I am starting back at the beginning of the whole book of the Bible, in Genesis, where history began. Creation- what an amazing event! I have become very familiar with it over the years, hearing it as a child, teaching it to my children, and teaching it to the Cubbies in AWANA. However, there is always something new to learn, something new to grab my attention and focus it on my Creator.
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.” ~Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning God was. He already existed, had always been, will always be. And we are told here in verse 2 that the Spirit of God was there, participating in and protecting the Creation. In John 1:1-3, we are told that Jesus was also there~ “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being by Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”
God immediately begins revealing Himself to us at Creation. The Hebrew word for God here is “Elohiym”, which is plural, and means “gods, rulers, or the True God”. He is one God, yet three-in-one, the Trinity of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
As Creation is chronicled here in Genesis, it is interesting to note that every plant, every tree, every animal was told to bear fruit and multiply “after their kind”. God didn’t create a few creatures and plants and then let them wildly evolve and change and start the “process of Evolution”. No, God made specific creatures and plants and trees and animals and told them to reproduce “after their kind”. And don’t even get me started on the other crazy theories out there.
The Bible is to be read and believed as the True Word of God. What it says should be taken in the literal sense, unless we are otherwise instructed (Jesus told parables, for instance, but He introduced them as such). Although the theory of Evolution- and it is only a theory, nothing can be scientifically proven or witnessed to be happening currently in the world around us (except micro-evolution, which is simply adaptation to surroundings without change of species and kind)- has been around for less than 200 years, God addressed it in Genesis. He also addressed it in Revelation, and throughout the Bible. We were warned that false teachings would become prevalent.
After creating light and then separating the light from the darkness (Day 1), separating the waters from the waters with an expanse of heaven between (Day 2), separating the waters from the dry land and then creating plants, grass and trees (Day 3), creating the sun, moon and stars for use in our lives not just for light but for our calendar and seasons and days (Day 4), filling the waters with all sorts of creatures great and small and filling the skies with birds (Day 5), and creating all of the living creatures upon the land, both beasts and creeping things, He created man (Day 6) “‘in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” ~Genesis 1:26-27
We are created to be like God. Not AS God- we are not gods, we are humans. But we are created in His image, as His children. We are not just well-evolved monkeys, with no purpose, no future, no hope. We are created for Him, to be like Him, to be with Him, to love and be loved by Him.
And after taking such care to create all of the creatures and plants, He placed them in our hands to care for them. We are in charge. Are we to abuse them? No. Are we to treat them as equals? No. We are to care for them, as God would care for them. But we are also to rule over them. We should take care of this world we have been given, and rule it in a wise and discerning way.
But the most important part of Creation is the people, made in God’s image, in His likeness, and loved by Him. “God saw that it was good” (vs. 10, 12, 18, 21, 25) but after creating man, “And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” ~Genesis 1:31a
God walked with Adam and Eve in the garden. When that fellowship was broken by sin, He immediately set into motion a plan to redeem them-and all of mankind- and bring us back to Him. The entire Bible tells us of this love He has for us.