The name “Genesis” means “origin.” Today’s passage describes the creation of the universe, and the origin of human beings. Out of desolation and darkness God creates the world in six days and rests on the seventh day.
Today’s Scripture: Genesis 1:31a
God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased.
In this opening chapter of the Bible, we read how God’s speaking is connected to God’s creative activity. Verses 6 and 9 in Psalm 33 say, “The LORD created the heavens by his command, the sun, moon, and stars by his spoken word. … When he spoke, the world was created; at his command everything appeared.” This word-deed connection (“God/he said/commanded”) occurs ten times in Genesis 1 (verses 3, 6, 9, 11, 14, 20, 24, 26, 28, *29). Reread each of these verses and identify what God created or what God commands. Verses 26-29 pertain to the creation of humankind and the call for humankind to participate in God’s creative activity. How do these verses speak to you? What does being created to be like God (verse 27) mean to you?
*In verse 29 in the Good News Translation, the words “God commanded” or “God said” are implied; in other translations, such as the King James Version, the Revised and New Revised Standard Version, and the New International Version, the words are explicitly stated.
Heavenly Creator, your Spirit moved over the waters, and your spoken Word brought creation into being. You were pleased with everything you made. Lord God, I thank and praise you for the beautiful world you created for my earthly home. Teach me to care for and respect all of creation. Amen.
Those working on environmental issues
Psalm 104: A psalm that praises God as Creator.
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