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    "Creation Day 5"

    Genesis 1:20-23

    by

    John MacArthur

    All Rights Reserved

    A co!y o" this #essage on cassette ta!e

    #ay be obtained by calling 1-$00-%%-

    GRA&'(

    And we're looking at day five in the creation,

    Genesis 1:20 to 23...Genesis 1:20 to 23. Thetext says, Then God said, '!et the waters tea"

    with swar"s of living creat#res and let $irds

    fly a$ove the earth in the o%en ex%anse of theheavens.' And God created the great sea

    "onsters and every living creat#re that "oves

    with which the waters swar"ed after theirkind and every winged $ird after its kind. And

    God saw that it was good and God $lessed

    the" saying, '&e fr#itf#l and "#lti%ly and fillthe waters in the seas and let $irds "#lti%ly on

    the earth. And there was evening and therewas "orning, a fifth day.

    ow we are in day five, as the text indicates.

    (e have day $y day gone thro#gh creation

    week with so"e a"a)ing, a"a)ing insightsgiven to #s $y the (ord of God. *ne of the

    things that contin#es to strike "e as + read

    "ore and "ore, and what ha%%ens in a serieslike this %retty ty%ically is once + start a series,

    all of yo# o#t there who are trying to hel% "e

    start sending "e things...$ooks, e"ail, faxes,

    st#ff off the +nternet #ntil "y li$rary swells$eyond co"%rehension. And + have $een

    reading, trying to read as "#ch as + can

    %ossi$ly read, and the "ore + read the "oreinterested + $eco"e. And + -#st kind of have to

    #nload so"e of it on yo#.

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    The thing that contin#es to strike "e in "y

    reading, $eca#se + really have never s%ent alarge %art of "y life st#dying science. + took in

    college whatever was re#ired, and not one

    o#nce of science $eyond that and "anaged to

    forget "ost all of what + learned. t + a"now sort of reintrod#ced to the a"a)ing

    diversity and co"%lexity of the created order.

    Those are the two words that stick in "y"ind, the diversity and the co"%lexity of the

    created order which s%eaks to "e of the

    i""ensity of God's intelligence. +t isstaggering how as yo# $egin to look at the

    creation with any kind of tho#ght, any kind of

    de%th, yo# co"e face to face with the

    i""ensity of the intelligence and %ower ofGod. And it contin#es to a"a)e "e as + read

    evol#tionists who want to deny God and to see

    the #tter folly of their concl#sions, the #tterho%elessness of it.

    /ece"$er 1 $ro#ght the death of anevol#tionist and astrono"er $y the na"e of

    arl agan, %ro$a$ly the "ost wellknown

    astrono"er in the world. 4is %erce%tion wasthat life -#st sort of ha%%ened. And he ended

    #% his life with a$sol#te e"%tiness, a$sol#te

    ho%elessness. And near the end of his life he

    was interviewed $y Ted 5o%%el on television.5o%%el asked agan, reali)ing he was at the

    end of his life, that he had s%ent his life in

    science st#dying the #niverse as anastrono"er, he said, /o yo#, sir, have any

    words of wisdo" for the %eo%le of the world6

    To which agan re%lied, and + #ote, (e live

    on a h#nk of rock and "etal that circles a

    h#"dr#" star that is one of 700%l#s $illion

    other stars that "ake #% the 8ilky (ay galaxy

    which is one of $illions of other galaxieswhich "ake #% a #niverse which "ay $e one

    of a large n#"$er, %erha%s an infinite n#"$erof other #niverses. That is well worth

    %ondering, end #ote.

    4e tho#ght a$o#t it and he tho#ght a$o#t it

    and he tho#ght a$o#t it and he never let God

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    $e a reality. +n the end, the "ost $rilliant

    evol#tionist only knows that the #niverseexists. 4e doesn't know how, he doesn't know

    why, and "ostly he doesn't know who the

    creator is. 4ow sad. 9verything in the #niverse

    %oints to God the creator. 9ven Al$ert9instein said, *f co#rse there is a "assive

    intelligence $ehind the #niverse, a "an is a

    fool who doesn't $elieve that. And then wenton to say, t we co#ld never know 4i".

    The h#"anistic evol#tionist ref#ses to see

    what is o$vio#s, ref#ses to "eet the God whowants to $e known.

    &ack to the created order itself, again the

    co"%lexity and diversity leave yo# with noother %ossi$le ex%lanation than divine

    intelligence and divine %ower of %ro%ortions$eyond o#r co"%rehension. + -#st %ick o#tlittle %ieces of the created order that s%eak to

    this co"%lexity and diversity and share a few

    of the" with yo#.

    o"e $irds navigate $y the stars when

    "igrating. 4ow do they know how to do that6+n fact, $irds raised fro" eggs inside a

    $#ilding where they have never seen the sky

    can orient the"selves toward ho"e when

    shown an artificial sky re%resenting a %lacethey've never $een.

