God - The Master Craftsman
Part 1

an article based on a sermon

by Jon Bowles

given 21 April 2007

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Springtime is a particularly beautiful time of year, a time of new life - buds on the trees, flowers just starting to burst forth, birds and animals producing their young, vegetable seeds growing into plants in tended gardens. Everywhere there is ample, visible, evidence of God's creation.

Turn to Romans, chapter one. Here it talks about this evidence and what man does with it.

Romans 1:18-20 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men [This wrath will be revealed against mankind in the end time.], who hold [suppress, hold back] the truth in unrighteousness; [in an unrighteous way] (20) Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them [to them]; for God hath showed it unto them. (20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

They are "without excuse" who don't see what is "made" and not come to the conclusion that there is a God with "eternal power and Godhead." We are required before God upon witnessing this creation to come to the conclusion that there is a Creator. That is non-negotiable.

This word "made" is also found in Ephesians 2:10. There it is translated as "workmanship," which can also be rendered "craftsmanship." Craftsmanship is an applicable rendering here in Romans, for looking at the surrounding context it is the "craftsmanship" of God that is being spoken of.

When you consider a "craftsman" it is someone who works within laws. A carpenter, for example, knows that in doing something as simple as chiseling through wood, there are rules that must be followed. You must chisel from both sides of the wood or it will shatter. A fine furniture-maker knows that there are laws that must be followed in making furniture. Wood cut from the forest, for example, must be properly seasoned first or the furniture will fall apart.

Laws are everywhere in creation. They fill heaven and earth and are evidence of a great craftsman at work. Let us have a look at this Master Craftsman, particularly in the following areas:

People in the world are not able to see what is "made" and understand in the way in which we can in God's Church, though there is a degree to which they are still going to be held accountable. We however, can see what is "made" - the craftsmanship that is there - and apply it to the process of what we are currently going through, and so have a much greater responsibility. It is essential that we understand this.

The Physical Creation

Notice again in Romans:

Romans 1:20-22 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made [by this craftsmanship that is there], even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (21) Because that, when they knew God [could see the evidence of this Being], they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations [The theories and ideas they were dreaming up in their own mind, became more real to them than what they could see. This is where God holds them accountable.], and their foolish heart was darkened. (22) Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools [because they missed the fundamentals].

Consider the United Kingdom's Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees. In his book "Just Six Numbers" he maintains that there are just six numbers that govern or determine the essential features of the universe. He dismisses concluding though, that a Creator precisely tuned them, arguing rather for the theory of "multiple universes," of which we happen to be just one. In other words, our existence to him is just blind chance. This is a case of becoming "vain in their imaginations" - imagining multiple universes to get around (suppress) what is true "in unrighteousness."

There are a lot more than just these six finely tuned numbers in the physical creation, as Hugh Ross, doctor of astronomy (and a Creationist), shows in his paper "Limits for the Universe." Some interesting examples (paraphrased in parts from his paper) include:

12C to 16O energy level ratio (the ratio of carbon to oxygen) - If the ratio was larger, there would not be enough oxygen to support life as we know it. If the ratio was smaller, the plants would not be able to photosynthesize.

The number of stars in the planetary system - If there were more than one star ("twin stars" for example), there would not be stable planetary orbits (tidal interactions would disrupt them). If there were less than one star, there would be no heat. There must be one sun.

The parent star mass - If it were greater than what we have as our sun, the luminosity would change too fast (the star would burn out too rapidly). If it were less than what we have as our sun, the range of distances appropriate for life would be too narrow. The earth would have to be moved closer, and if that happened, instead of having tidal forces being controlled by the moon, they would be controlled by the sun, which would pull the earth to pieces.

The parent star color - If redder, or bluer, photosynthesis would not occur. The color has to be just right.

Surface gravity (escape velocity) - If stronger, the atmosphere would retain too much ammonia and methane. If weaker, the planet's atmosphere would lose too much water out through the outer reaches of the atmosphere. The seas would dry.

The distance from the parent star - If farther, the planet would be too cool for a stable water cycle. If closer, the planet would be too warm for a stable water cycle.

