"These were more noble than those in
Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and
searched the Scriptures daily, whether those things were so." -Acts 17:11
This is a study outline that will direct you, but it will not do your
thinking for you. The purpose of this style is to encourage you to do a
good deal of leg work in your own bible. Read the passage and the opening
statement. Understand the text and its context. Read each question, then
look at the lettered (A, B, C, etc.) thought. Look at each of the numbered,
supporting references to get the full meaning of the thought. Follow the
logic yourself before reading the concluding statement. Finally, give this
study legs of its own by putting it into practice in your life.
"Summary of Creation" Genesis 1:1 (KJV)
"In the beginning God created the heaven and
I love the first verse of the Bible. It is brief and yet packed with meaning.
If this was all we had for explanation about Creation it would suffice. This
is an overview, a summary, a complete context giving us the Who, What, When
and How of Creation. If a man would start here and order his life in the full
realization of this verse he could walk straight and upright through life
and on into eternity with his Creator. There is no room here for questioning
the existence or power or knowledge or enternality or even the perfection of
the actions of God. Let's get a strong handle on this portion of Scripture,
a grip that will be firm and lasting, wrapping our minds around as much of
the meaning as we can understand with our fallen minds. This passage is
profound, but not enigmatic. Plainness and directness suit God's purpose in
this case, as it does much of the time. Oxygenate your brain and let's dig in...
- Pronounced = el-o-heem'
- "gods in the ordinary sense; but specifically used
(in the plural thus, especially with the article) of the supreme
- Mighty, eternal, self-existant, triune
- Father - Proverbs 8:23-27
- Son - John 1:3, Hebrews 1:2
- Spirit - Genesis 1:2, Job 26:13
- shamayim = two heavens
- (1) where the birds fly
- (2) where the stars reside
- aka space
- erets = firm, ground, world
- the dominion of man
- shamayim + erets = everything material
- aka matter / mass
- In the beginning
- reshiyth = first in place, time, order or rank
- very specific, fixed time denoting the start of something new
- before which was only eternity
- aka time
- At once
- The space/mass/time universe
- The continuum, everything
- How long does it take for God to speak one sentence of about six or seven words?
- ba-ra'(baw-raw') = to create, shape, form something new
- ba-ra' with 'eth(ayth) = Himself created, no outside influence
- heaven(s) and the earth, used together, mean the same thing that we mean when we say 'universe'
- John 1:3 - made = ginomai(ghin'-om-ahee), to cause to be, to become (come into being)
- Gen 2:3 - made = asah(aw-saw'), to do, work, make, produce
- Isaiah 45:18 - created, formed and made all used (read the whole verse)
What have we learned? We have found that it was an infinite and triune God who
did this great work. What work? Brought the heavens of both air and space into
being and created elements to fill them and placed them into time. When in time?
The first time, before which was only unmarked eternity. The instant of creation
of the material world was also the instant of beginning of the time that marks it.
The what and when describe what we now call the space/mass/time continuum. How
was this done? In the continuing communion between Father, Son and Spirit, and
with no prior materials to work with. The artist has his paints and canvas, the
sculptor his clay, the architect his paper and ink, but God started with Himself
and His Word alone, bringing all into being from nothing. Yet it was not a single
thought or a careless work, it was a loving process with many steps over six days,
as we shall see in the following portions.
For the moment, lets forget the mechanics or the what and how. Think at this
last moment about the "why" of this creation. When I first considered
it, I came to the conclusion that the reason for the Creation was simply not
addressed in this passage, which would be fine. So much is
we can hardly complain about what is not. Later, near the end of my study, it
dawned on me that the reason isn't in
the verse because it is
verse, or more properly, the reading
of the verse is the reason for it.
You and I, reading and studying this verse and understanding more about God...
He created all of this as a frame in which to place mankind, with whom He
desired to share Himself. We're the reason. We're His creation made to glorify
Him and honor Him and fellowship with Him. Without you and I to read it there
would be no reason for the verse to exist. Nor Creation, either!