3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
4And God saw that the light was good.
And God separated the light from the darkness.
5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
6And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
7And 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.
8And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
9And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.
10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
The sovereignty, majesty, creativity, and power of God are immediately apparent as Genesis begins. God brings the entire universe into existence through His spoken Word. “Let there be” echoes throughout chapter one as all that we know of today in our world comes into existence. Those words “let there be” simply mean “exist”. Exist light; exist waters. That word ‘exist’ is the same word that God uses to introduce Himself to Moses when Moses asks God “who shall I say sends me” in Exodus 3:14.
God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, ‘I am has sent me to you.’
God is the One who was never created. He has simply and will always exist. He uses His own name to create – everything.
And all of that creation stands in testimony to the God who called it into being. There are many today who would say it all happened by chance. They say that because it is convenient for them to NOT believe in God. If I can deny His existence, I don’t have to answer to Him. But that unbelief must be terribly difficult to maintain. Paul tells us that just walking around in the world screams to us the truth of God’s presence and power in Romans 1:19b-20.
“For what can be known about God is plain to [us], because God has shown it to [us]. 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.”
Without ever picking up a Bible, we know there is a God just by looking at a flower or a newborn baby.
There is an old story about the atheist and God having a conversation about creation. The atheist says, “Oh, creating a person isn’t that hard. You just need the raw materials and science can take care of the rest.” He leans over to pick up a handful of dirt to begin his “creation” and God says, “Nope. Get your own dirt.” We can try and take God out of the creative equation, but that is simply an unsustainable viewpoint. Eventually, all theories lead back to God.
As you read through the verses of chapter 1, remember that in the midst of this creative activity, Jesus was there knowing that He was going to come and show us the depth and extent of God’s love through the ultimate sacrifice to redeem it all. With each beam of light, tree, possum, whale, and person He knew that it would have to be purchased back from destruction with His blood. And God did it anyway! Such love.