In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. . . And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good.
(Genesis 1:1, 31a ESV)
I’m in the camp of those who remind us that if we’re reading Genesis 1 in order to know how everything was created we’re missing the main point. It’s not about the how. It’s all about the Who!
I underlined God a lot this morning in Genesis 1. Twenty-nine times I underlined it. Blue colored-pencil marking up twenty-six of thirty-one verses.
Don’t talk to me about how long a day is or what laws of physics could have factored into something coming out of nothing. Talk to me about the Who. Talk to me about God.
The God who was in the beginning. The God who created the heavens, the earth, and everything in them. The God who said and it was. The God who looked at something He made and then called it by a noun which, by the way, we’ve used ever since as it’s handle.
The God who made. And, who gave everything He made a place and/or a function — a place and/or function that we still benefit from today.
The living God who made living things. And one of those things, us, made in His image.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, after Our likeness.”
(Genesis 1:26a ESV)
Made in the likeness of God. The “Us” likeness of God. The “Our image” of God. Made for relationship with a God who has ever been in relationship — the Father having loved the Son since before the foundation of the world (Jn. 17:24) with the Spirit (Gen. 1:2).
The God who saw all that He created and said it was good. Not once, not twice, but seven times. The seventh time exclaiming, “Behold, this is very good!”
That’s how our God rolls.
The Creator of all things. Of all things old, and all things new. His best new creations found in men, women, boys, and girls redeemed through the finished work of the Son on the cross, by the life-giving work of the Spirit taking up residence in those redeemed souls. The fullness of the new creation yet to be fully revealed when the kingdom of heaven, now active by faith, will be the kingdom of heaven on earth . . . a new earth . . . a forever earth.
And that too, my friends, will be very good. Created by our “in the beginning” God. Don’t know exactly when He’s gonna do it or how He’s gonna do it, but praise Him that I know that He’s the One who will do it.
Don’t know what 2020, or this next decade (or, for that matter, tomorrow), has in store. But I know Who is creating, making all things new, and in control according to His steadfast love and His sovereign purposes.
By His grace. For His glory.