"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

January 15, 2017

“God created the world…”
JESUS
MARK 13:19

For this is what the Lord says – he who created the heavens, he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited—
he says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other.”
ISAIAH 45:18

“If a small portion of God’s works [in nature] ought to ravish us and amaze us, what ought all his works do when we come to the full numbering of them?” JOHN CALVIN

The Bible is full of amazement at God’s handiwork, while at the same time recognizing that describing creation is impossible.

“And these are but the outer fringe of his works;
how faint the whisper we hear of him!
Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”
JOB 26:14

The poet Henry Vaughn attempted to find words to describe that faint whisper Job refers to.

“…the bright world, on the first seventh day,
Before man brought forth sin, and sin decay;
When like a virgin clad in flowers and green
The pure earth sat, and the fair woods had seen
No frost, but flourished in that youth vest,
With which their great Creator had them drest:
When Heav’n above them shin’d like molten glass,
While all the Planets did unclouded pass;
And Springs, like dissolv’d Pearls their Streams did pour
Ne’r marr’d with floods, nor anger’d with a showre…

Vaughn tries to take us back to the garden, to smell and view God’s creation before sin entered in. And this Sunday, Erik Thoennes will explore the mystery and majesty of Genesis 1, as day after day, God creates this amazing world that we get to inhabit.

Prepare to be amazed, and marvel like the psalmist, for….

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
PSALM 19:1

Categories: Sermon Prep (LM)

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