by Jerry Vines

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All Creatures Great and Small (11 of 14)
Series: World in a Week
Jerry Vines
Genesis 1:24-25

Open your Bibles to the book of Genesis chapter 1. I'm reading again tonight verses 24 and 25 because I have not completed what I would like to share with you about the 6th day of creation on which day we have the creation of the animals and also the creation of human beings. We will take up the creation of man and woman in the next couple of messages and we will conclude our studies of Genesis 1. Probably we will move right on through the book of Genesis.

This evening I want to speak to you on the subject-All Creatures Great and Small, the Lord God Made them All.

I don't know if you have read the books of James Heriod or not-the veterinarian who wrote a series of books about his experience in the treatment of animals and the people who own those animals. They are classic books. They are wonderful books. You may have noticed that those books in a series were built around a hymn. In the course of that hymn there are a couple of lines which say: All creatures great and small, the Lord God made them all. Those words were penned by a lady named Frances Alexander. She was the wife of a preacher.

Some of the young people in her congregation complained to her that they were having difficulty understanding some of the doctrines of the faith. They were a little complicated for them and they expressed a desire that the doctrines of faith might be expressed in a simpler form. In order to meet that need on the part of the young people, she composed some hymns. In those hymns she gave the great doctrines of the faith.

The doctrine of creation is one of the fundamental doctrines in all of the Word of God. In Genesis verse 1, chapter 1, it says, ''In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.'' This sets forth the doctrine that the Lord God is the God of creation. So she wrote the lines, ''All creatures great and small, the Lord God made them all.''


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