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Discovery Magazine 2/1/2000

The Miracle of Creation

by  Bert Thompson, Ph.D.

 

Throughout human history, God has performed many wonderful miracles. He parted the Red Sea so that the Israelites could evade Egypt’s army. He caused the walls of Jericho to crumble without anyone ever laying a hand on them. He caused the Sun to stand still so the Israelites could win a battle against their enemies. He even raised His Son, Jesus, from the dead three days after He was killed by wicked men.

But none of these miracles would have been possible had it not been for a great miracle that occurred many years before. When Moses wrote in Genesis 1:1 that "in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," he summarized in a single sentence one of the most important miracles of all—the miracle of creation. In a period of six literal days, God brought into existence a Universe full of galaxies, solar systems, planets, stars, asteroids, meteorites, etc. The writer of Hebrews said: "We understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible" (11:3). When God created, He did not use matter and energy that already were in existence. Rather, He spoke them into existence "by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3).

But God also created a special place called Earth, upon which He placed living plants, animals, and humans. Genesis 1:11-12 records: "Then God said, ‘Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind…’; and it was so." Notice the tiny phrase, "and it was so." God spoke a command ("Let the earth bring forth grass") and "it was so." God said "Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens" (Genesis 1:14-15), "and it was so." Whatever God commanded, happened—not in millions or billions of years, but immediately.

On day six, God said: "Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness." (Genesis 1:26). Genesis 2:7 tells us that God formed man from the "dust of the ground." Afterwards, he formed woman out of a rib from man’s side (2:21-22). These are not "natural" events. Quite the opposite—they are supernatural occurrences. The Universe did not begin because of some "big bang." Man did not "evolve" from some kind of "ape-like" ancestor. No! The Universe (with all that it contains) was created miraculously by God.

The psalmist wrote: "Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was doneHe commanded, and it stood fast" (Psalm 33:8-9). This is the Bible’s way of letting us know that God did not use natural processes to bring the Universe, the Earth, plants, animals, and humans into existence. Instead, He used a great miracle—the miracle of creation! We are here today because of that miracle. We should be thankful that we have such a powerful (and yet loving) God as our heavenly Father



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