How we came to be. Genesis 1-2:3
How we came to be
Genesis 1

Scripture reading: Psalm 8

Intro to Genesis 1

-Genesis was written by Moses (long regarded as the writer of the first five books of the Bible)
-As Moses received the 10 Commandments by Divine revelation, so too he received the account of the creation of the heavens and the earth by Divine revelation.
-Genesis 1 answers the big questions of life. As a whole, Genesis-- which means origins-- answers 4 big questions of life. 1. How did I come to be? Genesis 1-2. 2. Why is the world is so messed up? Genesis 3 3. What is the solution to our problems? Answer starts in Genesis 1-3. 4. What am I hear for? What's my purpose in life. Answer starts in Genesis 1.
-As we just learned from our study in the Book of Revelation, Genesis is connected to the rest of the Bible--- for a number of themes of Genesis find their end in Revelation.
-There is no end to the line of people who smirk, scoff at, doubt, and attack the account of Genesis 1. Our enemy, the Devil, knows that if he can shake peoples trust in an all powerful God and the veracity of the Scriptures that he can destroy peoples faith
-The best way to read the Bible is to read it literally. Unless a passage is clearly intended as allegory, poetry, or some other genre, the Bible should be interpreted as literal statements. Hence, when we read of the creation of the world, the flood, the long ages of the first people on the earth, or of the miracles of Christ, we take such accounts at face value. Jesus himself, in referring to the marriage of Adam and Eve, the murder of Abel, Jonah being swallowed by the great fish, considered such to be literal events.
-While Genesis 1 is not a science text book, the science of it is logical. Of course light precedes life. Of course vegetation precedes the animals that eat it. Of course water precedes the fish that inhabit it. Of course the creatures and plants of this world are after their kinds (such a statement allows for variation and adaptation but not evolution-- for each creature and plant has it's limitations that it is bound to)


Note: A variety of ancient cultures (Egyptian, Assyrian, Chaldean, Phoenician, the Romans, the Greek) have creation accounts. Between them and the Bible there are occasional points of connection--- what this illustrates is that the creation accounts of other nations give glimpse of the truth they once knew (for they are the descendants of Moses)

Note: Genesis 1 gives us the big picture of creation. Genesis 2 is a complementary account of creation that focuses on the garden of Eden and God's creation of us

Lessons and principles of the text

1. The complexity, design, and beauty of the created order leads to this one conclusion: There is a God and He must be all powerful

Ponder DNA and its role in cell replication! How could this happen by accident?

Note God's presentation of Himself: eternal, a God of order, self existent, all powerful (he merely speaks and what he decrees are done--- note the repeated "And God said" for each day of creation)

A contemplation of the created order is meant to lead one to this conclusion: There is a God. I am not an accident. See Romans 1 on there being no excuse

What is our response to be? Praise and worship.

Psalm 19:1-4 declares that the 'heavens declare the glory of God'. Psalm 33:6 says; "By the word of the LORD were the heavens made." and then in Psalm 33:8 "Let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm."

Revelation 4:11 also says; ""You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."

2. A plain reading of Genesis 1 calls us to believe that an all powerful God made the world in 6 literal days

Some thoughts on this

a. Yes, this contradicts the theory of evolution taught by the school systems, the media, and the parts of the scientific community that control what is published in mainstream texts

I'd like to remind you that there is no proof for the theory of evolution. Evolutionists are constantly changing their minds on how things came to be. It takes more faith than I have to believe that something came from nothing on its own. It takes more faith than I have to believe that the incredible complexity of the human body and even the simplest of organisms, could happen by accident.

b. Whenever sequential days are referenced in the scriptures, literal 24 hour periods are in mind

i.e Abrahams 3 day journey to Mount Moriah. Joshua's marching around the walls of Jericho for 7 days, etc

c. Other texts in the Bible consider the 6 days of creation to be literal

Exodus 20:11 says; " For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy."

Exodus 31:17 also says; 'It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he abstained from work and rested.'

