In the beginning…..

READ: Genesis 1:1

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

As we grew and became aware of the world, we started to ask some questions about it. Those questions are the ones answered for us straight away here in the opening words of Genesis.

What are the questions?

Firstly, we ask ourselves, “What is all this?”

Driven by an insatiable curiosity, humans have been attempting to answer that question ever since they first appeared on earth. They seek to explore the universe and the world in which they live.

Secondly, we ask, “How did it all begin?” This question is the emphasis of science. Then we ask, “When did it all start? How long has the world been going on like this?” Finally, we come to the great philosophical question, “Who is behind it? Who is the creator of these strange and remarkable processes?” These questions are answered in this verse; therefore it serves as the opening score to the great themes of the Bible.

Take the first question, the one most obvious to us—the wonder of the universe itself. We read “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Someone has said that this phrase is the beginning of true science, because a fundamental part of the task of science is to observe and classify all that can be observed in the makeup of the world of nature. Here is an early attempt at classification. What do you see around you? You see two great classes of things—the heavens and the earth.

One of the marvels of the Bible is that it uses language that communicates with people of the most limited understanding, while at the same time it still has significance and inexhaustible meaning for the most learned scholars. It addresses itself with equal ease to all classes of humanity. That is the beauty of the Bibles language.

The Bible avoids the ridiculousness nature of some of the early myths that other religions say about creation. Was it not the Bible that first said that the number of the stars is beyond computation. It declares that God “stretched out the heavens” (Isaiah 51:13) into limitless expanse that can never be measured and filled it with stars that are as numerous as the sands upon the seashore (cf. Genesis 22:17). This is more than 5000 years before modern science established this to be true.

It is also the Bible that says the earth is suspended over nothing (cf. Job 26:7). In that poetic way it describes the mysterious force of gravity that no one even yet understands. It was the Bible that said that “what is seen was not made out of what was visible” (Hebrews 11:3), thus predating by many centuries the discoveries of science that finally recognized that all matter is made up of invisible energy and that matter and energy are interchangeable.

Lord, I praise You as the Creator and Sustainer of all things. From the very beginning of time, You have not changed, and I am grateful to know You as the One who has made all things.

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