Genesis 1 tells us that God did not create the earth and the heavens above for His own comfort, He created it for ours. The primary purpose of creation was for the use of mankind — His Image upon the Earth. God said it was good and He took pleasure in His creation, particularly its culmination in creating mankind with His own hands. God will fulfill His pleasure and it will be complete. Continue reading Genesis 1:3-31: ‘And God said…’
Why is it that God specifically told Moses to write down these places? We may not have a complete picture of it but God did not ask Moses to write this down just for the sake of history. As in parts 1 and 2 of this discussion of Numbers 33, we see there’s a bigger picture to be found in the names of these places that Moses records and we endeavor to discover God’s picture.
In Gen. 1:5, God is not only describing what the world was like when He created it but what it will be like when He returns to re-create it. That may be the spiritual picture behind light and darkness, evening and morning in this verse. Continue reading Genesis 1:5 — ‘God called the light, Day … the darkness, Night … the evening and the morning were the first day’
Many say that God is all about unity, bringing people together. Yes, He wants to reconcile rebellious mankind to Himself. Yet, why is He continually setting people, behavior and things apart — making them holy? Continue reading Genesis 1:4 — ‘separated the light from the darkness’
Why is there the repetition in Genesis 1 of “God saw ____ and it was good”? When God repeats Himself, take notice of something important. When He repeats Himself seven times in the same chapter, get ready for something amazing. Richard leads a discussion of what was so good about the light and everything else God created. Continue reading Genesis 1:4 — ‘it was good’
In Gen. 1:3, God says, “Let there be light!” Richard explores the connection between God’s bringing light to darkness at the beginning of the world to Messiah Yeshua’s (Jesus) bringing His “light” to the darkness of people living apart from God. Continue reading Genesis 1:3 — ‘let there be light’