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.