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Hampton's Commentary on Selected BooksHampton's Commentary

- Genesis

by Gary Hampton

Sir Isaac Newton had a replica of the solar system made. At its center was a large golden ball representing the sun. Revolving around it were smaller spheres attached at the ends of rods of varying lengths. They represented Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars and the other planets. These were all geared together by cogs and belts to make them move around the sun in perfect harmony. One day as Newton was studying the model, a friend who did not believe in the biblical account of creation stopped by for a visit. Marveling at the device and watching as the scientist made the heavenly bodies move in their orbits, the man exclaimed, "My, Newton, what an exquisite thing! Who made it for you?" Without looking up, Sir Isaac replied, "Nobody." "Nobody?" his friend asked. "That's right! I said nobody! All of these balls and cogs and belts and gears just happened to come together, and wonder of wonders, by chance they began revolving in their set orbits and with perfect timing."

The unbeliever got the message! It was foolish to suppose that the model merely happened. But it was even more senseless to accept the theory that the earth and the vast universe came into being by chance. How much more logical to believe what the Bible says, "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth." The word also declares, "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God" ( Psa_14:1 ).


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Elkins, Garland and Thomas B. Warren, editors. The Book of Genesis . Memphis: Getwell Church of Christ, 1985.

Willis, John T. The Living Word Commentary on the Old Testament: Genesis . Austin: Sweet Publishing Company, 1979.

Woods, Clyde M. The Living Way Commentary on the Old Testament Volume 1:Genesis - Exodus . Shreveport, Louisiana: Lambert Book House, 1972.

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