Mankind

Mankind

On the fifth day in Genesis 1:24-31 (NIV) God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.N62

Similar to Leviathan a creature of the sea, God created a creature of the land called Behemoth. On the fifth day in Genesis, God made all the creatures of the land including man. What will astound you is this verse in Job 40:15 (NIV) Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.N63

Did you notice something interesting about what the Lord said?

It wasn’t that He said Behemoth was made along with you, but He said to Job, look at Behemoth.

Cleary the Lord was showing Job Behemoth and talking to him about it, we can see that in the rest of Job 40:16-24 (NIV).

What strength it has in its loins, what power in the muscles of its belly!

Its tail sways like a cedar; the sinews of its thighs are close-knit.

Its bones are tubes of bronze, its limbs like rods of iron.

It ranks first among the works of God, yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.

The hills bring it their produce, and all the wild animals play nearby.

Under the lotus plants it lies, hidden among the reeds in the marsh.

The lotuses conceal it in their shadow; the poplars by the stream surround it.

A raging river does not alarm it; it is secure, though the Jordan should surge against its mouth.

Can anyone capture it by the eyes, or trap it and pierce its nose?N64

I believe Behemoth is the second witness that is spoken about in Revelation 11:3-5. And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. If anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. If anyone desires to harm them, he must be killed in this way.M313

The reference to Behemoth is that they will stand before the Lord of the Earth. We know in Psalm 24:1-2, the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.N65

In Job 40:19 it says something very interesting about Behemoth, He is the first of the works of God; He who made him can bring near His sword.M314

We should begin to understand these words and realize that in Genesis 1, man was the last of God’s creations. On the fifth day, the first among the works of God was the creatures of the land and the first of all the works of God was Behemoth. Man was the last thing God created from the land on the fifth day.

To understand how the Lord could say to Job in Job 40:15 (NIV). Look at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.N66 We need to look at a few more words from the Lord to Job. Let’s first start with Job 38:4-21 (NIV).

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.

Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it?

On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?

“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?

The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment.

The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken.

“Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep?

Have the gates of death been shown to you?

Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?

Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?

Tell me, if you know all this.

“What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside?

Can you take them to their places? Do you know the paths to their dwellings?

Surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!N67

The first thing the Lord said to Job was; where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?

Tell me, if you understand.

When the Lord spoke to Job again, He said “look” at Behemoth, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.

The Lord was able to say that to Job because the Lord had said to Job earlier, surely you know, for you were already born! You have lived so many years!

To fully comprehend what’s being said we need to know how the tapestry called life is weaved. To understand that we need to read Ephesians 1:3-10 (NIV). 

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.N68

If we read the above passage, we should be able to answer this question. When did Jesus first bless us with every spiritual blessing?

The answer to that is in the heavenly realms!

Do you notice that no matter what we think the answer should be, an answer that would make the most sense, when we pay attention to what’s actually written in scripture the answers no matter how incomprehensible don’t change what’s written?

We can choose to disagree with what’s written, but we can’t say that it isn’t written. We can state that the interpretation is incorrect because that only makes what’s written digestible like milk.

For as we begin to understand that which is written, we begin to understand Ephesians 1:4 (NIV) and how, He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.N69

We can then begin to understand God’s love spoken about in Ephesians 1:5-6 (NIV) and why He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of His glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.N70

The love that God shared with us in Jesus is spoken about in Ephesians 1:7-10 (NIV), so we can have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.N71

For even Job in all his understanding said this to the Lord in Job 42:2-6 (NIV).

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.

You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures My plans without knowledge?’  Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’

My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.

Therefore, I despise myself and repent in dust and ashes.”N72

Did you notice what Job said in Job 42:5 (NIV), my ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.N73

We have to remember that Job is from the Old Testament era, before the birth of Jesus Christ, before Christianity. His ears had heard of the Messiah, which at that time was spoken about in Judaism. The root of Christianity as Jesus was a Jew.

The word messiah in Merriam-Webster means, a King who will be sent by God to save the Jews.MW41

Job saw the King! The King who was accused of being who He was.

We read about this in Matthew 27:37. They put His accusation over His head, which read:M315

THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS

To truly understand that which is written we first need to remember what was done to Pharaoh’s heart in Exodus 9:12. The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh, so that he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had spoken to Moses.M316

Before we go further into something truly amazing, we need to remember these words that Jesus said in Matthew 7:12. Therefore, everything you would like men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.M317

What did Lord do to Pharaoh’s heart?

The answer to that is in Exodus 9:7 where, the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, so that he did not let the people go.M318

Which people did the Lord prevent Pharaoh from letting go?

That answer is in Exodus 9:1 when, the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, and speak to him, ‘Thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews: Let My people go, so that they may serve Me.M319

Pharaoh was prevented from letting go, His People, the Hebrew people, that were chosen so that they will be able to serve Him.

