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Genesis 1:1 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Genesis 1:1, NIV: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Only a fool could deny that it was done! They simply believe once you ignore the creating hand of God, it is the only explanation available, so their job is to figure out how it works, not if it is true. In the record of this day, there appears an impassable gulf separating Biblical truth from the pagan superstitions and beliefs of ancient times. And we do not knowwhen that person wrote the book. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth. i. And so mancan know God. A number have viewed this as a reference to "the day" the inspired writer, Moses, was given the vision of God's days of creation, corresponding somewhat to the successive visions of Revelation. "And God divided the light from the darkness ..." This statement is enigmatical, and that should not surprise us. Finding fault with some of God's created things is wrong and fails to take into account the curse later imposed upon creation "for Adam's sake" (Genesis 3:17). Genesis 1:2. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. e. In Our image: This does not mean that God has a physical or human body. It cannot be believed that God discussed the creation with the angels and included them as participants in His decision to create man. And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the ground after its kind: and God saw that it was good.". It is clear in this six-day sequence that, "The progress of God's creative activity was upward toward man. The arguments among the experts are said to be about matters of detail, such as the precise time scale and the mechanism of evolutionary transformations. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Genesis 1:5. d. Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion: God also gives man a job to do: fulfill God’s intention of man’s exercise of dominion over the earth. Genesis 1:1-31. Genesis 1:1 … God called, &c. — God distinguished them from each other by different names, as the Lord of both. Inside the Museum, the relics were placed behind bullet-proof glass to be admired by a select preview audience of anthropologists, who spoke in hushed voices because ‘It was like discussing theology in a cathedral.’ A sociologist observing this ritual of the anthropologist tribe remarked, ‘Sounds like ancestor worship to me.’”. "And the earth was waste and void ..." This refers to the state of the earth in the first phase of its creation, and it is also an apt description of the other planets as they are observed to continue in our solar system to the present time. To attempt to reconcile all the expressions in this chapter with the details of science is a mistake. Just as the waters and the firmament were in focus there, so are they here. But we can see thatGenesis is a very old book. (29,30) The work of creation ended and approved. Suffice it to say here that this chapter contains and presents to human intelligence the ONLY believable account of creation ever to receive the serious attention of thoughtful minds. The parallelism between the last three and the first three days of the creation continues to be visible in the fact that God began the cycle of life by the creation of the vegetable world on Day 3, and here upon Day 4 that cycle is completed in the creation of the larger animals and of mankind (Genesis 1:26-31). "And God said, Let the earth put forth grass, herbs yielding seed, and fruit-trees bearing fruit after their kind, wherein is the seed thereof, upon the earth; and it was so. “And God said … ” “There was evening and there was morning … ” “And God saw that it was good.” It is a beautiful passage. "Divide the waters from the waters ..." Water exists upon earth in both liquid and vapor forms, and it is precisely the atmosphere which separates these. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. The completeness of these actions is also inherent in such a statement as this. b. Many learned men have written extensively concerning the multitude of physical and environmental factors which appear to be absolutely unique, found upon earth alone, the sum total of which supports and sustains life on our planet. We may request cookies to be set on your device. This parallelism does not deny the chronological sequence of the six days. For the preposterous and irresponsible fulminations of critical enemies of the Bible, and their utter futility and incompetence to cast any believable shadow upon the sacred truth here revealed, reference is made to the Introduction to Genesis elsewhere. To God, the differences between men and women are not accidents. But, the creation of Day 1 of the heavens and the earth was followed by a special creation regarding the earth and its solar system in Day 4. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. "And God blessed them, and said ... Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth ..." The procreation and nurture of the continuing generations of mankind upon earth is a God-ordained privilege and commandment. Cotterill, just quoted, saw their meaning as an implication, that "each day had its beginning and its close.". The holy scripture, being designed to maintain and improve natural religion, to repair the decays of it. "In the beginning ..." This says nothing at all of when the beginning occurred, but declares emphatically that there was indeed a beginning, a fact which no reputable science on earth has ever denied. Nevertheless, even in his fallen state, man retains something of the image of God, for every human being is potentially the beneficiary of the blood of Christ and an heir of everlasting life. The apostle Paul referred to the entire present dispensation of the grace of God as "the DAY of salvation" (2 Corinthians 6:2). —The conjunction “and” negatives the well-meant attempt to harmonise geology and Scripture by taking Genesis 1:1 as a mere heading; the two verses go together, and form a general summary of creation, which is afterwards divided into its several stages. The great Christian doctrines of the Incarnation and the Virgin Birth are part and parcel of this. The Story of Creation. Mencken, Broadway, and Hollywood, and was a huge public relations triumph for Darwinism. There is no record of previous populations that sometimes are alleged from what is written here to have existed prior to humanity. