IN THE BEGINNING

By Roy Burner (Minister of the Gospel)


INTRODUCTION

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1) and God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31).  Scripture later reveals:  The earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence (Genesis 6:11).   

Over a period of time man corrupted that which God had created; with the soul of man becoming of a vile nature, that necessitated God's judgment, and destruction of every living thing. Scripture reveals: God spared not the old world, but saved Noah (and His household) the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly (2 Peter 2:5).


In the Beginning 
Everything Beautiful

Scripture reveals: He (God) made everything beautiful in his time: also he has set the world (eternity) in their heart, so (except) that no man can find out the work that God makes (does) from the beginning to the end (Ecclesiastes 3:11).

A Bible commentary noted: Man cannot be satisfied with what is temporal but his quest for the eternal is frustrated by limitations.  Scripture reveals: And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined (purposed) to do (Genesis 11:6).

The people were attempting to gain entrance into heaven through their own strength by building a temple whose top would reach unto heaven.  They were trying to erase the need of God from the picture.  Many once godly nations have risen to such heights by embellishing their own standards of morality; ignoring God's Word.

Confounded the Language

Scripture reveals: Therefore is the name of it called Babel (Babylon); because the Lord did there confound (confuse) the language of all the earth: an from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon (over) the face of all the earth (Genesis 11:9).   God brought upon them the very thing they sought to avoid: being scattered upon the face of all the earth.

The language barrier today is still a factor; even though man has come together through interpreters, but it is not the same as in the beginning when language was not a barrier.  However, even now man is attempting to rebuild the tower of self-reliance rather than reliance on God.

We Have Forgotten
God

Abraham Lincoln stated: We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.

We have forgotten the gracious hand that preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these things were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.

Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.

Bible Based Living

In the beginning many facets of our daily life was of good morals, and Bible based living.  Television in its first inception to the world was of a moral nature that the entire family could benefit from its influence.  The Internet, along with many electronic devices, has brought the world together, but not always for the betterment of mankind.

Many such venues help promulgate that which is contrary to God's Word; even considered in many cases as an abomination to God.  Just as the serpent (an instrument of Satan) diluted the Word of God, in the Garden of Eden, so is it today as many attempt to bring God's Word in conformity to desired lifestyles.

Scripture reveals: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge but fools despise wisdom and instruction (Proverbs 1:7).  The fear of the Lord is no longer as prevalent, in many once godly nations, because their is a dereliction of duty in preaching the Word of God.

Pulpit is Responsible

A legendary evangelist of the first Great Awakening, Charles G. Finney stated:  Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits.  If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours to a great degree.  If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.

If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If Satan rules in our halls of Justice, the pulpit is responsible for it.  If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. 

Let us not ignore this fact; but let us lay it to heart, and awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.  In many lands we see that which has been identified, so very long ago, coming into reality; even more fully than when first proclaimed!

Pollution of the World

Scripture reveals: If after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning (2 Peter 2:20).  But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, the dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire (2 Peter 2:22).

A Bible commentary noted: Despite their profession of salvation, they have become entangled in the world and overcome by it.  Therefore they have embarked a course of action that denies their profession.  The illustrations of the dog and the sow vividly portray their folly.  

In the beginning such was not the case but Satan, the prince of this world, captivated the attention of many to walk away from the Unadulterated (pure) Word of God.  He placed that which was pleasurable but unhealthy attractions, utilizing just the right bait, to do so.

Closet of Non-Acceptance

In the beginning much of what is accepted today; has come out of the closet of non-acceptance, and is now openly proclaimed as acceptable.  Scripture reveals: Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination?  No, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time I visit (punish) them they shall be cast down, saith the Lord (Jeremiah 6:15).

Those of Jeremiah's day were rejecting the Word of God to embellish ways that previously were of a foreign nature; but had become openly acceptable, with no reproof other than God's spokesman (Jeremiah) sounding the alarm.

People's Stubborn Refusal

Scripture reveals: Thus said the Lord, stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls.  But they said, we will not walk therein.  Also I set watchmen over you saying, hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken (Jeremiah 6:16-17).

God's response to the people's stubborn refusal to walk in His ways: Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened to my words, nor to my law, but rejected it (Jeremiah 6:19).

There was a price to pay for rebellion against God's Word then; and so it is today, when rejection comes into the foreplay without any sign of repentance!

Allowing Ungodly Rule

In the beginning many nations were of a godly nature but have allowed the ungodly to get an upper hand.  Many ungodly individuals have gained access to positions of authority to spread their ungodly agenda with the result of "nothing will be restrained from them" as previously mentioned concerning building the tower to eliminate a need for God.

In the beginning God's Creation was to be enjoyed not corrupted.  However, man as in the case of the Pre-flood times of Noah, has allowed ungodliness to prevail rather than obedience to God's Word. 

There is a vileness that exists, in many lands, that was not of such a nature in the beginning but a gradual acceptance of ungodliness has grown in full bloom for all to see.  Sin is openly flaunted before all; demanding acceptance by all.

Flowery Words Deceive

Many use flowery words to deceive; often just enough of God's Word to gain creditably.  A Sunday school commentary noted: A certain political leader made frequent use of Christian vocabulary.  He talked about the blessing of the Almighty and the Christian beliefs which would become the pillars of the new government.

He spoke of his spirituality to the press, especially to the church papers.  He displayed his tattered Bible and declared that he drew the strength for his great work from it as many Christians welcomed him as a man called from God.  Who was this leader?  It was Adolf Hitler.

In the Beginning
Great Evangelistic Revivals

In the beginning were many godly ministries and great evangelistic revivals that promoted godliness.  However, one man noted: The Church use to set an example for the world, now the World sets an example for the Church.

Does the Church, in many lands, need to be revitalized, renewed in its commitment to God and His Word?  Would such a return not help root out ungodliness, no longer allowing the ungodly to flourish in the way we are witnessing today?  The answer is a resounding YES!

Need for God's Blessings

In the beginning needs to be a message of remembrance of the blessings of God, His provisions, His umbrella of protection, towards God-fearing nations!  Are we seeing those blessings being withdrawn; as in Jeremiah's day, when encouragement towards a return to God was rejected?

Scripture reveals an antidote for such times:

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will HEAL THEIR LAND (2 Chronicles 7:14)!

A Bible commentary noted: While this promise as originally given to King Solomon regarding the people of Israel, it is certainly applicable to all who will call on the Lord in repentance and faith.  This verse stands as a high expression of God's loving readiness to hear the prayers of a repentant people.

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