How would you begin the great story of the Bible? Would you say things as simply as they are? Would you stretch the bounds of language trying to begin this great story?
The older I get and the more I read the Bible I love it. I love it because it says things I would never think of and it says it in ways I never would. The Bible is such a simple book containing profound truth. To begin our study let’s see what Genesis 1 reveals about God.
The Bible is the revelation of God so we may know Him. He has revealed all that we need to know Him and to be in a proper relationship with Him.
From the outset the Bible gives God to us. The Bible is a story about God and His redemption purchased by His Son Jesus Christ. The first sentence of the Bible is “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Pretty simple. The first thing the Bible reveals is that God is creator.
If God is creator what does this mean?
Everything we see was put here by God. He created it out of nothing. There was no raw material for God to work with. He made the trees, mountains, cats, and chrysanthemum from nothing. You and I are able to make things. I can go right now to my fridge and make a sandwich, which sounds pretty awesome right now. But, when I make said sandwich I am going to be making it out of something. The bread is in a bad, the turkey is in a tub, the cheese is in some torture package (have you tried getting a slice of cheese from these new things?), the huge vat of Duke’s Mayo is ready to be spread. What’s the point? I can make a sandwich but it will be from things I already have. God created from nothing through the power of His word.
In Genesis 1:3 Moses records “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” God spoke and there was light. Before these words were uttered from the mouth of God there was darkness (see 1:2) but once God speaks things are changed forever. Light is now created. A lesson we learn is that when God speaks things are never the same. The word of God is effective and it accomplishes what He wants.
Genesis 1 reveals that God is creator and that He is Lord and He is good.
Genesis 1:26-28 records the creation of man. Man is made in God’s image (1:26) shwoing there is something different about man. In 1:28 God commands man to be fruitful and multiply, to subdue the earth, and to have dominion of every living thing that moves on the earth. God is commanding man. How could He do this? He created man therefore He is sovereign over them. He gave man tasks to do. Man was to enlarge the garden he was placed in; the garden was to expand throughout the earth. God commands because He is Lord of all because He created it all.
God is good. The end of chapter one says God looked at all He made and behold it was very good (1:31). Everything God created was good because God is good. He is a benevolent creator. Therefore we know when He gives commands they are good and for our good. God is good. The heavens declare God’s goodness and glory (see Psalm 19:1).
So we have the first theme in the story line of the Bible, Creation. In our next post we will see how this tread runs throughout Scripture and what Creation teaches us about Jesus.