The rotation period - If it were longer, the temperature differences would be too great. You would be either cooking in front of the sun, or freezing on the other side, away from the sun. If it were shorter, the wind speed would increase on the earth to such a degree that it would flatten everything.

The carbon dioxide level in the atmosphere - If it were greater, then runaway greenhouse effect would develop. Everything would cook, like on Venus. If it were less, than the plants would not be able to maintain efficient photosynthesis.

The water vapor level in the atmosphere - If it were greater, then runaway greenhouse effect would develop. If it were less, then there would be insufficient rainfall.

The ozone level in the atmosphere - If it were greater, then surface temperatures would be too low. If it were less, then surface temperatures would be too high; there would be too much UV radiation at the surface, which would damage all cell life.

The oxygen quantity in the atmosphere - If it were greater, the plants and hydrocarbons would burn up too easily. (There would be raging forest fires everywhere.) If it were less, all advanced animals would have too little to breathe and we could not breathe properly.

Everything we see in this physical creation is so finely tuned, the ratios so precise, the craftsmanship so meticulous. Let's move from the cosmic and atmospheric to the terrestrial and look at a few other examples.

How do trees survive the bitter winter? There is a layer of living cells called the cambium, just underneath the bark. This is the growing part of the tree. If these cells were allowed to freeze, in the case of a frost, they would burst, damaging the tree. But when a frost comes the cells exude water. The frozen water then lies between the cells. When the temperatures rise back above freezing the cells soak up the water again and photosynthesis is able to carry on.

How about hibernating animals? How can an animal hibernate and, for example, maintain its body chemistry without urinating? If it urinated it would lose water and eventually die from dehydration. If it didn't urinate the blood chemistry would change and it would die from the resulting toxicity. But the animal doesn't die, because the kidneys close down and the body chemistry stays exactly the same.

The examples of this detailed craftsmanship are endless. Turn to Job, chapter 38. Notice what God, the Master Craftsman, says to Job:

Job 38:4-7 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? [when this reality started] declare, if thou hast understanding. (5) Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? (6) Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; (7) When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Verse 17:

Job 38:17 Have the gates of death been opened unto thee? or hast thou seen the doors of the shadow of death? [This Craftsman of what is seen has also crafted death and the things that are not seen - the spirit in man, for example.]

Verse 19:

Job 38:19 Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof. [Can you explain a photon? It does not have any mass, what is it? Do you know what an electron is?]

Verse 28:

Job 38:28 Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? [Can you create rain?]

Verse 31:

Job 38:31-22 Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? (32) Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? [You can see the universe, but can you do anything to it?]

Verse 36:

Job 38:36 Who hath put wisdom in the inward parts? or who hath given understanding to the heart? [How does the spirit in man work? Where is the interface between the spirit in man and the human individual? Why is man's mind the way it is?]

Chapter 39, verse 19:

Job 39:19 Hast thou given the horse strength?... [Do you know how to create a horse, make it strong?]

Verse 26:

Job 39:26 Doth the hawk fly by thy wisdom, and stretch her wings toward the south? [Can you work out the programming code in the brain to make a bird fly? How about the bumblebee? It is too big to fly. It has to twist its wings in a certain way to be able to keep itself off the ground.]

Job, chapter 40:

Job 40:10-14 Deck thyself now with majesty and excellency; and array thyself with glory and beauty. (11) Cast abroad the rage of thy wrath: and behold every one that is proud, and abase him. (12) Look on every one that is proud, and bring him low; and tread down the wicked in their place. (13) Hide them in the dust together; and bind their faces in secret. (14) Then will I also confess unto thee that thine own right hand can save thee. [It is impossible. We are flesh.]

Even someone who is unconverted can see in the physical nature of this creation, the craftsmanship that is there. And we who are converted need to take the time to notice, to think about, this.

The Mind of God

All these examples point to a mind that is truly astounding - the mind of a Craftsman.

In regards to this, I would like to quote from the book, "Longitude" by Dava Sobel. For centuries many lives had been lost at sea due to the inability to determine longitude (east-west position). Latitude could be readily gauged by the height of the sun and so was not an issue.

In 1714 the British Parliament, due to the recent loss of four warships and 2,000 men as a result of this problem, passed The Longitude Act, promising 20,000 pounds (equivalent to a fortune today) to anyone who came up with a solution.

