Today, I started a new Bible study. I'm going to be studying the Bible chronologically, starting in Genesis.
The Beginning "God Said"
As I read these two chapters, two word stood out. "God said." In those two words, we learn a lot about God.
First, when God speaks there is Reason. He speaks to accomplish something.
When God speaks there is Result. His Words produce something. They have a desired effect.
When God speaks there is Reaction. There is a response.
In the beginning, God created.
For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:16
Let them praise the name of the Lord, For He commanded and they were created. Psalm 148:5
God created—for Himself. He the Almighty created everything with beauty, interaction, perfection—and He deserves our praise and honor.
And it was so. And it was good.
Genesis 1:3, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 25, 31.
There is a chronological sense to Creation. God created in an orderly fashion so that the needs of each next day's creation would have its needs met. There is order and planning. A specific reason for each specific act of Creation. It was not haphazard, with out any planning.
What God says—happens. His speech produces exactly what He wants. He speech is powerful, because He is God! He is the creator of all. He is the sustainer of all. God says it—it's reality!
From Genesis 1-2, what do we learn about God?
- He is the Creator of all.
- There is authority and power in His speech.
- He is mighty.
- He is worthy of praise.
- He cares about mankind.
- He supplies all the needs of Creation.
- He is orderly and does nothing haphazardly.
How should those two words and the truth of Genesis 1-2 impact my life?
1. I have confidence in knowing that God's word is powerful.
2. Knowing that God has authority, and His words have power— I should obey what He says.
What else has God Said, that deserves my attention?
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:8
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5
Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37
So he answered and said, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind,’ and ‘your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27
Two words with a mighty powerful result–that should impact my life as I realize the power and authority of God Almighty.
Will I allow those two words to impact my thoughts, motives, actions, and words today?