I have spent a lot of time in the New Testament lately, and I felt like it was time to go into the Old Testament for my next study. I am going to spend the next several weeks in the book of Genesis. This is a book full of amazing history and full of people of faith. We will not have to step too far into the book of Genesis to see the need for our wonderful Savior; however, it is also amazing to know that our Creator already had a plan in place to redeem us and to draw us back to Him. So, starting today we will get to read the account of creation. I know many of you have read it countless numbers of times; however, please read through it and pray that God will give you a fresh understanding of Genesis 1.
For those of you who have grown up in church all their lives, I want you to stop and take a step back and look again at Genesis 1 from the viewpoint of someone who has never opened the Bible. Look at it from the perspective of what this chapter is saying to someone who is reading about the creation of the world for the first time. What kind of questions does it raise in your heart?
We are told that God spoke the world into existence, but we don't know entirely what that looked like. But there is a piece of the picture that we don't see right away reading this account, but the more we dig into the Bible the more understanding we can have of who God is. John 1:1-5 (NLT) says, "In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through Him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it." Further down in the chapter, we read in John 1:14 (NLT), "So the Word became human[d] and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son."
The thing that stuck out in this first chapter is that we see that God created the world through His spoken Word, which we learn in John 1 is Jesus. We also see that God's Spirit was hovering above the waters (Genesis 1:2). God already reveals some of who He is to us in the first few verses of the Bible, and we already get a glimpse of the Trinity. But the prominent theme we see in chapter 1 is that God is our Creator. No matter what, we can't shake the reality that God tells us that He is our Creator and we exist only because of Him. But that is not the only truth...we read that when we were created God said that His creation was very good. Let the beauty of that thought sink in for a moment. We have been created in His image, and He was pleased with the creation of us. Let the idea that God was pleased to created you sink deep into your heart today.
How does the truth found in Genesis 1 motivate you today?