Summary: Unpacking the Creation Story
In the beginning, God created the heavens & the earth. Quickly, God faced a class action suit: no Environmental Impact Statement. Officials eventually granted God a temporary permit. But a “cease & desist” order stopped creation of Earth. So God went on with creation of the heavens. God said, “Let there be light!” Immediately, officials demanded to know how light would be made. Would there be strip mining? Thermal pollution? God explained. “Light would come from a large ball of fire.” Officials granted God provisional permission to make light, assuming no smoke would come from the ball of fire. Also, He was to obtain a building permit. And, to conserve energy, He was to have the light out ½ the time. God agreed & said He’d call the light “Day” & the darkness “Night.” Officials replied, “We aren’t interested in semantics.” God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation, plant yielding seed, & fruit trees bearing fruit.” The EPA agreed, so long as only native seed was used. Then God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, & let birds fly above the earth.” Officials pointed out, “You’ll need coordinated approvals from the Department of Game, the Wildlife Federation, & the Audubon Society.” Everything was okay until God said He’d complete the project in 6 days. Officials said, “It’ll take at least 200 days to review your applications & EIS. After that, there’ll be a public hearing. It’ll be at least 10-12 months before…” That’s when God created Hell…
Maybe we should look at Genesis 1:1-5 to see how it really happened. These verses are some of the most important in Scripture. Why? They are the foundation of all that follows. And it’s a strong foundation. It begins so simply. 1aIn the beginning… The beginning? The start of something. What? The beginning of time. If there’s a start, there’ll be an ending someday. So at the beginning of time, we’re already prepared to hear about the end of days.
And 1bIn the beginning, God… Atheists have it wrong. God exists. And before time, God already was. There has never been a time when God wasn’t. So, those who think God is part of His creation? They’re wrong. He was already here. At the beginning. Before anything else. So, those who think matter existed at the beginning? They’re also wrong. God has always been. But in Hebrew, Elohim is the word for God, here. We’d expect El. Why? El is singular. Elohim is plural. Why a plural for God? Before creating anything else, God was already plural. We know Him as three (Father, Son, & Holy Spirit). But even the ancients knew that God is plural. Why is that important? Some say God created in order to avoid being lonely. Not true. He was already complete. He already had social relationships in Himself. When God creates, it isn’t because He needs to. God creates in grace & love, because that’s His nature.