Tuesday, May 14, 2019

“...so that men are without excuse.” ~Romans 1:20




“Solomon composed three thousand proverbs (parables), and his songs (odes) numbered five thousand. He spoke of trees, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop growing in the wall, and he taught about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish. So all the peoples came to hear Solomon’s wisdom, and he took gifts from all the kings of the earth, as many as heard his wisdom.” 1 Kings 4:32-34

God’s creation testifies of, yea, heralds His majesty. Solomon spoke of these things (i.e. “nature” - see fn 1) because God wants us to look at His creation, see Him in it, and in turn, give Him the honor and reverence due Him. Recognizing and meditating on these facts would naturally provoke us into seeking Him with all our heart, to the end that we may learn to be more like Him and represent Him in this world. This brings balance into the cosmos. Our positives from God neutralizing the negatives from ignorance and Satan. God created everything perfectly balanced. “A false balance is abomination to the LORD:” (Proverbs 11:1a) Man then quickly threw everything off-balance. God then began working to rebalance everything again. That "balance" came to us through Christ, God's Son (Romans 5:19), to the glory of the Father. The only part of His creation which has faltered is mankind. And that is solely the fault of each and every individual, and each individual will be repaid on judgment day for what they did or didn’t do.

“God “will repay each one according to his deeds.” To those who by perseverance in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow wickedness, there will be wrath and anger. There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil,…” Romans 2:6-9a

Solomon’s father David, the second king of Israel, also made many numerous references to God’s creation in songs while prophesying in Spirit. Right from the very first Psalm we read how happy is a man who doesn’t follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of the sinner or join in with mockers. Instead his delight is in the Lord’s instructions which he meditates on night and day. David says, “He is like a tree planted beside the streams of water that bears its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” (Psalm 1)

Fn 1: “from Latin natura "course of things; natural character, constitution, quality; the universe," literally "birth," from natus "born," past participle of nasci "to be born," from PIE root *gene- "give birth, beget."

When in trouble, he described the trouble through analogies found in nature;

Psalm 7 reads, “Lord my God, I seek refuge in You; save me from all my pursuers and rescue me, or they will tear me like a lion, ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.” Psalm 7:1, 2

When victorious, he described the joy through analogies found in nature;

11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.
13 Let all creation rejoice before the Lord, for he comes,
    he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
    and the peoples in his faithfulness. Psalm 96

Somewhere else we read,

“There once was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job. And this man was blameless and upright, fearing God and shunning evil.
” (Job 1:1)
 
And Job declares: “But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
    or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
    or let the fish in the sea inform you.
Which of all these does not know
    that the hand of the Lord has done this?
In his hand is the life of every creature
    and the breath of all mankind. Job 12:7-10

Jesus also made many references to nature in His teachings.  And even more pointedly, Jesus illustrated God’s love and care for us from examples through His creation. (Matthew 6:25-34)

In every circumstance and situation, kings, prophets, men of God and Jesus Himself have done the same. As nature so aptly declares all the wonders and hardships of life.

I felt compelled to write this message after inadvertently viewing a clip of a nature program on Netflix. The narrator was bringing out marvelous observations about the incredibly delicate balance of nature. He then adds to the statement, which we have all likely heard before, “…It has taken millions of years to evolve in this manner.” That statement is very insulting to anyone with even a mustard seed of faith. As if by adding millions of years into the equation this earth could somehow provide the perfect environment allowing every living thing to thrive so beautifully. To try and rob God of His honor by espousing this ridiculous man-made theory is absurd. And much of mankind is doomed for denying the existence of God right in the face of His brilliant and complex creation.

“For what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse.

For although they knew God, they neither glorified Him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and darkened in their foolish hearts….” (Romans 1:19-21)

Instead of acknowledging this wonderful (lit. full of wonders) - God. They instead gave His glory to the created things and have attempted to cut God out of the equation altogether. And that willful ignorance landed them on the slippery slope to an extremely miserable life on earth and an even worse hereafter.

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images of mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” (Romans 1:22, 23)

“They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator, who is forever worthy of praise! Amen.” (Romans 1:25)

“Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant, and boastful. They are senseless, faithless, heartless, merciless. (Romans 1:28-30a, 31)

There are no clearer verses in scripture describing the penalty of this sin than in Romans chapter one. And we can see how important acknowledging God through His creation actually is! Those who fail to do so end up paying tremendously for their arrogance. And unfortunately, the world seems to be full of these kinds of people.

I must admit, being that God is such an awesome God as He is, it’s hard to fathom it all. Some people even spend their entire lives observing one single species and still do not get close to knowing everything about it. But society usually hears about it through the filter of “God-hating” scientists who attempt to cut God out and instead give the credit to a natural occurrence which took “millions of years” to magically produce.

The Almighty God created it all within six days!

How do I know that? Because God has made it “PLAIN” to us! And yes, God is THAT powerful and wise to be able to do exactly what the record of creation states. And so much more. This earth is obviously tailor made for us to live on. Custom fit! A few more degrees either way and nothing could survive! Scientists know God created it all. None of them can draw any other logical conclusion. Seeing them attempt to explain it all in their own way is embarrassing to watch!

And God’s word says the same, “Where is the wise man? Where is the scribe? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” 1 Corinthians 1:20

Yes, God has done this from the beginning and continues to this very day and will remain so until the very end of the age when everyone is judged.

Even a child can see what God has done. And for them to constantly see adults push a false narrative is depressing. Record numbers of children and adolescents are on anti-depressant/psychotic drugs. These same adults see exactly what is going on and they know why it is happening. They don’t care. Because as Paul says in chapter one of Romans, They are senseless, faithless, heartless, merciless. And I say that no matter how hard these same people pretend to be caring, God has labeled them and the label will remain upon their lives until they cease being senseless, faithless, heartless and merciless and make a 180 degree turn from their foolishness and give God the credit He deserves.