Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.
Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 1. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…
1:1 – “God” – Elohim (plural) – more than one and less than many. The Trinity is hinted at in the first sentence of the Bible!
Elohim – Creator.
1:2 – formless and empty – “God’s ‘separating’ and ‘gathering’ on days 1-3 gave form, and His ‘making’ and ‘filling’ on days 4-6 removed the emptiness.” (NIVSB)
1:3 – Jesus is referenced in the first recorded words spoken by the Father: “Let there be light.” Jesus is (and always was) the light of the world! See John 8:12 and 9:5. The first command breathed by God was to call forth His Son! This was “the plan” from the very beginning of time!
We may like to point fingers and place blame on Adam and Eve for ruining everything for all of us (am I alone in that thinking?), but that is only one method of denying that we, ourselves, are sinful! When we scour our brother’s face for the splinter in his eye, we should be reminded to step back and recall that Jesus was always the way! There never was a plan B!!!
1:5 – naming something in the ancient Near East culture was a claim of dominion over that thing. (NIVSB)
1:26 – Trinity hinted at again – “let us make man in our image, in our likeness…”
let them rule over the fish of the sea – God is talking about man. The term “them” would indicate He means mankind, not solely Adam.
1:26-27 – because we were created in God’s image, we were given a built in moral capacity.
1:29-30 – all living things were created to be vegetarians! See 9:3.
What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?