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1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." There was an evening, and there was a morning: one day.
6 Then God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters, separating water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above the expanse. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." Evening came and then morning: the second day.
MEMORY VERSES: GENESIS 1:27; HEBREWS 11:7
A person's worldview is defined by how they see or think about the world. The first two chapters of the Bible establish the biblical worldview all Christians should have when it comes to how they think about the natural world, human identity, and human relationships. These chapters affirm God as a sovereign, loving Creator, speaking the natural world into existence for his glory. He made humans in his image, linking our identity to his own. He also made male and female as partners who complement one another and model unity within the diversity that is found in the body of Christ.
9 Then God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry land "earth," and the gathering of the water he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, "Let the earth produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds." And it was so. 12 The earth produced vegetation: seed-bearing plants according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 Evening came and then morning: the third day.
14 Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for seasons and for days and years. 15 They will be lights in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made the two great lights — the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night — as well as the stars. 17 God placed them in the expanse of the sky to provide light on the earth, 18 to rule the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 Evening came and then morning: the fourth day.
20 Then God said, "Let the water swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." 21 So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. He also created every winged creature according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them: "Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the waters of the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth." 23 Evening came and then morning: the fifth day.
24 Then God said, "Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that crawl, and the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds." And it was so. 25 So God made the wildlife of the earth according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that crawl on the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, according to our likeness. They will rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the livestock, the whole earth, and the creatures that crawl on the earth."
27 So God created man in his own image; he created him in the image of God; he created them male and female.
28 God blessed them, and God said to them, "Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and every creature that crawls on the earth." God also said, "Look, I have given you every seed-bearing plant on the surface of the entire earth and every tree whose fruit contains seed. This will be food for you, for all the wildlife of the earth, for every bird of the sky, and for every creature that crawls on the earth — everything having the breath of life in it — I have given every green plant for food." And it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good indeed. Evening came and then morning: the sixth day.
Genesis 2 »
1:1 GOD ETERNAL — The first verse of the Bible simply presents us with God. The rest of the Bible is an expansion on the theme of who God is, what he is like, and what he is doing. God has no beginning — he is eternal; he is without beginning and without ending. He brings about the beginning of all else through his power as Creator. The eternity of God is difficult for the human mind to understand since we are so rooted in time and are accustomed to measuring life by the passage of time. Eternity is not simply unlimited time, forever extending backwards and forwards. Eternity is another dimension of existence and belongs solely to God. Time itself is a creation of God. Time is the experience of a succession of events and experiences for a created being. God existed in the dimension of eternity when he had not created time. As eternal, God stands above time just as he stands above matter and persons whom he also has created. But he may also choose to interact with persons or things within time. In this passage, we see the beginning of all things, but not the beginning of God, for he was already living when time came into being. If God had a beginning, he too would be a creature, and we would want to worship the one who brought him into existence. We human creatures cannot explain the existence of God. His existence will always be a mystery to the human mind.
1:1-2 HOLY SPIRIT, Creation — The Spirit of God participated in the creation of the world. The Hebrew word ruach may refer to God's Spirit, the spirit of a person, breath, or wind. Scholars are divided about whether the reference here is to the Spirit of God creating or to God's breath blowing across the waters. The eternal Spirit of God was certainly present at the creation. The Spirit is everywhere associated with power and life, both of which are important in creation. This reference to the Spirit should not conceal the metaphor used here. God's breath-like Spirit moved or hovered over the waters that covered the earth. God's Spirit thus kept the chaotic forces in check. Only a few verses associate the Spirit with creation. He is more often associated with individual persons. Other references to the Spirit creating include Jb 33:4; 34:14-15; Ps 33:6; 104:30.
1:1 CREATION, Personal Creator — The world came into being through the perfect will of a free, personal, self-existing Spirit (Jn 4:24). Creation included the entire material world we experience — the earth on which we live and all the space of the heavens with the heavenly bodies. God's creative acts are introduced by a special verb (Hb bara') of which God is always the subject. The verb separates God's way of creating from all human experiences and comparisons. Creation is a uniquely divine act that humans cannot perfectly imitate. The verb never has an object naming material out of which God creates. He creates from nothing. Other verbs are used to describe God's shaping preexistent materials into new forms. Creation is God's sovereign act motivated only by his will and done with neither help nor hindrance from any other power or being. See note on Dt 32:6.
