In our scripture reading this morning, Genesis 1 is the focal point and so I'd like to direct you to verse 26. Genesis 1:26,27 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness,... Three times right there, the plural is used: us, our and our. So we serve a God that is more than one; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. Adam was to have total dominion. He was to be in charge. That's where God placed him. And in all creation only Adam and Eve had a nature like God. They had similar personalities. They had high intellect. They were created just a little bit lower than the angels. And they had the capability of reason. No animal ever had that. What animal ever learned to worship. What animal ever learned to cook. What animal ever learned to invent elaborate tools? Human beings are the top of the totem pole.
Humans are the last and best thing to be created from God's hand on Creation week. Even though we do not look much like it, at one time we WERE made in the image of God, believe it or not. You look at some of us and you think, We've come a long way downhill. In some of us sin has greatly distorted the image of God. Not much of it left anymore. Like the image of the beautiful moon reflected on a still, and calm placid lake on a clear night. It doesn't take much wind to distort that, does, it. The winds of sin and the winds of selfishness have blown and there's very, very little of the image of God left. Choppy waves of selfishness and evil leave so little of God's noble image in His creation. And yet the great purpose of redemption is to restore in us the image of our Maker. That's the purpose of redemption.
Now, Adam and Eve were given DOMINION. They were to be in charge over all created life. One premise in preaching this sermon is that if we can figure out where we came from and the purpose for which we were designed, maybe it will help us to realize where we're going and the purpose God has for us today. You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you came from. And so we need to find our purpose. God has a mission, a purpose for you, a purpose for me in this world.
On my desk in my office I have a paperweight. This paper weight's original purpose was not to hold paper down. It's original purpose was to hold up steam locomotives as they traveled across the country. This is an actual small section of rail from about 1860. It was part of a railroad track that extended from here to Ringgold. The General Locomotive passed over this rail. It no longer functions for what it was designed to be. It's just a paper weight.
We have an old milk can by our front door at home. It does not function. I don't think it will ever hold milk again. All it does is hold up a pot for flowers.
What are we doing? Are we functioning in the purpose, in the grand design that God created us? Does He still have a purpose for you, and are you functioning in that purpose? We need to find our purpose. Human beings are not what we were designed to be. Adam was made to have dominion. Who do you really have significant influence over in life? The dog? The cat? Do you have dominion over the cat? No! The cat's in charge. Do you have dominion over the canary? What do you really have dominion over? You were designed by the Creator Himself to have dominion. Some degree of jurisdiction can still be had. Jesus taught that leadership can be acquired through the role of being a servant. Today we must strive to fulfill the noble function for which we were designed. How often instead of us controlling the world, the world controls us instead. That's not the way God designed it to be. God created us perfect. We came from His hands noble, sinless, absolutely sterling quality, the best that He could make.
A little girl climbed up on the lap of her great-grandmother and she looked up at her grandmother's face. It was covered with wrinkles, warts, and age spots. And she asked, "Gramma, did God make you?"
"Yes," she said.
Then she asked, "Did God make me?"
"Well," said the little girl, "Don't you think He's doing a better job now than he used to?"
We were created noble, sinless, from the inventive hand of God, Himself. I believe in Creation! I don't have enough faith to believe in evolution.
We accept the two hundred eighty-two words of Genesis 1 by faith. Hebrews 11:3 makes this statement: By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. How do we accept that? By faith. I don't have enough faith to believe in evolution.
How many of you believe that computers evolved by themselves? Do you believe that? Let's say it true! Many, many centuries ago, all this iron, gold, glass, silicon chips, plastic and wires oozed up out of a swamp. Let's say that's the truth! Likewise, each material fashioned itself into assorted shapes and sizes. Circuit boards grew and holes emerged at just the right places on those circuit boards. And in fact an entire mother board evolved. After a while threads appeared on bolts and nuts and -- amazingly as it may seem -- each nut found a matching threaded bolt.
