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March 12, 2017

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Reading along with us in Genesis? Here’s today’s reading:

Genesis 1 (ESV)

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God 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 an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9 And 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 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.”… Continue Reading

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  1. “And God said” . . . “And it was so.”

    God speaks matter into existence. His very words create something out of nothing.

    Did God speak time into existence in Genesis 1:3-5? If He created light and separated it from the darkness and “there was evening and there was morning, the first day”, was there time before He created light and separated it from darkness? Genesis 1:14 says, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years.”

    In Genesis 1:26, we see God in the plural sense in reference to God creating man; “Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” We were made in the image of God. In His likeness. Wow.

    John 1:1-3 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

    It’s interesting that in Genesis 1:29-30, God says, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.”

    What did God give us for food? “Every plant yielding seed” and “every tree with seed in its fruit.” Then he says, “every beast of the earth”, birds, things that creep on the earth and everything that has the “breath of life”, He gave “every green plant for food.” How interesting that animals were not created for our food but plants and trees with seed in its fruit were.

    I love how Genesis 1 ends, that “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”

    Indeed it was very good . . . but not for long.

  2. Love the Holy Spirit hovering over the waters, the descriptions of creation process and that he blessed man and charged us with dominion over the animals – big charge to be caretakers. And love that God was pleased, calling His work of creation very good!

  3. I really love reading from the very beginning. The Bible gives us all the information we need to know about this because God is righteous. The earth and its elements always stand out to me in any situation, and it’s because when I read Genesis I know God made it before the fall of man. Seeing Gods character before the curse is comforting and beautiful. Knowing that God is still righteous just as He was from Genesis is such a secure and confident fact. He made everything in the way He wanted and even though the earth is cursed, the beauty of nature is always a reminder of Gods character, and as sheep we always need reminders. What a beautiful and intimate way to remind us that God is righteous now, as He was then.

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