1:1-3 EVIL AND SUFFERING, Divine Origin — God created a good world. God did not create any part of the world to be intrinsically evil but left evil as a possibility, since he wanted humans to be free to love and serve him. Such freedom required the possibility of sin and its evil consequences. As Creator, God is responsible for the world in which evil occurs. He allows evil; but being good, he does not act in an evil way. Evil is whatever or whoever disrupts the goodness of God's world. The direct cause of evil and suffering may be human beings, Satan, or demons. These are all created beings who can cause evil and suffering. Evil and suffering were not part of the original creation but are a perversion of that created order. Evil is not an eternal power or person equal to God.
1:2 CREATION, Earth — The world was at first formless and empty. The deep (Hb tehom), the frightening chaotic waters covered in darkness, posed no threat to God as chaotic elements did to the creator gods in the myths of Israel's neighbors. His Spirit hovered over them in complete control. The Hebrew text involves a wordplay. Spirit (Hb ruach) also means breath and wind. God's Spirit is pictured as God blowing the wind over the troubled waters. The deep, dark elements of life that humans fear have been under God's control since creation began.
1:2 REVELATION, Author of Creation — The Maker of life disclosed in the acts of creation his very nature. He is a God of order and purpose who moves in all the created order to direct what he makes. As Author of all that is made, he is like an inventor hovering over his creation, shaping it to conform to his designs. The beauty, order, and majesty of the created world show God is a God of order, power, and design.
1:3–2:25 GOD, Creator — This extended passage is the Bible's primary account of God's work as Creator of the universe. God has both the sovereign power and the purposeful intelligence to bring forth creation in an orderly, designed fashion, so that it is pleasing to him. When God created, he got what he wanted. Nothing is said in this passage about how God created the world and all of its creatures. Genesis only says that God spoke and it happened. The word of God was the effective tool or instrument of God for creating, blessing, or chastising. This passage gives us a religious truth, that God created through his word. In creating, God brought things into existence out of nothingness. He did not take previously existing matter and transform it into new kinds of material objects. He began with nothing and ended with the whole of existence brought into being out of his powerful word.
1:3–2:1 CREATION, Progressive — God moved from the general to the specific and from the lower to the higher in his creative process. He was active for six days and rested on the seventh. Many contend the "day" (Hb yom) should be understood as meaning an unspecified period of time rather than a twenty-four hour period. The sun and the moon, which mark the change from evening to morning, were not created until the fourth day. Day means hours of light contrasted to night's hours of darkness (1:5). In the Hebrew Bible, day (yom) can refer to a longer, unspecified period (2:4; 35:3; Lv 14:57; 2Sm 22:1; Ps 137:7; Jr 18:17; Hs 10:14; Nah 3:17). Differences of opinion here often turn on the reference to "evening and morning" as well as on yom. Taking these words figuratively, the account can more easily be harmonized with theories of a vast age for the earth. Taken literally, the account would point to a much younger universe and a more rapid origin of life. In either view the creation of the universe and of life is a miraculous act of love by the sovereign God. God as an orderly, purposeful Creator is the central emphasis.
1:12,18,21,25,31 CREATION, Good — The recurring phrase "it was good" stands in contrast with accounts of creation from pagan cultures that picture the world as a dangerous place to be escaped. The biblical record portrays a world that can be enjoyed because of the many wonderful things God has provided for his creatures. Anything that might threaten humans stands directly under God's control (vv. 2,21). God did not create an evil world. Human rebellion led to the introduction of hardship and pain.
1:22,28 SALVATION, Blessing — God's salvation is his blessing. God blessed the creatures of the sea, the birds of the air, and the man and woman whom he had created. He told them to be fruitful and multiply. An added blessing to the man and woman was to fill the earth and subdue it. They were given stewardship over the rest of God's creation. Compare 5:2. Saved persons are stewards of God's blessings.
1:26-29 HUMANITY, Image of God — Human beings are created to be like God. Some degree of physical likeness is implied by the use of identical terms to describe likeness between Adam and his son Seth. See 5:3. The divine image is of far more significance than this, however. It clearly includes authority and responsibility insofar as the natural world is concerned. The image of God may also be revealed in the male-female relationship of love and commitment. God is revealed through the loving commitment of one human being for another.
