Crises in Creation

E. L. Lovering, Ilfracombe

Part 1 of 4 of the series Gleanings from Genesis

Category: Study

The series commencing under this general title aims to present suggestive outlines on the book of Genesis in the following form:

Crises in creation, chs. 1-11

  • God’s Handiwork, 1-2.
  • Sin’s Entry, 3-4.
  • Man’s Destruction, 5-10.
  • Shinar’s Plain, 11.

Heroes in history, chs. 12-50

  • Abraham, 12-25.
  • Isaac, 25-27.
  • Jacob, 27-37.
  • Joseph, 37-50.

CRISES IN CREATION 1. God’s Handiwork, 1-2

The purpose of this section of Genesis is not to give a scientific theory of creation, but to state the fact that one God created all things. The title “Genesis” (Greek) means “origin”, and the first word in the Hebrew is the word for “beginning”.

Author of creation. “In the beginning God . . Genesis 1 describes not so much the greatness of creation as the wisdom and power of the Creator. The Bible is essentially the revelation of God to man, in creation, in history and in redemption. The only explanation of the origin and the process of creation is God.

Authority in creation. “God said . . . and it was so”. The record bears the stamp of sovereignty. God’s word is but the expression of His will - He willed and it was done. Note: God created, 1. 1; God moved, 1. 2; God said, 1. 3; God divided, 1. 4; God called, 1.5.

Agent in creation. “All things were made by him”, John 1. 3. The New Testament reveals that the Word of God was none other than the Son of God. He “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers: all things have been created through him, and unto him; and he is before all things, and in him all things consist (hold together, marg.)”, Col. 1. 15-17 R.V. He is Creator and Controller, and it is often easier to make than to control. Gunpowder is simple to make but is difficult to control. Think of the power which controls the universe!

Accomplishment in creation. “God saw that it was good”. The phrase recurs in the record to emphasise the completeness and the perfection of God’s work. What God had willed, He had performed to His satisfaction. How often this is not the case with man, the result of whose labours may fall so far short of his original intention. The sabbath rest symbolises not God’s need of repose but rather the perfect accomplishment of His purpose - He could rest because His work was finished. As for God “his work is perfect”, Deut. 32. 4.

Advance in creation. “And there was evening and there was morning”, R.V. God’s method was progressive. All could have been brought about by one word and one act; but God chose to advance His work in stages, one stage resting upon another, each in itself complete. There were “steps” not “leaps” until the edifice was complete.

Apex of creation. “Let us make man in our image”. This is the climax of God’s creation. The work of the days was an obvious preparation for the appearance of man. There was light, air, water, herbage, fruit, seasons, fish of the sea, fowls of the air and cattle of the field - man was to have dominion over all, 1. 28. Note that God no longer says “Let there be” in relation to man’s creation, but “Let us make man”. Here is the great gulf between man and beast; he is made in the image of God and as the result of divine counsel. No living creature could form a helpmeet for him, but God created them, male and female, 1. 27. Both stand side by side, on one level before God. Adam’s commission implied domination, multiplication, subjugation, cultivation, 1. 28; see also Ps, 8; Heb. 2. 5-9.

There are 9 articles in
ISSUE (1966, Volume 17 Issue 3)

Crises in Creation


The Drink Offering

Gospel Work and other Assembly Activities

High Time to Awake - Romans 13. 11

How Amiable Are Thy Tabernacles

In A Christian Assembly - Why?

Outline Studies in the Minor Prophets - Introduction

Practical Pioneering - A Special Gospel Effort

There are 6 articles in this series

Crises in Creation

Crises in Creation (2)

Heroes In History (1) - Abraham

Heroes in History - Joseph

Heroes In History (2, Isaac & 3, Jacob)

Heroes in History - Joseph (Continued)

There are 93 articles by this author

The Trials of Persecution and the Wisdom of God

The First Main Division

The Triumph of Redemption and The Work of God

The Teachings of Jehovah and the will of God - Part 1

Revelation of Divine Purpose in Exodus

The Teachings of Jehovah and the will of God - Part 2

Lessons from Leviticus - Introduction and Chapter 1

Lessons from Leviticus - Chapters 6-10

Lessons from Leviticus - Chapters 11-17

Lessons from Leviticus - Chapter 23

Lessons from Leviticus - Chapters 24-25

Notes from Numbers - Chapters 22 - 25

Notes from Numbers - Chapters 26-30

Notes from Numbers - Chapters 31-35

In the Beginning

Trivials or Spirituals?

Patient Perseverance

Restful Resignation

The Flood - Fact or Fiction?

Gifts to the Church - 1 Cor. 12.

Christ and the Bible

Go to Jericho!

Worship: The House Filled (Part 4)

Matter in Miniature

My Beloved

My Beloved ”My Beloved ”

‘My Beloved’ - His Bride (Part 1)

My Beloved

‘My Beloved’ - His Bride (Part 3)



Second Epistle of Peter



The Inspiration of Scripture

Perfect Humanity

Absolute Deity

The Death of Christ

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Ascension and Exaltation of Christ

The Holy Spirit - His Person

The Holy Spirit - His Work

The Holy Spirit and His Work (2)

Spiritual Blessings - Remission

Spiritual Blessings - Redemption

Spiritual Blessing - Atonement

Spiritual Blessings - Justification

Spiritual Blessings - Sanctification

John’s Gospel Chapter 1

John’s Gospel chapter 1

John’s Gospel Chapter 1

John’s Gospel Chapter 1

John’s Gospel Chapter 2

John’s Gospel Chapter 4

John’s Gospel Chapter 5

John’s Gospel Chapter 6

John’s Gospel Chapter 6

John’s Gospel Chapter 9

John’s Gospel Chapter 11

John’s Gospel Chapter 6

John’s Gospel Chapter 8

John’s Gospel Chapter 10

John’s Gospel Chapter 11

John’s Gospel Chapter 13

John’s Gospel Chapter 15

John’s Gospel Chapter 3

John’s Gospel Chapter 4

John Chapter 8

John Chapter 12

John Chapters 13-16

John Chapters 17-19

John Chapters 20 & 21

The Preparation for a Gospel Message

By Galilee

Walking on the Waves, Mark 6. 45-52

Ritual and Reality

Highlights of the Gighway (1)

Highlights of the Highway (2)

The Unclean Spirit, Mark 1. 21-28

The Man with the withered hand, Mark 3. 1-6

Scenes in the Synagogue (3)

Gathering To His Name - Matt. 18. 20

The Lord’s Table And The Lord’s Supper 1 Cor. 10, 15, 23. 11. 20—34


Heroes in History - Joseph

Heroes in History - Joseph (Continued)

Spiritual Blessings - Reconciliation

On Baptism

On Fellowship

Crises in Creation

Crises in Creation (2)

Heroes In History (1) - Abraham

Heroes In History (2, Isaac & 3, Jacob)