Give Glory to the Creator

God created the heavens and the earth.  Then God saw everything He had made, and indeed, it was very good.  So the evening and the morning were the sixth day (Genesis 1:1, 31).

Affirming God as the Creator of the universe (the originator, the designer, the maker), and not just an observer in an evolutionary process, is critical in a biblical view of God.  Consider the great men of God in scripture.  Do we accept what they have to say about creation, or dismiss their statements because they lacked modern scientific knowledge?  And if we dismiss their statements on creation, what else in their writings should we disregard?  Nothing else?  Just the hard teachings we don’t like?  Or everything?

See if this makes sense to you.  Isaiah records the Lord as saying, “I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory I will not give to another…”  (42:8)  God’s glory is His alone; no one else’s.  Psalm 19:1 states that the heavens declare the glory of God, and Psalm 97:6 affirms that the heavens are one way all the people see his glory.  In Revelation, the 24 elders declare that the Lord is worthy to receive glory because He created all things.  So, when you credit someone else (some other god) or something else (an evolutionary process that doesn’t need God) with creation, aren’t you taking glory away from God?

Consider the following:

1. When Abram, soon to be Abraham, the “father or many nations,”  met Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of God Most High, Melchizedek blessed him and said:  “Blessed be Abram of God Most High, Possessor (Creator, maker) of heaven and earth…  Abram said, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth” (Genesis 14:19, 22).   Did Abram get this wrong?

2. When God called Moses, Moses objected because of his speech impediment.  God asked, “Who has made man’s mouth?…  Have not I, the LORD?”  (Ex 4:11)  Later, when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, He said, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.” God affirmed His role in a six day creation when He explained, “For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”  (Ex 20:8, 11)  Later, in reviewing the history of God’s encounters with his people in the desert, Moses writes, “For ask now concerning the days that are past, which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth” (Deut. 4:32).  Was Moses mistaken?

3. When Israel was being threatened by the armies of Sennacherib, the King of Assyria, Hezekiah, the King of Israel, prayed, “O LORD God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth.  You have made heaven and earth”  (2 Kings 19:15).  This is the same Hezekiah who prayed to the Lord for a longer life, then asked for, and received, a remarkable sign that the Lord would heal him.  He was quite the loyal man of God (20:10).  But was he wrong about creation?

4. Job acknowledged that God created the heavens and the earth when he said, “He alone spreads out the heavens.”  When the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, starting with the question, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?”, He takes four long chapters, 126 verses, to proclaim His power, creativity and wisdom… (Job 9:8; Ch. 38-41).  Was Job off-base here?

5. David, the shepherd boy, giant killer, warrior, loyal friend and King, affirms the LORD as the Creator, along with other psalmists.
Psalm 8:3-4 – When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
Psalm 33:6 – By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
Psalm 100:3 – Know that the LORD, He is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
Psalm 134:3 – The LORD who made heaven and earth Bless you from Zion!
Psalm 136:5a, 6a, 7a – To Him who by wisdom made the heavens; To Him who laid out the earth above the waters; To Him who made great lights;
Psalm 148:1-5 – Praise the LORD!…all His angels…all His hosts!…sun and moon…all you stars of light!… you heavens of heavens…you waters above the heavens…Let them praise the name of the LORD, For He commanded and they were created.
Was David just being poetic here, not literal?

6. Solomon, to whom God gave “a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee,” (apparently including today’s scholars and experts), acknowledged God as Creator when he said, “The hearing ear and seeing eye, The LORD has made them both.” (Proverbs 20:12)  Was it foolish of Solomon to say this?

7. Nehemiah.  You need some background on this one.  Don’t just read it.  Try to put yourself in the people’s shoes, sandals, or bare feet.  The people of Israel were taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon (2 Chron. 36:17), and they remained in captivity for 70 years (Jeremiah 25).  That’s long enough to see a lot of family members die.  The first of the exiles returned under Zerubbabel to rebuild the temple.  Ezra led the second group.  Nehemiah, who led the third return, rebuilt the wall of Jerusalem in 52 days (6:15).  All the people, numbering almost 50,000, gathered “as one man” on the first day of the seventh month, and Ezra, the priest, read from the Book of the Law of Moses.  On the second day they read about the Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths-Leviticus 23:23ff) which had not been observed since the days of Joshua (as many as 700 years earlier).  Later that month, on the 24th day, they gathered again for the reading of the Law for one-fourth of the day, and for another fourth they confessed their sins and worshipped the Lord their God.  Try to picture that gathering!  Then eight of the Levites “cried out with a loud voice to the LORD their God, saying, ‘Stand up and bless the LORD your God forever and ever!  Blessed be Your glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise!  You alone are the LORD;  You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and everything on it, the seas and all that is in them, and You preserve them all.  The host of heaven worships You.'”  At this incredible time, how did they bless the LORD?  By giving Him the glory He deserved as Creator!  Were they wrong to do this?

8. Isaiah eloquently acknowledged God as the Creator at least 11 times in 66 chapters.  Isaiah 45:6b-8, 12, 18 – I am the LORD, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness… I, the LORD, do all these things.   I, the LORD, have created it.  I have made the earth, And created man on it.  I–My hands–stretched out the heavens, And all their host I have commanded.  For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited:  “I am the LORD, and there is no other.” 17:7 – In that day a man will look to his Maker, And his eyes will have respect for the Holy One of Israel.  Was Isaiah mistaken?

