GENESIS: In the beginning, God created the heavens and earth

(Written by Kevin Carlson)

‘The heavens and the earth’ –Everything above and everything below (Hebrews 11:1-3) Once again to say, God is the subject. This beginning sentence sets the readiness of all to follow-all the way through to the end of Revelation. Remembering, God is speaking. This is his chosen method to communicate and speak. God has spoken. I make known (says the Lord) the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. (Is 46:10)

In the first instance, the creation narrative tells that God is responsible and that God is personal. Creation is the result of the living personal God to whom no other claim can be credited or added to the ‘heavens and the earth’ coming into existence from what did not exist before. In the second instance, and inextricably connected, God is relational. God is personal (not a force or innate procession of events). God is relational (not one who made everything and then left it to its own devices)

What we first observe from the Creation story is the relationship God has with everything he has made. God gave names- Light, Darkness, Night, Day, Sky, Land, Seas.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing…. (Isaiah 40: 26 – 31) the rest of these verses link the relationship God has with the starry host and with us; “…..Why do you complain?

‘My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?’ Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary.”

From the beginning in Genesis God announces he is personal and relational. The pinnacle, the crowning glory to all that God has created is Man and Woman. Above everything else, Man is held in such high esteem that we are made in the ‘Image of God’, male and female. God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground. (Gen 1: 26 – 28)

God delegated to man to name all the animals:  He (God) brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name…..” (Gen 2:19 – 21)

God as relational finds its beginnings within the creation story and sets the scene for all to follow as life would come and grow from the first breaths. (We will continue God as relational in creation next week) but for now, let us be once again held in awe with a call to worship through the words of David in Psalm 8. May we reflect and ponder the profoundness of creation.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. (God as relational reciprocates unto us as created to be ‘Relational’.) When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour. You have made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet…..Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” (Psalm 8)

God is the primary subject of the Bible and from its beginning!

PRAYER: Gracious Father, how wonderful it is to stop and think on your word and what it has brought forth. To look into a starry night and the depths of space. To look around my own surrounds- the mountains, the rivers, the trees, the animals. My family, the people who fill my days and the world I live in. How can I not bring forth praise and worship as I see not creation alone but my God whom I can call, Father? My God who has called me by name and has called me and given new life through Christ your Son; who came to our place in creation to redeem a lost mankind. “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praises of your name….” (Psalm 9) I give you thanks now for this new day, a new beginning with new opportunities. Lead me now I ask, in the name of Christ my Saviour. AMEN.

HYMN: God has Spoken by His Prophets by Bill & Linda Foote