Genesis One – Day One – In the Beginning – Genesis 1:1-5 – 12/01/2015
Genesis 1:1 (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.
This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.
In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse one…
V1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
The bible states the following as fact, that there was a beginning and in that beginning God pre-existed and he created the heavens and the earth. Those are the simple facts laid out by the text that we read, assuming we just use the bible as the basis for what we are investigating here. We know that the universe (the heavens and the earth) were created because observational science tells us to examine the evidence and the evidence points very strongly if not conclusively that we do in fact exist, and that we exist on an earth that has had a continuous footprint since the creation of said earth.
The word God is “elohym” (or Elohim) in that he is one God but in three different entities, we know from the scriptural evidence in the first seven days that God the father, Jesus the son and the Spirit of God were all present when the world was created. This is why the word Elowaah was not used (singular God) instead.
Regardless of your viewpoint on origins (how it all began) the consensus is fairly united in these basic facts, at this point the Creationist (A catch all term for those who believe that the earth was created – usually by a ‘sovereign being’) and the Evolutionist (one who favors a theory by a man called Charles Darwin that it slowly evolved over a period of time) the agreement thus far is that at some point, something happened to cause it to be created.
Biblically, God is timeless! I do not mean that his style has no time but simply that he is not limited by the limitations that he has placed on his creation. Personally the problem has to be with your perception of the size of God that God is. If I was to go into the limitless aspect of the universe that we are in, the number of galaxies, the number of stars and the distance between it all you will see what a tremendous claim this is and why there is such discussion over creation. As we are going to read in the evidence below he creates the following on the first day…
• Heavens and the earth
• Light and darkness
• Instituted the first day and night
Does this sound like a small god to you? From an early age we know that we can see well in the light and not so well in the dark we know that our times are marked out in seconds, minutes, hours and days. God instituted that all in the first day. The foundation of what we know to be the case we read here that it was created on day one. Paul confirms that God was the architect of creation in Romans chapter one…
Romans 1:19 (ESV) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
And that is what I am stating here, that God has shown in his creation his existence as well as leaving the evidence that the bible is true and accurate in its recordings of how the creation of the world was made. I admit right away that I start with the premise and the belief that the bible is true and that is my bias in this situation, however even without that bias I would state that Paul states the case far more convincingly than I do in that God has stated who he is and what he has done from the creation of the world. We have the choice to accept it or reject it.
God cannot be studied, you can’t take a piece of God and run tests on him but we have his revelations who reveal who he is to us and one of these revelations is the infallible, inerrant word of the Lord called the Bible. This is not just another theological book filled with decent ideas in how to live your lives, it is split into 66 divisions which look at history, prophecy, laws, the life of Jesus, early church history, letters to the churches and also what will happen at the end of the world.
The history portion in secular, Christian, Jewish and archeological cites the bible as accurate history that gives a good record when looking for ancient sites of interest and the history of the word can be verifiable. We know that biblical history can be trusted as many who have nothing to gain by promoting the use of biblical history and their wish to show their source, it is unparalleled against any “other holy writings”. Genesis is the foundation of scripture and if you believe in Genesis then you will have no issue believing the rest of the bible.
The author of Genesis continues this history below…
V2 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.
And as stated prior, here is the Spirit of God introduced in this passage. What a blessing to know as Christians that the one who was sent as a helper to us was there at the beginning as saw the original blueprint and knew the original design of God. God started with a foundation of what we know today and like all blank canvases it was dark, void and formless. (With the covering of the earth being water based)
And let’s look at a criticism of the bible here when people question if there could really be enough water to flood the earth in the days of Noah. We only have to look at the second verse of the bible to answer that question because the writer of Genesis takes great care to tell us how it is. We see that the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters, there is no mention of land and if that was not enough for the skeptic then we see confirmation also in verse nine when God creates what is called “land”. I don’t need a seminary degree in advanced systematic theology to work out that God created the land on day three; I simply need to read the text.
