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In the Beginning

Wisdom for the Heart / Dr. Stephen Davey
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February 4, 2021 12:00 am

In the Beginning

Wisdom for the Heart / Dr. Stephen Davey

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February 4, 2021 12:00 am

When introducing pre-Christian people to Jesus Christ, Paul doesn't start at a manger or a cross or an empty tomb; he starts at the very beginning of time. Every question of theology, philosophy, and science begins in Genesis 1.

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1900 and believe sell the smallest unit of life was simply a lump of carpet.

Trouble is, his theory was based on what he couldn't see the road and I quote, if it can be demonstrated in any complex organ exist which could not possibly have been formed by numerous successive modifications.

My theory would absolutely break down exactly what happened then with the invention of the electron microscope in 1930, 48 years after the from the most distant galaxy to the smallest particle God created everything God as the creator is our theme today here on wisdom for the heart.

When introducing pre-Christian people to Jesus. Paul didn't start at the manger or the cross or the empty tomb. He started at the very beginning of time, every question of theology, philosophy and science begins in Genesis 1. Stephen Dailey returns to acts 17 today with this lesson called in the big imagine hiking in the Black Hills of South Dakota energy around the corner.

You come up on the side stops you in your tracks in front of you and stretching up into the sky, are four giant faces. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln around the world of these faces appear on this mountainside. Maybe over millions of years they took shape by random accident and earthquakes brats over millions of years wind and rain and erosion and rock slides combine to carve these faces into stone give you another illustration. This is from Anthony flew one of the most noted atheists in the world. He shot the intellectual community by publishing a book his own journey his own battle and was published in 2004 and took the public by surprise where he where he declared he changed his mind is no longer an atheist best ideas at best a believer in a creator.

In his book entitled, there is a God flu reflects on the argument underpinning human origin that he had to deal with in his younger days he writes and I quote the argument ran like this, given enough time and chance, life on planet Earth could have just happened without any design.

Certainly, from a creator God. He references and experiment researchers who tried to prove this example of time plus chance equals life. It's a theory and behind a well-known experiment. I've heard about this. Ravi Zacharias talked about it in one of his articles, but I didn't realize it it it actually taken place in an effort to prove the time plus chance equals something intelligent in the experiment took place in the United Kingdom. It was based on the question, how long would it take an incident number of monkeys pounding away at an infinite number of typewriters to come up with an intelligible word or a sentence or maybe even a sonnet from Shakespeare that you can believe it. They actually put a bunch of monkeys in a room with typewriters and let them go. Six of them. In fact, and after one month of hammering away at the keys the monkeys produced 50 typed pages. Nevermind that somebody had to create the typewriter and loaded with paper. That aside, but 50 typed pages. Still after one month they produce. However, not one single word, not one word he writes which is amazing considering that the shortest word in English to be a one letter word such as the letter a or I one letter words only work if there's a space on either side of it and that never happened pointed out that if one considers that there are 30 keys on the keyboard. The probability of typing at least one one letter word is one and 27,000 not all that much, so please attempts he writes could not even result in one one letter word was the possibility that these monkeys could type the first line of one of Shakespeare's sonnets, much less a simple sentence like see Jack run yet. He contends contemporary scientists keep telling us that monkeys can do it with enough time he wrote the entire universe, which is infinitely more complex than a Shakespearean sonnet could not of been designed by allowing enough time plus chance to work there had to be a designer and he said, effectively my atheism cracked and eventually crumbled away, he joined a host of scientists by the way, over the years. I did a little research and let me give you some quotes of some of them.

Nicholas Copernicus right in the 16th century who could live in close contact with the most consummate order and wisdom, and not a door. The architect Kepler wrote one of the worlds greatest astronomers wrote a century later. The 17th century, my Lord and my creator. I would like to proclaim the magnificence of your works to the extent that my limited intelligence can understand Isaac Newton the 18th century, the founder of classical theoretical physics and I didn't have any classical theoretical physics classes in school was more suited for recess on about you but that was my Bithynia Newton Road. I quote the arrangement and harmony of the universe could only have come from the plan of an omniscient and omnipotent being. The truth is we as human beings today have, as it were suddenly stumble around the corner and and and and were looking up into the face of an incredibly wonderful and complex world and universe. Everywhere we look at the evidences of forethought and tension in planning which equals design the apostle Paul wrote to the Romans that if you just stop suppressing the truth stamp on your heart about a creator you be drawn to marvel at the attributes of God that are evidence in this created universe that same apostle stood before the Supreme Court of Athens on top of that wind swept jutting mountainous rock known as the Areopagus, and he said to them, there is a creator and I happen to know who he is, in fact, that's his first line of reasoning in this passage we been studying to take your New Testament to go back to acts chapter 17. Let's go back up that hill with Paul. By the way why you're turning mankind is always had origin. We just happen to be living in a generation of one particular one that seems to taken root.

