Church In The Mountains Weekly Online Bible Study
Genesis Chapter 1
Genesis means “beginnings” or “origin” and it unfolds the record of the beginning of the world, human history, civilization and salvation. Genesis tells the story of Gods purpose and plan for His creation.
We learn in Genesis that God created the sky, seas, land, plants, animals, fish, birds, and human beings to be made like Himself. Of course Genesis informs us that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, on day one God said, “Let there be light” and He created the light and the darkness. On day two God created the sky and water. Day three He created land, seas and vegetation. On the fourth day He created the sun, moon, the stars to cover the day and the night and to mark seasons, days and years. On the fifth day He created fish and birds to fill the waters and the skies and on the sixth day he created animals to fill the earth and man and woman. The seventh day God rested and declared all He had made to be very good. But there is so much more to take away from this chapter other than what he created, for example why did He create anything at all?
We learn a lot about who God is because He chose to bring everything into existence when He didn't have too, but He chose too because He is loving, caring and kind and wanted to share his love, but couldn't without creating someone to share it with. God is love and that is why He chose to create the universe and all within it, so He could share His love.
It is no secret that many scientists believe in the big bang theory, to think that the world just happened from nothing, this takes more faith to believe then believing that God created the universe. The galaxy we live in is spinning at the speed of 490,000 miles an hour, yet despite this speed our galaxy needs 200 million years to make one rotation. There are hundreds of billions of other galaxies in the universe, to think it all just came from no one and out of nowhere is a lot to take in. The world is not a product of blind chance and probability, the world is God’s creation. What requires less faith is to believe that God, the infinite being who didn't need anyone to create Him, He was created by no one, who is in charge of everything and created everything was capable and did create the universe. And the fact that He was able to create something so impossible shows us He is in complete authority and control over everything, which we should take comfort in.
God created all of this in just six days, and at the end of each creation He let it be known that He saw that it was good, all He created was good. He was happy with His perfect creation, He felt good about His work. From this we can learn that its ok to feel good and happy about your work, just so long as that happiness doesn't turn into feeling prideful. If we do something that we know would make God happy, and we feel good about it, that is completely different then feeling prideful over our accomplishments. God does the impossible every day, but He doesn't take pride in His work, He is happy and feels good about it which is how we should be too when we have accomplished something that God would smile about. When God does something great, He gets the glory for it because He is the one who did it, yet He still didn't say he was prideful after creating the universe. When we do something good it’s not on our merit, its due to God, everything we have and do is because of God, so we really should never feel prideful, just good or happy about the job well done.
God gave all dominion to humans over the fish, birds, cattle, the earth, and every creepy thing that creeps on earth. To have dominion over something means to have absolute authority and control over it. God has dominion over everything, but He loves us so much that He gave us absolute authority over the fish, birds, cattle, and the earth. We are a part of God’s creation, and He is pleased with His creation so He is pleased with how He made you. Genesis doesn't just show us the power and authority that He has, but it shows us How much He loves us and how much He wants to relate and have fellowship with the people He created. If He didn't want that, He wouldn't have created us. Genesis isn't just a lesson of how things came to be, but a reminder of how much God loves you.