Before we can understand where the words Jews came from, we need to understand what the people were called before they were called Jews. For that, we need to understand the word Hebrew.

Merriam-Webster defines Hebrew as, a member of an ancient group of people who lived mostly in the kingdom of Israel and practiced Judaism, the language of the ancient Hebrews, the language of modern Israel, a member of or descendant from one of a group of northern Semitic peoples including the Israelites.MW42 

What this is basically saying is that the God of the Hebrew People; the people who once lived in the kingdom of Israel, the people who practiced Judaism, the people who spoke the Hebrew language, it was these people that the Lord both wanted to be set free and for Pharaoh to not let them go.

Before we explain why the Lord did not want to let them go, let us understand what the word Jew means.

The word Jew in Merriam-Webster means, someone whose religion is Judaism, who is descended from Jewish people, or who participates in the culture surrounding Judaism, a member of the tribe of Judah, a person belonging to a continuation through descent or conversion of the ancient Jewish people, one whose religion is Judaism.

What that means is Jesus, who was the King of the Jews, was someone who was from the tribe of Judah, someone who spoke the Hebrew language and practiced Judaism.

If we go back to what was written in John 19:17-22 it says, 

He went out, carrying His own cross, to a place called The Place of a Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the middle.

Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. The writing was:

JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city. And it was written in Hebrew, in Greek, and in Latin. The chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but ‘He said, I am King of the Jews.’”

Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”M320

The words Pilate said are so important, “What I have written, I have written,” because once something is written by an official holding authority, it cannot be undone. Likewise, laws that are written cannot be undone, especially those that have been written with authority from upon High!

Now let’s get back to understanding why the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, it was done so that scripture and the words of the Prophets could be fulfilled.

You might be asking what words were to be fulfilled?

The words in Matthew 7:12. Therefore, everything you would like men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.M321

In Exodus 9:7, the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, so that he did not let the people go.M322 The Hebrew people that practiced Judaism were not let go.

Everything you would like men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law. Jesus wanted to be done to Him, what was done to the Hebrew people at the time. Jesus did not want to be set free. We can see this unfold when we read John 19:1-16.

Then Pilate took Jesus and flogged Him. The soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put a purple robe on Him. They said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they hit Him with their hands.

Again Pilate went out and said to them, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no guilt in Him.” Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. Pilate said to them, “Here is the Man!”

When the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, “Crucify Him! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves and crucify Him, for I find no guilt in Him.”

The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God!”

When Pilate heard these words, he was more afraid, and entered the Praetorium again, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to release You, and power to crucify You?”

Jesus answered, “You would have no power at all over Me, unless it were given to you from above. Therefore, he who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”

From then on, Pilate tried to release Him. But the Jews cried out, “If you release this Man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!”

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement (which in Hebrew is Gabbatha). It was the Day of Preparation of the Passover and about the sixth hour.

He said to the Jews, “Here is your King!”

But they shouted, “Away with Him! Away with Him! Crucify Him!”

Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?”

The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!”

Then he handed Him over to them to be crucified.M323

Did you notice something interesting in John 19:11-13 when Pilate asked Him a question and, Jesus answered, “You would have no power at all over Me, unless it were given to you from above. Therefore, he who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.”

From then on, Pilate tried to release Him. But the Jews cried out, “If you release this Man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!”

When Pilate heard these words, he brought Jesus out and sat down on the judgment seat at a place called The Pavement (which in Hebrew is Gabbatha). M324

Power to release Jesus was not given from above. The power was in the law as we see in John 19:7, the Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God!”M325

When Pilate brought Jesus out and sat on the judgment seat, he had no power to release Jesus, for the king at that time was Caesar and to the chief priests, their king was also Caesar.

But there is a time coming written about in Revelation 19:11-16 where the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords will come to judge.

I saw heaven opened. And there was a white horse. He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are like a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns. He has a name written, that no one knows but He Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood. His name is called The Word of God. The armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, with which He may strike the nations. “He shall rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury and wrath of God the Almighty. On His robe and on His thigh He has a name written: M326

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

This is the power of the law and scripture, for both the law and the scripture has to be fulfilled, for, without the fulfillment of what has been spoken about, salvation could not have come to the gentiles.

All of this was laid out before the foundations of the world, just like in the story of Job.

Pilate had no power to release Him, the power was with the people. The power to set Jesus free was in their hands.

Likewise, the power to set ourselves free is also in our hands, that power is in the word. With the word the power to set Jesus free to do what is written in the laws and the scripture is ours. He has already laid the foundation.

We need to learn and understand what scripture, the word of God is saying. When Job got to see Behemoth, that’s when he also saw and realized why the Lord said, which I made along with you and which feeds on grass like an ox.

After realizing all this, Job says to the Lord in Job 42:3 (NIV), you asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’ Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know.N74

Like Job, the answer to who obscures His plans without knowledge would be us. We are obscuring the plans of God without knowledge.

