The Book of Genesis Chapter One

Genesis 1:1 -- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1 Commentary of the Bible

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The Beginnings of Mankind: Genesis 1-11  ( Genesis 1-11 )  Sunday Message

It's no exaggeration to say that there are no writings more important for the proper understanding of history and man than the first chapters of Genesis. Here is hidden the secret of man's sinfulness, that terrible mystery of evil and darkness which continually confronts us in this modern world. In this section is the key to the relationship of the sexes, the proper place of man and woman in marriage, the solution to the problem of mounting divorce rates and other marital issues that abound in modern society.

Out of Darkness  ( Genesis 1:1-5 )  Sunday Message

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The first verse of Genesis begins with the greatest observable fact known to man: the existence of the universe, the heavens and the earth, (Genesis 1:1b); and it links to that the greatest fact made known by revelation: the existence of a God who creates. There is thus brought together in this simple verse at the beginning of the Bible the recognition of the two great sources of human knowledge: nature, which is discoverable by the five senses of our physical life; and revelation, which is discoverable only by a mind and heart illuminated and taught by the Spirit of God.

In The Beginning  ( Genesis 1:1 )  Daily Devotion

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1).

Each of us began life as a baby, and we were unaware of what was going on around us or what the world was like. But as we grew older, we started to take note of the world—the sky, the sea, the winds, the birds, the flowers, the animals, the trees, and all of life around us. As we became aware of the world, we inevitably asked some questions about it. Those questions are the ones answered for us in brief compass here in the opening words of Genesis.

In the Beginning  ( Genesis 1:1 )  Sunday Message

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It hardly needs to be said that the place to begin reading a book is at the beginning. Still, many people have the habit of reading the last chapter of a book first. But if you try that with the Bible, you will become very confused indeed. The best place to begin with it is at the beginning.

There are, however, many who find it difficult to begin with Genesis. They are thrown off by the language, which they find to be a bit stiff and somewhat antiquated, especially if they are reading one of the older versions.

Out Of The Darkness  ( Genesis 1:2-5 )  Daily Devotion

God called the light day, and the darkness he called night. And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day (Genesis 1:5).

The Invisible Kingdom  ( Genesis 1:6-8 )  Daily Devotion

And God called the firmament Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day (Genesis 1:8 RSV).

The Invisible Kingdom  ( Genesis 1:6-8 )  Sunday Message

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It is interesting to observe the reactions when one mentions Genesis in a mixed company of Christians and non-Christians: From the Christians, a note of mild terror is evident on their faces. They appear to be troubled by this passage and grow a bit panicky. This nervous reaction develops because many Christians are embarrassed by Genesis 1 and feel that it is best to leave this skeleton rattling in the closet rather than bring it out and discuss it in the presence of those who are not Christians.

To Bring Forth Fruit  ( Genesis 1:9-13 )  Daily Devotion

And God said, Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear. And it was so (Genesis 1:9).

God's act in calling the land up out of the oceans seems to mark the period of evening in this third day. During this period we have the rising of the continents, the weathering of the rocks, and the soil forming gradually to make preparation for the plant life that is to follow.

To Bring Forth Fruit  ( Genesis 1:9-13 )  Sunday Message

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Our study in Genesis 1 now takes us to the third day of creation. In this great opening chapter of the Scripture we are learning something of how God made the world, but more primarily why God made the heavens and the earth.

Signs And Seasons  ( Genesis 1:14-19 )  Daily Devotion

God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars (Genesis 1:16).

The great question is never How? but Why? The answer to the question, Why did God make the sun and moon and stars? is given in a threefold way here in this passage.

Signs and Seasons  ( Genesis 1:14-19 )  Sunday Message

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On Tuesday night of this past week our area experienced an eclipse of the moon. I would like to ask you, "Were you able to interpret the message of that eclipse? Did you understand what God meant to say to humanity when he arranged the orbits of the earth and the moon so that the earth would come between the sun and the moon periodically and eclipse the light of the moon?" If you did not, it was because you did not know the significance of the fourth day of creation.

The Heights And The Depths  ( Genesis 1:20-23 )  Daily Devotion

And God said, Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky (Genesis 1:20).

As people look at the ocean around and sky above, they see that which is essentially an alien atmosphere.

The Heights and Depths of Life  ( Genesis 1:20-23 )  Sunday Message

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On these Sunday mornings we are trying to search out the wonders God has hidden in this magnificent first chapter of Genesis. One of the Proverbs says, "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search it out," (Proverbs 25:2). God delights in hiding truth, not because he is trying to keep us from it, but because he wants to stimulate us to seek it out. In the first chapter of Genesis there is a great deal of truth hidden and it is exciting to find it.

Born To Reign  ( Genesis 1:24-26 )  Daily Devotion

Then God said, ''Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground (Genesis 1:26).

Born to Reign  ( Genesis 1:24-26 )  Sunday Message

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There is a sense of heightened anticipation as we come to the sixth day of creation for it is on this day that man makes his appearance. In Christmas plays, when the little children are performing, and little Johnny or Laurie appears on the platform, parents eagerly anticipate this and crane their necks to get a better view. It is because when someone to whom we are related is involved we feel immediately involved ourselves. Thus when man makes his appearance on the creation scene, our interest is bound to be heightened.

The Glory and the Misery of Man  ( Genesis 1:26-28 )  Sunday Message

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We are examining now the sixth day of creation, the day when man appeared upon the earth. In looking into the meaning of these verses we are attempting to discover the nature of man. You will, of course, recognize how important that is. We will never understand what is going on in human life -- in the world or in our private individual lives -- unless we understand the nature of man and ask ourselves the question, "What is man?"

The Glory And The Misery Of Man  ( Genesis 1:27-28 )  Daily Devotion

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (Genesis 1:27).

Sex and Food  ( Genesis 1:27-31 )  Sunday Message

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We have been seeking light on the world's greatest mystery -- the mystery of what is man. I am sure you recognize that the root of all our troubles, both internationally and individually, is our ignorance in this matter. We do not know what man is intended to be. We are blind to our own purposes, almost totally ignorant of why we are here upon the earth. Because we have lost our sense of direction, we are involved in amazingly intricate problems and are making the most atrocious blunders, both individually and internationally.

God's Provision  ( Genesis 1:29-31 )  Daily Devotion

Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food (Genesis 1:29).

The point of this whole narrative is that God has made a marvelously complete provision for His creation. The world of nature is full of the most astonishing evidences of the care of God.