Genesis 1: The Creation of the World

1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

-Quite a definitive statement, isn’t it? Doesn’t leave much room for interpretation. Right in the first verse we see the first instance of God revealing to us a “universal” truth rather than the mystery of how our physical universe works. We are not told how He did it and the science behind it, we are simply told that He did it and that’s all we need to know. Throughout the entire bible, mysteries are revealed that we can’t possible have a way of knowing because it is transcendent or above our ability to learn about and experience. This is what the Bible is for, not to tell us how atoms work, for example, but to reveal to us of God which we cannot know simply from our own experience. I believe the philosopher Kierkegaard claimed that one proof of God was that we could not possibly know Him without Him revealing Himself to us, that our very concept of God and everything we get from the idea of “heaven”, “religion”, “gods” is a result of God essentially putting this knowledge into play. We as mankind aren’t creative beings in the sense that we can create brand new things. Our ability to create and even imagine things is based solely on what we know and what we experience. As an experiment, I would like you the reader to try and imagine a brand new animal no one has ever seen before, go ahead try it. Chances you just imagined something with the legs of a horse, the snout of a dog, the wings of an eagle, the roar of a bear, etc. We can combine things we know into new combinations and we can call that creativity and art, but it is not TRUELY creating something new. Every alien in every Sci-Fi show looks like a combination of something that exists. Maybe it has tentacles like an Octopus, green like a reptile, teeth like a shark. Everything is like something we’ve seen. There is nothing new under the sun. If not for the revelation of God, we would have no concept of anything relating to “religion” at all.

2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

-“The Spirit of God” refers to the Holy Spirit instead of just describing God the Father due to the fact that it is revealed later that God in three persons has always existed and each was involved in creation. Not only that but the original Hebrew word that is translated as “hover over” could also be translated as “brooding over” much like a hen broods over her eggs until they hatch. This fits with the Holy Spirit’s role in causing the impregnation of Mary that lead to the earthly birth of Jesus. The role of the Holy Spirit in creation as well as in our Christian life is to nurture until we are ready to hatch. God is always the same and never changes, the work the Holy Spirit does in the creation is the same as is done to each follower of God.

3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

-Creation was not done by hands, but by words. God spoke, then it happened. This is how God always does things, through words. We will see through the entire bible God speaking and then something is created and given order. We are told in John 1 that in the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. Jesus is the word and the role of the Son in creation is to be those words spoken that created the world. Jesus claimed to have created all things and I don’t think He just said that because He was also God but also too because His role in creation was the literal physical creation of the universe as being the word sent out from the mouth of God. Jesus’ ministry on Earth was to be the word of God doing what He was told to do. The Son is always sent out and has no will of His own no more than a voice from our mouths can defy what we intend to say. Jesus is the voice of God. This is what every Christian must seek to be transformed into, the voice of God, straight from the mouth to those who need to hear.

4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.

-Here we see a major characteristic of God that is often overlooked, He is the God of “order”. We see an empty and dark chaotic void and out of that, God creates order and separates the dark from the light. He still does this to this day, separating the dark from the light in our lives if we only allow Him.

5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

-Note that evening comes first, then morning. This is a biblical day. A day does not begin in the morning even though that’s what we have been accustomed to in our culture.

6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”

-Interesting that there is waters in the sky. Is this just describing how clouds have water? But it did not rain before Noah. Therefore the atmosphere must have had literal water in the sky that would have effected the health of all living beings in a positive way causing us to live longer, for reptiles to grow larger, and the decay rates of elements would not have been the same. This explains why Carbon dating puts Earth and the Universe at being billions of years old rather than a few thousand as the bible tends to suggest. Earth itself fundamentally changed at one point from its original creation.

7 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.

-God is separating the ocean from the sky and the expanse is, well, the air. It sounds to me as if the Earth really was flat until this happened which gave Earth it’s globe shape. We see everything in nature is ultimately a perfect sphere, right down to the atom, or even the nucleus of an atom. I believe a sphere symbolizes the order of God.

8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

-Heaven here does not refer to the afterlife Heaven but simply the sky. Heaven was created in verse 1. We are given no time frame as to when and how soon before our world it was created probably because there was no time. Time itself is a concept invented for our physical universe and does not exist in heaven, hence how heaven can be eternal. Time doesn’t go on forever, there simply isn’t a such thing as time in heaven. In fact, time is invented in verse 5.

9 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. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.

