I have read this first chapter of Genesis more times than I could ever count. But today I am asking God to show it to me with fresh eyes! As I was reading there were a few things I noticed this time, that I’m not sure I’ve ever taken note of before.
First of all, have you ever thought of the fact that it says in verse 2 the earth was without form and void. It is so hard to imagine it and maybe we aren’t really supposed to be able to. But the bottom line is God, our creator, created the earth out of nothing. Now I am a creative. I love to paint, I’ve always been a little crafty and sometime I can hit it on the mark and sometimes whatever I am doing looks like a hot mess. I am a seamstress and sometimes I do well and sometimes I mess things up. But the thing is, I have to start with something. I can’t just make something of nothing. But God can. That’s what He did, He made the earth of nothing.
The next thing I noticed was there were some things God just spoke into being and there were some things He made.
“And God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light.” Genesis 1:3
That was the first day.
“And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. Genesis 1:6-7
That was the second day.
On the third day:
“And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so.” Genesis 1:9
“And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so.” Genesis 1:11
On the fourth day, God spoke into being the lights in the sky, the sun, the moon and the stars. That are the signs for our seasons and they give us light day in and day out. He actually numbered those stars when he set them in the sky and calls them out by name.
Then the fifth day, God created sea creatures and birds and He set them into the sea and the sky and He told them to multiply on the earth and fill the waters.
And on the sixth day, God made the animals and the livestock and the insects. Have you ever really looked at all the animals and thought of how creative God is to have created the giraffe and the elephant and a dog and a cat. But still on the sixth day ~
“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” Genesis 1:26
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them…” Genesis 1:27-28
God spoke many things into being, he made many things but God created man in his own image. Wow! And when you flip over to Genesis 2 in verse 7 he actually gives a little detail into how He did it.
“then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” Genesis 2:7
When God made Adam, the very first man, He actually breathed His very breath into Him to bring Him to life.
God created this earth and the sun, moon and stars, the sea creatures, the birds of the air, the livestock, the animals, the ants, the bees and insects and man in a six days. But the one that we get the most detail and that actually got the breath of God breathed into him was man. God spoke some things into being, He made things, but He formed man from the dust of the earth and breathed life into him. And He did it in His own image.
I hope that hits you like it has hit me. It inspires me. It makes me sit in awe of Him and in awe of the desires that He has put inside of me. It makes me understand why when I am creating I actually feel a little closer to God. My Elohim, the God who created me.