Consider also Hebrews 11:1-3 "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

3. The name used for God in Genesis 1 is "Elohim" (being a plural form) giving us our first clue to God's triune nature

A key affirmation of our faith is that there is one true God existing as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. One God, 3 co-equal, co-eternal persons. Such is a mystery that the Bible affirms, that we hold by faith.

Interesting: "Elohim" occurs 28 times in Genesis 1-2:3 which is a pretty clear indicator of who the credit for Creation ought to go to.

A fleshing out of the plural form is found in Genesis 1:26 when God says "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness". This conversation does not take place between God and the angels, Rather the Father, The Son, the Holy Spirit are in view.

Further note: As for Christ's involvement in creation, Colossians 1:15-16 says; "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.

Further: The Apostles creed serves as an ancient affirmation of the Trinity

4. In addition to being a literal account of how we came to be, Genesis 1 is a literary marvel

Genesis 1:2 "the earth was without form and void" = confusion and disorder, shapeless and and empty

Literary pattern illustrating how the earth went from being empty to filled (based on the words of Genesis 1:2)

Day 1 corresponds to Day 4 of creation
Day 2 corresponds to Day 5 of creation
Day 3 corresponds to Day 6 of creation

5. The crowning act of God's work of creation is us: people

On day 6 God makes all land animals (wild and tame-able) and then in v.26 it says; "Then God said "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness"

We are the last and highest phase of God's creative activity.

A few things to note as it regards our creation being the climactic act of God's work

a. A Divine conversation precedes our creation (such is not recorded as happening before the creation of anything else)
b. We are said to be made in God's image. This is said of no other creature (not of the angels, not of the animals)
c. To us a responsibility has been given that has been given to no other -- excercise dominion over the earth
d. Into us the very breath of God has been breathed (Genesis 2)
e. Every aspect of God's creating work, leading up to us, is for our benefit (water, sun, fish, animals, stars, moon-- note the purpose of the sun, moon, and stars--- to give us light and guide us and help us mark the seasons and days). We at the centre of God's creating work. We the focal point of his creating work.

FYI: Our first parents would have been middle brown (from this all skin tone variations possible)

Application: God made us special!

What it means to bear God's image

-in some respects we are like God (not in form but function)
-When God created us, He created us wise in mind, holy in heart, righteous in our actions (just like Him).
-We superior to all other parts of creation. Our being created in the image of God distinguishes us from the animals (such flies in the face of evolutionists who teach that we are highly evolved animals)
-Though the image of God in us has been marred by the fall, we still reflect aspects of God's character, person, and goodness (though dimly)
-when a person makes/creates/invents something, they are are in a small way doing God did on the large scale of making us and our universe
-When we exercise 'dominion' over some facet of of this world we are in a small way doing what God does on a large scale.
-as image bearers we reflect his glory (2 Cor. 3:18). We to reflect God's character to each other
-as image bearers, we, and our service belong to God (see Matthew 22- render unto Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God)

Application: Human life is precious and is meant to be protected (whether the person is in the womb, disabled, or old and frail

6. God's first two commands - Genesis 1:28

1. Be fruitful and multiply

A creation command is to have children if possible.

2. Have dominion

Take care of God's world. Don't abuse it

7. Fruits, nuts, and vegetables: God's original meal plan Genesis 1:29

People were vegetarians to start. Not till after the Flood did God give the green light to eating meat.

Not only were people vegetarians to start, so too were the animals-- it wasn't until after the Fall that people and the animals started to kill one another. Even today it's quite feasible for meat eating animals to survive on plants, nuts, and vegetation. Meat eating is not a necessity (though its the present norm) for any creature.

9. The distinguishing mark of everything God does: "It was very good". Genesis 1:31

As it says in James 1:17 "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows."

10. How to finish your work week: Rest and the worship of God. Genesis 2:1-3

Note: When it says that God rested it doesn't mean He was tired. God was setting a pattern for us and our work week. This is reflected in the Sabbath command.

11. Praise and worship: The only fitting response to God and His work of creation

Our contemplation of Genesis 1 ought to result in God being held in awe and wonder.

The only rationale explanation for this world- it's beauty, its complexity, its design, it's order is God.