Genesis 1:1 The Bible did not put forth either suggestion or a guess work regarding the origins of the heavens and the earth. The Bible plainly tells us that God “created,” and that is how we have our world and universe.
Genesis 1:2 The immediate picture of our world that we see is both troubling and unsettling. Would God create a world “formless and void”, with “darkness over the face of the deep?” This picture of chaos only raises more pointed and pressing questions than it seems to answer, and conservative Bible scholars answer this question by positing (with numerous scriptural references) that something cataclysmic happened between verses 1 and 2 of Genesis chapter 1; and that was the casting down of Satan to the earth, and the destruction of the original creation. But thank God that despite the chaotic picture, we still see the Spirit of God moving over the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:3 The turning point came as soon as God spoke. So majestic was His voice that He literarily turned on the lights and began to repair the chaos that had earlier occurred employing the instrumentality of His spoken words. And this was even before He would create any of the heavenly lights (sun, moon, and stars).
Genesis 1:4-5 God separated the light from the darkness on day 1; the light He called day, and the darkness He called night. This passage was obviously not put together to explain to us how God carried out His work. It only informs us of His work that He carried out.
Genesis 1:6-8 On day 2 God separated the waters above from the waters on the earth, and called the space in-between sky. Later in Genesis 7:11 we will see the “floodgates of heaven” burst forth to let out the torrents that will cause another flood in Noah’s day.
Genesis 1:9-13 On day 3 God gathered the waters under the sky together into oceans, lakes, and rivers, thus causing dry land to appear; all of these with the word of His command. God also commanded the appearance of vegetation upon the land, and the genetic self-propagating principle of the seed which resides in all of plant life.
Genesis 1:14-19 On day 4 God spoke the sun, moon, and stars into existence, and placed them in the high skies in their courses to mark times and seasons in the calendar. These also, as well as every other thing that God had created before them passed God’s examination and were good in His eyes.
Genesis 1:20-23 On day 5 God spoke to both the sky and seas to bring forth living creatures, and He instituted the law of genetic reproduction within all flying and swimming creatures.
Genesis 1:24-31 Day 6 seemed to be the busiest of all days in which God carried out several creative speaking acts. He spoke into existence all livestock, wild animals, and creeping things. God then spoke to Himself, revealing His plural person nature, in order to create man (both male and female) in His own image and likeness.
God gave man dominion over all other living creatures in the sky, seas, and on land. God also blessed and commanded man to be fruitful and to multiply. God declared both to man and to all the living creatures, giving them every green herb for food.
God then stood back and took a good look at all that He had created in these 6 days, and saw that it was very good.
LIFE APPLICATIONS OF GENESIS 1
1) God’s Word is His vehicle of power and restoration, and we would be wise to sit under it and allow it old and shape every situation of our lives.
2) God’s Holy Spirit moves to carry out the decrees of God’s Word over our lives. We would be wise to seek to please Him in all of our lives’ affairs.
3) We should be thankful for God’s great gift of creation, and ascribe all honor, glory, and praise to the great Creator Himself.
4) As people created in God’s image and likeness, and with the stewardship of dominion over the earth, we need to ensure the discharge of our stewardship and care for our family members, communities and societies at large, and our environment and resources in a manner that reflects accountability and stewardship to God.
This list is not exhaustive. Please feel free to contribute to this list with your comments and interactions.
John 1 reveals that Jesus, the Eternal Word was present in creation.
Colossians 1 reveals that all things were created by Jesus and for Jesus.
Hebrews 1:3 says He upholds all things by the Word of His power.
The upper waters were storehouses of water for the flood of Noah
God gave man dominion (kingly authority) over the works of His hands
God created man in his likeness (Heb. “damoot” exact duplication in kind)
God said “Let us make man in our image”, implying the trinity
ADAM LIVED 3954 – 3024 BC (930)
CAIN LIVED 3900 – 3200 BC (¬700)
ABEL LIVED 3897- 3825 BC