Introduction: The word “Genesis” means “beginnings.” Not only is Genesis the beginning book of the Bible, but it is also the Bible’s book of beginnings. It tells of the beginning of creation, of the human race, of God’s chosen people, and of God’s plan of salvation for fallen humanity.
Genesis 1:1a — The most amazing book ever written begins with the most amazing statement ever uttered—“In the beginning God…”
Genesis 1:1a — God just is; always has been, always will be.
Genesis 1:1a — An infinite God, bound by neither space nor time, is incomprehensible to a finite mind, bound by both.
Genesis 1:1a — If God was small enough for you to understand, He would be no bigger than you are.
Genesis 1:1a — Some balk at a God bigger than their understanding, I bow before Him, believing that a god no bigger than my reason is unworthy of my reverence.
Genesis 1:1b — “God created the heaven and the earth.” The heaven and the earth did not evolve out of nothing, but were created by God.
Genesis 1:1 — God, who has no beginning, was not just in the beginning, but was the beginning. He was before it and gave birth to it. He created it by calling into existence out of nothing everything in heaven and earth.
Genesis 1:2-3 — Before the Spirit moves and God commands light, both God’s works and Word remain meaningless and empty. (see also 2 Corinthians 4:3-6)
Genesis 1:3 — God simply said, “Let it be,” and it came into being. (Genesis 1:6, 14)
Genesis 1:4 — The light was good. It was not needed by God to see to work, but by us to see God's glory in His works. (Romans 1:20)
Genesis 1:4 — God divided the light from darkness, since He alone was capable and the two are completely incompatible. (2 Corinthians 6:14).
Genesis 1:5 — The "morning" and "evening" of the 6 days of creation debunks any notion that they represent eons rather than 24 hour days. (Genesis 1:8, 13, 19, 23, 31)
Genesis 1:6 — God said, "Let it be." What comforting words. Nothing can be if God doesn't let it be, neither in our world nor in our lives.
Genesis 1:7-8 — Since the sky is the mere finger work of God, you can see how big God is by simply looking up. (Psalm 8:3)
Genesis 1:9-13 — Only an omniscient Creator could have so carefully crafted creation for the conservation of His creatures.
Genesis 1:14-19 — "Let there be light” preceded the "lights” being made, attributing light to the Heavenly Father, not the heavenly bodies. (Genesis 1:3)
Genesis 1:20-25 — The Creator's craft is clearly seen from mammoth whales to minuscule ants and from swift-flying falcons to slow-moving slugs.
Genesis 1:26 — Man was not made first to help God in His work of creation, but last as the crowning work of God’s creation.
Genesis 1:26 — Man was made in the image of God, to be an extension of God’s person—to look like God.
Genesis 1:26 — Man was made in the likeness of God, to be an expression of God’s character—to act like God.
Genesis 1:26 — Man was made to have dominion like God, to be an exhibition of God’s power—to reign with God.
Genesis 1:27 — A triune God created man in His image. Whereas God is Father, Son, and Spirit, man is soul, body, and spirit. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
Genesis 1:27 — God, who is a Spirit, created man in His image—a spiritual being with a body, not a physical being with a spirit. (John 4:24)
Genesis 1:28 — As with the new creation, so also with the original, God’s first command was to be fruitful and multiply! (Matthew 28:18-20)
Genesis 1:29-30 — As man was created to live on God’s bounty, he was also created to live for God’s glory. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Genesis 1:31 — The 6 "goods" of Genesis chapter 1 conclude with a "very good," for man, more than anything God created, best mirrors and reflects God, who is the only good! (Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25; Mark 10:18)
Genesis 2:1 — According to Genesis, the heavens, the earth, and everything in them was finished, not evolved nor developed, but created and done!
Genesis 2:2-3 — The Sabbath was sanctified to show that the finished work of God was satisfactory to Him and sufficient for man.
Genesis 2:4-6 — Plant life is sourced from God and sustained by God. God may use rain to water and man to weed, but the wonder of it is owed to God.
Genesis 2:7 — Unlike the rest of creation, God handcrafted man, since man was unique, a combination of Heaven/spirit and earth/flesh.
Genesis 2:7 — Whether it's breathing life into inspired Scripture or an immortal soul, God doesn't waste His breath. (2 Timothy 3:16)
Genesis 2:8 — Only God can plant man a paradise, as is proven by the repeated hell on earth sown by history's socialist utopians.
Genesis 2:9 — To eat of the tree of life was/is to live forever by God’s Word, as God created man to live. (Matthew 4:4)
Genesis 2:9 — To eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was/is to forfeit eternal life so one can live by his own wit. (Proverbs 14:12)
Genesis 2:10-14 — Before the Fall, Adam's paradise was at the Tigris and Euphrates; afterward, Israel's prison. (Psalm.137:1-4)
Genesis 2:15 — Man, whose salvation would eventually be achieved on a tree, was assigned in creation the care of the trees. (Galatians 3:13)
Genesis 2:16-17 ⏤ Forsaking divine revelation for the forbidden fruit of human reason brought death—both physical and spiritual—into the world.
Genesis 2:18 — The one "not good" of creation is transformed into a "very good" (see Genesis 1:26-31) by the Creator's complement/completion of man with woman.
Genesis 2:19-20 —The sanctity of human life is seen in the Scriptures' depiction of the uniqueness of man from all other living things.
Genesis 2:21-22 — The first surgery was performed by the Great Physician, who removed a rib from man in order to make man whole.
Genesis 2:23-24 — If God is in the equation, one fellow + one female = "one flesh."
Genesis 2:25 — Before sin, which produces self-consciousness, man was not ashamed of his nakedness, being God-conscious and other-conscious.
Genesis 3:1 — Satan slithers his way into our lives subtly disguised, never appearing appalling, but always appealing.
Genesis 3:1 — The serpent subtly insinuates divine injustice by stretching the statutes of divinely inspired Scripture.
Genesis 3:2-3 — When God’s Word is distorted by the devil, muddled in our minds, and misquoted by our mouths, sin is crouching at the door.
Genesis 3:4 — Having disguised his maliciousness and raised doubts about divine justice, the devil downright denies God's Word.
Genesis 3:15 — Not just the first, but one of the foremost Messianic prophesies in the Bible, predicting Christ's virgin birth—the promised seed of the woman—the crucifixion—the serpent bruising Christ's heel—and the resurrection—Christ's fatal blow to the serpent's head.
Genesis 5:26 — Methuselah—a name which means, “when he dies, it [the flood] shall come”—is, as the longest living man in the Bible, an Old Testament testimony to the New Testament truth of the longsuffering of God with sinful humanity. (2 Peter 3:5-9)
Genesis 10:19 — As Sodom and Gomorrah prove, borderline living always leads to crossing the line into licentiousness. Sins once abhorred become accepted the more a person affiliates with a fallen world and alienates himself from a holy God.