When we open the book of Genesis, the first thing we are confronted with is the statement revealing there is a God behind creation. It reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: And God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Now, that is dealing with the first day of creation, and as the story continues, it continues to reveal the work of God day by day as he formed the world for its inhabitance. And reading this story, that is what we first take away from this wonderful book. But what we did not know, there is more behind this history of creation and how we came in possession of this story.
But before we get into revealing the mystery behind the opening statement of Genesis pointing to God as the Creator, let us look at the rest of the chapter for some context. And my hope is that we will be able to discover the hidden mystery of Genesis chapters one, a mystery that will help us break open every chapter of every book, and every verse of the bible.
Because at this current stage and time, there is a great number of people who are struggling to understand the writings and language of the bible, and for us to understand the writings, and language of the bible, we will need to break apart or uncover this hidden mystery. But let us look at what is most obvious, the reality there is a God, and Creator of all the things we see today.
On the first day of creation, God created the heaven and the earth, and as we continue, we read in chapters one of Genesis, “And God said, let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: And it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Today, we do have what is called a firmament over our heads, words written, and proofs seen with our eyes, and a goodness of God we experience every day. But God did not stop there, he went on working creating yet another day. We read, “And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: And God saw that it was good.”
Again, God said it was good, each day was a blessing that carries with it the glory and revealed goodness of God, of which no human on earth can deny, this is indeed a beautiful creation and planet. We read on, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.“
Another good day, and the goodness of God revealed, and by now we should be taking notice of something obvious which is the authority of God and his power to call things into existence, and their obedience to him. This should shed light on the reality, God is not separated from his creation, instead, he is deeply involved, and the things he created are awaiting his word always, and as we continue to read on, we can see this truth unfolding each day of God creating the earth.
“And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
On the fourth day God divide time, something we use today as humans to determine the day of the week, months of the year, and the seasons for planting. And if we take note at the end of this reading, up until this day, none of the things God created has break covenant with God. As they were created, and the purpose for which they were created, so they perform their functions faithfully.
What should we then as humans take away from this revelation, and what is it about the creation of God that they obey him, and what is it we humans are missing? As we continue to read, we can see the created world coming into form, but what is missing is the mystery yet to be revealed that is on this page of Genesis chapters one.
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”
At this point, we are told God created the material world and all the things we see today, the heaven and the earth, the sky, the sea, the trees that came up on the earth, the sun, the moon, the stars, and the beast of the earth. But as we continue to read, the story of creation takes another turn because at this point God is about to do something special and unique, he is about to create man in his image and grant him power over the created and material world.
Genesis 1:26-28 “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 creeps upon the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
And after creating man in his image and likeness, God then did something amazing, he gave us the ability to bare children, but it would be based on a partnership that reflects his loving nature and partnership with his creation. He made us male and female binding us together in partnership and love along with the ability to be fruitful, a desire living in the hearts of every human being…
“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 fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creeps upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
According to the Bible and the history of scripture, there is a God, a Creator who created all things, that is the story of the first chapter of Genesis, and after creating all things, he did not leave it unprovided for, instead, God made all things providing provisions for the things he created; and that is from the trees to human beings, all things were provided for, and so, God sustains not only humanity, but the beast and the plants of the earth, and through these things we see the goodness of God all around.
But with all that was said, and all that is obvious in this story, what is the mystery we need to discover that is hidden within this story regarding creation? That mystery is what we are now going to reveal as we continue to look at the story of Genesis through to chapters four. for it is written, in Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. And now that we are drawing ever closer to the day of Christ’s return it is time we fear the Lord that we might know what is in his heart, the revelation and covenant of God. For it is God’s will we should know his mind that we might obey him for our good.
Psalm 78:2-7 I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old: Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us. We will not hide them from their children, shewing to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: That the generation to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and declare them to their children: That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:” And what do we believe the commandments of the Lord is to us, the law of the Lord is life, It is God’s desire we prosper and live.