SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)
All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1:3)
Though only one verse into the study, my hope is that even from the first verse of Genesis that you would begin to understand the magnitude and glorious power of our God. Within the span of a few words, we learned that God is eternal, transcendent, and incomprehensible. He stands outside of all creation because He created all of it. Unique and holy, there is no one and nothing like God. And in His infinite grace and mercy, He has given to us His Word that we might know Him as our Father!
Now we read how creation came about. Verse 2 gives a very ominous and foreboding tone. For some reason, the earth was formless, void, and covered with the deep. The deep was an interesting Hebrew concept for viewing the ocean. When they looked upon the sea, they saw everything in nature that could not be tamed. The waters of the deep represented the chaos of nature. God then proceeds to bring order to the chaos through creation.
The days of creation are organized into two groups. The first three days focus on God forming the formlessness of earth. The final three days then center upon God filling the void on earth. Also the days correspond with one another. Day one corresponds with day four, day two with day five, and day three with day six. The first set forms. The final set fills. This process stands in sharp contrast to the chaotic nature of verse 2. Of the many lessons to be learned from these verses, one of the largest is that our God is a God of order and process, not of chaos and disorder.
Read verse 2 and discuss the following.
- This verse describes the primordial earth in disorder and chaos, but we are told that the Spirit was hovering upon the face of the deep. God, through His Word and by His Spirit, would soon form the formless and fill the empty. How is this similar to the miracle of salvation?
Read verses 3-5 and discuss the following.
- God begins creation by bring light into the darkness. Of course, when light enters darkness, the darkness is dispelled. How does this provide a picture of Christ’s coming into the world?
Read verses 6-10 and discuss the following.
- Day two describes God commanding the deep (the waters that covered the face of the earth), creating the sky and the sea. What does God’s commanding of the deep reveal to us about Him?
Read verses 11-13 and discuss the following.
- Day three sees God forming land and vegetation, which God did to prepare the earth for the creation of humanity. What does this tell us about the provision of God?
Read verses 14-19 and discuss the following.
- In day four, God sets the celestial objects in the heavens. Today, we know that stars are immensely large and full of magnificently powerful chemical reactions; however, their creation is covered in three words: “and the stars.” Why does God place so much emphasis upon earth, even though it is little more than a pale, blue dot in the universe? What do the heavens tell us about the glory of God?
Read verses 20-25 and discuss the following.
- On day five and six, God fills the sea, sky, and land with fish, birds, and animals. God commands them to be fruitful and fill the earth, which is a blessing to them. Why are the commands of God always blessings to those who obey?
ACTIONS TO CONSIDER
- Consider the billions upon billions of stars and galaxies in the heavens, and then consider if you have a glorious enough view of God.
- Throughout these first days of creation, God orders the chaos for the purpose of providing a home for humanity. Reflect upon your own faith, and think about whether you trust God to provide in everyday matters.