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The reader will call to mind many other passages where the Lord refers in a similar
way to the great initial and unanswerable fact of creation. To say that because the term
righteousness is not mentioned by the Lord, that therefore it is excluded, however, is not
true. If we will only think for a moment we shall see that the creation involves
righteousness as a fundamental.
If an engineer does not act righteously in design and construction, his machine will
fail. Scrupulous care in measurement, adjustment, and material are first principles in
successful work. The fact that creation has come into being so perfectly adapted for its
multitudinous functions, so true in its response to the "laws of nature", reveals to the
anointed eye righteousness on every hand. Instead of endeavouring to frame an abstract
standard the actions and purposes of God, we shall, when we have the closer
acquaintance with God that Job had, realize that those very works and deeds that at first
we hesitated not to question, carry with them their own justification, for if they were not
right they could not be. While this view will simplify the issues in one respect, it will
increase the problem in another, for we shall learn with chastened Job that in saying what
God can or cannot do with the work of His hands, we have uttered things we could not
know; things far too wonderful, beyond our ken.
Job 38:-41: asks us questions which deal with the realm which is within the
bounds of scientific investigation, and, with all our boasted knowledge, what can we
answer to the questions of the Lord. This, scripturally, should close our mouths from
uttering what God will do in ages yet to be.
The Six Days of Creation.
The Firmament; its relation to the Ages.
There are one or two items of importance that must be observed before we pass on
from the creation of the six days as a whole, to the creation of man in particular.
On the first day God said, "Light be, and light was", and "God saw the light that it was
good". This last expression follows the appearing of the dry land and gathering of the
waters into one place (verse 10). Again, on this third day the expression occurs after the
earth brought forth the herb and the fruit tree (12). The appointment of the sun and moon
ruling over the day and night is also "good" (18). The creation of the inhabitants of the
waters and of every winged fowl is pronounced good (21).
The sixth day saw the earth bring forth cattle, the beast and the creeping thing, and
these are pronounced good (25). Man, too, is created on this day, and he is blessed (28),
while the sixth day does not end without the record, "And God saw everything that He
had made, and behold it was very good". Seven times in the six days therefore do we
find the word "good". Twice does the expression occur on the third day, and twice on the