Genius Moses or Genius God?
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
This is the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible and constitutes the very foundation stone upon which all else that follows in the Bible is built. Everything in the Bible stands and falls with this statement: “In the beginning God!” Doubt this one simple opening statement of the Book, and you cannot and will not believe a single thing that follows in the rest of the sacred Scripture. INFIDELITY BEGINS RIGHT HERE, AND FAITH REST ITSELF HERE. It is probably the most important verse in the entire Scriptures. “In the beginning God,” not in the beginning “a nebular mass,” or “a pool of warm slime,” or “some hairy monkeys swinging by their tails,” but “in the beginning GOD.”
If I can believe this then I can believe that God could walk on the water, He could make the sun and moon stand still in the sky obeying His command and could thus lengthen Joshua’s day. Then I can also believe that He could part the Red Sea and make the Jordan stand on its feet. Then I can believe that He could turn water into blood and rain fire from heaven. Then I can believe that He could make an ass speak, and rain bread from heaven for the children of Israel. It all depends on whether you believe that “In the beginning God.”
What is the more reasonable explanation of the origin of this creation: the complex evolutionary theory of man or the simple “in the beginning God created?” The Bible assumes the existence of God, and you are expected to believe it. All the observable and testable evidence of nature and science supports it. Even the heathen in darkest savagery believes in a god, whatever form that god may take. It remained for educated civilized man to invent the inane and insane theory of atheism.
Of all God’s creation, only man rebels against God. As it is written, “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” You see, there is an absolute God, who is a God of absolutes, and He has spoken with the Bible, which itself is absolute truth.
Both science and theology suffer most from incapable amateur exponents. True science never conflicts with the Bible, and true science has been the greatest handmaid of scripture in supporting the claims of Holy Writ.
The Bible is the infallibly inspired revelation of God concerning Himself and His creation. Since He “made everything that was made,” He is the last and final authority on that which He made. Whether the Bible speaks of salvation, or astronomy, or psychology, or physiology or anatomy, or geology, or history, or medicine, or surgery, or sexuality, or chemistry, or any other branch of science, it speaks with the same infallible authority.
How is it that Moses was schooled for forty years in Egyptian philosophy and the sciences never incorporated any of the now discredited Egyptian superstitions in the books he wrote in the Bible? In Moses’ day people taught that a great man carried the earth on his shoulders and when the man sneezed there was an earthquake. But the Bible declared 3,700 years ago, “He hangeth the earth on nothing.” That was scientific. In Moses’ day the practice of medicine, if it could be called that, was a mere mess and mass of superstition, boiling toads’ skins and demon incantations. Yet Moses, who was schooled in these superstitions, wrote the most scientific treatise on modern medicine, hygiene and sanitation the world has ever known. Today in our ultra-scientific age we have not added one thing or been able to improve on a single regulation Moses gave to the children of Israel concerning the handling of contagious diseases or the method of surgery. (Please read Leviticus 13-15 for example.)
Why do we call attention to these things? Because we are living in a day and age when it is considered “smart” to doubt the Word of God. Those who still believe in the infallibility of the Bible are considered old fashioned and odd. Our youth are taught that the Bible is only a book of religion and while there is much value in it, it is not necessary to literally believe all of it.
We need never to apologize for being old-fashioned enough to believe the whole Bible. The real ignoramus is not the simple soul who dares to believe that God said what He meant and meant what He said, but he is the fool who would accept the theories of modern man instead of the sure words of God. The Bible is not only the book of God which teaches man that he is lost and in need of salvation through faith in God’s own Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, but it is at the same time the greatest Book on science which has ever been written. Wholly apart from its spiritual content, the Bible contains more real literary value and truly scientific teaching than all other books taken together. There is no other book in existence comparable to the Scriptures, in both its accuracy and scope of scientific information. Yet this is only true of that old Authorized King James Bible of 1611.
The teachings Moses gave four thousand years ago are still as modern and up to date in every detail as they were when written. Outside of Christ Himself, Moses was the greatest scientist who ever lived in recorded history. On every subject which he treats he is an authority, and not one of his instructions given in the Pentateuch on medicine, surgery, hygiene, astronomy, geocentricity, psychology, or other branches has ever needed correction or revision. And yet, instead of the tried and proved truths of the Word of God, men would rather believe the vaporizings of man’s hypothetical guesses, that need to be changed with each new discovery, than the simple record of the Word of God.
Instead of believing the simple and conclusive key to all knowledge given in the first verse of Scripture, “In the beginning God created,”
man would rather believe the wholly unsupported, speculative and imaginative theory that we evolved from some ugly anthropoid ape, rather than the certain fact that we can trace our ancestry back to God Himself.
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” (John 5:39, 45, 46, 47)
Jesus says, “If you do not believe the writings of Moses, how can you believe MY WORDS?”
Can you still doubt this living word of God? Did Moses know surgery as well as astronomy, and hygiene, and medicine and chemistry? Living in an age that was choked with superstitions, he gave these revelations millenniums ahead of modern scientific discovery. All his revelations still stand today because he received his knowledge of science direct from God who is the creator of all matter with which science deals. Moses was not only a specialist in one branch of science but in every branch, and no doubt astronomy.
Moses taught in Genesis 1 that “the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Notice it was the Spirit of God that’s doing the moving and shining of light upon the still globe of the earth thus causing the evening and morning and therefore the very first 24 hour day. The Spirit did not hover over a rotating sphere! Never mind the many references more of Moses that the Sun (and Moon) was finally created on the fourth day to give light and warmth to the earth as it would “rise” and “set” over the surface of the world.
Who can forget the words of Moses’ general Joshua, (Jesus = Greek) when he, now leading the church from the wilderness, was in battle, leading them into the promised land, said “Sun stand thou still,” and it did,(Joshua 10:12). How strong was the assurance of Joshua’s faith! It was to the Almighty, the One who created the fixed earth first, then placed the sun and moon in orbit to give light upon the earth, to whom Joshua looked. And with God all things are possible. This passage of Joshua 10 is testimony to the absolute supremacy and invincible might of Jehovah. These extraordinary displays of God’s power were judgments upon the Canaanites. As the great flood of Noah, the fire and brimstone on Sodom, and the plagues upon Egypt, the miracles of Joshua 10 were interpositions of God for the express purpose of destroying the wicked and the salvation of the redeemed.
And when Jesus said “That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his Sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
Does the rain really fall or does it merely only appear so? We really should believe Moses, and without question, believe Jesus Christ.
Remember, after His resurrection Jesus spoke to two on the road to Emmaus: “Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoke: ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.”
Christ definitely told them of Malachi 4:2,
“But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” Christ as God’s true Son of righteousness really did rise from the dead, it was not an event that is a mere myth based on some circumstantial evidence. Christ rising from the dead was supernatural as was the writing of the Bible that predicted the event as prophecy. Do you believe it?
“Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:7-13)
The word of God is sure. You can not be saved without believing God’s word. You can safely trust God. You need not be afraid to rest your whole destiny on this word which is the immutable promise of God. Today, believe the record of the Word.
He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. 1 John 5:10
Friend, please consider these truths and Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ today. God’s word is the truth and it tells us so plainly:
“And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For god sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of thr only begotten Son of God.” (John 3: 14-18)