Summary: God created everything before He creates man, so He can place man in a fully prepared and beautiful environment. All were created good for man. This is the love and grace of God.
The OT opens with an explanation of how the world came to be.
• The book of Genesis was written by Moses. The first 5 books of OT were written by him.
• Moses may have written the book during the years of the wilderness wandering to prepare the new generation to enter the land of Canaan.
He was the best person to write about God and His works.
• He met with the Lord often, the longest being at Mount Sinai (40 days). God reveals His will and purposes to him.
• Beside, Moses was also an educated person, being raised in Egypt for the first 40 years of his life.
• Acts 7:22 says he was “was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians”
Moses wrote the Pentateuch as a means of introducing the people of Israel to God, and His character (through the precepts and laws).
• After more than 400 years of exposure to Egyptian culture, thoughts, their idolatry.
• Who then is Jehovah God? Their knowledge has already been distorted, or long forgotten.
• This explained why they easily turned to making a golden calf and worships it, when Moses was away for 40 days on Mount Sinai.
Israelites at this time had already seen the power of God.
• When Moses led them out of Egypt, they saw many miraculous signs - the ten plagues God sent, parting of the Red Sea, providing food and water in the wilderness. They know God is powerful and can create something out of nothing.
• But that is not enough. They need to know WHO had delivered them from Egypt and WHO they were being asked to follow. What is His will and plan for us?
Moses needs to write them God. God inspired him to write them down.
• Genesis 1 tells us God prepares everything for man. He made everything before He made man.
• Man was made to have fellowship with God, like a friend whom we can talk to.
• But before man was made, God has to prepare everything that he needs.
When Adam was made, God give it to them and ask them to govern it and enjoy it. See Gen 1:28-30.
• Everything was made for the sake of man. It was for our enjoyment. This is the abundant life that God had intended for us.
It is like a father preparing for the arrival of his new-born child.
• He prepares the bed, the clothing, the milk bottle, toys, and the room; if it is a boy, the colours of the wall will be blue, if a girl, everything will be pink.
• Everything was done for the child. Everything was prepared for the child.
• When the child is born, he came into a beautiful world with everything he needs.
This is the love of the father, how he cherish the child; this is the love of God.
• God creates the world so that man will be blessed to live in it.
• God’s desire is to bless us. Verse 28 tells us, when everything was made, “God blessed them…”
We see the LOVE OF GOD.
Does man understand fully what God has done for them at this point? Maybe not. All they know is to enjoy all that they have.
• Just like children, not knowing the price parents paid or sacrifices they had made. They only know how to enjoy what they have got.