The book relates the story of how one John Harrison, an unknown clockmaker, found the answer by making a clock with an accurate timepiece. Quoting from the book, here is a little of his background:

Harrison completed his first pendulum clock in 1713... Aside from the fact that the great John Harrison built it, the clock claims uniqueness for another singular feature: It is constructed almost entirely of wood... The wooden teeth of the wheels never snapped off with normal wear but defied destruction by their design, which let them draw strength from the grain pattern of the mighty oak.

Moving forward, a little bit later on in his life:

The tower clock that Harrison completed about 1722 still tells time in Brocklesby Park. It has been running continuously for more than 270 years - except for a brief period in 1884 when workers stopped it for refurbishing. [It is primarily made of wood.] From its fine cabinet to its friction-free gearing, the clock reveals its maker as a master carpenter. For example, the works run without oil. The clock never needs lubrication, because the parts that would normally call for it were carved out of lignum vitae, a tropical hardwood that exudes its own grease.

Each of the wheels in the clock's going train resembles a child's drawing of the sun, with the lines of the wood grain radiating from the center of the wheel to the tips of the teeth as though drawn there with pencil and ruler. Harrison further guaranteed the wheel teeth their enduring structure by selecting the oak from fast-growing trees, whose growth rings formed widely spaced ripples in the trunks. Such trees yield lumber with a wide grain and great might, due to the high percentage of new wood... Elsewhere, wherever Harrison was willing to sacrifice strength for a lighter-weight material, as in the central portions of the wheels, he turned to slow-growing oak: With growth rings clinging closer together, this wood looks grainier and weighs less.

So the actual cogs weren't just hacked out. He constructed each tooth radiating from the center - the center being the slow-growing oak and these teeth, as they radiated out, the faster-growing oak. It was along the grain so each of the teeth would not break off. Right at the core the parts were made out of lignum vitae, which was self-lubricating.

Continuing from the book:

From 1725 to 1727 [he] built two long-case, or grandfather, clocks... Most pendulums of Harrison's day expanded with heat, so they grew longer and ticked out time more slowly in hot weather. When cold made them contract, they speeded up the seconds... [So you never could keep accurate time.] By combining long and short strips of two different metals - brass and steel - in one pendulum, Harrison eliminated the problem.

[Harrison and his brother] tested the accuracy of their gridiron-grasshopper clocks against the regular motions of the stars. The crosshairs of their homemade astronomical tracking instrument, with which they pinpointed the stars' positions, consisted of the border of a windowpane and the silhouette of the neighbor's chimney stack. Night after night, they marked the clock hour when given stars exited their field of view behind the chimney. From one night to the next, because of the Earth's rotation, a star should transit exactly 3 minutes, 56 seconds (of solar time) earlier than the previous night...

In these late-night tests, the Harrison's clocks never erred more than a single second in a whole month. [And this was back in the 1700's!] In comparison, the very finest quality watches being produced anywhere in the world at that time drifted off by about one minute every day.

These gridiron pendulum clocks were not seaworthy though. But Harrison ultimately came up with his chronometer and the longitude problem was solved, though he had to fight tooth and nail to get the prize. (He was considered a "country bumpkin" in the eyes of the authorities, the educated, the clock masters and the Astronomer Royal.)

We can readily see the "mind of a craftsman" at work in a Harrison pendulum clock made out of wood. But do we stop to consider this Craftsman Mind in the physical creation? We need to think about, apply the same rules to, what we see in the creation as we would to a man-made wooden clock that runs for over 200 years.

What is one of, if not the, most amazing motors found in the world? It is the flagellum - the lash-like appendage used for locomotion by various creatures. It crops up in bacteria, protozoa, even sperm. (And this is supposed to have "evolved" independently scores of times and at various time periods and places?) It is one of the most efficient motors one can find and is another marvelous example of the mind of a Master Craftsman plainly evident by the things that are made.

Turn to Isaiah 40

Isaiah 40:18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him?

Verse 21:

Isaiah 40:21-26 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth? (22) It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in: (23) That bringeth the princes to nothing; he maketh the judges of the earth as vanity. (24) Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and he shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble. (25) To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One. (26) Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.

