Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise Him in the heights.
Praise Him, all His angels;
praise Him, all His hosts.
Praise Him, sun and moon;
praise Him, all you shining stars.
Praise Him, highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens.
Let them praise the name of Yahweh,
for He commanded, and they were created.
He set them in position forever and ever;
He gave an order that will never pass away.
Since the beginning, people have looked to creation with questions. Some of these questions are as old as Mankind, and others are relatively new, due to our recent, clearer scientific understanding of the way things work.
The creation plan of the Lord is far more complex and beautiful than is commonly portrayed. The glorious unfolding of the Universe builds up in a series of thresholds. Each threshold creates the “Goldilocks” stage, with emergent properties, for a new order of complexity.
From a Christian and a scientific perspective, this is a synopsis of the story of the Universe:
Before the Big Bang, all of the laws of the Universe were set in place by the Lord. The universe was finely tuned for us. The degree of fine-tuning of these laws is difficult to imagine.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
First Threshold: Physics
About 14 billion years ago, the universe is born, incredibly hot, busting, expanding faster than the speed of light. At this threshold, the basic components of matter, energy, space, and the arrow of time are created.
Second Threshold: Astronomy
Stars are born, as gravity pulls together hydrogen and helium.
Third Threshold: Chemistry
Stars die, creating temperatures hot enough to make complex chemicals, as well as rocks, asteroids, planets, moons, and our solar system.
Forth Threshold: Planetary Sciences
Gravity pulls together complex elements to create solar systems with planets.
Fifth Threshold: Life Sciences
Life appears, with molecules growing from the Goldilocks conditions, with neither too much nor too little energy.
Sixth Threshold: History
God makes Man to rule His creation.
The Genesis story describes an extinction level event, just like many that are documented to have occurred in Earth’s history, including Noah’s flood. We don’t know what caused the event, but it could have been an asteroid or climate change. It could have been caused by a cosmic battle.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths… (Genesis 1:2)
We do know, from the Genesis account, that the Lord had to quickly restore the Earth, so He could place Man there.
The first thing the Lord did was heal the waters – the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Then, step by step, in six, 24 hour days, the Lord restored the Earth. Only the Creator can perform this miracle. The Holy Spirit showed Moses what actually happened, and he wrote an accurate account in the Book of Genesis:
Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” Evening came and then morning: the first day.
Then God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” Evening came and then morning: the second day.
Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land “earth,” and He called the gathering of the water “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” And it was so. The earth produced vegetation: seed-bearing plants according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Evening came and then morning: the third day.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for festivals and for days and years. They will be lights in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth.” And it was so. God made the two great lights—the greater light to have dominion over the day and the lesser light to have dominion over the night—as well as the stars. God placed them in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth, to dominate the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. Evening came and then morning: the fourth day.
Then God said, “Let the water swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water,according to their kinds. He also created every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So God blessed them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” Evening came and then morning: the fifth day.
Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl, and the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. So God made the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and creatures that crawl on the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then, He performed one additional act of creation:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, all the earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth.”
So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God;
He created them male and female.
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth,and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth.” God also said, “Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This food will be for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth—everything having the breath of life in it. I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. God saw all that He had made, and it was very good. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.
The Lord created a spectacular world for Man:
How countless are Your works, Lord!
In wisdom You have made them all;
the earth is full of Your creatures.
Here is the sea, vast and wide,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.
For everything was created by Him,
in heaven and on earth,
the visible and the invisible,
whether thrones or dominions
or rulers or authorities—
all things have been created through Him and for Him.
The Lord calls all creation to praise Him – the Creator!
Praise the Lord from the earth,
all sea monsters and ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and cloud,
powerful wind that executes His command,
mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
creatures that crawl and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all judges of the earth,
young men as well as young women,
old and young together.
Let them praise the name of Yahweh,
for His name alone is exalted.
His majesty covers heaven and earth.
He has raised up a horn for His people,
resulting in praise to all His godly ones,
to the Israelites, the people close to Him.
If you are not sure that you are saved, you can accept Christ into your life right now, by praying:
“Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Savior.”