1. In this chapter John saw God on His throne, surrounded by 24 elders and 4 beasts. 2. Although the elders and the beasts differed in their appearance, they had something in common -- they all blessed God. a. (vs.8) The 4 beasts blessed God for His holiness and His eternal existence. b. (vs.10-11) The 24 elders blessed God for His eternal existence and for being the Creator. 3. This morning we studied 3 passages that contain the expression, "Blessed be God." 4. This evening our lesson is based on the blessing given by the 24 elders -- "Blessed be God as Creator." 5. Let us begin by showing how . . . Discussion: I. THE SCRIPTURES EMPHASIZE THE FACT THAT GOD IS THE CREATOR
A. Several passages refer to God as "Creator." 1. (Isaiah 40:28) He is called "the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth." 2. (1 Peter 4:19) He is called "a faithful Creator." B. God's creative power is declared in Genesis 1:1. C. The details of God's Creation are revealed in Genesis 1:3-31. 1. Day 1: God created light (vs.3-5). 2. Day 2: God created the firmament (vs.6-8). 3. Day 3: God created the seas, dry land, and plant life (vs.9-13). 4. Day 4: God created the sun, the moon, and the stars (vs.14-19). 5. Day 5: God created birds and marine life (vs.20-23). 6. Day 6: God created land animals and man (vs.24-31). D. Faith enables us to understand how God created everything (Hebrews 11:3; Romans 10:17). E. In Psalm 19:1-6 David presented evidence to show that God is Creator. II. THE SCRIPTURES EMPHASIZE THE FACT THAT GOD CREATED MAN
A. God is referred to as man's Creator in Ecclesiastes 12:1. B. The details of God's creation of Adam and Eve are given in Genesis 2:7, 18-24. C. Jesus endorsed the Genesis account of man's creation (Mark 10:6). Conclusion:
1. Our study has shown that God deserves to be blessed because of: a. His Creation (Psalm 148:1-5) b. His creation of man (Psalm 139:13-16). 2. Let us take the time to reflect upon the fact that God is our Creator and bless Him accordingly.