By 1881 there were 80 theories of Orrick and Paula's is addressing a world that had their own theory that it sort of taken the Athenian mind here is here is their theory by the way, Warren has Paul is going to introduce to them. God, the Athenian's believe that the seamen of one of their gods suffice.

This spilled on the ground in a failed attempt to rape, Athena, their patron goddess and as his semen came in contact with another goddess. The goddess earth known as Gail.

She ended up getting pregnant accidentally and ended up thus delivering the human race that takes no faith to believe it all.

It's so easy to understand. That's how the human race got authority that the Athenians were not atheist know God feels they were probably the many gods but they were just as far from the truth in their pantheism as the atheist was but there still asking the same question was the universe put together by accident.

Where were human beings created to be toyed with. They believed or maybe tortured as they also believe all of the above was believed by pulse generation.

So when acts chapter 17. As Paul begins to introduce the unknown God of them. He effectively takes them as he does with Gentile audiences and you'll see this happening. The Scriptures over and over again. They take the audience all the way back to Genesis chapter 1 and verse one in the beginning God and what's the first thing you learn about that propositional statement. The begins the biblical record. In the beginning God. What's the next word created in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. In other words, the heavens and the earth are the designed result of God's intention, forethought and planning was go back to Paul's exact words in next chapter 17 will cover one verse here. If we hurry look at verse 24 verse 24. Here he begins now the God who made the world and all things in it since he is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands now. By the way, that last little statement I can just see Paul gesturing is only Areopagus windswept open court room where the Supreme Court said that he could easily in my mind, I imagine them just sort of gesturing around for all of them to see because Athens is dotted with with one temple after another, including the magnificent part. They were everywhere. Paul arrives and and effectively says right there is a God you don't know about you say a lot about him. By the way the windows are down from atheism or polytheism to monotheism. He says there is a God you don't know about, but I want you to notice how Paul informs them that that this God doesn't need anything created for him because he happens to have created all that is what he says noticing that he is the God who created the world and all things in another word, Paul uses for world in verse 24 is the word cosmos. It refers to the sum total in the arrangement of all that exists.

The word cosmos is carefully chosen by Paul, the apologist he actually uses the word that every Athenian philosopher would have known well to refer to the order and arrangement. In fact it was used, to the order and arrangement of the political system in Athens. Plato famous scholar of ancient Athens use the word cosmos. In fact, for that which is well order and arrange. In fact, we have been at one rather interesting illustration were Plato use the word cosmos to refer to the order and arrangement in which a woman puts on her makeup. First, this layer and then this layer and in the next layer on services plated and appreciate that illustration, but he used it on. The philosopher was who said all of the barn door needs painting. The reason we don't know who it is because his body has never been found to seem to see what is a Cosmas gives us the word cosmetics. The arrangement of cosmetics or the arrangement of the face.

What Paul is implying here is that when you detect the, the cosmos, the universe and you and you notice the arrangement in the order someone has effectively taken a brush and applied it that way, the beauty and order of life in the cosmos is the cosmetic brushstroke of creator God formed by him. The apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians, all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, all things been created through him and for him and Paul clarifies here.

Did you notice he created the world. Now notice and all things. That's his way by the way, closing every loophole and all things that would include aliens ceding the universe, it would include billions of years of enough time plus enough chance encounters with wind erosion. Our eyes or meteor or whatever or billions of years the fashion you and me know he created all things, all things this word all things refers to simply all the world contains linguists say it refers to all inanimate objects such as stars, mountains, rivers, these and all inanimate objects such as plants, animals, angelic beings and human race. That doesn't mean God didn't set in motion the laws of nature for joining in God's ultimate intention by procreating child or for plants and animals to produce after their own kind.

What it does mean is that everything that exists is the result of God's divine forethought, intention and plan listen to what Nehemiah said in his journal. You alone are the Lord you made the heavens, the heaven of heavens, with all the starry host, the earth and all that is on the seas and all that is in them, you give life to everything Nehemiah 9 verse six is exactly what Paul is saying. Next, he adds the! Notice that the creator God is the Lord of heaven and earth is not subject to the universe is not caught off guard by what happens in the universe isn't too big for him to manage his Lord. He is master of heaven and earth. He is the creator behind the cosmos love story Charles Boylan was a devoted Christian several centuries ago. He was fascinated with Kepler's and Newton's discoveries about planetary motion and the intricate design boil hired a watchmaker to design an actual working mechanical model of the solar system that demonstrated the motion of the planets around the sun.

