Genesis 1: 1-25
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.” And there was evening, and morning–the second day.
And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights–the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the fourth day.
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
The Bible begins with God as the Supreme God–the Creator of all heavens and earth. It is our belief that the Supreme God consists of the Trinity–Father, Son and Holy Spirit with all present at the creation. Then we see the earth as formless and empty with the darkness on the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God hovering over the waters. Next we hear God speak with authority, bringing things into existence by his spoken Word–day 1-creating light; day 2-sky and water; day 3-land and seas; day 4-sun, moon and stars; day 5-fish and birds; day 6-the land animals and man. And it was all so. Everything God saw was good. When God speaks it is Truth filled Power. We are God’s representatives and we need to guard the words that we speak. When we speak it should be truth and powerful.
God we give you thanks and praise for all of your creation. You took great care to make everything good, you blessed your creation and gave man control over it. We have failed you, but thank you for never failing us. Help us to be intentional about the words that we speak that you will be pleased and bless us. We ask in Jesus’ name, amen.