Genesis 1 is the beginning of beginnings—the quintessential beginning and divine prototype for all subsequent beginnings. It teaches us how God opened creation and humankind to himself. In the first week we especially see how God begins. And the way he began the universe is the same way he begins all things; his ways in the past have not changed. God is still creator and he continually creates anew what has lost its glory through sin.
You may not have begun wisely, or perhaps your beginnings were unfavorable. The good news is that there is hope: God will create afresh. The book of Genesis was not merely penned to inform us about the past; it was also written to give us a confident expectation of the future.
Is any book as rich and full of gems as Genesis? In this book lies the whole seedbed of the Bible—the very DNA of God’s holy Word. Yet the glory of Genesis is hidden, just as the power of a seed’s life is latent within its unassuming exterior. In Genesis we see the gospel, but it is veiled. Only those with unveiled eyes, who enter into death with the Son of God, can experience the incredible life of its words.
If Genesis is the foundation of the Bible, then the first verse is its cornerstone: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Everything that has been written gets its bearings and support from this pregnant sentence. Remove this verse and the structure of Scripture collapses; understand these words and you will begin to comprehend all things.
Prayer: O God, you are the author of all things, the Almighty Creator. Thank you that you have not stopped your creative work. Create in me what is pleasing to you and give me understanding to fathom you, the fountain of everything.
Action: Begin reading the book of Genesis in a new way––with unveiled eyes. Read it to discover God and his Good News.