Extra Sermon Notes: “Uncreation” (September 15, 2019)


Creation in the Psalms

The Psalms are full of creation imagery. Sometimes they marvel at creation’s grandeur and permanence. Sometimes they depict God’s power shaking or unmaking the earth. These songs complement Jeremiah’s “uncreation” imagery. Here are some examples:

Psalm 18:7 (NIV): The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry.

Psalm 46:6 (NIV): Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

Psalm 65:6 (NIV): [You] formed the mountains by your power, having armed yourself with strength

Psalm 93:1 (NET): Indeed, the world is established, it cannot be moved.

Psalm 95:4-5 (NIV): In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land.

Psalm 97:5 (NIV): The mountains melt like wax before the Lord, before the Lord of all the earth. 

Psalm 104:32 (NIV): he … looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke.

Also, see all of Psalms 46 and 125.


Idolatry


There are two kinds of creation:

  • What God creates

  • What we create from God’s creation

Both kinds of creation can become idols. And the transition from created thing to idol can be subtle.

God charged human beings to take care of creation, to develop its potential, and to make use of it. So a quick and dirty test to see if something has become an idol is to ask:

Do I use this, or do I serve it?

When we become servants of creation, rather than its stewards, there’s a good chance that:

  • the created thing has dislodged God as our heart’s highest allegiance

  • we have come to believe that the created thing is more reliable, powerful, authoritative than God

  • the created thing is deriving glory or honor from us that ought only to be given to God