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. The patriarch Job marveled at this wonder: Some have considered it strange that such an expression as, "divide the waters from the waters" should have been used here, but, as it must be true in countless other instances, God was limited in His communication with mankind, not by any limitation within Himself, but by the limitations within man. God spoke the word, and it was done. Such views as making it like an editorial "we," or the majesterial plural, or as an inclusion of angelic hosts or other heavenly beings are totally inadequate. "And the earth ..." If our understanding of "the heavens" is correct, the earth and all the planets would have to be included also, but the singling out of the earth and its specific designation here would indicate God's special creation of it to be the repository of all life, and of human life particularly. And the earth brought forth grass, herbs, yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit, wherein is the seed thereof, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. Commentary on Genesis 1:1-5 View Bible Text . Commentaries for Genesis Chapter 1 God creates heaven and earth. a. Genesis 1:1. In our day, many say there is no real difference between men and women. "And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters ..." Significantly, the Third Person of the Godhead appears here alongside God Himself. The heavens were created on Day 1, and this means that the sun, moon and stars were already created when this fourth day began. "One day ..." Significantly, the entire six days of creation are spoken of as a SINGLE DAY in Genesis 2:4, "In the day that Jehovah God made earth and heaven." Thus, there is a recapitulation in Day 4 regarding the making of the sun, moon, and stars, the creation of Day 4 being the placement of them. Genesis 1:2. e. To you it shall be for food: God gave man dominion over the whole earth, but only vegetation is specifically mentioned as being for food. The source of that beginning was in the will and the power of the Eternal God. g. Let them have dominion: Before God ever created man, He decreed that man would have dominion over the earth. Genesis 1:1, 2.THE CREATION OF HEAVEN AND EARTH. There is certainly no impediment to a childlike acceptance of the days of Genesis as ordinary days in exactly the same manner that the first generation to receive this revelation in all probability accepted them, as most of our parents understood them, and as every soul humbled by a consciousness of the phenomenal ignorance of mankind may also find joy in believing and accepting them, fully aware, of course, that there may be, indeed must be, oceans of truth concerning what is revealed here that men shall never know until we see our Savior face to face. This is partial recapitulation of what was revealed in Day 1, but that part must be considered parenthetical in meaning. Like many well-known biblical … Continue reading "Commentary on Genesis 1:1-5" Men are not women, and women are not men. The big thing that appears in this verse is the abundant water supply, one of the principle prerequisites of life in any form. The teacher wasn’t even sure he had taught evolution, but the trial went ahead. None of these specifically human dimensions of sex are required for reproduction, but all of them are useful for sex as a tool of bonding. "And God said, Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind, cattle, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth after their kind: and it was so. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . There is far more than sufficient water upon the earth to inundate all of the continents and the highest mountains; and it took an act of creation to separate the dry land from the seas. There are serious objections to receiving any of the "explanations" mentioned above. This commentary on Genesis 1 draws back the curtain on the fascinating pattern and order in each day of His creation. Thus, it appears from the very beginning that God is represented as a compound unity. The dominion of mankind over the animate creation was summarized in Genesis 1:28f; and here that dominion was extended to the vegetable world also. He remarked that the record of reckless speculation in the field of human origins “is so astonishing that it is legitimate to ask whether much science is yet to be found in this field at all” (Johnson). That such a special creation of the earth did indeed occur appears to be absolutely certain, as attested by the utter failure of man to discover any evidence whatever of life anywhere else except upon earth. i. Additionally, God gave mankind a desire for sex, which would make the populating of the earth quick and likely. All of God's creative actions were well-pleasing to their Creator; and God recognized them as perfect and entire. The diurnal revolution of the earth, excluding the sun's light at night, is usually cited as the explanation of this; but we reject such an explanation, preferring to view it as something beyond the ability of men to understand it. Any basis for dogmatic assurance concerning exactly what is meant by the days of this chapter has eluded us; and we therefore leave it as one of the "secret things which belong unto Jehovah our God" (Deuteronomy 29:29). The primary reason God created sex was to contribute to the bonding of a one-flesh relationship. Mars, Venus, Mercury, etc. This eternal law of God regarding life yielding seed "after their kind" has never been repealed. For a thousand years in thy sight are but as YESTERDAY when it is past, and as a watch in the night (Psalms 90:4). The very presence of light dispels darkness. "And, behold, it was very good ..." The goodness and wisdom of God are thus attested by the goodness of his creation. It seems highly improbable that the creation of light merely means the making of light visible upon the earth. Cotterill, just quoted, saw their meaning as an implication, that "each day had its beginning and its close. (6-13) God forms the sun, moon, and stars. God creates heaven and earth. And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.". Although this verse appears to mean that the separation of light and darkness was the same as creating Day and Night, this meaning is not consistent with the appearance of the sun and moon on the fourth day. And God blessed them: and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish 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 moveth upon the earth.". The sheer supernaturalism of this entire narrative is its principal characteristic. