Yellow Balloons Devotional Series: Advent

Genesis 1:1

Genesis is a book about many beginnings. The beginnings of the world, the human race, sin and redemption, and the nation of Israel to name a few. In fact, the word Genesis from the Greek means “origin,” and in Hebrew it means “beginning.” The book of Genesis contains the events of the flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the lives of the Patriarchs.

In the beginning, God created everything by simply speaking, “God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15). This is not a scientific technical account of creation, but it shows a loving God creating a universe and mankind to rule it and fellowship with God. Man was formed especially from the ground and given the breath of life from God. The woman was made from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:7).

After man fell into sin, things began to spin out of control quickly. Cain murdered his brother Abel and the human race became so violent that God decided to destroy them all with a flood. God saved one righteous man (Noah) and his family in an ark filled with animals to deliver the human race from extinction. God chose Abraham and blessed a special group of people named “Israel.” God began to unfold a plan of salvation from a coming famine by sending Joseph to rule in Egypt. The failure of man in every circumstance is met by the salvation of God. We fail, but the good news is God saves us.

In chapter one, we find the account of God creating the heavens and the earth. In the beginning, He formed all things perfectly. We learn that there is a beginning, a definite point in time that starts with the Creator. God, the creator, made everything in 6 days: light, sky, dry ground, bodies of water, plants, the sun, moon, stars, and planets, fish, birds, land animals, and then finally he created man. Man, the crown jewel of creation, was flawless, capable of fellowship with God, and able to enjoy and govern Eden. In Genesis chapter one we discover that God truly is the source of all.

The Bible begins with God creating the entire universe.

In the opening sentence of the Bible, we find God creating. We see that He is the all-powerful creator.

For us to create something, we must start with something and mold and combine it to create something else. For God to create something he can start from nothing. We take trees and make them into lumber. Then, we take lumber and make that into a house. We can only change something that already exists into something else. God started with nothing then said “let there be light,” and there was light.

By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible” (Hebrews 11:3).

Creation must be accepted by faith. In his gospel, the apostle John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being (John 1:1-3). From this verse, we see that Jesus, the second member of the Godhead, was there in the beginning with God.

Hebrews 11:2 says, By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. Faith is, in reality, the starting point for any sort of human understanding. It is popular in our era for people to believe that the universe created itself, in spite of all known observable evidence; no one has ever observed any sort of spontaneous creation from nothing. All understanding begins with faith.

Biblical Text

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

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