1392.) Genesis 1

The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, circa 1511 (Sistine Chapel, The Vatican)

The Creation of Adam, Michelangelo, 1511
(Sistine Chapel, The Vatican)

Genesis 1:1 – 2:4a   (NRSV)

Welcome to DWELLING in the Word!  I love to go back to the great foundational stories of our faith — Adam and Eve, Noah, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob, and Joseph.  Let’s go to Genesis!  I encourage you to read the accounts of these Bible characters with new eyes, looking for the goodness of God, the presence of Christ, and the working of the Holy Spirit.  And let’s also praise the Lord for the examples which stir our faith within this “cloud of witnesses.”

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Six Days of Creation and the Sabbath

In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, 2the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

3Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Gen1 space

6And God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7So God made the dome and separated the waters that were under the dome from the waters that were above the dome. And it was so. 8God called the dome Sky. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.

Gen1 Sky



HERE  is “The Heavens Are Telling”  from The Creation by Joseph Haydn, completed in 1798.     “The heavens are telling the glory of God; the wonder of His work displays the firmament.”


9And God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11Then God said, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” And it was so. 12The earth brought forth vegetation: plants yielding seed of every kind, and trees of every kind bearing fruit with the seed in it. And God saw that it was good. 13And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.

Gen1 seed-bearing plant

14And God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years, 15and let them be lights in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17God set them in the dome of the sky to give light upon the earth, 18to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.

20And God said, “Let the waters bring forth swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the dome of the sky.” 21So God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, of every kind, with which the waters swarm, and every winged bird of every kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

"Birds and Fish after Escher" by Andrew Li.

“Birds and Fish after Escher” by Andrew Li.

24And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind: cattle and creeping things and wild animals of the earth of every kind.” And it was so. 25God made the wild animals of the earth of every kind, and the cattle of every kind, and everything that creeps upon the ground of every kind. And God saw that it was good.



HERE  is “All Creatures of our God and King,” sung by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.


26Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”


What does it mean that we are made in God’s image, “according to our likeness”?

How are we to be like God emotionally, spiritually, mentally, physically? — or as Jesus said in Mark 12:30 — what can we do to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”?

Remember that Jesus came to earth as “the exact likeness of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

29God said, “See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. 30And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

“Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden” by Australian artist Margaret Preston, 1950. See the kangaroo and the koala? (Art Gallery of New South Wales)

2) Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all their multitude. 2And on the seventh day God finished the work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all the work that he had done. 3So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.

Genesis 1 from the St. John's Bible, with seven columns for the seven days --

Genesis 1 from the St. John’s Bible —

The structure of this illumination reflects the seven-day progression of the Bible’s Creation story, with seven vertical strips, one for each day. On the first day, fragmented shapes explode from the primordial void, expressed by the Hebrew words “tohu wabohu” (chaos). A vertical gold line marks the moment in the story when God ordered, “Let there be light.” Day three contains satellite pictures of the Nile Delta, suggesting the division of land and water and the beginnings of vegetation. The creation of human beings on the sixth day is represented by images from aboriginal rock paintings in Africa and Australia. The snake implies dangers to come, in the Garden of Eden. The golden seventh day is given over entirely to the contemplation of the spirit. The raven flying across the composition is the traditional carrier of God’s message to Saint Benedict.

4These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.



The Bible Jesus Read — Philip Yancey.
(Chapter 1: Is the Old Testament worth the effort?)

In the Beginning — Steve Turner.
(Simple rhymes, vivid pictures, for kids of all ages)


HERE  is Genesis 1:1-10 from outer space! — A Christmas Greeting from Apollo 8.


John 1:1-5  (Contemporary English Version)

In the beginning was the one

who is called the Word.

The Word was with God

and was truly God.

From the very beginning

the Word was with God.

And with this Word,

God created all things.

Nothing was made

without the Word.

Everything that was created

received its life from him,

and his life gave light

to everyone.

The light keeps shining

in the dark,

and darkness has never

put it out.


The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Images courtesy of:
Michelangelo.  http://www.case.edu/med/reprobiol/images/michelangelo-creation-adam-.jpg
light from deep space (NASA).  http://jtintle.wordpress.com/2006/11/13/pia01322-chaos-at-the-heart-of-orion/
sky.  http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/be/SI-Sky.JPG
raspberries, seed-bearing plants.   http://cdn.newsday.com/polopoly_fs/1.3519408.1328885213!/httpImage/image.JPG_gen/derivatives/display_600/image.JPG
sun, moon, stars.   https://dwellingintheword.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/celestiallogo.jpg
“Birds and Fish after Escher” by Andrew Li.   http://www.creativityexplored.org/_images/art_600x600/1341252983Andrew_Li_Birds__Fish_after_Escher200_wide.jpg
Preston.  http://clatterymachinery.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/margaret-preston-adam-and-eve-in-the-garden-of-eden.jpg
St. John’s Bible:  Genesis.    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/stjohnsbible/images/itw0001s.jpg

One Response to 1392.) Genesis 1

  1. Sue says:

    With joy we begin again – and it’s new all over! Beautiful art also, Rebecca –

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