-The ocean is beautiful isn’t it? It’s hard to imagine but the ocean itself is chaotic and unordered. We are given a description of the new Earth in the book of Revelation as being a place where there are only rivers and not vast oceans. God considers this “good”. There is reason to believe that there were no oceans before the flood and that the water in the sky all came down with the flood and that created oceans, giving us a hybrid ordered an unordered world. We are told throughout the bible that the Earth is groaning in birth pangs, implying that it is not yet done. Earth’s creation still isn’t complete and as originally intended because of sin. The oceans existing is one example of this.

11 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. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

-“according to its kind” is repeated many times in Genesis 1. I almost feel like this was God anticipating the theory of evolution and was emphasizing that there was not one proto-plant that all plants come from but that each species of vegetation was created as its own kind. This is orderly. Trees cannot turn into bushes. Apples cannot turn into Venus fly traps (Although that would be kind of awesome). The potential to do so would truly be chaotic.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

-Here we see, the creation of the concept of time. It was created here, that is why it does not exist in heaven and why God is not beholden to it.

20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

-Well the evolutionists are right about something, sea creatures did come first before land creatures. No only that but vegetation and micro-organisms came before that. Interesting that science has shown that the order of creation which may appear on the outside to be random just so happens to be the order that science has determined that individual forms of life appeared. This is no coincidence. If the bible were written by a man then it makes sense he would start with man before the other forms of life or would order events from biggest to smallest. But this is not so. How can you have vegetation before planets and stars? The order of creation can only have come from God.

22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

-God creates life. It fits that what he creates is something that can replicate and create more life. We as Christians are supposed to replicate, spreading the Gospel and creating new life, eternal life. This has always been the work of God going back to creation.

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

-There’s that “according to their kind” again. Why is that there so many times? Why couldn’t it simply say “then God made each type of animal” and leave it at that? What is that necessary. I feel like the creation account was written specifically for evolutionists 5000 years ahead of time. Anyone who accepts the view that many both creationism and evolution are true and maybe evolution is how God “did it” have a lot to answer for here. Here created them on this day according to their kind. Not over thousands of years, but on this one day clearly spelled out as being evening and morning, one day. Notice how it emphasizes “one day” each time as well. There is no excuse but willful rebellion not to accept the creation account as written.

26 Then 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 birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

-What’s this “our image”. Isn’t God alone? What a mystery this must have been to the Hebrews in the wilderness reading this for the first time. Not only that, but the Hebrew word for God is “Elohim” which is a plural word. God is described as more than one person in His very name. God is not talking about the angels and other created beings in heaven when he says “our” and “us”. We are not like the Angels, or Cherubim, or anything else. But we are like God in that we have a body, mind, and soul and we are able to do the work of God and be His “voice”. The pluralness refers to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Everything good reflects the divine order of God and we are no exception.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

-Hear that chauvinists? Both male and female are equally created in God’s image. They both reflect God. In terms of value and worth, man and woman are completely equal.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

-The words “subdue” and “have dominion” are the Hebrew words “Kevesh” and “radah” respectively. Kevesh does mean to control and have dominion over but the word radah has a deeper meaning of ruling in the sense of a benevolent ruler coming down and being amongst His subjects. God descended down to be among us and we are commanded to do the same with His creation. So we are not being told to use up every resource and have total disregard towards animals. Yes we have a right to kill animals and cut down some trees, but there implies a certain responsibility and stewardship for our environment, not tyranny. We reflect the image of God when we act as conservationists, otherwise we reflect the image of a virus and consume everything unrepentantly.

29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

-Note here that we are told to eat plants, not animals. I’m not saying we all should be vegetarians right now, but this is how things were created. Just like how we have oceans now even though they aren’t how things were originally created to be, we also eat meat now. We are not sinning no more than it is a sin that oceans exist, but it does reflect the corruption of sin. It is a result of what sin has done to the world. We will go back to eating all vegetation in the new earth just as how creation was originally intended.

31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

-Everything that is created is good. So that includes even drugs and alcohol. No substance itself is evil but rather it’s what we do with it. We sin when we abuse these substances. To blame the substances as an evil is to deny responsibility for one’s actions.


Spanish words:

Vacía = void, empty
tinieblas = dark, shadow, confusion, ignorance
juntar = to bring together, put together, collect
descubrir = to discover, invent, reveal, uncover
seco = dry
género = gender, type, kind
lumbrera = genius, light
señalar = to show, point out, mark
alumbrar = to light up, give birth
llenar = to fill
señorer = to control, rule
arrastrar = to drag, sweep, brush
sojuzgar = to subdue, conquer, subjugate