Updated: Dec 16, 2021
The first thing we find in the Bible is the story of creation! Throughout Genesis 1-2 we have a beautiful account of how humanity, the world and everything in it came to be.
Creation is one of my favourite stories to read because it reminds me of:
How intentional God was when He created
How amazing God really is
What God thinks of me
Here are some points we can draw from the creation story that link God and creation with you and me.
What Creation Tells Me About God
God Is The Greatest Artist This World Has Ever Seen
Only an all knowing, all seeing, all powerful God could speak things into existence! When I think of the things I can create, clothing for example, I remember how complicated that process really is. It takes years of training and dedication. It takes flare and imagination. And all that needs to be partnered with skill for me to end up with something worthwhile. Yet God just speaks and it happens. Every colour, every shape, every smell, every texture amongst so many other things, were both imagined and spoken into being instantly. I've never known an artist greater than the original. God.
Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. - Genesis 1:3
God Knew What He Was Doing When He Created Us
I refuse to believe in the theory of evolution for the sheer fact stated above. God is the greatest artist I've ever seen. He placed every organ in perfect position, every bodily system He fashioned to work harmoniously. Our bodies intricately created to recreate, fitting together like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. God gave us emotions, every single one. (That's why I know He can handle them all!) There were no mistakes made. God made man in His image. And even now after sin has destroyed so much of us, He still allows us to be just that, reflections of Him.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them - Genesis 1:27
God Loves Us So Much, He Knew We Would Sin And Created Us Anyway
As beautiful as the creation story is, once we hit Genesis 3, we see the first trace of sin. If God was all knowing, why didn't He just create us without the ability to sin?
God didn't want robots. He could've easily created us as mindless beings that only know worship, but instead He created beings with the ability to think and feel for themselves.
Why? Why would He do that? Love. That's what love does. Love cannot exist without free will and love in every circumstance is a risk. God was more than willing to take the risk of creating us, knowing full well we would reject Him and hurt Him and even refuse to believe in Him.
God even went one step further and did something else love does. He gave. God knew the consequences of sin entering the world. He knew what that meant for Him and yet He continued with His plan to create us. And after sin entered the world, He didn't abandon us, He kept loving us. Even today, He is doing just that, unconditionally loving us.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. - 2 Corinthians 5:21
What Creation Tells Me About Myself
God Made Me For Community
One reason I think lockdown last year was so difficult, was because God made us for community. I recognise in reality there was never a point where Adam was fully alone. Adam was without Eve, but He always had God. Even then, God put Adam in a position to see, by observing the animals, that there was beauty in unity. Life is actually better together. The devil will do everything in his power to separate us from like-minded people because we're not just better together, we are stronger together too.
God Made Me With Purpose
I used to think that Adam and Eve were put in the garden of Eden for an eternal holiday but Genesis 2:15 says:
Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. - Genesis 2:15
There was purpose. Adam was the overseer of nature. He was the helping hand to everything that God placed there. Verse 19 tells us that Adam was given authority to name each animal. Deep this. God made the garden, He could tend to and keep it without Adam. God made the animals, He could've chosen to name them Himself. But He didn't. God chose to allow us, as His creation, to be co labourers with Him. He gave us purpose.
God Sees All That I Am And Still Calls Me Very Good
The sixth day is the only day in creation that God calls very good. Adam and Eve were made from dust. There's nothing special about dust. Actually dust is usually thrown out with the rubbish. Dust on its own can't do anything and it can't be anything but dust. Yet dust in the potters hand becomes clay, and clay in the potters hand becomes whatever it is He wants it to be. God saw creation on the sixth day, that included man, man that would turn around and stab him in the back with their words and actions, and still called it very good. God does not see us for who we are, but for what we can be through Him.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. - Genesis 2:7
How Well Do You Know The Biblical Creation Account?
Time to be tested! We've had such an amazing response to all of our Bible quizzes on our Instagram stories. (For those who don't know, we release a Bible quiz every Saturday morning for some Sabbath fun.) We decided to bring some of that excitement to the blog.
Test your Bible creation knowledge and don't worry, there's no pressure. Have fun with it and what you don't know you can always learn.
What lessons have you learnt from creation? How did you do on our Creation Bible Quiz? Let us know in the comments below. What quiz should we try next?
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