Genesis 1:1-2:3 – The Beginning of the Story of God and His Creation

Imagine you are one of the people of Israel when the book of Genesis was being written. You are with Moses after coming out of Egypt where there was a god for almost every concept imaginable. In Egypt, there was a god for love and a god for wisdom, a god for the sun and a god for the rain. These gods would fight with one another and seemed almost like petty men with all their squabbles and disagreements. And so for the people of Israel, Moses starts his pronouncement on the history of all that exists with a resounding, “In the beginning, God.” Beginning in the book of Genesis is the story of the one and the only God. The One who is supreme and sufficient and who alone is glorious. This is not the primarily the story of man and where he came from. This is the story of the God who holds the billions of galaxies in the palm of his hand. He is the One God, the only God, the One who was before everything and who created everything and formed it all and put man on the earth all for the glory of the Creator. So within these pages and in sermons over the next few months, here begins the story of God.

Isaiah 40:26
Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, Not one of them is missing.

Jeremiah 32:17
Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.

1 Chronicles 29:11
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O Lord, and You exalt Yourself as head over all.


Read and reflect on Genesis 1:1-2:3 and take some time to meditate on just how big and glorious God is as we look at his great work in creating everything. If God is really as great as Scripture would make him out to be and the vastness and beauty of creation would declare him to be, then how does this effect your worship? Your prayer? Your evangelism?

This week we will also take communion. Before you approach the table, take some time to prepare your heart for the sacred exercise of taking the Lord’s Supper. Is there any sin you need to confess and repent before you partake? Is there anyone you need to be reconciled with before you take the Supper? Is there anything else you can do to help yourself to prepare meaningfully?

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Joachim Neander

Posted on: August 27, 2015 - 10:00PM

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