They all moved mechanically. According to the pattern of their orbit quite marvelous an incredible display of skill and precision. On one occasion boilers showing the monolith management, praying for and an atheist exclaimed, and in the 80th was extremely impressed with the clockwork model and the atheist says what was hoping for is that this is an incredible impressive model who made it while responded. Nobody just appeared.

David the psalmist praise God by writing by the word of the Lord the heavens were made and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea together and he delays up the depths and storehouses, all the earth fear the Lord.

Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in all of him, for he spoke and it was done take you back to Genesis 1 and he said he said the plans of his heart. David writes the plans of his heart generation to generation.

Some 33, 6 to 10 you know David is singing about aforethought and intention and planning of our Creator God, I love the way David adds that little lien when the world comes to understand that by faith, believe it, all the world stands in all of that is that what you do when you learn something when you read some discovery when the archaeologist turns over his spade.

When when when you see something you know on on your computer screen when you look at the photograph of the of the Hubble who wasn't sent out there. By the way, did defend Christianity, but when you see those photographs you stand in God the 1800s. Darwin believed the cell. The smallest unit of life was simply a lump of carbon.

Trouble is, his theory was based on what he couldn't see any was honest enough to admit it.

By the way he wrote and I quote, if it can be demonstrated in any complex organ existed, which could not possibly have been formed by numerous successive modifications. My theory would absolutely break down" exactly what happened then with the invention of the electron microscope in 1930, 48 years after the death of Charles Darwin, mankind was finally able to see a demonstration of the complexity within a single living cell and was a staggering discovery hidden from view. All this time locked inside the nucleus of the cell was this chemically coiled strand that would later be named DNA which I'm glad it's called DNA because I cannot pronounce everything that that represent the read just one description.

This is been in a cell discovery day. I guess this morning the seed money just read from one description something that Darwin didn't know that we know now once the egg and sperm share their inheritance, the DNA chemical letter splits down the center of every gene like the teeth of the zipper pull apart DNA reforms itself each time a cell divides, each cell having the identical DNA along the way cells specialize mysteriously, yet each cell carries the entire instruction manual of 100,000 gene your DNA contains instructions that if written out would fill a thousand volumes, each volume 600 pages. Here's what staggers my imagination in the their discovery. All of the information of the entire library are carried within each cell, no evolving, no adapting, but immediately springing into existence containing all the information the DNA is so compacted that all the genes in your body cells could fit into an ice cube. However, if the DNA were unwound and joined together and and the strand would stretch from the earth to the sun and back again 400 times. In other words, it is been demonstrated that a complex organ exists which could not possibly have been formed by numerous modifications.

So obviously the theory collapsed in the been rewriting science textbooks over the last few decades. Not hardly.

They have dug in. You say as I said to myself in the offer and answer Darwin and only had the electron microscope, only it had.

He didn't. But you know what he had. The sermon by the apostle Paul delivered to the Areopagus, and Charles Darwin would have read the same chapter in the book of acts, as he prepared one point in his young adult life to be a minister in the church of England with what Darwin already knew he was already troubled by the staggering cosmetic arrangement of the world listen to something that is not in this textbooks.

He wrote a letter to a close friend, which was published after his death he wrote and I quote I'm conscious that I am in an utterly hopeless model. I cannot think that the world as we see it is the result of chance. Again I say I am, and shall ever remain in a hopeless model. Paul effectively warns his generation and ours. If you want to model along deny what is as obvious to us.

As for faces, car into a mountainside in Athens in America.

The denials are commonplace because of it. Beloved. Here's what were dealing with in our culture, mankind not only loses a divine designer. He loses purpose and design zone life and models along for the believer, just one expression just one discovery. The record of Scripture is caused to glorify God, all the more right you want to praise him for his creative handiwork every discovery points to him. I came across this article.

Yet another reason to stand in awe of our Creator and with this I close you may feel as if you're sitting still.

Right now, but it's an illusion of miraculous proportion planet Earth is spinning around its axis at a speed of 1000 mph every 24 hours planet Earth pulls off the Celeste Teal 360 were also hurtling through space at an average velocity of 67,108 mph. That's not just faster than a speeding bullet.

It is 87 times faster than the speed of sound.

When was the last time he thanked God for keeping the galaxy in orbit the earth spinning on course. I'm guessing you never prayed Lord I wasn't sure we make the full rotation today, but you did it again, thank you, and then his application Mark Wright, Mark Batterson writes if we can trust God to manage our universe and keep it in perfect arrangement. According to his will. If we can trust God for these big things. Let's trust for the little thing like keeping our online course. According to his intention is for this plan, the God of the Bible is the creator of the universe being the creator implies that he's sovereign over everything, right down to the smallest details of our lives here on wisdom for the hard art teacher Stephen Davey is working through a series called introducing God.

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