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What else did God create?

The fifth question in the New City Catechism asks:  What Else did God Create?

God created all things by his powerful Word, and all his creation was very good; everything flourished under his loving rule.

The Bible on: What Else did God Create?

Genesis 1:31

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

Commentary on: What Else did God Create?

God did by his power create of nothing heaven, earth, and the sea; which he did immediately adorn and enrich with all kinds of good things. And into this world…it pleased him to bring man, to whom he did put all things in subjection….

How great our God is; how great the power of God is; how good, rich, and liberal to man, who never deserved any such thing at his hand, our God is, who hath created so great riches, so exquisite delights, and such furniture as cannot be sufficiently praised, for man alone, and hath made them all subject, and will have them all to obey man as their lord and master…. But here by the way, in the creation of the world, we have to consider the preservation and government of the whole by the same God. For neither doth the world stand and endure by any power of its own; neither do those things move and stir of their own accord….

It is a most absurd thing to say, that God hath created all things, but that he hath no care of the things which he hath made; and that his creature, as a boat destitute of a steersman, is with contrary winds tossed to and fro, and knocked and cracked upon shelves and rocks…. God…doth care for and regard the state of mortal men and of all the things that he hath made for the use of mortal men….

Therefore God hath not only created the world and all things that are in the world; but doth also govern and preserve them at this day, and shall govern and preserve them even till the end.

Heinrich Bullinger (1504–1575). A Swiss reformer, and the successor of Zwingli as head of the Zurich church, Bullinger wrote both theological and historical works comprising some 127 titles. There exist about 12,000 letters from and to Bullinger, the most extended correspondence preserved from Reformation times. He corresponded with Henry VIII, Edward VI, and Elizabeth I of England, Christian II of Denmark, and Frederick III Elector Palatine among others.

From “That God is the Creator of All Things: The Fourth Sermon” in “The Other Eight Sermons of the Fourth Decade” in Decades of Henry Bullinger, translated by H.I., Volume 4 (Cambridge: University Press, 1851), 177–179.

R. Kent Hughes on:  What Else did God Create?

Prayer on:  What Else did God Create?

Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who wast and art to come; eternal, without beginning or end; immense, without all bounds or measure; the infinite Spirit, Father, Word, and Holy Ghost. The infinite Life, Understanding, and Will, infinitely powerful, wise, and good.

Of thee, and through thee, and to thee, are all things. To thee be glory for evermore. All thy works declare thy glory, for thy glorious perfections appear on all; and for thy glory, and the pleasure of thy holy will, didst thou create them. The heavens, and all the hosts thereof; the sun, and all the glorious stars; the fire, with its motion, light, and heat; the earth, and all that dwell thereon, with all its sweet and beauteous ornaments; the air, and all the meteors; the great deeps, and all that swim therein: all are the preachers of thy praise, and show forth the great Creator’s glory.

How great is that power which made so great a world of nothing; which, with wonderful swiftness, moveth those great and glorious luminaries which in a moment send forth the influences of their motion, light and heat, through all the air, to sea and earth.

Thy powerful life giveth life to all; and preserveth this frame of nature, which thou hast made. How glorious is that wisdom which ordereth all things, and assigneth to all their place and office, and by its perfect laws maintaineth the beauty and harmony of all! How glorious is that goodness and love which made all good, and very good! We praise and glorify thee, our Lord and Owner; for we, and all things, are thine own.

Richard Baxter (1615–1691). An English Puritan, Baxter served as a chaplain in the army of Oliver Cromwell and as a pastor in Kidderminster. When James II was overthrown, he was persecuted and imprisoned for 18 months. He continued to preach, writing at the time that: “I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.” As well as his theological works he was a poet and hymn-writer. He also wrote his own Family Catechism.

From “A Shorter Form of Praise and Prayer for the Lord’s Day” in “The Poor Man’s Family Book” in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, Volume 19 (London: Paternoster, 1830), 635–636.

Some Questions

Where did God live,

Before He made sky?

What about compost,

If nothing would die?

 

Where were the stars,

When the sun came to play?

How did He hang them?

With what did He splay?

 

How did He make forests?

And why all the green?

Did the trees fall so loudly,

When by man unseen?

 

How did man like it,

Everything new?

Was the greatest of sights,

When God was in view?

 

What was it like,

In cool of the day?

When walking with YHWH,

And hearing Him “say”?

 

“No suitable helper?”

“No creature a match?”

“No one to help Adam,

Tend to the patch?”

 

How did the man sleep,

While God was at work?

How’d He take a side

And to woman convert?

 

Who was there listening,

When God said “All Good!”?

Who knew Gods language,

Who understood?

 

What was God doing,

Before He said “Let…”?

And if it’s all very good,

Then why the regret?

 

Why did it grieve Him

That He had made man?

What was the flood,

If sin was in plan?

 

From whence came the serpent,

And who let it in?

How did it tempt her,

Authoring sin?

 

Why’d God say to Adam,

“Where are you son?”?

“Why was I naked,

Where could I run?”

 

“To whom would you go,

If not back to me?

How can I fix this,

The thing with the tree?”

 

To whom was He speaking

When He mentioned the seed?

Why to the serpent?

What was that need?

 

Why of the woman,

Would solution come?

Why a messiah?

Or, Why a son?

 

When did He know,

The wonderful plan?

When sin’d be defeated,

As God became man?

 

Why do I wonder,

These questions of old?

Where in the Bible,

Are the answers told?

 

What page holds the answers?

What is the key?

To satisfy questions,

That aren’t just from me

 

How do we ask them?

To whom do we go?

As we read ‘the story’

How will knowledge grow?

 

How is faith authored,

As He takes His word?

Does faith come by hearing,

And believing what’s heard?

 

How many’s too many,

To ask of the book?

And who is that saying,

“Look again, look!”?

 

So, I have some questions