The account of creation. This is a theological treatise that explains the beginning of the universe.
God. In this verse, the Hebrew word for God is אֱלֹהִים (“elohim”).
VERSE 2. The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.
The earth was formless and empty. In the beginning, the created realm was empty.
God’s Spirit. In the Old Testament, the Spirit is not mentioned often. However, the Spirit was indeed present and interacted with us humans. Read more »
was hovering over the surface of the waters. Even though everything was empty, the LORD God was not distant. His Spirit was intimately close.
God said, “Let there be light”. God wasn’t willing to let the created realm remain empty. He took away its darkness and gave it light.
VERSE 4. God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness.
VERSE 5. God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day.
VERSE 6. God said, “Let there be an expanse in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”
VERSE 7. God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
VERSE 8. God called the expanse “sky”. There was evening and there was morning, a second day.
VERSE 9. God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear;” and it was so.
VERSE 10. God called the dry land “earth”, and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas”. God saw that it was good.
VERSE 11. God said, “Let the earth yield grass, herbs yielding seeds, and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with their seeds in it, on the earth;” and it was so.
Let the earth yield grass, herbs yielding seeds, and fruit trees. In place of lifelessness, God gave the created realm life.
VERSE 12. The earth yielded grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, with their seeds in it, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
VERSE 13. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
VERSE 14. God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs to mark seasons, days, and years;
the day from the night. The LORD God gave the created realm days and nights. Everything is gradually becoming as he would have it to be.
VERSE 15. and let them be for lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth;” and it was so.
VERSE 16. God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars.
VERSE 17. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light to the earth,
VERSE 18. and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.
VERSE 19. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.
VERSE 20. God said, “Let the waters abound with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the sky.”
VERSE 21. God created the large sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good.
VERSE 22. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
VERSE 23. There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
VERSE 24. God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures after their kind, livestock, creeping things, and animals of the earth after their kind;” and it was so.
VERSE 25. God made the animals of the earth after their kind, and the livestock after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind. God saw that it was good.
VERSE 26. God said, “Let’s make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Let us. Who is the “us” here? Is it the Holy Trinity?
Genesis 3:22. The LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand, and also take of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever—
make man in our image. God created the first people.
In the coming chapters, we will see that things did not go well for them. Nonetheless, their existence was precious and their lives were worth living.
In our own lives, sometimes we are a real mess. Nevertheless, God isn’t willing to let us linger in a miserable life.
He can do great things in us. He can take away our darkness and fill us with light. In place of our lifelessness, he can fill us with life. He can make our days worth living. He can form us to be more and more like himself.
Life is worth living!
VERSE 27. God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.
VERSE 28. God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
By the time the people had moved to Egypt, they were literally fulfilling this command:
Genesis 47:27. Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen; and they got themselves possessions therein, and were fruitful, and multiplied exceedingly.
VERSE 29. God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.
Behold. This is from the Hebrew word “הִנֵּה”. It means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
VERSE 30. To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so.
VERSE 31. God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
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