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This page is a daily devotion. It will study a chapter of the Bible for 5 days one section at a time. Then it will move on to another chapter for 5 days. Included is a verse to memorize.

Genesis chapter 1

 

Memory verse: Genesis 1:27

 

   Genesis chapter 1 is at the heart of the battle over creation versus evolution. It is the debate over the same first question posed to Eve by the serpent, “Hath God said? (Genesis 3:1).” It is not about science versus religion. It is about belief versus unbelief. Once the authority of the literal meaning of the first chapter of the Bible is denied, the domino effect ensues. Many atheists who call themselves scientists admit that they used to believe in God, but in order to accept evolution they had to deny the faith. However, there are many spiritual aspects of Genesis 1 which will help us understand God and spiritual things when we study them.

 

Day 1 – light and dark

Verses 1-5

   The first thing God created after the earth and water was light. God did not create the sun until the fourth day. Genesis 1 does not say that God created darkness. The world was already in darkness. It says He commanded the light to shine. God saw that the light was good, and separated it from the darkness. Light is unique in its properties because it is like a particle, but it is also like a wave. Scientists cannot categorize it. Einstein’s theory of relativity is partly a study of light and its behavior. His theory is based on the idea that nothing can travel faster than light, which moves at about 186,000 miles per second. What we call light is actually only a small part of the spectrum of radio waves. The smallest amount of light can overcome great darkness. Light will not stop moving until it strikes an object. The colors we see are just our perception of the way light interacts with things. “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20).” These facts about light can give us understanding about God Himself, and spiritual things. “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1John 1:5).” “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).” Light is symbolic of God, truth, life, favor, and good. Darkness is a symbol of the devil, lies, death, the curse, and evil. Atheists complain that God has not made Himself plain to them. The problem is not a lack of light. It is that they choose to ignore it. Jesus summed it up this way: “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (John 3:19-20).” The problem is not the evidence. It is sin.

 

Day 2 – and God said

The phrase “and God said” appears 10 times in this chapter:

   verse 3 – let there be light

   verse 6 – let there be a firmament

   verse 9 – let the dry land appear

   verse 11 – let the earth bring forth grass

   verse 14 – let there be lights in the firmament

   verse 20 – let the waters bring forth

   verse 24 – let the earth bring forth

   verse 26 – let us make man

   verse 28 – be fruitful and multiply

   verse 29 – behold, I have given you every herb

   The phrase “let there be” in verse 3 is the Hebrew word haya, which means to come into existence. In Hebrew, it is literally “Light, come into existence”. This word does not appear with the other “lets”. In Hebrew, they are “Firmament, be in the midst of the waters”, “Earth, bring forth grass”, “Lights, be in the firmament”, “Waters, bring forth”, and “Earth, bring forth the living creature”. God was speaking directly to the things that did not yet exist, called them into existence by nothing other than the power of His word, and commanded them to produce. However, when it came to man, God spoke to Himself (verse 26). He did not speak him into existence. He did not make man out of nothing. He made him out of the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7). He also said “be fruitful and multiply” (verse 22 & 28) He called (gave names to):

day and night – verse 5, heaven – verse 8, and the earth and seas – verse 10.

   The Word of God has creative power. Romans 4:17 says “…God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were”. “Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them (Isaiah 42:9).” “I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I shewed them (Isaiah 48:3).” This is not only the prophetic aspect of God being able to tell what is coming before it happens. The Word of God creates things that were not, and calls them into being. Once the word goes forth, it is the same as if it already happened. “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it (Isaiah 55:11).” The word of God cannot be broken. “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces (Jeremiah 23:29)?” “For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven (Psalm 119:89).” “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away (Matthew 24:35).” His word has ultimate authority (Matthew 7:29, Mark 16:15). It cannot be overruled or stopped.