Let's say that gradually everything sort of connected up. A little later and totally unmonitored, a correctly shaped glass crawled out of this swamp and glued itself over the screen. A little fan started to turn over the top of the Central Processing Unit. And the very next day there was an explosion in a typewriter factory and lo! out came software to run intricate programs. Somehow, in the explosion Y2K was not thought of.
Let's say that one day, many, many years ago -- centuries, really -- a man was eating a fig newton and an apple fell on his head and there he found sitting under that tree a fully booted up and running computer. It was running at the amazing speed of 450 megahertz. And he looked at it and said, "Eureka, I love evolution, you never know what is going to evolve next. I think I will call this a computer." Could you believe that?
I don't have enough faith to believe in evolution. It's far easier for me to believe that God could just go like that. I don't know how He does it, but He does it. Praise the Lord for that.
Romans 1:20 This is how it happened. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature--have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. That's how it happened.
Our God is the uncreated Creator of all things. Psalm 33:6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of His mouth. He did it all! We don't understand how. We just have faith that He did.
Adam did not evolve. We were created by the hand of God! Your forbearers back there never had a trail and swung from trees. They came from God's hand. They were better people than we are. We have DE- generated from that time. Do not accept Evolution. Evolution is "an integration of matter and contingent dissipation of motion during which the matter passes from an indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite coherent heterogeneity and during which the retained motion undergoes a parallel transformation." - Herbert Spencer. Do you believe that? It's a lot easier for me to believe that "In the beginning God created heaven and earth," that God created Adam. And what scientist can understand and explain where matter came from? Where did matter come from? There is no explanation for that in science. The Big Bang. What was there that banged? And where did it come from? Nobody even postulates an answer for that.
Look at Psalm 104:5. It's talking about God. It says: He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. Who put the earth here? God did! And it will not be moved forever. God Created Adam and Eve! Period. That's how it happened.
Man was taken out of the ground. Did you know that if you analyzed the fifteen basic chemical elements in the human body and compare them to the fifteen major chemicals in fertile soil that they're almost the same. We came from the ground.
Genesis 2 elaborates on the creation story. Genesis is an expansion of Genesis 1. It goes back and tells you a little more about how it was done. Notice in Genesis 2:7 where we came fro. Here is how Adam came to be. the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. The King James says he became a living soul. So what are we made of? At creation Adam was made of the dust of the ground and God added the gift of life and Adam became a living soul. Those are the components. The dust plus the breath equals a living soul. It does not say the way we sometimes read this. It does not say that God formed man of the dust of the earth and breathed into him the breath of life and then a living soul came down from heaven and inhabited that man, Adam. NO. That's not what it says. It says the man became a living soul. It doesn't says that living soul came from anywhere. It just says that Adam became a living soul. What is a soul? I am a soul. Adam was a soul. You are a soul. I am a person. You could substitute the word, "being" or the word, "person" here. It's b very similar. Adam was a living being. A body plus the gift of life equals the living soul. At death the parts separate. The body back to dust, those chemicals from which it came. The gift of life goes back to God. The soul simply ceases to exist. It is like turning off the light. Where does the light go? Neither to heaven or hell, it simply ceases to exist any longer.
If we understand where Adam came from we will have a much easier time understanding what happens when we die and life ceases. Genesis is very important, it's vital.
We will never know how God made Adam. Suppose you were going to make a human body. Could you do it? Has science ever made a living body? It is so complex. Suppose you were to make a piece of skin the size of a small postage stamp. Let's say that's your job description. You're going to make this piece of skin the size of a small postage stamp. Could you do it? Did you know that in a piece of skin that size there are three Million cells! Could you make one of them? In it is one yard of blood vessels in that skin. Four yards of nerves in that one little piece of skin. One hundred sweat glands, twenty-five nerve endings and fifteen oil glands in that little piece of skin. All this plumbed up and ready to go. Could modern science even begin to make one of the oil glands? No! If they could they would harness it and for producing oil. Competition for OPEK.