You can look "on high" and behold the stars or look down and behold atomic structure - the craftsmanship is everywhere. Isaac Newton said:

I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the seashore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
This is the way that anyone realistically should look at the world. If we just open our eyes, the stamp of His craftsmanship is everywhere. Looking at a Harrison clock, even if it does not have his name on it, Harrison's handiwork, his ingenuity, is stamped all over it. So too, the physical creation: God's ingenuity, His name, is stamped all over it.

Turn to Exodus, chapter 3.

Exodus 3:13-15 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? (14) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (15) And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The [Eternal] God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.

He is the Eternal (YHWH - the "I was, I am, I will be"). But it is even more than that. He is the "I AM THAT I AM." There is nothing remotely equal to this Being.

Examining more of this mind of God, notice Isaiah 55:

Isaiah 55:7-9 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the [Eternal], and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. (8) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the [Eternal]. (9) For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

This was something that Job had to understand. It is something we also have to understand. This "eternal power and Godhead" by His craftsmanship is something the world must understand as well, and will be held accountable to understand.

Physical Birth

Consider a physical birth. There is an ovum about the size of a full-stop (or period). Forty plus divisions later, you have hair, eyes, teeth. This is craftsmanship!

Look at something as simple as a living tooth. From an article "Engineering a Tooth" (found on the website DandyDesign) notice the component tissues, the design:

Tooth enamel - the body's hardest mineralized surface. It seals and protects the interior.

Dentin - a bony substance which serves as a cushion for chewing forces. [So when you bite on something, the tooth does not crack.]

Tooth pulp - blood vessels and nerves that nourish and give perception to the tooth. [So you can feel something through your teeth.]

Cementum - the hard outer surface of the tooth where there is no enamel.

Periodontal ligament - connective tissue that attaches to both the cementum and the jawbone anchoring the tooth [to stop your teeth falling out].

It takes 14 months for a tooth to be completed in a human. Six to seven weeks after conception when the human head is being formed, tooth development begins. There are four steps that have been identified in the design and engineering of human teeth:

1) Mouth surface cells at the tooth location thicken slightly and gene activity within its cells sends signals to underlying tissue which surround the surface cells. This forms a tooth bud. This is done by week seven or eight after conception.

2) The thickened surface cells become a cap, and at the center of this cap a structure forms called an enamel knot. This knot sends signals to all other cells to direct their growth. This is accomplished by the ninth week after conception.

3) The developing tooth has a bell shape with cells forming on the top that will become enamel and cells under that which will become dentin. This is completed by the fourteenth week.

4) Roots develop, completing their formation six to twelve months after birth. [And why would it be that way? Breastfeeding!]

Teeth are engineered, designed, to perfection. Yet in the craftsmanship of a human life there is not only such things as teeth, eyes, hair, etc., but the spirit in man as well, that actually links with the physical. And this child in the womb can begin to think.

One of the brethren recently gave birth to a little girl. When she was first born the parents were concerned as she was a bit unresponsive. The mother started singing one of the Psalms that she had sung throughout the pregnancy and the baby immediately opened her eyes, looking toward the sound. Why? Because she had heard it being sung by her mother while in the womb.

Turn to Psalms 139.

Psalms 139:2-16 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. (3) Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. (4) For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O [Eternal], thou knowest it altogether. (5) Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. (6) Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. [I cannot get my mind around it.] (7) Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? (8) If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. (9) If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; (10) Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. (11) If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. (12) Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee. (13) For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. (14) I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. (15) My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. ["in what underlies the solid" is a better translation.] (16) Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

It was an ovum, and nine months, forty-something divisions later it becomes a baby. Astounding! It is an impossibility humanly speaking.

Notice in Luke 18 where Christ is speaking to the rich, young ruler:

Luke 18:19-27 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. (20) Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. (21) And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up. (22) Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. (23) And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. (24) And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! (25) For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (26) And they that heard it said, Who then can be saved? [Mark has "they were astonished out of measure"] (27) And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.