   Because we are created in the image of God, our words also have power. They are not equal to God’s, but they have has impact. We can talk ourselves into and out of blessings. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof (Proverbs 18:21).” “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned (Matthew 12:36-37).” God only gave man the power of speech. Animals can communicate. Apes can even learn some hand signs, but they are not designed for speech like only man is. There is nothing among animals that remotely comes close to the full language man is capable of.

 

Day 3 – after their kind

   The phrase “after his (their) kind” appears 10 times in Genesis chapter 1: in verse 11-12 – plants and trees (3 times), in verse 21 – fish and birds (2 times), and in verse 24-25 – animals (5 times). This is what we observe in nature. All things reproduce only after their kind. There is limited variation within each kind, but one kind never becomes another kind. There is great variety in the dog kind, but dogs only produce other dogs. There is no evidence one kind has ever produced another kind before, and there is no evidence it can happen. Modern understanding of genetics has confirmed what the Bible said all along. Mutations are the result of a loss of genetic information, not an increase, and are almost always detrimental. They usually cause sterility and death. For a simple organism to evolve into a more complex one, there would have to be an increase in genetic information. There is no scientific explanation for how that could occur, especially by random chance.

   This principle also has a spiritual application. When Jesus talked about detecting false prophets, he said you can tell them by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-20). A tree produces according to what seed it grew from. The genetic code for that kind of tree is in the seed, and the tree grows and produces accordingly. The seed that produces Christians is the word of God (Luke 8:11, 1Peter 1:23, 1John 3:9). We reproduce after our kind. Who we are is what we reproduce.

 

Day 4 – let them have dominion

Verses 24-28

   The phrase “let us” has nothing to do with persons in the Godhead. The phrase is not even in the original Hebrew. There is only the word asah, which means to do or make. The word our is also not there. Nobody was actually made in verse 26. Man was made in verse 27 where it is in the singular except when taking about more than one person – Adam and Eve. God created by Himself (Nehemiah 9:6, Isaiah 44:24, Isaiah 45:18, Zechariah 12:1). Let us assume the translators of the King James Version were not in error. If God was talking to another person, who was it? If verse 26 demonstrates persons in the Godhead, were they all talking simultaneously? Why did they need to have a meeting to discuss it? If we are made in the image of God, and He is three persons, where are our other two persons? The phrase “let us” can be expressed in the contraction let’s. This is used quite often when people are speaking to themselves. God counsels with Himself, because no one else can be His counselor (Proverbs 19:21, Proverbs 21:30, Isaiah 40:13, Isaiah 46:10, Acts 2:23, Acts 4:28, Romans 11:34, Ephesians 1:11, Hebrews 6:17). Kings and those in authority often speak on behalf of the kingdom (Esther 1:15-22, Ezra 4:8, Ezra 7:24, Daniel 2:30). The phrase let us appears 227 times. These are not records of groups speaking all at once. These are records of the decision made and spoken by one on behalf of many.

   The religion of the deniers equates man with animals, and the extremists even value animals above man. This is not what the Bible teaches. Even after the fall, God still places the highest value on man (Matthew 6:26, Matthew 10:29-31, Luke 13:15-16, Luke 14:5, 1Corinthians 9:9-10). God does not condone the mistreatment of animals (Genesis 7:2 & 14, Exodus 22:19, Exodus 23:19, Exodus 34:26, Leviticus 17:11-14, Leviticus 18:23, Leviticus 20:15-16, Leviticus 24:18-21, Leviticus 25:6-7, Deuteronomy 14:21, Deuteronomy 22:6-7, Deuteronomy 25:4, Deuteronomy 27:21, Proverbs 12:10, Proverbs 12:27). Yet He gave man dominion over all the earth. While God still retains final authority, He delegated to man, and did not take it back because of the fall. “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance (Romans 11:29).” Man is still in charge over the rest of creation, and is steward of what God created and owns, and what He put him in charge of (Romans 8:19-23, Revelation 11:18). There is a difference between recognizing our responsibility to properly manage the earth and practicing good conservation principles, and outright worshipping and serving the creation more than the Creator (Romans 1:23-25). It is strange how the same people who claim moral superiority for their alleged valuing of the creation are supporters of murdering unborn babies. They are also silent about other injustices against people because they are carried out by those who do not embrace Judeo-Christian values. It only matters to them when they can be against Jesus Christ and the Bible. This is the twisted value system of the world which causes people to believe that man is the problem to the point they would rather see people die than an animal’s habitat be disturbed. This is the perverted logic behind such stupid laws that protect animals over people to the point that a loose eagle feather on the forest floor has more federal protection than a baby in his mother’s womb.