With omniscient genius God made Adam out of dust. On that Friday some six thousand years ago Adam opened his eyes and saw the loving face of his Creator. What a beautiful face that must have been. Looking further he saw a place of matchless beauty and tranquility. The fields were living green. The bushes were blazing with fragrant blossoms. The forests were filled with joyful life. Birds sang. He could see a wolf play tag with a small lamb.
Adam saw lofty tree covered mountains, lovely lakes, beautiful creatures abounded in harmony and joy. He was in paradise. What a wonderful place to wake up and be in. Now, that's what's going to happen to us. We're going to wake up and be in paradise some day. Adam was over twice as tall as people are today. At twelve to fourteen feet tall, he could change these light-bulbs for us. He must have weighed close to one thousand five hundred pounds. Adam had twenty times the vital force that people have today. He wore no artificial garments or things of any kind: eyeglasses, teeth, hearing aids, whatever. He wore no clothes of any kind. But both Adam and Eve were covered with a robe of light that was given to him by God. like the angels wear. (Patriarchs and Prophets - EG White, p. 45) I think that covering protected Adam from extreme cold or heat and from injury and illness.
It seems to me the earth was probably encased in an orbiting canopy of water. Frozen like a clear crystal dome far overhead. Therefore, Adam would have enjoyed a uniform greenhouse temperature. Light was diffused and harmful rays were screened out. The earth was watered by the dew- like mist. There were no violent storms, hurricanes, tornados or fierce winds in this protective environment. Later, due to sin, events at the time of the flood caused the collapse of this canopy.
Adam probably had an IQ perhaps approaching a thousand. Imagine what he could get on his SAT test and some of the other scores. And he had a photographic memory: Adam had no trouble coming up with over one million different names for all created life. He had vibrant health. Adam was married to the most beautiful woman in the world, Eve! God performed the marriage ceremony. Eve was a the most beautiful woman in the world. Probably the ugliest, too, but there was only one woman. She was a doll! She was Miss Paradise. Any woman today who has any trace beauty gets it from Eve. Eve was stunning and striking in her freshly created beauty. It was his job to re-populate heaven and have dominion over all creation.
God gave them something to do. Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth,... KJV What a job description!
What Adam had was Utopia but he didn't know it. Some of you may be in a good marriage and you don't even know it. You get to looking around and suddenly the yonder grass begins to look better over on the other side of the fence. Or maybe some you youngsters could already live in a good home and you think, "I can hardly wait until I get my driver's license, to get money and get out of here and leave these wretched parents." You might have it made and not even know it. It might be bad out there. Oh, if Adam and Eve had only been more careful. If Eve had only trusted God that this was the best.
Adam had no propensities or tendencies toward evil. Adam had conditional eternal life.
Adam had all things to enjoy. Only one tree was withheld from him and that tree belonged to God. I don't think it was a bad tree. I think the fruit on it was good, just like every other tree. This in effect, because that tree was there, gave Adam the freedom of choice. He was no robot or a mechanical creation. The next three Sabbaths we will study the most important chapter in the whole Bible, Genesis 3. Next week we will talk about Adam's Blundering Collapse next week.
I'm so thankful that there's a second Adam named Jesus Christ that came to this world. Where the first Adam failed, the second succeeded. You have the opportunity to have eternal life. You have the opportunity to see the Garden of Eden itself because of the second Adam because of Jesus Christ. It all depends on your acceptance and your trust of Jesus as your personal Savior. Adam and Eve didn't trust. They said, "I don't know. That tree...there's something there. We'd better taste it and see." I tell you what we'd better do today, is taste God and see that He is a lovely beneficent King.
Let's accept Jesus as our Savior. Accept Him today. Soon Jesus will come and take those who love Him back to paradise to be with Him forever, and you're going to meet Adam. And you're going to meet Eve. And you're going to see God's lovely face just like Adam did. And you're going to have the privilege of living with Him forever. Let's be faithful. Let's worship the King that is our King. What a wonderful God we serve. God bless you.
Opening Hymn: #15, My Master and My King Scripture: Genesis 1:26-28 Closing Hymn: #83, O worship the King>/i> 990227Gettys#452
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