Genesis 1: In the Beginning

Posted: January 6, 2011 in Devotionals

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth….This is how the Bible opens up. With a line that sounds like it was ripped from the pages of a fairytale. But this is no fantasy novel or random fiction. This is real. The book of Genesis chronicles the beginning of everything. It describes how things like this world, and us (human begins), and sin all began. And right off the bat….we are introduced to the central chraracter in this real-life drama…God.

There at the beginning of everything…is God. And he`s there not as a spectator…but as the creator. (Genesis 1:1). That`s the first thing the Bible explicitly tells us about God…He`s not just a creator…He`s THE CREATOR. He`s the One who existed before everything was made…He`s always been around. Nothing….no one….created him. He is the only uncreated being. He necessarily exists. Without him….nothing would have been created.

Now….I know that makes your brain explode. As it does mine….but this is how God has revealed himself to us. He made everything! And nothing/no one made Him! The fact that God created everything highlights both his sovereignty and his power. He’s the Boss. He’s in charge. He calls the shots. And he’s not like human authorities who only have limited power over limited spaces. He has all power and he runs everything. The whole earth is his! And his power is unmatched.

Think about the last time you made something (ex. Baked goods, artwork, class project). Without even knowing the specifics of the situation, I can guarantee 3 things: 1) you used materials to do it. 2) you couldn’t just speak a word and make it happen. 3) It’s nowhere near as AWESOME or impressive as making the universe!

Check it out. God created everything…out of nothing! No pre-fabricated materials, no hammers, no duct tape. And what’s more…he did it with his words! You might have heard people say something like, “just say the word and it’s done”. Well…God literally spoke and things popped into existence. Genesis 1:3-25 records for us how God creates things just by speaking them into being. What an incredible display of power. Who do you know with that kind of power?

So in Genesis 1, we have this picture of God orchestrating the creation of the whole world and everything in it. And near the end of chapter 1 we find these curious words:

“then God said, “Let us make man in our image after our likeness. And let them have dominon over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

We have the creation of mankind. People. And unlike everything else in creation, p[eople are made in the image of God. There’s tons that can be said about that, but I’ll summarize what that means this way….human beings are created to represent and reflect God. God is the King and we are like his little representatives. We are to live in a way that reflects well on him. We have been given a measure of authority to manage things on the earth, but… under Him as the ultimate authority. And we are to reflect his character to others in how we relate to them. More on the image of God later.

Chapter 1 ends with God making provision for man. God gave man food. Life was good. In fact verse 31 says,

“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.”

This is how things begin. We learn of God, the uncreated Creator. The powerful One who speaks and things come into existence. And we learn about us…human beings…made in God’s image. Unique over everything else that was made. We’re made like him….to represent him and live under his authority in a way that reflects well on him….

Think about it: As we travel through the storyline of the Bible always ask yourself some basic questions as you read along: What does this passage teach about God? What does this passage teach about people? What does this passage teach about the world around me? How should the things taught in this passage effect the way I live? This is a good place to start.

(read Genesis 2 for tomorrow)

grace and peace.

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