August 13, 2017
Psalm 33:9, Exodus 20:11, 2 Peter 3:3-6, Isaiah 45:12, James 1:16-18, Psalm 91:11
Today, we are beginning a new sermon series called “Who.” Who is God? I’m sure you’ve heard many different thoughts and opinions as to who God is. Maybe you’re here this morning or listening in and you have some questions yourself. Maybe you’re skeptical about God and who he is. Maybe you know about God, but you aren’t sure why it is so important. That’s what we are going to explore over the next four weeks.
And to do so, we aren’t going to look to our feelings, we’re not going to look to our thoughts or what we want to be true. We are going to look at the only reliable source we have, and that is God’s Word: the bible.
And that’s what the Bible is; it’s God’s Word. It is inspired and inerrant. In other words, God guided and directed it and it contains no errors. This becomes vitally important to remember especially when we are talking about a topic like God. There’s a lot of things about God, we can’t comprehend. Yet, we believe it because God’s Word says it.
So what does the Bible say about God? It says, “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one.” – Deuteronomy 6:4. So the Bible says there is one God, and yet throughout the bible we see him revealing himself as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One God, yet three persons. We call this the Trinity.
This morning, we are going to take a look at the first person of the Trinity called the Father. We are going to see why confessing who the Father is matters in the 21st century. So let’s jump right in here.
Because creation and evolution are mutually exclusive. (Creation)
The Bible gives credit to God the Father when talking about how this world began. Now that may be tough for some you. But it’s true. And it may be tough because let’s be honest, the theory of evolution makes sense. The belief that things evolve little by little over a long period of time can lead to big changes. That makes sense. However, there’s something we must understand: Evolution and what the Bible says about the beginning of the world don’t go together at all. In fact, they are the complete opposite. And really there are two main ways that they differ.
The first is how it happened. Evolution says that the beginning of the world all happened by chance, and though evolution makes sense, we also have to be honest about the chances of it actually happening. It believes that there were a whole bunch of chemicals. Of those chemicals the right chemicals all came together at exactly the right time and formed a basic protein. Eventually that happens 2000 times which produces 2000 proteins and you form a single living bacteria. Now you can say, “Yeah, that could happen.” But mathematicians have figured out the probability of this happening.
The probability that the right chemicals coming together to form a single protein, not a living bacteria, just a single protein, is 1 in 10 followed by 520 zeros. The chances of you winning the lottery is 1 in 292 million. Or 1 in 292 followed by 6 zeros. That’s just to form one protein. The probability that 2000 proteins come together and form a living bacteria is 1 in 10 followed by 40,000 zeros. And that’s just for one cell not an entire complex body. According to evolution, everything here happened by chance. That means you happened by chance. But now compare that to what the Bible says.
9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
According to the Bible, this world didn’t happen by chance. You didn’t just happen by chance. God the Father deliberately wanted to create this world. He wanted it here, and he wanted you here. And the Bible says, “He spoke and it came to be.” And when he spoke, it showed up in all its complexity right from the beginning.
How cool would that be? Wouldn’t’ that be great? I would absolutely love it if I could say, “I’d like the best brisket in the world and a Dr. pepper,” and boom, it was there. It’d just show up. That’s what God did. He spoke and it came to be.
The second difference is timing. Evolution says that it took millions, even billions of years before the world was created. Yet, look at what Exodus 20:11 says,“For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them.
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day.Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
Six days. Six days God created everything. It didn’t take him millions of years; it took him six days. Maybe you’ve heard someone say, “Well, we weren’t there. How do we know that a day doesn’t mean millions of years?” I suppose, but the problem is that the Hebrew word for “day” is yom. Yom means 1 24-hour period everywhere else in the Old Testament. So if that’s the case, then there’s no reason to think it means anything other than a 24-hour day here as well.
Well, how do you explain trees that are millions of years old? Do you know how I respond to that? If God is powerful enough to create the world out of nothing, then he’s powerful enough to create a tree that is a million years old.
Unfortunately, a lot of people want to say that he can’t. In fact, the Bible even tell us to expect it. In the New Testament, Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3:
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
2 Peter 3: 3-6
God’s Word says that there will be scoffers. There will be people who don’t want to believe that God created the world, and they will criticize you.
Anne went to San Diego State University for a little while. She told me that in her biology class her professor was talking about the start of the world. She remembers looking up at the screen in front of class and the PowerPoint slide said, “Christians are ignorant.” All because we believe in a God so powerful that he can create this in 24 hours. Sadly, people don’t want to believe this. Even some Christians have a problem with this.