1:26-28 REVELATION, Author of Life — The creation of human beings was God's crowning work. He bestowed upon them the unique characteristics of God, by making them "in his own tselem" (likeness, image). Thus man and woman reflect and reveal the Creator's characteristics. God took control of creation (from void to order and form, v. 2). Likewise he created humans to take an unfinished and untamed creation and direct and subdue it as God would.
1:26-31 STEWARDSHIP, Management — All of creation is God's work and reflects his character. Therefore, it is good. All people are special, for he made us in his image to represent him in the world. As humans, we hold a special place of importance and service in God's perfect plan. God placed humans in charge of his material world to manage and care for it. Under God's authority we must fulfill his purpose in our lives. Being a manager for God is the foundation of stewardship. See note on 39:2-6. Sin, however, corrupts God's perfect order. It distorts our likeness to God. It causes us to try to take over God's primary ownership and authority. See note on Ps 24:1. Material possessions are neither good nor bad in themselves. Selfish misuse of possessions is sinful (Mt 25:4).
1:27 FAMILY, Personhood — The image of God is the basis for defining human personhood. We are created with the capacity for relationship with God as Creator and with each other as fellow humans. This makes family life possible. The divine image makes human beings different from all God's other earthly creations.
1:27-28 FAMILY, Sexual Nature — In God's creative purpose, human life is inherently gendered, since maleness and femaleness define the physical nature of humans. Sexuality is ideally expressed in the marriage of one man and one woman for the purposes of procreation and mutual support. Sexuality also refers to the various ways — right and wrong — in which sexual desires are expressed in human relationships. Numerous Bible passages celebrate the gift of sexuality as a blessing to human life. Other passages illustrate how one's sexual nature can be expressed in perverted, exploitative, and sinful ways. Doctrinally, sex ought not to be considered evil based on God's judgment on the wrong uses of it. Human sexual nature is God's sacred gift and is to be used in accordance with his design and purposes for it. See note on 4:1-2.
" Genesis 1 | Genesis 3 "
2 So the heavens and the earth and everything in them were completed. 2 On the seventh day God had completed his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, for on it he rested from all his work of creation.
MAN AND WOMAN IN THE GARDEN
4 These are the records of the heavens and the earth, concerning their creation. At the time that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, no shrub of the field had yet grown on the land, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not made it rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground. But mist would come up from the earth and water all the ground. Then the LORD God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
8 The LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he placed the man he had formed. 9 The LORD God caused to grow out of the ground every tree pleasing in appearance and good for food, including the tree of life in the middle of the garden, as well as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
10 A river went out from Eden to water the garden. From there it divided and became the source of four rivers. 11 The name of the first is Pishon, which flows through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 Gold from that land is pure; bdellium and onyx are also there. 13 The name of the second river is Gihon, which flows through the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is Tigris, which runs east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates.
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Table of Contents
Introduction to the Christian Standard Bible,
List of Abbreviations,
Listing of Doctrines in Study Notes,
The Word Does the Work,
How to Use F-260,
Sample H.E.A.R. Entry,
Sample Prayer Log,
Sample Scripture Memory Card,
F-260 Bible Reading Plan,
The DNA of a Healthy D-Group,
Characteristics of a D-Group,
Fruit and Frustrations of a D-Group,
Your Story is God's Story,
Praying For Lost Friends and Family,
The Disciple-Making Pathway: Congregation,
Discipleship Pathway: Core,
The Disciple-Making Pathway: Crowd,
How to Be Intentional When Discipling Men,
Children and Discipleship,
Discipling Your Staff,
MARCS of a Disciple: Missional,
MARCS of a Disciple: Accountability,
MARCS of a Disciple: Reproducible,
MARCS of a Disciple: Communal,
MARCS of a Disciple: Scriptural,
F-260 Bible Memory Passages,
Harmony of the Gospels,
The Ten Commandments,
Old Testament Doctrines,
New Testament Doctrines,
Doctrinal Emphases Parables,
Doctrinal Emphases Miracles,
SONG OF SONGS,