It’s been a busy time this last week with many activities around us and yet what is our focus? It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of activity all around us, but is that all there is to life? I think not and I think a good place to look this week is to go back to Genesis.
What does Genesis have to do with us? Well, I’m glad you asked. Genesis has everything to do with us, especially we followers of Jesus. Yet Genesis is one of the portions of scripture that is held is ‘low esteem’ and ‘disregard’ by the world around us. What should our view of Genesis (particularly the fist 11 chapters) be and is it that important? I’d like to spend a little while thinking about these things together.
What is it about the “beginnings” that makes people so uncomfortable? It’s the fact that God IS the beginning of our world, our being, so to speak. Evolution has reached into the very core and heart of Christendom, and caused even genuine believers to abandon the veracity of scripture for so-called ‘science’. We have come to the place of being ready to leave the truth of scripture for the thoughts and theories of men. Evolution (in whatever form you look at it) concludes that we are mere creatures of ‘chance’. To accept that makes us no different than the other creatures of ‘chance’. It explains the mindset of the animal activists. If we are not a ‘special creation’ of God then we would be no different than animals. As they say, we are only “more evolved”—and there are those around us that would make us question that…haha And we certainly aren’t any smarter, it seems. One of the major questions I have always had (and believe me I know I am no scientist) is that if we are a product of evolution, then when and why did we stop evolving and why don’t we see it still going on?
Genesis is the basis for our confidence in God. If we can’t believe what He said there, then we might as well throw out the rest of the word and go do something better with our time. Genesis IS “In the beginning God…..”. In the beginning God, created, spoke, moved, acted, called and interacted with His creation. Here we find God and man! What does God tell us here that is so significant? We see that God was before us and loved us enough to create a world in which we can “live and move and have our being”…Acts 17:28a It is only the grace of God that made us, sustains us, and keeps this world going. Hebrews 1:2-3 “(God)Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:”. This tells us that Jesus (who is God) is the one who is ‘upholding all things’, and I believe that means what it says—Jesus IS holding all together!!
What does Genesis have to do with grace? Well, I think grace is all over creation—God in His omnipotence, knew that I would sin and even thousands of years before I would be born, He created Adam and Eve, knowing they would sin and need a “SAVIOR” and He had already provided for them and me. 1 Peter 1:20 “Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,” reminds us that Jesus was there before the creation. Jesus Himself mentions this in His High Priestly prayer of John 17, in verse 24 “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” And Paul in Ephesians 1:4 “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:.” God loved us and created a glorious world for us even when HE knew we would mess it up. But praise HIS name He created us any way.
Some of the other things that we see in Genesis 1 are that God created all things “after their own kind”, and He tells us this 10 times in chapter 1, and that’s before He gets to man. That is, he made all plants, vegetation, birds, sea creatures, and land creatures “after their own kind”!! Not to evolve but to reproduce “after their own kind”. Why do I belabor this point—because God is creator and man, is made apart from the other living creatures. **“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.27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”** God tells us Himself, that man is “in His image”, and that we have been given “dominion” over all of the creation. What kind of stewards have we been, and are we being? Although stewardship isn’t my focus for this week, it is a part of our responsibility before God, especially as believers.
In conclusion, we must know and believe that God is creator—If God didn’t create man, a literal Adam and Eve, then there couldn’t have been a fall into sin. If there was no fall into sin, we wouldn’t need a Savior and Jesus would be irrelevant and unnecessary. Does this help you to see why Genesis so important to us, and why believing it is essential to our faith? I am NOT a creation of chance—I am a special creation of God. I have a purpose set by my God and His strength to accomplish “His work” John 4:34. Whose work are we accomplishing? Mine, my spouse’s, my children’s, my boss’s, the banks. What leads me? The call of the world or the Spirit of God. Galatians 5:16 “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Where will you walk this week? May God guide and direct your every step, and may we each follow faithfully.