 

Day 5 – in His image

Verses 26-31

      When God created man in His image, it does not mean that when we look in the mirror, we see what God looks like. God did not have a body until the incarnation in the womb of Mary (Psalm 2:7, Psalm 40:6-8, Acts 13:33, Galatians 4:4, Hebrews 1:5, Hebrews 10:5 & 8). God made man in His image in his spiritual nature, and by giving him a moral will. That is what separates man from animals. God made man differently than He did all other creatures, not only in the manner in which He did it, but in what God placed in man. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7).” Animals do not have an eternal soul, cannot have the kind of relationship with God man does, and do not make moral choices.

   Genesis 1:26-27 has powerful prophetic implications, which help reveal its full meaning. When Adam and Eve sinned, God was already planning for the ultimate future restoration of man and creation. God already knew what the price of sin is, which is death (Gen 2:17, Rom 6:23). He also knew that Adam would pass the curse of sin down through the generations (Rom 5:12). He knew therefore that man was in an inescapable dilemma. The remedy for sin is blood (Heb 9:22), but man’s own sinful blood could not satisfy God’s justice. The sacrifice must be without blemish. There are 50 verses that say this. God knew that no man could be the intercessor, so He planned to take care of it Himself (Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 59:16-17, John 1:1-3 and 14, Acts 2:23, Romans 16:25-26, Ephesians 1:4-11, 1Peter 4:20, Revelation 13:8). In the interim, animal sacrifices were instituted to symbolize the death and shedding of blood required to atone for sin (Galatians 3:24, Hebrews 8-10). However, the ultimate fulfillment came when God himself manifested Himself in the flesh, shed His blood, and died for our sins (Matthew 26:28, John 1:29, Acts 20:28, 1Corinthians 5:7, 2Corinthians 5:19, Colossians 1:20). God thus provided for the restoration of all that was lost in the garden of Eden (Acts 3:21, Romans 8:19-23, Revelation 21:1-7, Revelation 22:1-5 and 14 and 18).

     Through Christ everything Adam lost is restored, and every result of sin is undone (Romans 5:6-21, 1Corinthians 15:21-23). Adam was the son of God (Luke 3:38), and was the figure of him who was to come - the Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:14). The Greek word translated figure here is typos, which is type. This originally meant “an image formed by a blow or impression”. Adam was the mold for Christ. Jesus came as the Son of God, but also to bring men into a relationship with God so that they too can be His sons in His image (Hosea 1:10, John 1:12-13, John 3:3-8, Romans 8:14 and 17 and 29, 1Corinthians 15:49, 2Corinthians 3:18, Galaltians 4:6, Philippians 2:15, Colossians 3:10, Hebrews 2:9-18, 1John 3:1-2). This is what God was thinking when he said, “Let us make man in our image”. He was looking past the creation of Adam to the incarnation and the church; for He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10), and calls those things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Isaiah 9:6 says the child IS born, and the son IS given. He was not actually given until about 700 years later. Zechariah 12:10 says they will look upon him whom they have pierced. Jesus was not pierced until over 400 years later. God knows what He is going to do before He does it, and He knew He was going to save us right there at the beginning of the creation. He went forward with creation based on this (1Corinthians 8:6, Ephesians 3:9, Hebrews 1:2).

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