We've lived here, and bless God, we'll live there.

Father, we thank You for the power of Your Word, for its clarity. We thank You for this straightforward accounting of how it all started on day one, just a relatively few thousand years ago when You spoke light into existence, and took the first step toward the universe and the earth as we know it now. We give You all the praise. You are our creator. You have made everything that has been made and without You has nothing been made that is made. We thank You for creating, and for that purpose of creating in order that You might give man a world to live in, that You might choose from Him a bride for Your Son to bring to glory. We thank You for that great overwhelming purpose for creation. We thank You that You've made us a part of it. We're filled with awe and praise, and we thank You for our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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