So, the Bible is incredible. It contains so many answers, but creates so many questions! Ernesto and I read Genesis 1-3 last night and discussed, chapter by chapter. It was a lot of fun and I (once again) highly recommend reading the Bible with your spouse! But we quickly realized, there is SO MUCH to discuss. Originally, I had intended to do multiple chapters per blog post, but after last night’s thorough discussion, I think we’re going to take it a little slower – one chapter at a time. So, below I’ve provided the text (NIV) so that you don’t have to look it up elsewhere… Then we’ll discuss!
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 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.
3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
6 And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
9 And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.
14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.
20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.
24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 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.”
27 So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
I’m not going to go into explaining each verse of Genesis 1. For the most part, it’s pretty self-explanatory: God created the heavens and earth, light, the sky, land, plants, the sun, moon and stars, the animals of the sea and air, the animals of the land, and finally, humans. There is more in-depth discussion that can be had on each of these topics, but some of it would require future verses of the text. Since we haven’t gotten there yet, we’ll just focus on what we currently have! Instead, we are going to talk about a few of our main takeaways, leaving you with some food for thought in the end…
The trinity (God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit) is introduced. In verse 2, “the Spirit of God” is mentioned – referring to the Holy Ghost / Holy Spirit. In verse 26, God says, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness……” So, God is once again making reference to the trinity – in this case, he is most likely referring to Jesus, who later joins humanity. I say most likely, because the Holy Spirit never takes human form, but Jesus sure does!
God evaluated his creations. After each creation, the scripture says that he saw his creation and it was good. If God made something and was not pleased with it, it wouldn’t exist.
My thoughts on Genesis 1? WOW… God is so almighty and powerful that He created the entire universe in six days. It’s mind-blowing to even think about that. Some might think, “Well, if God truly is all powerful and perfect, why didn’t He just create the universe in one second? Why didn’t it materialize out of nowhere at the snap of his fingers?”Does God have fingers? Ha! Or where was He before he created the heavens?! So many good questions, and we can ask Him when we meet Him someday! I’m sure by now, God expects us to have questions when He meets us face-to-face, right? We can’t be the first ones to have questions about the amazing things He’s done.
Throughout Genesis 1, it is repeated that God saw his creations and saw that they were good. Isn’t it amazing that God created everything around us? Everything that is GOOD in this world is due to his hard work during those six days… Not to mention all the love He shows us daily through listening to our prayers and providing guidance and wisdom through life experiences and encounters. Perhaps you are wondering why there is anything bad in this world. When God created the earth, everything was good. But God created us in His image – giving us free will and the ability to make decisions for ourselves. We don’t always make good decisions, but good can ALWAYS be found, even in terrible situations – the light will always break through the darkness.
So, what did you think about Genesis 1? Did anything jump out at you? Seem significant? Give me your thoughts! There are no bad ideas or observations. And I may have missed something!
Up next – Genesis 2! I’ll try to have a quick turnaround on that one. Thanks for reading and God bless!