Did God Create Life: A Look at Evolution

On Sunday, November 20, I am presenting a message entitled, “Did God Create Life: A Look at Evolution.” Because of the importance of this message, I am sharing my notes. Perhaps they might assist someone in their search for the truth of how the universe came into being.

With apologies in advance, please know that these notes represent my unedited sermon notes as I configure them for my purposes. I hope many will benefit from these notes in their present unedited format.

Did God Create Life? A Look at Evolution

 

The Hidden Purposes of God – Genesis 50- Exodus 1

Our church family is reading through the first five books of the Bible together in ninety days. We invite you to join us as we believe this will be a time that will change our lives. 

Read Genesis 50 – Exodus 1

Joseph’s life shows us that God’s purposes often travel strange paths. Who would have ever thought that all Joseph went through – the deception of his family, being sold into slavery, false imprisonment – would all be used of God to orchestrate, prepare and position Joseph to be used to save all of Israel? The hidden purposes of God can sometimes be seen only at the end of your story. Isaiah 55:9 reads, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways (or purposes) higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” We operate with only partial knowledge. God operates with all knowledge. He is God, and we are not. Proverbs 25:2a tells us, “It is the glory of God to conceal things …” We are reminded to never doubt God.

Are you facing something in your life that makes no sense? It very well may be that God is putting something into place that, afterwards, will make you say, “That was amazing!” Lose a job? He may have something much better. Break up with a girlfriend or boyfriend? There may be someone much better that God has waiting for you.

There is a tremendous story that God displays, when without tipping His hand to us in advance, we suddenly recognize that He was working His will all along and we couldn’t see it. He is also merciful to withhold information from us that He knows we aren’t ready to know, even if we think we really want to! It may be that God places a higher priority on our being transformed than our being informed.

A Surprising Reversal – Genesis 48-49

Our church family is reading through the first five books of the Bible together in ninety days. We invite you to join us as we believe this will be a time that will change our lives. 

Read Genesis 48-49

While the story of Jacob blessing his sons (Genesis 48) receives little attention from most of us today, we should pause to consider that it catches the attention of the New Testament believers. Of all the items to place in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews 11, we read this: “By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff” (Hebrews 11:21). What is so significant of a father blessing his boys?

Jacob is old, near death, and ill. He sits up in bed to meet his son, Joseph and his two half-Egyptian sons. We must remember more is happening here than meets the eye. For this is the family of God’s promise, the one family from all the families on the earth from whom the Messiah will eventually emerge. At this critical moment near the end of his life, Jacob remembers God’s promise to him (Genesis 48:3-4). Hebrews 11:21 says that by simply remembering this promise, Jacob worshipped. The promise given to Jacob recalls the promise originally given to Abraham, the father of the faithful.

At this moment, Jacob does something unusual – he claims the boys as his own (Genesis 48:5). They will no longer be his grandsons, but his sons. In place of Reuben and Simeon, who had discredited themselves (Genesis 49:7), Joseph’s boys, Ephraim and Manasseh, will now be Jacob’s sons. More importantly, these two boys will serve as two of the twelve tribes of Israel for generations to come.

While the Messiah and the kings of Israel will come from Judah’s line, Joseph’s blessing is to have two of his sons included. Joseph had continually believed God was building a great people even when the future looked bleak (Hebrews 11:22). Joseph, like Abraham before him, built his life on faith in God.