Monday, January 17, 2011

God's Design of the World: Daily Devotions from the Heidelberg Catechism

Monday

The Triune God’s Intricate Design of the World

Reading:

1) Heidelberg Catechism:

6 Q. Did God create people so wicked and perverse?

A. No. God created them good and in his own image, that is, in true righteousness and holiness, so that they might truly know God their creator, love him with all their heart, and live with him in eternal happiness for his praise and glory.

2) Scripture:

Genesis 1:10, 12, 17-18, 21, 25, 26-31: God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 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.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 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.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Comment

Sometimes people blame God for all of the suffering and sin in the world. But Genesis 1 teaches us that God created the world, and that he created it good. We can’t blame man’s sin or the effects of man’s sin on God. God is good.

Q&A 6 and Genesis 1 teach us three important truths about ourselves as human beings:

• Human beings are made by God.
• Human beings are made like God.
• Human beings are made for God.

The fact that human beings are made by God is denied by many in today’s world. Evolutionists say that somehow we just evolved by a process of time and blind chance. But the creation is too complex to believe in this sort of evolutionary myth. The more science learns the more we realize how intricately designed the world truly is.

Listen to just one example of this intricate design of the world by the Lord:

“The DNA Double Helix is one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all
time. First described by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953, DNA is
the famous molecule of genetics that establishes each organism's physical
characteristics. It wasn't until mid-2001, that the Human Genome Project .
. . presented the true nature and complexity of the digital code inherent in
DNA. We now understand that each human DNA molecule is comprised of
chemical bases arranged in approximately 3 billion precise sequences.
Even the DNA molecule for the single-celled bacterium, E. coli, contains
enough information to fill all the books in any of the world's largest
libraries.”

We live in an amazing world that points us to the even more amazing God who created it! Let us praise and glorify him as Creator!

Discussion: After creating certain things, we read that God saw that his creation was good. Why do you think this changes to “very good” in Genesis 1:31? What accusation do people often make against God, and is it true? Discuss the complexity of each DNA molecule. What attitude does it create in your heart about God?

Prayer Starter: In your prayer praise and thank the Lord for creating the world in all of its wonderful complexity, and for creating and caring for you.

Hymns for Lord’s Day 3

O, To Know God I Was Created




To the tune EL NATHAN (I Know Not Why God’s Wondrous Grace http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/PsH/495 or http://www.hymnary.org/hymn/UMH/714). Based on Lord’s Day 3 of the Heidelberg Catechism, Q&A 6 (related Westminster Shorter Catechism Q&A 10). Words: Bill Weber, 2010.



v. 1

O Lord, our Lord, how lovely is

Your name in all the earth.

Creating us in holiness,

the image of your worth.



refrain

O to know God I was created,

to love Him wholly,

live in his presence,

that I might enjoy life with Him,

for his praise forevermore.



v. 2

O Lord, our Lord, how wonderful

Your name of highest worth.

O help us spread Your holy name,

Your fame to all the earth.



refrain

O to know God I was created,

to love Him wholly,

live in his presence,

that I might enjoy life with Him,

for his praise forevermore.



v. 3

Our Lord, we praise your triune name,

the name above all names,

forever you exist in love,

three persons yet but one.



refrain

O to know God I was created,

to love Him wholly,

live in his presence,

that I might enjoy life with Him,

for his praise forevermore.



v. 4

Into your wondrous triune name

I was baptized to bear

Your name to carry through this world,

to praise it ev’rywhere.



refrain

O to know God I was created,

to love Him wholly,

live in his presence,

that I might enjoy life with Him,

for his praise forevermore.



v. 5

Dear Lord, I know my debt is great,

it reaches to the sky.

But trusting in my Jesus Christ,

You pardon, justify.



refrain

O to know God I was created,

to love Him wholly,

live in his presence,

that I might enjoy life with Him,

for his praise forevermore.



v. 6

On Jesus Christ, God’s only Son,

the Father set his seal.

And those who come to Christ in faith,

please God and do his will.



refrain

O to know God I was created,

to love Him wholly,

live in his presence,

that I might enjoy life with Him,

for his praise forevermore.

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