In the Beginning


Wendy Pope refers to the creation story through the scriptures: John 1:1-3 and Genesis 15. The creation story is a remarkable account of God's power.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made.” John 1:1-3NLT

John 1 actually gives us some neat information about the creation that isn’t present in Genesis. Did you know that God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus were all present when the earth was created? The name of Jesus doesn’t appear in Genesis 1, but John 1 very clearly tells us He was there. That’s why I’ve directed our attention here first. Jesus is the Word. And the Word is God. The Word was God and with God. The Word is God. The Word was God and with God. Read John 1:1-3 again. Aloud. Isn’t this exciting?! Even in the beginning, the Word (Jesus) was.

Every time I read the creation story it excites me. I’m almost giddy, like I have never before read this remarkable account. Maybe you feel that way also. One of my favorite things to do as I read is to imagine what each stage of creation looked like. Remember the old-timey slide projectors? My mind plays one slide at a time. Picture it: the Trinity is together. God, the Word, and the Holy Spirit--the same Spirit who is in Christians--hovers over the dark, empty, formless mass called earth. Within an instant, light appears! Then oceans, animals, trees … next slide please.

Eventually God creates humankind, a man named Adam. I love how God allows Adam to see his own need for a companion (Genesis 2:18-20). God could just take care of our needs, and often does, but sometimes He allows us to sense the longing of fellowship with other people before He provides the answer through them. God’s answer to Adam is his wife, Eve.

We see both of them in one of the last slides: the infamous bite into the apple. Why did God make the tree of knowledge of good and evil? If He knew what was going to happen, then why would He even put the temptation in the center of the garden? When Scripture is silent on something, we should be as well. While the Bible doesn't explicitly answer our question, we can look to other verses to fill in the blanks. For instance, the Bible tells us that God satisfies and provides all our needs. Upon reflection, I think God wants us to recognize the destruction that exercising our freewill can bring. Keeping an actively intimate relationship with Him is the only way to have the righteous life He wants us to have.

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