There Was Light (5 of 14) by Jerry Vines

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There was Light (5 of 14)
World in a Week
Jerry Vines
Genesis 1:3-5
9/22/02

I have taken the position that in Genesis 1, verse 2,
something has taken place. It has been referred to
through the years as the Gap Theory. There are those
who believe, because of what took place here, that we
have an interminable period of time -- a gap if you
please, which would allow for the geological ages.

I held that view for a number of years. I have come to
change a bit in my view of the matter. I personally do
not believe that the geological ages are anything as
lengthy as some would have us believe today. But in
examining Genesis 1, verse 2, I am convinced in my own
heart that what you have in this verse is indeed a
chaos.

In Isaiah 45, verse 18, we are told specifically that
God did not create the world as we find it in verse 2.
Verse 2 says, "And the earth was without form and
void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep."
Isaiah 45, verse 18, specifically teaches that God did
not create the universe as we find it in that
particular statement.

I believe what we have here is the result of the fall
of Satan. That may have taken one second. That may
have taken one minute. That may have taken one hour.
But I believe what we find in chapter 1, verse 2 is
the result of Satan's fall. Always sin brings chaos
and destruction. Wherever sin enters there is chaos,
there is destruction, and there is damnation.

Dr. W. A. Criswell, the late pastor of the FBC of
Dallas, Texas, told a story which really impacted my
heart. He said on an occasion he was speaking in a
place near the city of Dallas. He was staying in a
hotel on a beautiful lake. He said you could see
across that lake and on the other side was this
gorgeous, glorious mansion. He said he had never seen
a mansion quite like that. Surely it must have taken
millions and millions of dollars to be constructed.

He said as it happened there were some ...


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