The idea behind this blog is to present a brief comment on the first verse of each book of the Bible. Doing so will (I pray) keep me from hopping on any soapboxes or simply wearing out any particular topic. I pray that you glean something from these words. God’s Peace!
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1
“Who am I?” and “Where did I come from?” are two longstanding questions everyone desires to have answered individually and as a species. We have, therefore, been searching for answers to these questions for a very long time. Sadly though, we tend to look in the wrong directions and wrong places.
Many years ago the U.S. launched a probe bound for Venus. At this time (as they still are) scientists were very interested in what “secrets” Venus might hold. I remember well an interview with one of the scientists in which he was asked, “What do you hope to learn from this probe?” He hesitated for a moment and after the camera had moved to focus on his face. He replied, “We hope to perhaps learn more about where we came from.”
My heart went out to this man as his eyes had such a look of hope and longing! But the answers to this issue, which he and far too many others are looking to have answered, are never going to be found in the stars or the fossil record. As much as people don’t like hearing it; such answers are only going to be found in God’s revealed Word: the Bible! And Genesis 1:1 is where it all begins: in the beginning! Before this, where was nothing other than God; so full of love He just had to share it. Genesis is our record of how He went about the business of creation – making first the day and then the week, giving us the means by which we measure our lives even as He went about forming and filling the earth!
As I mentioned a moment ago, turning to the Bible for answers is difficult for us. Interestingly, the reason for our dislike of God’s Word is explained … in God’s Word! The effects of sin, brought to life by our first parents, Adam and Eve, continue to infect and affect us in our thinking, believing and living. We want to call our own shots without accountability. We want to be able to understand and explain those things about which we are uncertain, trusting in our own limited learning. Hence, man’s love affair with Darwinism by which we can attempt to reason out the beginnings of things.
Thankfully, the truth of God’s Word does not depend on our accepting it as the truth. It simply is! And also thankfully, God does not deal with us according to our ability to reason out or understand how things are the way they are. He instead deals with us by grace (His undeserved love) and by faith (trusting in that which we cannot see). And so the Bible tells us, By faith we understand that the universe was formed by God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible (Hebrews 11:3).
The answers to the above questions, therefore, call for us not to look outward or inward, but faith-ward – to the Word given us that we might know Gods creative and redemptive love! And there’s no better place to begin than In the beginning…