The Holy Spirit never leaves a surrendered vessel unfilled or unused. – Adrian Rogers
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Having considered several synonyms for Scripture, nothing could be more appropriate than examining the second truth—God’s existence is the first—that Scripture declares: “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen_1:1; also Isa_45:12). “Created” (or create) is the Hebrew bārā’ (H1254), a word that appears some fifty-three times and is used of God alone.
Unlike other words that speak of making something, bārā’ speaks of creating from nothing. The word yāsar (H3335), for example, means “to form, fashion, or shape,” as a potter makes a vessel (Isa_29:16) and as God made man from dust (Gen_2:7). Similarly, ‘āśāh (H6213) means “to do, to make, to accomplish,” as in constructing something with existing materials (Gen_13:4). There is also kûn (H3559), which means “to set up, to make firm, to establish,” as in founding a city (Hab_2:12). Amazingly, all four words appear together in Isa_45:18 : “God himself . . . formed [yāsar] the earth and made [‘āśāh] it; he hath established [kûn] it, he created [bārā’] it not in vain.”
Bārā’ is, therefore, unique. While the potter needs clay and the builder needs materials, God needs nothing. He merely speaks into existence whatever He chooses, as we repeatedly read “And God said” in Genesis 1. Further, God will also create the New Heavens and New Earth (Isa_65:17; Rev_21:1-5).
So in Genesis 1, we see the creation of all three basic elements of the physical universe: space (“heavens”), matter (“heavens and earth”), and time (“beginning”). God did it all, and any compromise with the idea of “millions of years” is a denial of God’s unique, finished work of Creation and is the result of the brainwashing of people’s minds by ungodly men.
Another particularly intriguing appearance of bārā’ occurs in Psa_51:10, where David, after his terrible sin, pleads, “Create in me a clean heart, O God.” We are reminded here of Eph_2:10, which declares that the believer is “created in Christ Jesus.” “Created” is ktizō (G2936), the word often used in the Septuagint to translate bārā’. God created the believer from nothing. Before Christ came into our lives, each of us was a worthless lump of clay, dead in trespasses and sins (Eph_2:1-3). But then God created us! And to what were we created? “Unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them” (Eph_2:10).
Scriptures for Study: What is the purpose of God’s creation of man in Isa_43:7? What should be our response to that creation (Psa_148:5)?
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 01:16 AM PDT
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,” Matthew 5:16.
When people in darkness are looking to be rescued, they are looking for the light. They are not interested in the vessel that is holding the light. It could be an old rusty pot full of burning oil or a magnificent lighthouse. The lost could care less. They are only interested in the light. “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). Then in Matthew 5:14, He tells His disciples they are the light (light bearers) of the world. This is living the dream supernaturally. Paul said, “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us” (2 Cor. 4:6, 7). Since Christ is in us, when we are surrendered to Him, anyone who is watching our lives should see Christ. For some lost people we will be all of Jesus they will see until the day of judgment.
JUST A THOUGHT – Let’s all let our lights shine for Jesus.
Robert A. Brock
“I resolved never to ask what I preferred…but what God commanded”
November 17, 1843 – Dr. J.G. and Juliette Pattison Binney, sailed for Burma. Dr. Binney’s father, though saved, could not understand the “necessity of seeking a more extended field of usefulness.” However Binney had written early in life, “When I commenced my Christian course I resolved never to ask what I preferred…but what God commanded, and His will should control my steps.” After 140 days on the sea, they arrived in Burma on April 6, 1844. In time Mrs. Binney’s health began to fail. She was forced to return to America in April of 1850, and a letter to her brother give insights into her heart and life: “…I have entered on my 40th year…I did not expect to live many years when I came to this country…My husband said yesterday that upon leaving his church in Savannah, he could have known that he would only live long enough to accomplish what the Lord has permitted us to do here, he would not have hesitated a moment. Do not be alarmed. Do not be alarmed, lest if I grow worse, I should go home. We have not the most distant idea of ever seeing your dear face again, though I would give anything short of sacrificing conscientious convictions to do so.” Her health amended in the States, and the Binney’s boarded a vessel for Burma. But when her health deteriorated again in 1863, she was forced to return to America the second time. Dr. Binney’s health failed as well, and he returned home too. But when their health allowed the couple sailed again for Burma. Upon the death of her dear husband at sea on Nov. 26, 1877, Juliette Binney continued on to Rangoon, where she spent her last years in service to the Savior. She passed away on May 18, 1884, but had “taught her Bible-class…on the day before the night in which she went to her heavenly home at 75.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon from: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins /Thompson/, pp. 478-80.