9. Jeremiah states that God made the heavens and the earth at least five times (10:11, 10:12, 14:22, 51:15), concluding with, “There is nothing too hard for You.” (32:17).  But how educated was Jeremiah, really?

10. What about Jonah?  Who doesn’t know Jonah’s story?  When a storm threatened to break apart their ship, the sailors questioned him about who he was.  His answer?  “I am a Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” (1:9)  Perhaps, for Jonah, this was just a handy expression, not a truthful statement.

11. Malachi, in the last book of the Old Testament, asks these rhetorical questions:  Have we not all one Father?  Has not one God created us? (2:10)  Or perhaps Malachi expected his listeners to respond with, “Of course not!”

12. Can you take Jesus at his word?  The gospels relate two times when Jesus affirmed that God created.  He said, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning made them male and female…?” (Mt 19:4, Mk 10:6).  When Jesus was teaching His disciples about the end times, He said, “For in those days there will be tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the creation which God created until this time, nor ever shall be” (Mk 13:19, Mt 24:21).  Hmmm….  I wonder what Jesus really meant!

13. How about the disciple Jesus loved?  Twice John states that all things were made through Jesus, that the world was made through Him. (1:3, 1:10)  But maybe Jesus’ love blinded John to the truth…

14. In Acts Peter and John heal a man who had been lame from birth, over 40 years.  This was the man who entered the temple “walking, leaping, and praising God.”  The people who saw him were “filled with wonder and amazement,” because they knew the man who had been healed.  This miracle provided an opening for Peter to preach and teach.  The religious leaders objected to their preaching, so they imprisoned Peter and John for the night.  The next day, they testified to the healing power of the name of resurrected Jesus Christ.  The religious leaders “could say nothing against it,” so they commanded them not to speak or teach in the name of Jesus, and let them go.  When Peter and John returned to the other believers, they all “raised their voice to God with one accord” and said, what, “Thank you, Lord.  Praise the Lord.  God you are so good!”  Nope!  They said, “Lord, You are God, who made heaven and earth and the sea, and all that is in them…”  (Acts 4:24).  Wow!  But what did they know?

15.  Stephen, in his address to the Sanhedrin before he was stoned to death, quoted from Isaiah 66:1-2  when he said of the Lord, “Hath not my hand made all these things?”  Of course Stephen was under a great deal of pressure at the time….

16. Paul, convert from persecutor to apostle, clearly states his belief in God as Creator.   When Paul healed a cripple in Lystra, the people concluded that Barnabas and he were gods.  Paul and Barnabas told them to turn to the “living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.”
Later, Paul was taken to the Areopagus in Athens and was asked to explain his new doctrine about Jesus and the resurrection.  Paul starts at the beginning by saying, “the One whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you:  God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands.” (Acts 17:24)
In his epistles he writes:
“…which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ,” Eph. 3:9;
“For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  All things were created through Him and for Him,” Col. 1:16; and
“The first man was of the earth, made of dust;” 1 Cor. 15:47.  Paul was well-educated, but of course, by today’s standards, he was apparently uninformed and ignorant.

17. The author of Hebrews shares that, “God… has… spoken to us by His Son, who He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds, 1:1-2; and in 1:10, God the Father said to his Son Jesus:  “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands.  They will perish, but You remain.  Heb 1:10-11a.  Did he get this wrong?

18. Finally, consider Revelation.  Here the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fall down before the Lord, worship Him, cast their crowns before the throne, and say, “You are worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and by Your will they exist and were created.”  The angel who will come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud, with a rainbow on his head, his face like the sun and his feet like pillars of fire, swears by Him who “created the heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it…  Another angel, who has the everlasting gospel to preach to those on earth, says with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” (Rev. 4:10, 10:5, 14:6)

So, do you just dismiss what these great men of God, and, oh yes, Jesus, the Son of God, and also the angels and elders in heaven, have to say about creation and the Creator?  How do you reconcile these clear, straightforward statements with evolution?  Were they all wrong?

Suppose a church regularly acknowledged God as Creator in its teachings at all age levels, as well as in its prayers and worship (like in the Bible).  Would God be glorified through that?  Of course.  And what would be the effect on the people?  Perhaps nothing identifiable, but it certainly would be positive.

And suppose in your home you regularly acknowledged God as Creator in your day-to-day comments about the world around you, in your devotional readings and in your prayers.  Would God be glorified in your home?  Yes, indeed.  And what would be the effect on your family?  Why not honor God and see.

One more thought.  When God gave Moses the Ten Commandments, He said, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.  For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.  Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”  How have you, as a father, honored that commandment?  Have you made the Lord’s day special?  In keeping that commandment we give glory to God by acknowledging Him as the Creator.  Every seven days, if we stop to reflect on it, we remind ourselves and our children that God created all things!  If we treat it like any other day, we miss out on an opportunity to glorify God.

Worship with Third Day’s “God of Wonders” here.

If you are not familiar with this song, and would like to see the lyrics, view this version by Chris Tomlin here.

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