Summary: God is revealed even in the first verse of the Bible. He is revealed as Creator, As Redeemer, and Sustainer.
Intro: Genesis is a book of beginnings. Of the heaven and earth, of light and darkness, of seas and skies, land and vegetation, moon and stars, sea and air and land animals, of human beings, of sin and redemption, of life and death, of blessing and cursing, of marriage and family, and the list could go on forever.
In this book of beginnings we will examine the beginning statement. Genesis 1.1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
This is not a probing question but a purposeful statement. A statement of faith and a statement of fact. “In the beginning God.” This is not argument against the atheist, the evolutionist, or any other ist. It is a straightforward acknowledgement and announcement of God.
There is not an attempt to prove God. There is only the presentation of God. There is no proof of God, before you kick me out the door listen. There is evidence of God but no proof. There is no way our finite minds can prove God because He is infinite. Adrian Rogers said it aptly “trying to prove God through the physical is like trying to tear a piano apart to find the Hallelujah Chorus.”
God’s word is evidence that God is real and if we live holy and acceptable unto God or lives will make evident “In the beginning God.”
What should I do if someone says prove there is a God? Well point them to Genesis 1.1 and say prove there is not a God!!
This beginning statement tells us much about the God it reveals. It tells us about God as Creator, it tells us about God as Redeemer, it tells us about God as Sustainer.
I. It tells us about God as Creator
A) His Magnificent Power
You have probably heard the joke about the scientists who challenge God to a contest of creating life. Some scientists go to God and tell Him that we (man) don’t need Him anymore because we have figured out a way to make man without Him, so God says: “Let’s have a contest.” All the scientists agree, and they obtain some dirt and God stops them and tells them, “No, no, you have to get your own dirt.”
1) The Word of creation
The word used here in Genesis 1 to talk of God creating is bara. It speaks of something only God can do. He can create something from nothing. Man can only make something from materials that already exist. God can make something from nothing.
2) The Name of creation
The name used to reveal God in this passage is Elohim. It is a compound Hebrew word that comes from El meaning strong, mighty, unlimited power. The second part of the word means to swear, to keep word.
The God revealed in the creation is a God of unlimited power and ultimate truth.
His truth overcomes all errors atheism and evolution, unbelief and Idolatry
His power overcomes any situation or circumstance
This is the God that our community, state, country and world need!!
So why did such an all powerful God create all there is??
B) His Majestic Purpose
1) For His pleasure
Revelation 4.11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
God did not ask for your opinion or permission. He made all there is for his own pleasure. He asked Job where were you when I made the heavens and the earth? He created all because he wanted to
God also created all things for His praise.
2) For His praise
Romans 11.36 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.
The ocean waves thunder on the beach, the flowers bloom, the sun shines, the birds sing their songs all to God’s praise.
You were made to praise God as well. Until you learn to praise God life will be empty and meaningless.
3) For His people
The crown jewel of God’s creation is man. He made all things for man.
Read genesis 1 you find that God gave man dominion, control, over all of creation.
Psalm 37.4 “Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
O friend the God of creations loves you and wants the best for you. He will withhold no good thing from his creation.
His magnificent might and Majestic purpose cannot overshadow His marvelous mercy.
C) His Marvelous Mercy
-- God’s Mercy did not begin at the cross it began at creation!!
1 Peter 1.19-20 “but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For he was foreknown (foreordained) before the foundation of the world. But has appeared in these last times for the sake of you.”