In the previous chapter, Hebrews 1:8, defines the Messiah as the Eternal God. As we continue, Psalm 102:25-27, further clarifies that He is also the Creator who engineered and fashioned the heavens and the earth.
Psalms 102:25-27 (God) Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You will endure; Yes, they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will change them, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will have no end.
Hebrew scholar, Paul, defines Jesus, the Son of God, as the object of David’s declaration.
Hebrews 1:8-12 But to the Son He says: “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.” And: “You, LORD, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain;And they will all grow old like a garment; Like a cloak You will fold them up, And they will be changed. But You are the same, And Your years will not fail.”
The fact that this prophecy from Psalms 102:25-27 is speaking of Jesus as the Messiah, is confirmed by Paul’s commentary from Hebrews 1:8-12. Paul quotes from this Psalm almost verbatim in ascribing to Jesus the creative powers of God, who spoke the universe into existence “of old.”
The term of old is a description of the original creation of the universe and the foundations of the earth. This is a time that is unknown to us.
Genesis 1:1 states that God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. When the beginning occurred—we are not told.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
Verse 1. God created the heavens and the earth.
Verse 2. The earth first existed without form.
Verse 3. God formed the earth for habitation in six days.
There is no specific statement here in Genesis chapter 1 that indicates the entire universe was created in six days. The references in verses 1:3-31 describes God’s work to make the earth ready for habitation during a period of six days.
Day 1: Genesis 1:3-5, God causes the light that is already in existence by our Sun, to be seen on the surface of the earth (no land yet).
Day 2: Genesis 1:6-8, dividing the thick atmosphere (firmament) of the earth from the water that covered the earth.
Day 3: Genesis 1:9-13, dividing the seas from the land so that land appears, seeds begins to grow (seeds were already present); grass, herbs, and trees begin to grow.
Day 4: Genesis 1:14-19, the stars, moon, and sun are fully visible on the land of earth (they already existed but were unseen on the surface of the earth).
Day 5: Genesis 1:20-23, creation of fish, birds, and the larger sea creatures. Each created according to their own kind, not evolved.
Day 6: Genesis 1:24-31, creation of land animals, creation of man and woman, dominion over the earth given to man, command to reproduce; all plants, herbs, and trees given to mankind for food.
Day 7: God ends His work of creation on the earth and He rests.
One of the verses from the Bible which has been used to make the case that the entire universe was “created” in six days, is found in Exodus 31:17.
It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.’ ” —Exodus 31:17
Notice that there is a different word used here (made) in reference to the six days of creation. Genesis 1:1 describes God as “creating” the heavens and the earth. The English word “create” came from the Hebrew word “bara,” which mean to make from nothing.
The Hebrew word used in Exodus 31:17 for made, is mad, which is correctly translated as “measure,” not to create from nothing as Genesis 1:1 indicates.
It is clear that Exodus 31:17 is not referring to the original creation of the universe in Genesis 1:1, but to the time afterwards when God “measured” the heavens and the earth to bring the earth out of it’s formless state as described in Genesis 1:2. It was then that God utilized the six days of restoration of the earth in Genesis 1:3-31.
The reality that the universe exhibits design characteristics which are only possible by intelligence, demands a rational answer. We cannot satisfy science nor the questions of the existence of life by any other answer except that the universe was created. The “God of the gaps” excuse that was used for many years by creationists in explaining certain phenomenon, is not necessary; for God is the solution to all the questions for how and why the Cosmos came into being and exists in the way that we observe it.
The complexity of the universe requires an engineering process of infinite magnitude. The universe did not evolve into its present state. It was created and controlled in such a manner that it would become an environment that would allow the earth to exist and people to inhabit the planet, much later.
For complete and detailed information on the theories for the true age of the universe, see the book: “A Universe From God,” by the same author: Robert Clifton Robinson, Available at Amazon Kindle Books.
What is important to note, in regards to this prophecy of David, is that he is writing about the Messiah who is the source of the universe. The singularity referred to as the “Big Bang,” was an act of Jesus as the Creator, described in Genesis 1:1, Romans Chapter 1, Hebrews Chapter 1, and Colossians Chapter 1.
Both David (in Psalms 102:25-27) and Paul (in Hebrews Chapter 1), refer to the Messiah as the Creator of the heavens and the earth.
David calls Him God; Paul calls Him The Son.
When Paul wrote to the church at Colosse, he taught these believers that Jesus is the One who created, sustained, and holds all things together in the universe.
Colossians 1:16-17 For by Jesus all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.
We therefore, should understand that the “God,” who is spoken of in Psalms 102:25-27, who created the universe, and who is also the topic of this prophecy; is the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
At the beginning of time, space, and matter, Jesus created all these things in order to bring forth an advanced creation who would be made in the image of God. Paul uses nearly identical language in describing Jesus in Hebrews 1:8-12 that David also uses in speaking of God in Psalms 102:25-27. The persons described by both writers are one and the same.