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String I: Creation

THE subject of creation here treated relates particularly to the earth and the creatures of the earth, the chief one of which is man. We will not attempt to discuss at length the creation of other planets, nor of the other creatures. Attention is called merely to the Scriptural statement that the beginning of God's creation was the Logos, which term is translated in our Bibles "the Word". The record reads: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with [the] God, and the Word was [a] god." (John 1:1) God is a name applied to Jehovah, the Almighty One. It is sometimes applied to other mighty ones also; whereas the name Jehovah applies exclusively to the great eternal God. The Logos, the Word, was a god, a mighty one. "The same was in the beginning with [the] God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." He was Jehovah's great active agent in the creation of all things created.
29 Since the Bible was written for man's benefit, the Genesis account of creation has to do with man and his place of habitation. There we read: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." He created the sun, for light by day; and the moon, for light by night, upon the earth. God then created the birds and fowls that fly through the air, and the fish of the sea. He created the cattle and the creeping things, and all the beasts of the earth. All this was
before the creation of man. He had formed the earth many centuries before man's creation, and he created it that man might have a place to live. He caused his prophet to write: "I have made the earth, and created man upon it. For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited." — Isaiah 45:12,18.
30 God created the first man and woman out of the elements and gave them power to produce and bring forth children, and all the human race sprang from the first pair. God was the Father and the earth the mother of Adam. The first man was named Adam; the first woman, Eve. "God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."  — Genesis 1: 27, 28.
31 We are all interested in knowing how Jehovah created the first man, Adam. "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." (Genesis 2:7) God did not give man a soul separate and distinct from the man. The word "soul" means being; living, breathing creature. Every man is a soul. No man has a soul. Every living creature is a soul. God called all moving creatures that have life "souls". (See Genesis 1:20, margin.) He designates various animals as souls. — Numbers 31: 28.
32 Jehovah then made a beautiful home for man, which is designated in the Bible as Eden, a garden, a
beautiful park. Everything in Eden was perfect, because all the works of Jehovah are perfect. (Deuteronomy 32: 4) "And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." — Genesis 2: 8, 9,15.
33 God next gave to man a law to govern him. He told him what he might do and what he might not do; and informed him that a violation of this law would bring death upon him. " And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." — Genesis 2:16,17.
34 God then created Eve to be a helpmate or companion to Adam. (Genesis 2:21-25) If Adam and Eve had been obedient to Jehovah at all times, there would have been no sickness, sorrow, nor death amongst the human race.
35 In the Scriptures Jesus, the Logos, is designated as "the bright and morning star". (Revelation 22: 16) He at all times was and is the joy and delight of the heavenly Father, Jehovah. A star is used to symbolize a heavenly creature. The 'Morning Star' is the most honored one in all the divine realm, Jehovah alone excepted. Other heavenly creatures are designated as 'stars'.
36 Many times you have heard the question asked, Who made the Devil, Satan, the evil one? The cor-
rect answer is, He was not always the Devil or Satan. He was created a perfect and beautiful creature. He was also designated a 'star of heaven'. His original name was Lucifer. The Prophet Ezekiel says of him that he was "the anointed cherub that covereth", which seems to indicate that he had authority over some others. Continuing, the prophet records: "Thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee." (Ezekiel 28:14,15) He is described as a beautiful creature. Thus the prophet speaks of him: "Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created." — Ezekiel 28:13.
37 Other angelic hosts in heaven are designated the sons of God. When God created the earth, laying its foundations as a habitation for man, when he created these beautiful earthly creatures upon the earth, these two great Stars of heaven sang together a song of gladness, and the angelic sons of God shouted for joy. (Job 38:4-7) It appears that at that time all the creatures of Jehovah were in harmony with him and obedient to him, and of course they would watch the creation develop; and when the highest earthly creatures were made, perfect man and perfect woman, endowed with the attributes of wisdom, justice, love, and power, made in the image and likeness of Jehovah, there was great joy in heaven. Hence the occasion for the song and shouting by the heavenly hosts.
38 In the unfolding of the divine plan, therefore, we see that creation is the first part and is properly designated as the first string upon the harp of God. "God is light, and in him is no darkness at all." (1 John 1:5) All the works of Jehovah are perfect. (Deuteronomy 32:4) Hence we must conclude that all the creatures of Jehovah were in the light, were creatures of light, all happy, all joyful. And when the perfect man and perfect woman were placed in the beautiful garden of Eden, everything there was joyful.

To what does the subject of creation herein briefly treated relate? ¶ 28.
Who is designated in the Bible as the beginning of God's creation? ¶ 28.
To what does the Genesis account of creation relate? ¶ 29.
What earthly creatures did God create before making man? ¶ 29.
For what purpose did God create the earth? ¶ 29.
What human beings did God create? ¶ 30.
Who was the father and who the mother of the human race? ¶ 30.
Who was the father and who the mother of Adam? ¶ 30.
What power and authority did God give to man at his creation? ¶ 30.
How did God create man? ¶ 31.
Define the soul. ¶ 31.
Does the word "soul" apply to any creatures except man? Give Scriptural proof. ¶ 31.
Describe the original man's first home. ¶ 32. What is the meaning of the word Eden? ¶ 32.
What law did God give to man by which he was to be governed while in Eden? ¶ 33.
Describe the creation of Eve. ¶ 34.
By obeying God's law, how long could Adam and Eve have lived in Eden? ¶ 34.
A "star" is used in the Scriptures to symbolize what? ¶ 35.
What is the meaning of the Scriptural term "bright and morning star"? ¶ 35.
Who is the most highly honored one in the divine realm? ¶ 35.
Who is the Devil or Satan? and who made him? ¶ 36.
What was his original name? ¶ 36.
How does the Prophet Ezekiel describe Lucifer? ¶ 36.
What other beings in heaven are called sons of God? ¶ 37.
When God created man, what was the effect upon the host of heaven who observed the creation? ¶ 37.
What is the first string upon the divine harp? ¶ 38.
Does the revelation of this string cause rejoicing? and if so, by whom? ¶ 38.
Who is light and without darkness? ¶ 38.
Has God ever created an imperfect creature? ¶ 38.
What is the disposition of God's creatures while in harmony with him? ¶ 38.
What was the condition in Eden when man was created? ¶ 38.

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