    8oths have two ears. 8ites, little "icrosco%ic$#gs, like to live in a "oth's ear. t

    interestingly eno#gh, "ites occ#%y only one

    ear of a "oth. +f "ites get in $oth ears, the"oth can't fly, so scientists find "ites only in

    one ear. 4ow do the "ites know that one ear is

    occ#%ied6

    And then the fascinating $o"$ardier $eetle

    has two che"icals in his little $ody which "ix%erfectly and at the right "o"ent co"$ineo#tside his $ody when they're fired and they

    intersect, they ex%lode in the face of the

    ene"y. That's why they're called $o"$ardier$eetles. 4owever, the two che"icals that

    create an ex%losion o#tside the $ody never

    co"$ine %re"at#rely to $low #% the $eetle.

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    And $y the way, how did the $eetle evolve

    those ex%losives and kee% the" se%arate6

    The niversity of Al$erta anada once

    showed that in that te"%erate cli"ate there are

    an average of 1; h#ndred stor"s in o%eration

    at any ti"e. And that those 1; h#ndred stor"sin o%eration at any ti"e ex%end energy at the

    inconceiva$le fig#re of one $illion, threeh#ndred "illion horse%ower. (here does that

    co"e fro"6

    A anadian %hysicist said a rain of fo#r inches

    over an area of ten tho#sand s#are "iles

    wo#ld re#ire the $#rning of 70 "illion tons

    of coal to eva%orate eno#gh water for s#ch arain an to cool again the va%ors and collect

    the" in clo#ds wo#ld take another ;00 "illionhorse%ower of refrigeration working 27ho#rsa day for a h#ndred days. And yet God $y the

    "assive %ower of the s#n eva%orates the

    water, refrigerates it in the sky, sends it $ackdown again as water.

    &y the way, the average far"er in 8innesotais %rovided free of charge 70< tho#sand, =10

    gallons of water %er acre %er year $y that

    %rocess if the ann#al rainfall of 27 inches is

    occ#rring. (here does all this %ower co"efro"6

    The .. at#ral 8#se#" says there are over10 "illion different s%ecies of insects. There

    are twentyfive h#ndred kinds of ants. + know,

    they were all at yo#r last %icnic. *ne colony ofants can have as "any as a h#ndred "illion

    ants. 4ow do those little tiny things have s#ch

    a re%rod#ctive syste"6

    o"e have esti"ated there are five $illion

    $irds in A"erica. 8allards can fly 0 "iles anho#r, eagles can fly 100 "iles an ho#r andfalcons can dive at 1;0 "iles an ho#r.

    &y the way, cod fish, not that yo# need toknow, can lay nine "illion eggs, and herring

    only

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    "e...nine "illion eggs, nine "illion little cod

    fish, that's why there's so "any fish and chi%%laces in 9ngland. They never r#n o#t of that

    st#ff.

    The earth is 2= tho#sand "iles in

    circ#"ference. +t weighs six se%tillion, fiveh#ndred and eightysix, six trillion tons.

    4angs in e"%ty s%ace. %ins at a tho#sand"iles an ho#r with %erfect $alance and that's

    i"%ortant so that yo#'re not -#st -#"%ing every

    ti"e the earth "oves. At the sa"e ti"e that it'ss%inning at a tho#sand "iles an ho#r, it is

    "oving thro#gh s%ace aro#nd the s#n at a

    tho#sand "iles a "in#te in an or$it of =;0

    "illion "iles and does so at a %erfect angle setto create the seasons which %rovide all the

    cro%s, which feed its inha$itants.

    o"et heads can $e fro" ten tho#sand "iles

    to one "illion "iles long and the tails can $e a

    h#ndred "illion "iles long. They travel at 3=0"iles %er second.

    ?o#r heart a$o#t the si)e of yo#r fist weighsless than a half a %o#nd, %#"%s 1;00%l#s

    gallons of $lood a day. /oes eno#gh work in

    twelve ho#rs to lift = tons off the gro#nd.

    /id yo# know that the s#n $#rns #%, this is

    staggering, fo#r "illion tons of "atter %er

    second6

    onsider things that are very s"all, like the

    ato". They're not visi$le. (e know they exist$#t to this day they're not visi$le. Ato"s are

    so s"all it takes three ato"s to "ake #% one

    water "olec#le. And if yo# were to take very

    water "olec#le in one dro% of water and $lowthe" #% so that each "olec#le was the si)e of

    a grain of sand, this is one water "olec#le, ifyo# were to take every "olec#le in one dro%of water, and $low it #% the si)e of a grain of

    sand yo# wo#ld have eno#gh grains of sand to

    "ake a road onefoot thick, one half "ile widethat wo#ld go fro" !.A. to ew ?ork ity.

    That's how "any "olec#les in a dro% of water

    and there's three ato"s in every "olec#le. And

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    yet the ato" is "ostly e"%ty s%ace. The ac