[Calvary Chapel] 1998-09-19 - In the Beginning

The Genesis Series, Part 3

Continuing along here with our devotional study in Genesis I'd like to reiterate a few things. I also would like to share a few personal things, one may consider them, "extra Biblical" . What I'm writing my devotional work on is a family Bible Study that goes on in my home. These little devotionals are just some things we discuss here at home I hope they bless you also. As always all scripture quoted is from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted

Some folks assert that the original creative works of the Almighty were perfect, (I agree) they refer to:

Deuteronomy 32:4 The Rock, his work is perfect; For all his ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is He

and they give a second reference of:

Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith Jehovah that created the heavens, the God that formed the earth and made it, that established it and created it not a waste, that formed it to be inhabited: I am Jehovah; and there is none else.

These same people would assert that the word replenish in Genesis 1:28 is the same as what the Lord used in Genesis 9:1 (again I would agree - same word) when the Lord spoke to Noah and used it referring to repopulating the earth. These folks would dig through science and hope to find the facts they need to support the theory that there may have been a pre-adamic race.

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Genesis 9:1 And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.

My belief is theoretical and yet if there was positive proof that could beyond a shadow of a doubt prove that indeed there was a pre-adamic race it would not shake my faith any, but would substantiate the Biblical record. But there is not and in fact it is actually a moot point in study and not worth arguing over.

Also certain people believe there was a calamity that affected the earth using the same verses Isaiah 45:18 and also Deuteronomy 32:4 to assert God does not lie and if He made it perfect then why did the earth become waste and void? They also give definite accurate informative information regarding the Hebrew words waste void became used and the tense and mood inclusive and I must admit there are some very interesting facts involved when you dig that deep. Furthering the support, they refer to passages in Ezekiel and Isaiah that tell us some of Satans activities before he sinfully deceived Eve in the garden. Anyway, for the course of our purposes my main goal is to get you to read your Bible regularly and study it deeply and not to just enjoy our devotionals. My style of writing will be different. I want to challenge you to grow - no matter where you are in your walk with God. Young or old,weak or strong, Jesus loves you and commands you to read His Word. His reasoning is simple, faith comes by hearing it. My devotional is not inspired, but His Bible is. Regardless of where I stand in church or ministry I am just a sinner saved by grace.

Father I hope You bless those who read this and help them to open their Bibles regularly and dig deeply into them. Lord help them to not look at this sinful man and his meager works or his shortcomings or let my sin tainted accomplishments and/or vain humanity or anything stand in the way of your Word. I pray that people may seek to understand truth the sum of your Word - As we go through Genesis together let us hear Your truth and let us grow in grace. May the Lord bless you in Jesus name, amen.

In His Service,