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Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Snow geese at Middle Creek
Snow Geese at Middle Creek

"The Creator Of The Ends Of The Earth"

Message summary: Today let us join Paul as we proclaim our praises to "the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen". Let us affirm the ancient creed, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”

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"And God said, 'Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.' 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. And God blessed them, saying, 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.' And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day" (Genesis 1:20-23). “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth” (Isaiah 40:28). "The Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen” (Romans 1:25b).

Yesterday we watched an amazing spectacle of the snow geese at the Middle Creek wildlife area. This is one of the many places all across North America where snow geese stopover to rest and feed on their migration to Arctic areas. We saw lots of geese, probably about 50,000. But we'll probably go back next week when their numbers are expected to peak once the ice has thawed on the lake.

One observer describes the scene like this, "From far away, it could be a patch of water lilies gone wild, gobs of bobbing, floating whiteness atop a glistening 400-acre lake. Then you get closer and see the tiny specks of black on the edge of what are surely wings, being untucked by what is most definitely a pinkish bill. Then you hear the raspy, discordant honking, louder than an army of 18-wheelers, commanding your eyes to an upward blizzard of birds eclipsing the sky."

One of the most remarkable features is when, as if on cue, they all take off together and the volume sounds much like that of a jet airplane.

This is one of the many wonders of creation, evidence of the mighty work of the Creator. Our first daily Scripture portion in Genesis 1:20-23 describes the creative work on the fifth day when God created the birds.

A major emphasis on Paul’s teaching early in Romans is contrasting the created (creature) with the Creator. In 1:20 he refers to the creation of the world, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

Of course many modernists mock the notion of creation and a Creator. Science, they declare, fully explains the origins of the natural order. Big bang, evolution, billions of years of chance;
they proudly assert that it can all be explained without the need for a Creator. Many, in their academic pride, see those of us who believe in the Biblical Creation account as mere simpletons. But "Professing to be wise they became fools" (Romans 1:22).

Sadly far too many, including some Christians, seek to accommodate the Bible to the fickle views of science. Many tell us we must disregard the first chapters in Genesis regarding Creation and the Flood. But the teaching of Creation and a Creator is not limited to the first several chapters in Genesis, rather it is heavily sprinkled all through the Bible. Denying the Creation account is not merely making the Genesis account a myth. You can’t stop there! Many, based on science, also assert life after death is impossible.

Taking an expository scalpel to God’s Word in seeking to diminish the Creation account makes for a very messy, and in our view, deadly operation. For instance Jesus said, “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6). In this text Jesus affirms that there was “the beginning of creation” and proceeds to quote from Genesis 1:27, “male and female He created them”.

For many years "the beginning of creation" has been denied by those who claim to be wise. Now, in the last several years, there's a denial of the realty that "male and female He created them". One concession always leads to more, as is evidenced so often in the daily news, in political and educational settings as well as the church that concedes to the popular philosophies of the day.

Today let us join Paul as we proclaim our praises to "the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen". Let us affirm the ancient creed, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”

Be encouraged today,

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: Father, we offer thanks to You that we do know and we have heard that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. Yet there are those who have never heard this message and there are still others who have exchanged the truth of God for the lie, choosing to worship and serve created things rather than the Creator God which makes their thinking futile and their foolish hearts darkened. In ourselves we are nothing but as we walk in the light of Your inspired Holy Word we live in truth and walk in righteousness. So we give praise to You, the Creator, who is forever blessed, and rejoice in Your mighty, awesome and expansive creation. Amen.

Further study:

A short sampling of Scripture texts throughout the Bible that affirm creation and the Creator:

* “Indeed, ask now concerning the former days which were before you, since the day that God created man on the earth, and inquire from one end of the heavens to the other. Has anything been done like this great thing, or has anything been heard like it?” (Deuteronomy 4:32).
* “Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created” (Psalm 148:5)
* “It is I who made the earth, and created man upon it” (Isaiah 45:12).
* Jesus said, “But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female” (Mark 10:6). Jesus recognized a that there was a “the beginning of creation”. And proceeds to quote from Genesis 1:27, “male and female He created them”.
* “To bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things” (Ephesians 3:9).
* “For it was Adam who was first created, and then Eve” (1 Timothy 2:13).
* “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation” (2 Peter 3:4).
* “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created” (Revelation 4:11).

Furthermore the ancient church creeds and catechisms affirm a belief in Creation:
Apostle’s Creed: “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.”
Nicene Creed: “We believe in one God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.”
Question nine of the Westminster Shorter Catechism What is the work of creation? “The work of creation is, God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good."

We just saw a powerful video in our Sunday School class by Mark Farnham, a professor at Lancaster Bible College and an elder in our church concerning "Science and Scientism"  Video  (55 minutes but worth the watch) This is not specifically in regard to creation but presents a very interesting perspective I don't recall ever hearing before.

Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Creation Calls"  Video  Brian Doerksen

"Indescribable"  Video  Chris Tomlin

"How Great Thou Art"  Video  Shane & Shane

So Many Snow Geese!! ~ Middle Creek   Video  The Wandering Woodsman. This is a teacher who makes many nature and historical videos in our area.

Through the Lens: Snow Goose Migration  Video  Cornell Lab of Ornithology  Outstanding photography of the geese near the Finger lakes

Of course we took photos and video yesterday but if you are interested let me point you to the abundance of excellent photos and videos on the web. There are many very serious photographers with quality equipment that come for the show!

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