I have plenty of my own quilt squares to add to this series, but I wanted to write about this quilt first.
While daddy and I were standing in line to go into “Men in White” at the Creation Museum, I noticed this quilt. Daddy went up closer and took some pictures.
The whole quilt.
This quilt, like the Creation museum, walks you through the seven C’s of history. These seven are: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consumation, in that order.
The quilt square (er, circle) is divided up into 7 sections, each representing a different day of Creation. What I mean here by Creation is that God created the world in 6 24-hour days. Creation was perfect, not yet affected by the curse.
God told Adam that he could eat from any tree in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:8) except one—the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He warned Adam that death would be the punishment for disobedience (Genesis 2:17). Instead of listening to the command of his Creator, Adam chose to rebel, eating the fruit from the tree (Genesis 3:6). Because our holy God must punish sin, He sacrificed animals to make coverings for Adam and Eve, and sent the first couple from the garden, mercifully denying them access to the Tree of Life, so that they would not live forever in their sinful state.
This brings us to the second c.
This piece shows the Serpent, the garden, and the flaming sword.
Adam’s sin ushered death, sickness and sorrow into the once-perfect creation (Romans 5:12). God also pronounced a curse on the world, changing it completely (Genesis 3, Romans 8:20–22). As a result, the world that we now live in is merely a decaying remnant—a corruption—of the beautiful, righteous world that Adam and Eve originally called home. The good news is that, rather than leave His precious handiwork without hope, God graciously promised to one day send a Redeemer who would buy back His people from the curse of sin (Genesis 3:15).
As the descendants of Adam and Eve married and filled the earth with offspring, their wickedness was great (Genesis 6:5).
Which brings us to the third c.
(I don’t have a picture of this one, but it’s the circle on the bottom right, portraying the flood)
God judged their sin by sending a global Flood to destroy all men, animals, creatures that move along the ground, and the birds of the air (Genesis 6:7). Those God chose to enter the Ark—Noah and his family, and land-dwelling representatives of the animal kingdom—were saved from the watery catastrophe. This earth-covering event has left its mark even today. From the thousands of feet of sedimentary rock found around the world, to the ‘billions of dead things buried in rock layers’ (aka ‘fossils’), the Flood reminds us even today that our righteous God cannot—and will not—tolerate sin, while the Ark reminds us that He provides a way of salvation from sin’s punishment. The rainbows we experience remind us of God’s promise never again to destroy the earth with water.
After the Flood, God commanded Noah and his family—the only humans left in the world—and the animals to fill the earth (Genesis 8:17).
Yet man sinned again.
Babel. Men desiring to stay together by building a tall tower.
So, around 100 years after the Flood waters retreated, God brought a confusion (a multiplicity) of languages in place of the common language the people shared, causing them to spread out over the earth. From these various groups are descended all the tribes and nations in the world today. Despite what you’ve been led to believe about our seeming superficial differences, we really are all ‘one blood’ (Acts 17:26)—descendants of Adam and Eve through Noah and his family—and all, therefore, in need of salvation from sin.
Here the quilt differs from AiG’s 7 C’s. They add in an extra one, and combine Christ and the Church.
The extra one they add is the Children of Israel. This piece shows the stars (Abraham), Elijah being taken up to heaven, Moses parting the sea, the Priest’s breastplate, lambs, the ark of the covenant, and Egypt. It’s a very complex piece, but goes together very well.
The lambs remind us of the sacrifices Israel had to do to be forgiven. But we don’t have to do those forever.
Our salvation comes through Christ, the Creator God who stepped into history to become a man who would do what the first Adam did not do—live a perfect life in obedience to the Father (1 Corinthians 15:45–49).
Christ was the Redeemer who had been promised 4,000 years earlier and who came to save the world from sin by dying on the Cross and rising three days later—paying the death penalty for those who receive His free gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23).
The cross and resurrection are depicted in the square on the upper left. The hands around the circle represent the Church, those saved by grace.
Finally comes the consumation.
Those who have repented and placed their faith in the finished work of Christ look forward to the consummation of all things in the future, when the Curse will be removed and God will provide the new heavens and the new earth for His children. There will be no death or mourning or crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).
In this circle is a horn, a rider on a white horse, a throne, the scroll, the tree of life, and a lion.
The center circle says “I am the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end.” Around it it says “King of Kings” and “Lord of Lords,” and behind that is rainbow piecework.
This is not only one of the most beautiful quilts I’ve ever seen, but I think everyone would agree it’s one of the most meaningful as well. I would love to make something like this someday, but it would take a lot of work and planning first – and my c’s would be squares, not circles!
The intent of the Creation Museum and Answers in Genesis with this setup is:
“We’ll. . . be providing details of how true science confirms that biblical account of history, and we’ll be answering the skeptical claims leveled at the Bible time and again. Our hope is that this museum will challenge non-Christians to receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, equip Christians to better evangelize the lost, and exalt Jesus Christ as Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.”
Much of the writing here was taken from this article.