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Genesis 1

Creation blog

Genesis 1 is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible and of any book. I love its poetry, the rhythm, and the amazing wonder of it all. I like to read it slowly and let it play out in my imagination; then meditate on the fact that its grandeur so far exceeds my imagination. 

I have been blessed to have traveled and seen many amazing sites–from German forests to tropical waterfalls, the Grand Canyon to the strange beauty of an expanse of desert; this world amazes me and delights my heart. It astounds me that such beauty exists in a fallen world intermingled with wars, injustice, and greedy misuse. I wonder at how God’s original Creation would compare to what we can see today. Then I get excited because, if His original handiwork excites my imagination, what will be when He restores all things. Isaiah 65:17-18 says, “‘For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy.'”

So, I love the Creation account in regards to poetry and nature, but there is so much more. As I read today, I was drawn to verse 2, “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” From the very beginning, Creator God has been bringing definition, purpose, and value. Just as he took a shapeless void and brought forth the complex and beautiful world we live in, so too He desires to draw us out of the confusing void and emptiness our flesh is drawn to sink into and give us meaning, identity, and purpose. It is such a beautiful picture to me. 

The last thing I will journal about today in regards to Genesis 1, though certainly not all there is to say, is that beginning in verse 11 and throughout the rest of the chapter, He is constantly creating things to produce after their own kind and whose seed is in itself. Then we arrive at the magical (yes, it just seems the best word to describe at the moment), magical verse 26, “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness….'” When I read the chapter slowly and get caught in the pattern of the preceding verses, this change stands out and shouts to me. And this is why:

Growing up, one of my favorite things has always been to hear retold the story of how my parents met and came together. The foundation and genesis of our family. Somehow their story adds meaning to my life and makes me realize that I am special, that had things not happened the way they did, I would not exist. That’s what Genesis 1 is to me, and the fact that we have access to a first-hand account (all Scripture being inspired by God) to make sense of our world and discover meaning in our lives, is a gift that we should hold dear in our hearts. The memoir of our Father, choosing to create us, to make us in His very image and likeness, to provide for us, and to give us purpose on the earth. It truly is a beautiful story–and it’s only the beginning. 

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August 5, 2014 - Posted by | Journal through the Bible, Uncategorized

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