Genesis 1 is the first chapter in the Bible and it tells of how God created the heavens and earth. As you read this chapter you are introduced to the historical record of an Almighty Creator. The very words “In the beginning” sets the stage of how God created something from nothing and as you read on you begin to understand that there is One who is in control and who set all things in motion.
“God” is mention 32 times in these 31 verses and it is in Genesis 1 that we first read about the Holy Spirit and His power (Gen 1:2). We also see, for the first time:
• Light and darkness
• Day and night
• Water and land (Earth and Seas)
• The firmament (Heaven)
• Grass, herbs and fruit trees
• The stars that light up the skies, used for seasons, days and years
• The fowls of the air and other living creatures
And Genesis chapter 1 is where the creation of man is first mentioned and the order of living things; that God gave man dominion over all of the other living creatures.
It is the first time that we are introduced to the doctrine of the Trinity when we read:
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26)
I very much liked the authors concise and yet in depth commentary regarding the first chapter of Genesis. One thing I take from this chapter is the only conclusion any rational person could take, even setting aside the faith factor. I would think that believers and non-believers could see plainly that there is “One who is in control and who set all things in motion.” How important is control to you in your everyday life. I believe that to the majority of us it is very important. Being a Christian is in part willing to give God control of our lives and also being accountable for our actions. We will at times fail but He who is in control will forgive and forget our failures. All of us struggle with our faith and it is good we should remember who is in control.