Please join us as we discover how God Uses Everyday Things, Even a Pool Table To Teach Us About Him.
Supporting Scriptures for "From Dust To Man:" Genesis 2:7 1 Corinthians 15:47 Psalm 139:14
In our first few Billiards Bible Studies we have learned that God uses everyday things, even a pool table, to teach us about His Word. We have learned that the white cue ball reminds us of God, the completeness of His creation, and the goodness of the world that we live in.
From the following verse in Genesis 2:7, I think that we can all guess the next billiard ball that we are going to discuss.
"And from the dust of the earth, God formed a man's body."
What billiard ball are we referring to? Of course! The number one ball. The number "1" represents the first man.
Are you aware of what pool balls are made from? Most commonly pool balls are made from polyester or resin with one of the highest quality billiard balls being made from Phenolic Resin, which for you chemistry buffs is a derivative of benzene and for the rest of us is just some insignificant substance that we don't really care about.
But isn't that the point that God was making?
We are all made from something as insignificant as dust, yet look how complex and wonderfully made each one of us is which should remind us of how great God is every time that we look at ourselves in the mirror!
"FROM DUST TO MAN"
What can dust not do that people can?
Psalm 30:9 - "What will you gain if I die, if I sink down into the grave? Can my dust praise you from the grave? Can it tell the world of your faithfulness?"
What else did God make from dust?
Exodus 8:16-17 - "So the Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron to strike the dust with his staff. The dust will turn into swarms of gnats throughout the land of Egypt." So Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord had commanded them. Suddenly, gnats infested the entire land, covering the Egyptians and their animals. All the dust in the land of Egypt turned into gnats."
Because God remembers man is made from dust, how does He treat us?
Psalm 103:13-14 - "The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate to those who fear Him. For He understands how weak we are; He knows we are only dust." (Also read verses 6-11 to discover more attributes of our God.)
The disciples were to shake the dust off of their feet when people would not do what?
Mark 6:11-12 - Jesus said, "And if a village won't welcome you or listen to you, shake off its dust from your feet as you leave. It is a sign that you have abandoned that village to its fate." So the disciples went out, telling all they met to turn from their sins."
What are some of the responsibilities that man has been given because he is made in the likeness of God?
Genesis 1:26 - "Then God said, "Let us make people in our image, to be like ourselves. They will be masters over all life - the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the livestock, wild animals, and small animals."
The apostle Paul teaches us about the first man, "Adam," and also about the "last Adam" who is Jesus. What is the difference between the two?
1 Corinthians 15:45-49 - "The Scriptures tell us, "The first man, Adam, became a living person." But the last Adam - that is, Christ - is a life-giving Spirit. What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam's, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ's. Just as we are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from heaven."
What should our response be to God about ourselves?
Psalm 139:13-14 - "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous - and how well I know it."
Romans 1:19-20 teaches us that God placed an instinctive knowledge within man to know God.
* What visible evidence did God give man so that he could instinctively know God and not have an excuse for unbelief?
* What invisible qualities does this visible evidence teach us about God?
Romans 1:19-20 - For the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in their hearts. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see His invisible qualities - His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God."