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God is identified as doing 7 things in the first 5 verses:

God is identified as doing 7 things in the first 5 verses:

(i) God created

(ii) God moved

(iii) God said

(iv) God saw

(v) God divided

(vi) God called

(vii) "he" called

What are the implications of these activities of God?

As Creator, he has the power to create from nothing -

Hebrews 11:3 KJV 1900
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

As the Mover, he has the capability to bring life -

Job 33:4 KJV 1900
The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

As the Speaker, he has a degree of power in his word that no other has -

Psalm 33:4–9 KJV 1900
For the word of the Lord is right; And all his works are done in truth. He loveth righteousness and judgment: The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; And all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: He layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.

As the Seeing One, he was there to witness what no one else could witness -

Psalm 90:2 KJV 1900
Before the mountains were brought forth, Or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, Even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.

As the Divider, he is sovereignly in power over that which he creates -

Job 38:24–25 KJV 1900
By what way is the light parted, Which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, Or a way for the lightning of thunder;

As the Name-giver, he shows supremacy over time (days & seasons) -

Daniel 2:20–21 KJV 1900
Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: For wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: He removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, And knowledge to them that know understanding:

What did this mean for the original recipients of the writing?

This would have been tremendously important for Israel to hear from Moses (the initial writer) because:

(1) This opening passage of Genesis makes the creation of man that much more majestic () even to the point where God allows man a responsibility similar to what only God previously held.

Genesis 1:26 KJV 1900
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.

(2) This opening passage of Genesis makes the Fall that much more unthinkable because of how the passage emphasizes the greatness of God.

Genesis 3:4–5 KJV 1900
And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

(3) The lie of believed in the Fall continues to ravage all of mankind. It is the lie that man could be god in some form. This led to the formation of kingdoms under little tyrants. Note how the Lord speaks before the flood in .

Genesis 6:7 KJV 1900
And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.

(4) Men continued to display their rebellion against God -

Genesis 11:4 KJV 1900
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

(5) By the time Moses is chronicling this book, the truths of this opening chapter would have been tremendously helpful news when facing another self-proclaimed sovereign. ,

Exodus 5:2 KJV 1900
And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.
Exodus 3:14 KJV 1900
And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

(6) Whether the children of Israel had this in writing when this happened or not, we see the Creator God affirming who He really is by all that he does to deliver his people and destroy those who reject him.

Three questions that emerge (to be covered over the next three weeks):

Can there really be only one, true God?

Can God be believed over modern scientific & technological advancement?

If God is this powerful, can he really be all-good since there is so much pain and suffering in the world?

Closing Application:

(1) Know and believe that great majesty and power of God.

(2) Have faith that this God has spoken in creation -

(2) Believe that His creative word is powerful enough to bring about deliverance.
Romans 1:18–19 KJV 1900
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
Romans 1:18 KJV 1900
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
Romans 1:18–20 KJV 1900
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 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:
An eternal, almighty God is more consistent with a change, accidental happening.
(3) This God of “in the beginning” has become flesh.

(3) Be assured of how God has spoken in Christ - ,

John 1:1 KJV 1900
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:1 KJV 1900
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
When we study the human DNA, or the formation of the universe, or just the
(4)
John 1:14 KJV 1900
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
John 1:12 KJV 1900
But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:
What kind of God does your life reflect?
Does your life reflect this kind of a powerful God that can take the desolate and make them fruitful?
Does your life reflect this kind of God that can make you knew so that you can produce fruit for him?
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