CREATION IN THE OT: GENESIS AND BEYOND
We continue our study of creation in the OT this Sunday at 4 PM.
Come join us as we explore the weird and wonderful world of the Bible. As you will see, sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.
We will pick where we left off last week by looking at man (male and female) made in the image and likeness of God.
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Creation of Man in the OT
God made Man
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.
And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill 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 moves on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26-28 ESV)
Dust / Dirt
then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
The Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock
and above all beasts of the field;
on your belly you shall go,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
By the sweat of your face
you shall eat bread,
till you return to the ground,
for out of it you were taken;
for you are dust,
and to dust you shall return.”
I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted.
Abraham answered and said, “Behold, I have undertaken to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.
Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
Remember that you have made me like clay;
and will you return me to the dust?
all flesh would perish together,
and man would return to dust.
“therefore I despise myself,
and repent in dust and ashes.”
my strength is dried up like a potsherd,
and my tongue sticks to my jaws;
you lay me in the dust of death.
All the prosperous of the earth eat and worship;
before him shall bow all who go down to the dust,
even the one who could not keep himself alive.
You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!”
For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return.
and the dust returns to the earth as it was,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise.
You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy!
For your dew is a dew of light,
and the earth will give birth to the dead.
Behold, the nations are like a drop from a bucket,
and are accounted as the dust on the scales;
behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust.
Behold, I am toward God as you are;
I too was pinched off from a piece of clay.
You turn things upside down!
Shall the potter be regarded as the clay,
that the thing made should say of its maker,
“He did not make me”;
or the thing formed say of him who formed it,
“He has no understanding”?
“Woe to him who strives with him who formed him,
a pot among earthen pots!
Does the clay say to him who forms it, ‘What are you making?’
or ‘Your work has no handles’?
But now, O Lord, you are our Father;
we are the clay, and you are our potter;
we are all the work of your hand.
And the vessel he was making of clay was spoiled in the potter’s hand, and he reworked it into another vessel, as it seemed good to the potter to do.
“O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter has done? declares the Lord. Behold, like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand, O house of Israel.
Creation of Man in the NT
God Made Man
The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us. (Acts 17:24-27 ESV)
Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:45-49 ESV)
So then he has mercy on whomever he wills, and he hardens whomever he wills. You will say to me then, “Why does he still find fault? For who can resist his will?” But who are you, O man, to answer back to God? Will what is molded say to its molder, “Why have you made me like this?” Has the potter no right over the clay, to make out of the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for dishonorable use? What if God, desiring to show his wrath and to make known his power, has endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, in order to make known the riches of his glory for vessels of mercy, which he has prepared beforehand for glory—even us whom he has called, not from the Jews only but also from the Gentiles? (Romans 9:18-24 ESV)
Burial Rite: Book of Common Prayer
Then, while earth is cast upon the coffin, the Celebrant says these words
In sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ, we commend to Almighty God our brother N.; and we commit his body to the ground; * earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. The Lord bless him and keep him, the Lord make his face to shine upon him and be gracious unto him, the Lord lift up his countenance upon him and give him peace. Amen.
CHRIST AND CREATION
Jesus ties together the creation of man and the institution of marriage from the beginning.
He answered, “Have you not read that the Creator from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matthew 19:4-6)
Clearly, according to the order of creation, marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman for one life. There is no such thing as “homosexual” marriage.
Homosexual marriage is an unnatural, perverse, counterfeit of the real thing. It is an illusion of marriage — a mirage as some have said. It defies the order of creation, and disobeys the creation mandate, which God established for man in his image (male and female) from the beginning.