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“For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water.” 2 Peter 3:5
We all have a choice in what we choose to believe or not. God is not going to arm-wrestle someone into faith. God has blessed every human being with free will. With that, they choose to follow Him or not.
“Willingly,” as stated above, implies that truth or no truth, those being referenced will not comply. Their minds are made up to purposely follow their own ideas, their own beliefs, the dictates of their own heart, and a life of sin. Their ignorance will not allow them to believe in the order of Creation as it was written in the Bible. For too long man has opposed God’s grand truth and has tried to whittle it down to his own finite theories and ideas on how the world came to be.
But we read in Scripture, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). All of creation begins with God: “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:2).
Before God stepped in there was just chaos. He is the one “who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain” (Psalm 104:2). Can a man even fathom catching one star that falls from the sky, let alone stretching out the “heavens” with galaxy upon galaxy and universe upon universe?
In the beginning, all He had to do was speak a word and creation obeyed and came into existence. All that is in the sky, that looks like a cosmic “curtain” twinkling above our heads is because God is the one who made it to be so.
Peter addressed this truth in a rebuttal against the voice of scoffers and those who refuse to believe that by the very “word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water.”
This was God’s doing, he insisted! Nothing that we see in this world today existed, nor did it evolve from some microscopic species. But on the third day of creation, referencing Peter’s point above, God said, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together in one place, and let dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering of together of the waters called he seas: and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:9-10).
Although the order of creation is apparent and evident some still choose to disbelieve and remain ignorant. But, the apostle Paul comes in and says this doesn’t excuse them. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse,” (Romans 1:20).
In the book of Genesis, we read the day-by-day detailed account of the story of Creation. All life begins and ends with God. Acts 17:24, 28 says, “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands . . . For in him we live, and move, and have our being.” He has the power to give breath (Genesis 2:7) and He has the power to take away breath (Psalm 104:29).
All of creation, man and beast, land, and those things that are in the sea and sky, are here because God made it so. Many may try to refute this truth and remain ignorant of the fact, but this was God’s doing and His creative credit cannot be attributed to any other, nor can it be ignored.
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