Genesis 1

Genesis 1 is the key (and perhaps only) passage in the bible dedicated explicitly to the moment of creation. Yet it doesn’t tell us much about the intricate details of how (or when and what) everything was created. Everything is spoken of in broad terms and human constructs.

Here I would like to detail what we can gather from the passage and contrast it with what we cannot.

What we can conclude from Genesis 1:

  • God was not caused or created
  • God is creator and all else is creation
  • God created everything exactly as He saw fit (purposefully, not accidentally)
  • God who is creator created everything by speaking it into creation
  • There was an order to creation
  • What was created was good
  • God created and enabled reproduction
  • God has a desire and command for man, animals and plants to procreate
  • Mankind was created in God’s image
  • God made distinct separate genders

What we cannot conclude definitively from Genesis 1:

  • The precise state of non-existance prior to all of creation’s existance
  • Exactly how God’s words created things (and meta-matter) out of nothing (this is not to say that this didn’t happen, but the workings of it)
  • The exact duration/time of creation
  • Any prescriptive instruction
  • The power of words
  • Whether the earth was created old or not
  • Whether evolution had any part to play in creation

And one more note on the act of creation: Psalms 102:25, Isaiah 42:5, 45:12 tells us there is much more to creation than we can imagine to understand. Who can understand the workings of God?

Genesis 1 sets the scene very well right from the beginning. God is the sovereign and creator God. He is central, everything else is secondary.

Temples and service

The God who made the world and everything in it, who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives life and breath and everything to everyone.
Acts 17:24-25

After Paul had spent a considerable time considering the sanctuaries and religious rites of the idols worshipped by the men of Athens, he came to this one conclusion: their understanding of god is small. In his opening address to the Council at Areopagus, he sought to expand their minds with the glory of Jesus. He spoke of God who is not constrained by altars, temples or sanctuaries. This God is the creator of all the world and all that is in it, encompassing even the worship places built for Him (Colossians 1:15-17). He spoke of God whom human hands can do no favors for. Because even the hand that seek to serve Him are made and sustained by Him and for Him. Human service only offers Him what already belongs to Him (1 Corinthians 4:7)!

For in him we live and move about and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, For we too are his offspring.
Acts 17:28

Yet because He sustains all of creation, all of creation is indebted to Him. We are accountable and responsible to God. And we owe it to Him not to fashion God from our feeble hands or minds as if He was the created and we are the creator!

Heres the Christian oxymoron: How do we as debtors repay what we owe when the lender needs none of it back?