Genesis 1:1-31 – In the Beginning. . .

Read Genesis 1:1-31

I am really excited about starting this book of the Bible with you. It is where it all began. We will encounter stories that are familiar, and the task will be to meet them as if for the first time. God’s word is alive, and we need to let it speak to us in new ways each time we read it. The Old Testament has a beauty and charm of its own, and after spending a lot of time in the writings of Paul and other early church leaders, it will be a good challenge for all of us to go back to our roots, to the beginning.

What struck you upon reading this account of creation? Did something new come to the surface for you? Clear your mind and reread the passage and let God’s spirit move through you.

God created everything there is out of nothing. Period. That’s a pretty simplistic summary, but sometimes we get lost in the details. Sometimes we let the world tell us differently. What I was a little curious about is when it came to creating humans, God said, “Let us.” Who is “us” supposed to represent? I quickly figured it was the Trinity, all present at the creation. Maybe it was God and his tribe of angelic hosts. Again, details.

Because God created humans last, it was like he was saving the best for last. Humans are his “crown jewels” so to speak. He made us in his image. And he gave humans control over all things. That is a lot of responsibility. I’m afraid some of us humans don’t do a very good job of taking care of the world around us. Every day we see more stories of how our environment is being marginalized and depleted. It breaks my heart.

It’s good to remember that this account is (1) inspired by God, (2) was written many years into the future, and (3) the length of God’s days are different than ours. Scientific proof would suggest this to be the case at least. God’s perception of time is beyond what we can comprehend, and so we have been given a beautiful account of how God placed the world, the universe, and all that is in it in place. Days are details, but they do speak to us later in terms of taking rest.

The Bible doesn’t talk specifically about atoms and molecules, the cells of our bodies, or the makeup of all the different elements that make up his creation. It doesn’t need to. God created everything in his perfection for us to enjoy and explore. Scientists uncover the beauty of creation every day. Have you heard about laminin? See for yourself HERE. It’s one of my favorite proteins in our body, again it’s God’s perfect creation.

I’m not a scientist, but I am always amazed to read about discoveries being made. Even our own company is doing research into DNA mapping because each of us, every single person on the planet, is different. That fact in itself is pretty amazing. But it follows that we all react differently to our environment, to foods, to exercise, etc. We will be able to provide our clients with a map of their own body and what it needs to be healthy.

Spend some time with God today and just reflect on the beauty and power of his creation. Remember he made it for you to enjoy. How do you respond to him?

Let’s pray. Lord, I thank you for the beauty that surrounds me. I marvel at each plant, flower, and tree. Then I remember how you built us each differently with different thoughts, feelings, and cellular makeup! As new things are discovered each day, it only shows how brilliant you are. I can’t even wrap my head around your majesty. Yet, you love me. I am amazed and ask that you have your way in me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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