“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
Genesis 1:1 could be the most famous verse in the Bible. Some say that John 3:161 is the best known, but I would argue that Genesis 1:1 tops it. After all, there aren’t any jokes told about John 3:16. In the US, it’s clear that there was baseball in Scripture, because it starts “in the big inning”.
OK, it’s lame and it’s really old, but here I argue that it’s only valid as a joke because the verse is very well-known.
So, what’s so important about the one verse? I think it’s critical, because it reminds us who we are. We are created. Out of nothing2. Without God’s handiwork, we don’t even exist. And, without His sustaining power, we would exist no longer.
Scripture refers to God specifically as Creator dozens of times. The subject seems really important to Him.
So why a blog post about the first verse in the Bible?
It’s because humanity is desperately trying to erase His involvement in Creation from history. Yeah, right, as if that can happen. Supposedly, evolution has the answer to all of the really big questions. God isn’t needed, or so the reasoning goes. (Actually, it’s a choice, not a fact or even science.)
So, why is this important? Because it allows inherently sinful man to keep sinning. If there’s no God who created, then there’s no need to answer to anybody after this life is over. I can do as I please.
But, God is a God of relationship. He has eternally existed as three persons in one God. He has always been in perfect fellowship with Himself. But, for whatever reason(s), God wanted more relationships. So, He created us.
Thus, we’re here at Genesis 1:1 wondering why this is so important. We’ve found out that God wanted relationships, and thus He decided to create us. But, before He could create people, He had to create a place where they could live. And, in order to create such a place, he first needed to create matter.
These are awesome thoughts, when you think about them. And, even more awesome is the fact that, well, God created abundantly. He didn’t just give us a planet to live on. He gave us a whole universe, most of which is not physically inaccessible to us, but it is still staggeringly awesome.
And, He didn’t limit His creativity to just the expanses of the universe. No, the things He put here are also incredibly well-designed and detailed. From almost infinitely large to almost infinitesimally small, His handiwork is stunning in its brilliance.
Evolution postulates that it all happened by chance collisions of atoms and molecules. But, God is not impacted by our lame speculations. God … is God; it does not affect His stature whether we accept that or not.
But, there is a great deal of difference for us: our Creator asks for obedience. We are incapable of pleasing Him on our own, so He sent His one and only Son to make a way for us to get back into relationship with Him.
Believe in Jesus. That’s all He asks. He’ll take it from there. But, it starts by trusting that He is who He says He is: The Lord God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.