For the past few months I’ve been reading through Genesis and a lot of ministry on the book of Genesis and also preparing for a new semester of preschool Sunday school classes where we will be covering God’s creation. I’ve been really impressed with Genesis chapter 1, which most people read as simply a description or record of how God created the world. Many scoff that it’s too simplistic an account – how could everything have been created in six days? I’m not going to take on the whole creationism vs. evolution debate, which quite frankly would take a very long post to do and I’m not at all well informed enough on the subject to write such a post. While I’m a firm believer in the fact that we human beings did not evolve from monkeys, I also don’t believe that Genesis chapter 1 is meant to be a scientific dissertation to explain how God created all things. Rather, this chapter in the Bible is there to show us how God brought forth life in the old creation. This is important because the same principles which govern how life was generated in the old creation also applies to how He brings forth life in us as His new creation.
First of all, it’s important to note that Genesis 1:2-31 is actually not a record of creation, but of God’s restoration and further creation. Verse 1 says that God created the heavens and the earth, but verse 2 says that the earth became waste and emptiness. Surely God would never create the earth waste and empty, something must have happened between verse 1 and 2 for the earth to become so. That something was most likely Lucifer’s rebellion which brought the earth into a state of waste, emptiness, and darkness. But hallelujah, God did not leave the earth in such a condition, but came in to do a work of restoration.
Here is where I appreciate how God’s principles of restoring the earth and producing life applies to His restoration work in us. Before our salvation, were we not like the earth in its condition of being empty and filled with darkness? In Genesis 1:2 it says that the Spirit of God brooded upon the surface of the waters. Prior to our salvation, the Spirit also brooded over us. Unbeknownst to us, it was there operating, brooding, making the environment ready for life to be generated in us. Secondly, God’s speaking came and out of that word, light was produced. The Apostle Paul told us in 2 Corinthians 4:6 that the “God who said, Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” Just as He spoke light into being in the physical realm, God also speaks light into being in our heart, so that we can see the face of Jesus. So these three things, the Spirit, the word, and the light were the instruments used by God to bring forth life both in the old creation and in His new creation.
After light came there was the need for some further separation. Light was separated from the darkness, the waters below were separated from the waters above producing the expanse. In our spiritual experience, after we receive the shining of God into our hearts, there should also be some separation that takes place in our being. We start to see what things in us belong to the darkness and not to the light, what things are earthly and what are heavenly, what things are of death and what things are of life. Eventually after the second day, we have the third day when the dry land came forth, which was able to sustain many forms of life. Christ came forth in resurrection out of the death waters on the third day. As described by Paul in Colossians, He is our real land – we walk in Him and are being rooted and built up in Him (2:6-7). He becomes our realm in which we have everything we need to experience, grow, and bear fruit in the divine life.
Phew! A lot to chew on, huh? And that’s only what I enjoyed from the first thirteen verses. There are also so many principles we can see of our growth in the divine life in the accounts of the fourth day, the fifth day, and the sixth day. And so much meaning in why God rested on the seventh day (I assure you, it wasn’t because He was tired). Maybe I can leave those for another Truth Tuesday. But if you can’t wait, feel free to read about it yourself in the Life-study of Genesis. I guarantee your appreciation of the book of Genesis will be tremendously increased.