The Book of Beginnings

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

In the first verse of the first chapter of the first book of the Bible God gave an overview of the book of Genesis.  Through this wonderful book God introduced Himself by showing His power, wisdom, grace and love.

Indeed Genesis is the book of beginnings.  The beginning of the earth; the beginning of all plant and animal life; the beginning of mankind; the beginning of the family; the beginning of cities; the beginning of God’s law; the beginning of sin; the beginning of death and the beginning of hope.

God showed His love to mankind through His creation: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them (Genesis 1:27).  The animals were not created in the image of God; the plants were not created in the image of God; mankind was the only one created in the image of God.  God placed mankind above all animals, fish, fowl, beast and plants (Genesis 1:26).

God showed His love to mankind through His commandments: And the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.  And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surley die (Genesis 2:16-17).  Man was given work to do and commandments to obey.  It has always been the desire of God for man to work and it continues to be God’s desire for man to work (II Thessalonians 3:10).  From the beginning God  commanded and demanded an obedient people, God still demands obedience.

God showed His love to mankind through His comfort.  God continuously showed His love for mankind and mankind showed his lack of love to God through disobedience.  The punishment for disobedience was death but the lives of Adam and Eve were spared, why?  Because of the love of God (John 3:16).  Death was required and the only death that would requite the ransom was Jesus Christ.  Even when condemnation was given so to was eternal comfort: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15).

Thank God for this wonderful book of beginnings.