Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-22
The very first book of the most sold piece of literature tells us that God created the heavens and the earth. Can this book be wrong?
(Hebrews 11:3), (Colossians 1:16), (John 1:1-3)
The first five verses of this extraordinary book tell us that God created the heavens and the earth. Heavens is a place regarded in various religions as the abode of God and the angels, and of the good after death, often traditionally depicted as being above the sky. The earth is made which includes land and water. Then there is light which is separated from the dark creating day and night.
Next, God creates the sky and separates the water from the sky creating a horizon. The water and the sky contribute to God creating moisture and an atmosphere.
More creations are brought to us by God when he created the dry land which consists of continents and island separate and apart from the water. God continued to create plant life that will not only reproduce but both big and small. There were many different types of plants.
We are now way past half way through the creation. God creates the stars and heavenly bodies which with the movement of these helps us track time. The sun being the primary source of light which creates day and the stars, moon or lack of translate into what we know as night.
The next creation is of water life, bird life and insect life. All these creatures can reproduce. These were the first creatures made by God. The final section of creation divinely gives us all the creatures that live on dry land. This includes any creature that was not created on any of the previous days.
God created Man by creating Adam and stated, “Let us make man in the image of God”. (Genesis 1:26)
This statement is to refer to both man and woman and to signify that we are special above all other creatures. To demonstrate this, Man is given authority over the earth and all the other creatures. God blesses man and commands him to reproduce, fill the earth and bring it under the rightful stewardship of man as authorized by God. God announces that man and all other creatures are to eat plants alone. God will not rescind this dietary restriction until Genesis 9:3-4. (Genesis 9:3-4)
The final stage of creation is the seventh day which is designated as a day of rest. For most, the seventh day today we know as Sunday which is a day we attend church, fellowship with family & friends and recuperate from the previous week.
Although we use the seventh day as recuperation, this in no way infers that God was tired from all the creation but just a point in time to let us know creation is complete such as a period at the end of a sentence.
This was also God’s way of creating a day out of seven to rest. Most of us work Mondays to Fridays, Saturdays are errand days and Sunday is our day to rest. In God’s eyes, rest not only refers to our body, but we need to refill our spiritual tank as well.
We learn from God in this scenario that not only did he created heavens and earth and all within in it but that he is a very powerful divinity. He controls the earth and everything in it although he does designate human authority.
This scenario should make us realize not only how powerful God is but exactly what he wants us to do. We need to understand that when he created man he wanted to make a likeness of him.
This leaves the following questions:
- What do we learn about God in this story?
- What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
- What new did we learn?