In the last article, we looked at the broad sweep of the drama of creation. Now let’s dig a little deeper and explore Genesis 1:1-2:3 in a bit more detail. If you can, take a few minutes now to read the passage, paying special attention to what you can learn about God, from just this section.
OK, ready? Here are a few of my observations. What more can you find?
Right from the start, God is there, taking the initiative, in control. He is “outside” of creation, separate and distinct from it, yet active and involved. Did you notice the number of action verbs associated with God in this chapter? God created, God said, God saw, God called, God made, God blessed, God rested. God is clearly the main character of this unfolding drama, the Master Craftsman, the One in Charge.
It’s interesting to note that Scripture makes no attempt to “prove” the existence of God – it is assumed to be true – no questions asked. Apparently the author (ultimately God Himself) thought it was obvious. Isn’t it ironic that so many sophisticated, “well-educated,” people today refuse to accept this simple assertion, and waste countless hours trying to prove that God (Whom they claim they don’t believe in) doesn’t exist? The Bible has a choice word for such people (see Ps. 14:1) and says that they are “without excuse”. (Rom 1:20).
The Romans passage also says that God’s eternal power and divine nature (attributes, Godhead) are clearly seen in creation. Certainly, as we contemplate the creation account, we can learn much about God. His power, wisdom, and creative genius jump out of the narrative, along with His foresight, planning, and order. We watch Him work with purpose and design, caring for details and examining His work each step of the way. We learn His father-heart and His loving concern in providing for and blessing all His creatures. We marvel at the high value He places on human beings, creating us in His own image, blessing us, and giving us a special job to do. Finally, we sense His satisfaction as He finishes His work, puts down His “tools,” rests from His labors, and delights in a job well done.
Isn’t it amazing what we can learn when we “slow down” and observe a passage carefully? In future articles, we will look at some of the other things we can learn from Genesis, but for now, I encourage you to contemplate: What action verbs would you use to describe God’s involvement in your life today? Have you paused to thank Him? I would encourage you to continue digging for ”gems” – learning more about our great Creator God and His involvement with His creation, not only in the past, but also in your life today.
Originally published in the May/June 2007 issue of Think and Believe newsletter. Please call our office or email us at [email protected] for additional resources on these subjects.
Originally published in the May/June 2007 issue of Think and Believe newsletter.
Please call our office or email us at [email protected] for additional resources on these subjects.