Genesis 1

Keys

  • 🔑 God created the heavens and the earth using only words.
  • 🔑 Speaking life into existence is faith in action.
  • 🔑 There is a process to creation that we can adapt in our own lives.
  • 🔑 We are created in God's image, and are blessed to take dominion over the earth.

Passage

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

The History of Creation

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. 17 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” 21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

29 And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. 30 Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. 31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

Notes

This is an absolutely incredible passage of scripture.

The most important takeaway from this text are the statements “And God said…”, and “Then God saw…”. This is the epitome of faith and the evidence of the power of our confession as Christians.

Every thing on Earth was brought into existence by God’s tongue. Proverbs 18:21 1 reads: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…”. This foundational concept is displayed throughout this entire passage. Your words contain the power to create life, or to bring death.

In Hebrews 11:1 2 it reads: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith speaks what is not seen into existence. God was putting faith into action when speaking creation into existence.

In Hebrews 11:6 3 it says “And without faith it is impossible to please God…”. Just as God used faith to create the universe, we should put action to our faith in order to please God. He expects Christians to speak in faith and watch the impossible become possible.

The creative process of the universe is fascinating. It took 7 days to create the universe, and God rested on the 7th day. Why wouldn’t He have created it instantly? There’s a fundamental truth hidden in the process that shows us how things are created out of nothing.

It starts with more generic things: the light and darkness, separating the heavens and the earth. Then it moves towards more specific things: creating the creatures of the sea and land, and eventually creating humans.

In verse 26 there’s an interesting reference to the trinity. It says “Let Us make man in Our image…”. The capital ‘U’ and capital ‘O’ is in reference to God, but when he says ‘Us’, he’s referencing the Holy Trinity (God The Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit).

As Christians (and even as humans) we are called to take dominion over the earth. We are to eat of the land, be fruitful and multiply, and subdue it. That is the fundamental instruction of God for us as a species. Not only is that our instruction, but the Word says we are “blessed” by God to carry this out.

We are created in God’s image. We are of His likeness. In life, it doesn’t matter what other people think about you, it matters what God thinks about you. God created you in His likeness, and he saw that it was good. Who are you to say that what he created isn’t good?


And those who love it will eat its fruit.

  1. Proverbs 18:21 - Death and life are in the power of the tongue, 

  2. Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

  3. Hebrews 11:6 - But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 


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