The Beginning

Genesis 1:1-3
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.


In the beginning, there is so much promise. There’s huge potential. Everything is perfect. In this fallen world, that state of perfection is what I find most attractive about beginnings. Not all beginnings in this world are perfect though, are they? When the beginning is perfect, it ceases to be perfect within nanoseconds! Figures.

However, the world didn’t fall in nanoseconds. There’s a good period of time between creation and Eve listening to that snake where things are perfect. I’ve often pondered the existence of that snake. Was the garden really perfect if that sneaky, conniving snake could live there? And talk? Additionally, there was a tree of knowledge, but not of wisdom? Quick Eve! Go grab a piece of fruit off that wisdom tree over there! Perfect.

Well, God had a plan. Why don’t we meet our God, first.

Creator God

Everything is the fruit of God’s amazing imagination, and Genesis 1 is the story of that imagination transformed into reality. God created the universe, the Earth and all life on it out of absolutely nothing.


Genesis 1:26 -28
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”


The most significant verse for me is when the triune nature of God is revealed in verse 26. “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” Jesus and the Holy Spirit were there creating with God from the very beginning!

What is even more astonishing is to know that humans were created in the image & likeness of God. The way we look, our personality traits, our sense of humor, equity, justice and our capacity to love. All of who we are comes directly from God’s nature.

Father God


Genesis 2:7
then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.


God not only formed man from the very dust He created, but He gave man the spark of life itself. In Genesis 2:7, our Father God “breathed into” man the “breath of life.”

Rest on that thought a moment.

God breathed.

God shaped what man would look like out of the dust, but it is His breath that created life within man. God’s spoken commands created everything else. God’s personal actions and intimate breath created man… and woman.


Genesis 2:18-23
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said,
“This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”


Continuing to verses 21-23, God makes a woman out of the man’s side. Everything else, God created from dust or nothingness. The woman was created from the very structure of man – his rib bone.

She was also created with a specific purpose. The woman is the perfect “helper fit for” man (v18). Furthermore, woman is the helper created because Adam couldn’t find a helper in all the creatures brought before him.

Women are irreplaceable assets in the equation of humanity. Man is not complete with out his helper. Neither of us are anything at all without our Father God.

Prayer

Lord, my Creator & Father, thank you!
Thank you for creating such a beautiful Earth and Universe to live in – it is so fascinating! Lord, thank you for your personal care and obvious love in creating us and everything that surrounds us. Thank you for creating us for teamwork with each other (man & woman) and with you. Please help each of us find the root of our purposes in You, Lord.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

2 thoughts on “The Beginning

  1. Found you on You Version.
    I have been reading for a couple days now. I have started at the beginning and made it so far to Chapter 41.
    I don’t take the tree and the serpent literally. I think the tree of knowledge of good and evil is symbolic of choice and free will. Adam and Eve were human. Humans have free will and choice. Temptation is also intertwined there. When Eve ate the fruit of the tree and shared with Adam, who also made a choice, they then had a loss of innocense.
    I disagree on the part where you speculate that we take on personality traits of God. Because we, as humans, are formed in the likeness of God, that doesn’t mean that we begin to understand the nature of Him. God, in Genesis, to me is a spiteful and heavy handed God. Personality traits such as humor are not cast down to us from Heaven.

    Women. Adam was formed of dust and the breath of life was breathed into him by God. He needed a helper, because he was just so ‘busy’ there in that Garden. Lonely is more like it. She was formed of dust and a rib from Adam. Rib? Again I am thinking symbolically here as in genetics, formed of the same genetics, the foundation of humans. Woman, in the bible, is a subservient creature at best. It is evident from the beginning and through out Genesis that is true. God only makes his covenants with men.

    1. I have never actually considered that the the Garden of Eden, the tree, the snake and the rib were merely symbolic. I have always found them to representative of greater ideas yet these things are still very real. I’m convinced that it is valuable to consider the events in the Bible as real. It can also be faith testing – it requires you to accept something your brain wants to argue with. There are instances in the more artistic prose (Psalms) and in in Jesus’ parables where symbolism is used as a literary or teaching agent. However, I do not think that is the case here.

      Temptation is intertwined with humanity ever since the fall. Temptations are from the workings of the devil. (Luke 4: 1-13) They weren’t a part of the original design for humanity. (Matthew 6:13)

      Having the personality traits of God doesn’t imply that we understand God. However, it does enable us to understand God enough to be able to form a relationship with Him through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We we formed by God with the need to know Him. Naturally, He’d provide us with the emotional and intellectual tools to do so. Will we ever understand God fully – not in this life! I can study the Bible all the days of my life, but there will always remain loads that I don’t and can’t understand. That’s where faith comes in. Trust in the unseen and unknown. Trust God. (Hebrews 11:1-3)

      Your assertion that something cannot be “cast down from heaven” is an odd one. Before God created, there was NOTHING. Therefore, EVERYTHING is from God – even something silly like our sense of humor.

      The role of women in the Christian world-view, the God-designed role of women and the actual roles of women in history and the present is an enormous subject that I could not begin to touch here. Suffice it to say – the only role I’ll concern myself with (as a woman) is the role of following Jesus to the very best of my ability and with lots of prayer and grace to make up for where I am surely lacking. (Luke 10:38-42)

      Keep reading the Bible. Keep praying. Keep growing in your faith. May God bless you in your efforts!

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