It takes God's intervention for this to be the case. We can't be good enough, do enough righteous works, to be able to make it into the Kingdom of God. It is impossible. It has to be the "love of God... shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy [Spirit] which is given unto us." It must be God's goodness, His righteousness, built (crafted) within us.

When we are seeing the physical birth we are seeing the impossible as well - the growth of something the size of a full-stop (or period) growing and dividing 40-something times, becoming a human being and then being born. It is evidence of a Master Craftsman.

The Sabbath

The Sabbath also points to this. It is the sign of God's people, pointing them to the Creator God.

Part of what prompted my addressing this topic of God the Master Craftsman is Pope Benedict's first comments concerning evolution. From a recent article in The Telegraph:

Pope Benedict XVI has made his first comments on evolution, saying God alone cannot provide an explanation for the variety of life on Earth.

"I would not depend on faith alone to explain the whole picture," the Pope said, according to a new book, Creation and Evolution, published in Germany.

The comments run counter to suggestions that the Pope had rejected John Paul II's recognition that Darwinism was "more than a hypothesis" and had backed the theory of intelligent design which insists that living organisms are so complex and varied that they must have been created by a higher "designer".

The Pope is melding evolutionary concept into the faith of the Catholic Church, in the way the Catholic Church has always done - taking ideas from wherever and melding them into its belief system. That is why it is described as Babylon (confusion). Notice Revelation 17:

Rev 17:1-5 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters [This is explained in verse 15 to mean "nations" and "peoples."]: (2) With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. [Here is a religious organization cavorting with the political systems of the earth.] (3) So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman [a church] sit upon a scarlet coloured beast [the Holy Roman Empire], full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. (4) And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication [of what she is doing - consorting with the governments of this world]: (5) And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.

Notice, it is not just Babylon the Great, but "mystery Babylon." It is a mystery religion. It looks upon God, not as the Creator, but as something you can never approach or understand - as a mystery of mysteries. Yet that mystery is revealed by the spirit of God. God reveals Himself, and we understand, and approach Him, in a certain way - as a Father, as a faithful Creator, as a Craftsman. And when we see this evidence of craftsmanship all around us, we start to understand the Craftsman behind it.

Turn to Revelation 13. Regarding this "mystery Babylon," we find there is going to be a confrontation.

Revelation 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

Verse 16:

Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

We are looking at the enforcement of Sunday-worship (and it will be according to their particular "mystery" standard). The truth is, God's Sabbath is the sign of His people, pointing to the Master Craftsman, the Creator God. Genesis 2:

Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. (2) And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.

He worked, He re-created the earth that had become "tohuw and bohuw" ("without form and void" - Genesis 1:2). It was not created that way, as it says in Isaiah:

Isaiah 45:18 For thus saith the [Eternal] that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain ["tohuw"], he formed it to be inhabited: I am the [Eternal]; and there is none else.

Back to Genesis, chapter 2:

Genesis 2:2-3 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. (3) And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.

This is the memorial of creation, of the Creator God. Notice in Exodus 31:

Exodus 31:12-13 And the [Eternal] spake unto Moses, saying, (13) Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [that is, the keeping of them] is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the [Eternal] that doth sanctify you.

The keeping of the Sabbath identifies God's people, identifies the Creator God - the Master Craftsman. Exodus, chapter 20:

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the [Eternal] made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the [Eternal] blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

Notice in Hebrews 4:

Hebrews 4:4-10 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.(5) And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest [Psalm 95]. (6) Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief: (7) Again, he limiteth [or determined] a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. (8) For if [Joshua] had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day. (9) There remaineth therefore a rest [a "sabbitismos" - a keeping of the Sabbath] to the people of God. (10) For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.

This is pointing to the future. The Sabbath, and the craftsmanship involved, is not just looking back at the creation, or at what we see in the creation today, but looking forward to the craftsmanship in the future - what God as the Creator will do.

The confrontation between the Beast power (the mark of the Beast) and the sign of God's people (His Sabbath which points people to the Creator God) has very much to do with this craftsmanship - this concept that here is this Being, this Creator, that we can understand. We can understand not just His "eternal power and Godhead" as it applies in the creation (which everyone can see), but as it applies in what He is doing as far as the spiritual birth is concerned, the creation future as well.