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. Of course, this is precisely the point in the sacred account that, "The average modern man parts company with Genesis. Who could know how God did such a thing? "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.". In humans, the duration of the sexual interlude is longer and the intensity of the pleasure of sex is stronger, and only humans continue to have intercourse after the end of fertility. God--the name of the Supreme Being, signifying in Hebrew, "Strong," "Mighty." Again from Jamieson: "By the creation of an atmosphere, the lighter parts of the waters which overspread the earth's surface were drawn up and suspended in the visible heavens, while the larger and heavier mass remained below. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Primeval darkness demands just the fiat revealed in this verse as the only possible solution for it. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. But man’s spirit is like God. So God created man in His own image: God created man according to His plan as described in Genesis 1:26. At the time, it was entirely good; there was no death or decay on earth at all. Gen 1:1. Based upon what the holy text says, the creative act of Day 4 was the positioning of our solar system by Divine fiat in such a manner as to provide the environment for humanity. The balance in creation that is still witnessed by the ecological systems in nature could not have come into being except by fiat. passage in Hebrews 4:4-6ff: Without any doubt whatever, the last of the passage cited above denominates all of the period of time following the sixth day of creation and reaching all the way to the final Judgment as "the seventh day." "And God saw the light that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.". are still waste and void. iii. This is a most enlightening consideration, as we shall point out in a moment. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Genesis 1, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. It was inevitable that in the creation of all things there were countless facts about it that were incapable of being revealed to the finite intelligence of mortal man. Neither Moses, nor any other writer of that ancient time, had any personal knowledge that could have led to such a statement. This account does not allow any thought of so-called "spontaneous" or "naturally developed" life. (26-28) Food appointed. Without the fiat of Almighty God, the unaided chaos would have become more and more chaotic. "The heavens ..." There are three heavens visible in the Word of God, these being: (1) the earth's atmosphere, where "birds of the heaven" fly (Jeremiah 15:3); (2) the heaven of the galaxies and constellations (Isaiah 13:10); and (3) the heaven where God dwells (Psalms 11:4). This water supply was evidently part of the special creation benefiting our earth, making the passage a further detail of God's creating the earth (Genesis 1:1). Significantly, such things as signs, day and night, seasons, and years are categorically mentioned as the result of creation on Day 4. These opening chapters tell us what had been desired by God from the very beginning. Man cannot fulfill God’s plan for him on the earth unless he populates it. It is not science, because it deals with the BEGINNING, which no science has ever even attempted to describe. Scholars generally agree that the creation story in Genesis is divided into two accounts from two sources. “Good”: Good for the purposes it was intended to serve (1:31). In the days when this revelation was given, "The Hebrew had no word for gas (vapors). In like manner, the seas and the dry land of Day 2 are on Day 5 endowed with the life for which they had been designed previously. There was light: Genesis tells us that light, day, and night each existed before the sun and the moon were created on the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19). The great message of this day is that God created life, there being utterly no other possible source of it. Some see it as the Hebrew method of reckoning days from sunset to sunset, concluding therefore that these were ordinary twenty-four hour days. The more reasonable interpretation, it appears to us, is that of understanding this Day 4 as a record of God's positioning celestial bodies already created on Day 1 in such a manner as to make possible the creation and sustenance of human life on earth. "And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so. (20-25) Man created in the image of God. In the beginning — That is, of this material, visible, and temporal world, (which was not without beginning, as many of the ancient heathen philosophers supposed,) and of time with relation to all visible beings. We do not know who wrote the Book of Genesis. [1] Despite the plurality of this name, it is connected with verbs and adjectives in the singular. Genesis 1 is a grand symphony of a text: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” It is majestic, liturgical, epic prose. “When outsiders question whether the theory of evolution is as secure as we have been led to believe, we are firmly told that such questions are out of order. Once that purpose was accomplished, Darrow pleaded guilty on behalf of his client and paid a $100 fine. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. This marvelous chapter is not history, for it provides information concerning events that antedate all history. Others connect the words with progression from darkness to light, a movement upward to higher and higher forms of life in the cycle of creation. 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