We are speaking of things we do not understand, things that are dividing the house of God.

WE ARE DIVIDING THE HOUSE OF GOD

In Mark 3:24-27 Jesus says, if a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan rises up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but is coming to an end. No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. Then he will plunder his house.M327

Before we can understand what Jesus was trying to tell us, we need to first look at 1 Peter 2:5, you also, as living stones, are being built up into a spiritual house as a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.M328

We now need to remember what is says in Ephesians 6:12, for our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.M329

If we are divided in our spiritual house, how can we stand against the principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil that are entering our house and trying to bind us in chains of darkness?

Satan is trying to divide the kingdom, our spiritual houses, we have to stand strong and unite with the plan of God and come to fullness as Gentiles. We see this spoken about in Ephesians 1:7-10.

In Him we have redemption through His blood and the forgiveness of sins according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished on us in all wisdom and insight, making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure, which He purposed in Himself, as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Christ, which are in heaven and on earth.M330

The time to bring unity to everything in heaven and on earth under Christ is upon us.

THE TIME TO BRING UNITY IN HEAVEN AND EARTH UNDER CHRIST IS UPON US

To bring unity we must begin to understand the scriptures, not how we as mankind feel it makes sense but begin to understand it from the creator’s viewpoint. Everything that God did made sense to Him. God made things that were good and things that were created to fulfill His purpose, not ours.

For example, if we list the things that God created in Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) which God said were good this would be it:

  • And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness.
  • And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
  • Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
  • And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
  • And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
  • And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

What we may notice is that mankind is not included in the good list. Mankind made the “for a purpose” list. Below is everything that God created in Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) to fulfill God’s purpose:

  • In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
  • And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.”
  • Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

After God had created everything, He looked back and reflected on everything He made that was both good and everything that He created that would fulfill his purpose and how it would all work together. In Genesis 1:31 (NIV), God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.N75 Everything God made for a purpose was indirectly good because it fulfilled His purpose.

Mankind may not have made the good list, but there is another important list that mankind did make. Here is a list of everything that God blessed in Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV):

  • And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
  • Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God He created them; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

God blessed the living creatures of the water, the birds across the sky and mankind. God did not create everything to have a purpose, nor was everything God created good in His eyes, and likewise not everything God created was blessed.

If we looked at what God created in Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) that was both good and blessed this is what we will find:

  • And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”

Knowing this is very important because when we need to know where we are in the design of creation. Knowing this will allow us to actually become humble and humble ourselves as written in James 4:10. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.M331

It’s time to truly understand scripture. What I’m about to talk about next is going to be difficult to understand at first and even harder to believe, but it needs to be said. It will cause us to read Genesis 1 several times over and over again.

Before I begin to explain what will truly be hard to believe let me start by explaining what the word decree means as defined by Merriam-Webster; an official order given by a person with power or by a government, an official decision made by a court of law.

We are now going to look through Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) and identify everything that God did not decree into existence and also what God did not create:

  • The earth being formless (formlessness)
  • The earth being empty (emptiness)
  • Darkness
  • The deep
  • The waters

All these things above were not decreed by God and not created by God. Let’s look at Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) and identify what God decreed into existence that did not have something created after that decree:

  • And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good,
  • And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Light and Land were both decreed by God and both of which just appeared, both of which were not created, but decreed and permitted to exist in a state that God saw to be good.

Now let’s look at Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) and identify what God decreed to create but God Himself did not create:

  • Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

What we will notice is that when God permitted and decreed that the land produced vegetation, the land produced vegetation and God saw what the land produced was good. God did not create the vegetation, but it was created by the land under God’s decree.

Now let’s look at everything in Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) that God permitted and decreed and God himself created after issuing the decree:

  • And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
  • And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
  • And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
  • Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Now it’s time for us understand deeper the four things in Genesis 1:1-31 (NIV) that God permitted, decreed, created by decree and God Himself created after issuing the decree.

To understand all this, we need to first understand where these things were created. Were the things God decreed and permitted created in heaven or earth?

 

Let’s start with earth:

  • And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”
  • And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

The water God was talking about when He created the living creatures was under the sky. We also know it was on the earth because God said so in Genesis 1:22 (NIV). God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.”N76

With regards to the land, we know that the land spoken about is on the earth because in Genesis 1:9-10 (NIV) God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.N77

We know that the water under the sky is on earth and; therefore, the land that appeared from that water would be on earth.

This then leaves the other two things God decreed and permitted which God created in heaven:

  • And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good.
  • Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

It may not have come as a surprise to us that the sun, moon and stars are not created on earth, but above the earth.

But what will help us digest this bit of solid food after the shock and disbelief wears off are these words in Ephesians 1:3.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.M333

GOD CREATED MANKIND IN HEAVEN AND THAT IS THE PLACE WHERE GOD BLESSED US WITH EVERY SPIRITUAL BLESSING