That leads us to our second point.
We have a hands-on God.
Some Christians who want to mesh evolution and creation together came up with theistic evolution. How many of you have heard of that? Theistic evolution believes that there is a God, that God is the creator of the material universe, but then he stepped back and let evolution take over. In this belief evolution becomes a tool that God used to develop human life. But look at what he says in Isaiah 45:12.
12 It is I who made the earth
and created mankind on it.
My own hands stretched out the heavens;
I marshaled their starry hosts.
God says, “I did it. I created it. I’m the one made the world and mankind on it.” God didn’t sit back and let evolution take place, God is a hands on God who created it all. He doesn’t just sit back and watch the show, but rather he is involved.
Do you know what we do when we combine evolution and creation? We steal glory away from God. God claims he created it, but we say, “Well, you probably didn’t.” And we give glory that belongs to him to something else. And that is a sin. God says, “I am a hands on God. I created it.”
Do you remember back to when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden? Did God just sit there? No. He intervened. He made them clothes. When the world got to be so bad that only 8 believers were left, what did God do? He intervened and sent a flood. And finally, when the time had fully come, God intervened by sending his Son into the world. God himself intervened and stepped into our world and lived like one of us. Except he was perfect. He didn’t sin, he didn’t hurt people’s feelings, or call people names. He didn’t do a single thing wrong. He lived perfectly. He stepped into this world to die for us on the cross to take away all our sin. And he rose from the dead, defeating it.
God doesn’t just sit back and watch his creation. He’s hands on. He’s even intervened in your life. At one point in your life, you didn’t believe in God. You were content in your sinful ways doing your sinful things. But then he worked a miracle in your heart. He worked faith. Faith in Jesus as your Savior. At one point you lived unsure of what would happen when you die. God intervened and now you know that you will rise from the dead. At one point you guilty, but God intervened to let you know Jesus took all your sins on himself and now you are guilt free. We don’t have a distant God. We have a hands on God who created this world, who created us, and has intervened for us. And we want people to know that.
Because every good and needed gift still comes from above. (Preservation)
We also want others to know that God continues to preserve us.
16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Every single time you sit down to eat, who provides you with the gift of food? God. He is the one who is preserving you. He is the one who gives you the ability to work which produces money. Which allows you to buy food. He is the one who gives you the knowledge of how to cook. He is the preserver, and he gives you every good gift.
God has blessed us incredibly and has given us so many good gifts. Living in America it can sometimes be embarrassing how much he’s blessed us. Anne and I went to Punta Cana for our honeymoon. We took an excursion up through the jungle of the Dominican Republic. We stopped by this house up in the mountains to learn how this family makes their own coffee and honey and things like that. As we were leaving, we saw into the house. No windows. No door. Just a concrete slab with walls. 2 rooms. A with the kitchen and then a bedroom. 1 mattress. No sheets. No running water. No electricity. An entire family lived in there.
Then I look at what I have. There are times I throw food away because I let it go bad. I take my AC for granted. I complain about my bed or my pillows. I get upset when technology isn’t working the way I want it too. But our heavenly Father is preserving us every single day. He is taking care of our needs and providing us with what we need to live.
Because my life and times are in his hands (Protection)
God promises in Psalm 91:11
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
Our God has sent his angels to guard and protect you. We have no idea how many close calls we have every single day, but God’s angels do. They are protecting us. Yet, it’s not so much what they are protecting us from, but who. See, the devil and his demons want to destroy us. They want to destroy our life and tear as away from Jesus. But God sends his angels to guard and protect us.
Does that mean when we get hurt, they failed? No. Their job is to guard and protect us from the devil until God tells them to usher us up to our heavenly Father’s side in heaven. That is the ultimate deliverance from evil.
Do you remember what Jesus called God the night before he died? He called him “Abba.” That’s an Aramaic word which means, “papa” or “dad.” Our dear Dad’s love and protection is not limited to keeping us alive here on earth. It’s much greater than that. God has and continues to invest a lot in you and me. He sacrificed his Son on Calvary’s cross. He made sure that faith was created in your heart. He protects you from all harm and danger and will continue to do so until he is ready to bring you to heaven to be at his side. That’s our dear Dad’s promise. When Dad makes a promise, he always keeps it.
This is our God. God the Father, our creator, preserver, and protector. We want everyone to know about our dear Dad. He’s not some unknown character. He’s made himself known to us, and we want everyone to know. May God be with us as we confess him to a world who needs him.