Day 1: Genesis 1-3; In the beginning…

So begins our year’s journey through Scripture, and it is fitting to begin and the beginning.

Before there was anything, there was nothing.  It seems like an obvious statement, yet is it something that is hard for our minds to even grasp.  Nothing… the total absence of everything.  For me, nothing is often what I think of when I’m at home with the lights off, the TV off, and no music playing.  Even that is a far cry from the “formless” empty “void” that was before anything.  Total darkness, no air, no gravity, I’d like to say it was cold, but really it was neither cold nor hot, it was nothing.

Except for God.  God was there.  God was always there.  In the chaos that was the nothingness of pre-creation, God existed.  Not only does God exist, He reigns over everything.

It is into this Chaos, darkness, nothingness that God speaks, and we see the true power of God’s word.  With a word, a phrase, God changes everything.  By the mere utterance of God’s voice does light appear with no apparent physical source.  What is more incredible, I think, is that the light doesn’t flash on and then off again, but that the light is sustained and has continued ever since.  This, I think, is one of the true wonders of creation.  Not only did God create everything, God is in the continuous act of creation every second of everyday since then sustaining and upholding all of the created order… even after the Fall!  Humanity falls into evil and all of creation is cursed because of it.  God could have simply wiped it out and started over, yet for whatever reason, God decides to sustain and upholds creation, and has been doing so ever since.  And we see that even in God’s punishment there is a plan, a promise that things would be made right again through the offspring of the woman.  God says, “I will put enmity between [the serpent] and the woman, between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heal.”

This is the first record of the promise of a coming savior, whose birth we celebrated one week ago!  Even then, some 4,000+ years ago, God has a plan for our salvation and the restoration of His creation.

19 Responses to “Day 1: Genesis 1-3; In the beginning…”

  1. […] providence in the world, the nature of His sustaining of His creation that we spoke about on Day 1.  We are human, created with free will and tainted in sin.  We do things that we mean for evil, […]

  2. […] to be a foreshadowing of things to come.  If you remember with me, ever since the incident in the Garden of Eden when humanity rebelled and fell into sin, God has been working towards restoration.  The whole […]

  3. […] we think back to Genesis 1, the world was created perfect, with all creatures living in harmony towards one another.  The […]

  4. […] all creatures.  Without a doubt, when the people of Israel would read this, the narrative of creation in Genesis 1 & 2 would come rushing back into their minds.  Perhaps they would be reminded of […]

  5. […] have talked about this before; it is a conversation that goes all the way back to Adam and Noah.  God created the world and He is intimately involved in all that goes on in it. […]

  6. […] is more interesting, I think, is the presence of wisdom in the creation narrative.  If you remember back to Genesis 1 & 2, the words of Proverbs 8 will have a familiar cadence […]

  7. […] of repetition in Scripture many times in the past.  Think all the way back to Genesis, with the 2 creation narratives that we read.  One was most specific towards the details while the other was more focused on the […]

  8. […] with His people.  We have seen this covenant develop from the simplicity of God’s promise to Adam, to Noah, Abraham, Moses, and David.  Here, now as the people of Israel are returning from their […]

  9. […] darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  Remember that in the past we have talked about God’s dwelling being in darkness.  From the very beginning, when the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters and darkness was […]

  10. […] by it the people of old received their commendation.  By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are […]

  11. […] of God’s dwelling on earth, from the world was torn in two!  For the first time since the Fall in Genesis 3, the veil was lifted and we come before […]

  12. […] Genesis 1:26-27, 31 – Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” […]

  13. […] Genesis 3 – Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” […]

  14. […] Genesis 3:6, 13 – When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it… […]

  15. […] Genesis 1-2 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. […]

  16. […] Genesis 2:17 – but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” […]

  17. […] Genesis 1:1-2 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. […]

  18. […] echoes of Genesis 1 and 2 reverberate throughout the beginning of the Gospel of John.  As he begins to write his account […]

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