The Creation: The Earth is a Witness
Produced by the Seventh Day Adventist Church. ** I am not affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church and this it is not an endorsement of the SDA church.
The Creation: The Earth is a Witness is a beautiful, high quality, graphical short film on YouTube, that goes through the seven days of creation. It’s about 30 minutes long and has breath-taking pictures, with scripture read in the background.
I saw the short film on YouTube years ago and have seen it a number of times and shared it, as it is a beautiful production that glorifies the Lord.
The film opens with the verse from Hebrews 11:1: 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Each day in creation is represented by a series of breath-taking pictures, animation and video, accompanied by beautiful music and the relevant verses from Genesis chapters 1 and 2.
Which commandments did I reflect on during the film?
Promotes God as the only God
The scripture reading gives honour to God. matching what is said in the Word to what we see in the world - His creation.
Promote the Sabbath or refrain from promoting Sunday as the day of worship?
As this is the creation account, the verses regarding the rest day are read - the 7th day. After seeing all the phases of creation, it is no wonder we are asked to acknowledge the Lord through the Sabbath, each week. It is a wonderful act of worship to the Lord, on His terms.
Exodus 20:8-11 is read at the end of the film - the fourth commandment about the Sabbath.
Did I reflect on Christian standards during the film?
We have a book about where we came from and where we are going - the Bible. We know what the world was like when God created it. But nature does not explain what is wrong with the world - the Word of God does. The short film only contains scripture reading from the creation account and instrumental music - a powerful experience. The film made me reflect on what Eden must have been like and what the new Jerusalem will be like. We see glimpses of God’s perfection in the world, but it has all been tarnished by sin, in some way.
Recognition of the value of life and blessing in children
Seeing all different kinds of life form that the Lord made makes me reflect on the value of life and how God breathed life into man and made man in His image.
Recognition of the body as the temple of God
Reflection on the creation account makes me think about the complexity of our bodies and how gracious God is to have created each and every one of us. It makes me think of 1 Corinthians 6:19-20: 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. I need help from the Lord to do this every single day - as the world bombards me, everyday, with no respect for my body as the temple of the Holy Spirit, bought at a price, through Jesus Christ.
Examples of glory and honour and thanks to God
The glory in what God has made both described in scripture and shown in pictures, videos and animations. All the different kinds, according to their group. The diversity, the colours, shapes, forms, functions…Absolutely amazing! The Sabbath gives us opportunity to thank the Lord for His creation, worship Him and marvel at His works. The creation account makes me think how merciful and loving our heavenly Father is and an appropriate response to His love, mercy and grace is worship as the only God, our Creator and Saviour.
Did the film encourage my faith?
Absolutely. I think of Psalm 19:1 - The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. He has given us so much that we can enjoy, even on a ruined earth - and there will be so much more, when Jesus Christ returns. 1 Corinthians 2:9 says, But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
The creation account makes me reflect on the lies of evolution, and where those lies come from. I’d like to take the opportunity to mention that our March book review will be the book, Taking Back Astronomy, by Jason Lisle.
What actions did I do, as a result of seeing the film?
As I prepare this recording, the Sabbath is a few hours away in the Norway, so with joy in my heart, I am preparing for the Sabbath. My preparation includes posting announcements for Sabbath Radio, an internet radio station by Renewed Faith Media. I manually start the radio program a few hours before Sabbath starts. We have an instrumental track play until the Sabbath starts, then it automatically kicks over to the Sabbath program. I also get the last of my chores done, like laundry, housework, food shopping - anything that is considered work.
The first time I saw the film, I shared it - as the creation account needs to be shared and understood. Jesus said the truth sets us free.
Were there any scenes that caught my attention, in regards to doctrine?
The depiction of Moses and Isaac throughout the film - it’s something I would not have included in the film. It’s nice to reflect on how Moses handed down the law of God to his sons, but I don’t think we need to show something we don’t have an exact account of.
Creation, the Earth is a Witness is a wonderful presentation of the creation account. I have watched it in English and Norwegian several times. I will also include the link for the Norwegian version.
For me, life is worth living because I know who I am - a child of God and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Praise the Lord!
Thank you for reading this review. Until next time - peace be with you.
Source for film thumbnail: www.youtube.com