Beth Eden Baptist Church
Dr. Craig M. Jenkins, Pastor
God Creates People
Lesson 3 September 16, 2018
God created people and placed them in a paradise with all that was needed to survive. He gave them food (Gen. 1:29), and they were given dominion over all other living creatures on earth (Gen. 1:26).
Some people say we have evolved as a society since those first people were placed on earth. They say there has been much progress. We have airplanes which can travel faster than the speed of sound; we use satellite communications as a commonplace electronic tool; we have sent people to the moon. But we are still failing where it counts the most. We are still sinning, and, in fact, we are still committing the same sins we committed thousands of years ago.
Rather than rejoicing and being grateful every day for the blessings given to us, we still find it impossible to exist without being disobedient. Despite all of our progress as a society from generation to generation, we have not evolved away from sin. Even with all our shortcomings, our lesson for today teaches us there was, and is, a purpose for placing people on earth. Placing mankind on earth is a part of God's creation—a creation which is for His glory (Romans 11:36).
When we show mercy, compassion, humility, love, and other such godly qualities, this is showing the glory of God through us. This is showing the magnificence and spender of God because these are the attributes He wants to be known for. That's why we say all good things come from God (James 1:17).
So, if we are here for the glory of God, our actions should express that. That is what Matthew 5:16 (KJV) says: "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."
Based on First Baptist Church of Chattanooga, TN
Submitted by Donna Reed