Although it is “without form” at this time it is very much a work in progress and we see that God had a plan to have the earth inhabited by creation itself, he planned to have it inhabited by animals, humans and vegetation. We see this confirmed in the book of Isaiah…
Isaiah 45:18 (ESV) For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens (he is God!), who formed the earth and made it (he established it; he did not create it empty, he formed it to be inhabited!): “I am the LORD, and there is no other
Basically there was one creation, one draft and we are descendants first of that fallen man Adam and God who were redeemed by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, that is not just my thought or opinion because it is backed up by Paul in the book of Romans…
Romans 5:12 (ESV) Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
And lastly the spirit was moving, preparing the creation work for what was to come. Was the earth created “old” who knows? Was there already resistance to creation? Possibly because we know that the “serpent” was active in Genesis three during the fall of man but these things are not as vital to speculate on but certainly good thoughts to ponder.
V3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
And this shows that God created in order, he made light first and what a God he was that he could just speak it and it was. He did not have to physically touch it but he was in command of all that he was creating. As a parent and pet owner I wish I had that authority! Again that shows the expanse and power of God that he was able to just speak and it was.
Jesus stated that he was “the light of the world” and we should be walking in that light, we as his followers should be light to a fallen generation, we have the gospel of light as Paul states in his second letter to the Corinthians…
2nd Corinthians 4:1 (ESV) Therefore, having this ministry by the mercy of God, we do not lose heart. 2 But we have renounced disgraceful, underhanded ways. We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. 6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Imagine the galaxies that you can see and also you know in the knowledge that there are ones that we don’t even know about and they were all spoke into existence by this God who is limitless in power and might, if that is not a “faith-changer” I don’t know what is. This is the God that you are praying to with problems and issue that would be so finite to him. Is it anything to the author of this creation?
V4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.
We have light all around us and take it for granted, during the day we have light from the sky and due to the invention of electricity that was popularized in the 20th century in our dwellings we can flick a switch and see where we are doing, conversely if we wish to sleep we turn off that light and in the evening we see that darkness envelops the sky. We have a tremendous appreciation for the light because we recognize what darkness is like and we know that it is much easier to get to where we need to go if we can see where we are going.
We follow the true light – Jesus! He confirmed this in the gospel of John chapter 8…
John 8:12 (ESV) Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are bearing witness about yourself; your testimony is not true.” 14 Jesus answered, “Even if I do bear witness about myself, my testimony is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going, but you do not know where I come from or where I am going. 15 You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 16 Yet even if I do judge, my judgment is true, for it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17 In your Law it is written that the testimony of two people is true. 18 I am the one who bears witness about myself, and the Father who sent me bears witness about me.” 19 They said to him therefore, “Where is your Father?” Jesus answered, “You know neither me nor my Father. If you knew me, you would know my Father also.” 20 These words he spoke in the treasury, as he taught in the temple; but no one arrested him, because his hour had not yet come.
He confirms in this passage the following:
• He was the light of the world (v12)
• If you follow him you will no longer walk in darkness (v12)
• That not everyone will believe (v13)
• Confirmed he came from God the father (v14)
• The ones who should know better judged by the flesh (v15)
• When he was to judge he would judge with the authority of the Father (v16)
• Confirmation of the law of witnesses (v17)
• Jesus confirmed that they knew neither him or his father (v19)
We as Christians are called to be lights to the world, that we are not of the world but in it, we are infiltrators and we should be showing by our lives that we are who we say we are. Our lives should provoke others to ask questions and be jealous enough to want the faith that we have. Am I 100% there, I am not and I pray daily for all that I have to grow in.
V5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Here is where the skeptics attack the bible and ask “why was their light first but no sun and moon until the 4th day?” God is in control of the dark and light. The two most obvious biblical scenarios were when it was deathly dark is when Jesus was crucified and the sky went black in the brightest part of the day and also the plague of darkness prior to the Exodus from Egypt. God also made light shine according to the faith of Joshua when he asked the sun to stand still during an important battle. God is in control of both light and dark and did not require a sun or moon to illuminate a day and night.
God also shows great care and order in creating the light and dark so the first period could be a literal day. The Hebrew word used is “yom” which means “literal day” the fact that God took such great care to confirm what we know as a day (light and dark) tells me that the scripture means “day” in this scenario and for this reason I take this in the literal fashion it was written in.
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