In Stephen Spielberg’s “Jurassic Park,” a wealthy developer of theme parks has funded the cloning of dinosaurs from ancient DNA and the building of the ultimate animal park. As a select group of invited scientists, along with the developer's grandchildren, are making a shakedown motorized tour of the park, the electrified security fence separating the dinosaurs from the visitors becomes inoperative. With full realization of the danger dawning on them, one of the scientists, in a morbid effort at humor, says, "God made dinosaurs. God makes man. God kills the dinosaurs. Man kills God. Man makes dinosaurs. Dinosaurs kill man." His implied question: "Who's in control here?"
This question has been a part of man's consciousness from the beginning. The serpent asked Eve, "Who's in charge here, you or God?" Pharaoh’s question of Moses and Aaron — "Who is the Lord that I should obey him and let Israel go?" — was rhetorical, designed to let them know that he, not their God, was in charge. When the prophet Elijah challenged the prophets of the false god and goddess Baal and Asherah to a contest of sacrifices on Mount Carmel, about 800–900 years before the birth of Jesus, his question to Israel was, "Who's in control here?"
Not all scientists believe in a God of omnipotence and omniscience. For many, professionals and nonprofessionals, the question of God's existence, not to mention his place in man's system of priorities, is one that is answered, at best, by the skeptical question, "Who knows?" At worst, it is dealt with by the more cynical, "Who cares?"
God wants us to know that he is in control, no matter what happens. No matter what questions may arise to confuse the issue of power and control, no matter how chaotic the world may seem, he is active and in control.
There are thousands of questions about God and creation that have been raised or that may be in our minds. One of the most important deals with God and creation. Our purpose is to look briefly at what the Bible says about God as Creator and how this aspect of his nature relates to man as the highest part of his creative work, specifically to Christians.
The marvelous declaration of scripture is that God is the creator of everything in the entire universe. Following are just a few passages.
• Hebrews 11:3 — "By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."
• 1 Samuel 2:8 — "The foundations of the earth are the Lord's; upon them he has set the world."
• Job 9:9 — "He is the Maker of the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the constellations of the south."
• Job 28 — Job marvels at the wisdom that is found in and made available by the God who has made everything (Job 28:20–28; note esp. verses 24–26).
• Acts 14:15 — Paul preached “a living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them.”
The knowledge of God as Creator can be so encouraging to those who believe in him. I hope to share a little more about his creative control next time.