Spiritual birth

Turn to Ephesians 2:

Ephesians 2:1-2 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins: (2) Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

As it says in Romans, they suppress the "truth in unrighteousness." If the Astronomer Royal, Martin Rees, who came up with the theory of "multiple universes," had instead said, "This is clear evidence of there being a God." he would have been laughed to scorn, his book thrown out, and he would have been sidelined in the scientific community. Why? Because the world walks "according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air."

Continue:

Ephesians 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation [conduct] in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

We were no different. But even there, God will hold every single one of us accountable for the "eternal power and Godhead" aspects.

Ephesians 2:4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, (5) Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) (6) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places ["heavenlies" or "heavenly offices" - in a heavenly perspective with a different view of life] in Christ Jesus: (7) That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast. (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

As we saw earlier, "workmanship" is this same word "made" in Romans 1:20 - "the things that are made." These two aspects are tied together. We should be able to see not only His workmanship, "the things that are made," in the natural world, but the workmanship, "we are his workmanship," within our lives in creating His greatest creation. Why? Because we keep the Holy Days, the Sabbath - because of the revelation from God that allows us to understand His plan.

Notice 1 Peter, chapter 4, as regards the spiritual birth.

1 Peter 4:19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

God is a "faithful Creator." If we see His craftsmanship on one side (the physical birth), He will have the same kind of craftsmanship guaranteed on the other side (the spiritual birth).

Notice too James, chapter 1:

James 1:16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. (17) Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. (18) Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

"No variableness, neither shadow of turning" - There is no hint of deviation in this Being. He is a "faithful Creator."

And John, chapter 14:

John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

The entire existence of this reality, the fact that Satan is the prince of the power of the air, the fact that all these things are as they are, are so that we can become the sons of God. He is preparing "a place" for us.

Turn to Isaiah 65, where it speaks of this "place."

Isaiah 65:17-18 For, behold, I [the One who became Jesus Christ] create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. [All this craftsmanship will eventually be folded up. It will be a NEW heavens and a NEW earth.] (18) But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

The new Jerusalem will come down (Revelation 21) and be the dwelling place of the sons of God, where we will dwell for eternity. It is the "place" prepared for us, that God creates. How will it look? Look around us today, at the detail, at the craftsmanship that is there. It is guaranteed that the craftsmanship will be there as well.

We will have to learn the same kind of craftsmanship as God's sons in the future. We can learn it today. We know His "eternal power and Godhead" (every single human being can understand that amount), but we can understand more, because we can see that He is creating something in us - the perfect, righteous, holy character of God that will eventually be in a body that is like unto His glorious body, whereby He has everything subject to Him.

Isaiah 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

Chapter 66, verse 1:

Isaiah 66:1-2 Thus saith the [Eternal], The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? (2) For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the [Eternal]: but to this man will I look, even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word.

Verse 5:

Isaiah 66:5 Hear the word of the [Eternal], ye that tremble at his word [take notice of what I, the faithful Creator, the Craftsman that you see around you everyday, says]; Your brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my name's sake, said, Let the [Eternal] be glorified: but he shall appear to your joy, and they shall be ashamed. (6) A voice of noise from the city, a voice from the temple, a voice of the [Eternal] that rendereth recompense to his enemies. (7) Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. (8) Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children [brought forth a man-child first, then brought forth her children]. (9) Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the [Eternal]: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. (10) Rejoice ye with Jerusalem [spiritual Jerusalem that will come down out of heaven], and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: (11) That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. (12) For thus saith the [Eternal], Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. (13) As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. (14) And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice...

"Ye that tremble at His word" listen and understand, because these things are going to come about. It is alluding back to verse 17 of the preceding chapter where we read:

Isaiah 65:17-18 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (18) But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

We are involved in that process. The Sabbaths that we keep show this and point us in that direction. We, who see this craftsmanship all around us every single day, unlike the world that has a responsibility to recognize "his eternal power and Godhead," see more. We can look at God's Word, the understanding through the Holy Days and the Sabbath, the way in which the entire construct is given to us, and we can see the actual greatest creation of all by this Master Craftsman.

transcribed in article form by KA. Edited by JB.