Our church started a series in Genesis this last Sunday. It will be a brief series, covering the whole book in six messages. Obviously we will not be able to cover the chapters in any great detail; our goal is to provide a framework for understanding the message of the whole book and to motivate the private reading of Genesis among our members. Here on the blog we’ll be writing a few posts each week to cover some of the details that we aren’t able to examine at length on Sunday.
Consider for example, Genesis 1:3, “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light”.
This sentence explodes with Biblical implications regarding the Word of God.
First, God is a speaking God, neither mute nor vague nor unable to use speech that is understandable to his creatures. This is incredibly good news for us! This means that we will not be left to wonder what the real God is thinking, since he is able and willing to speak on our terms. This speaking God will go on to speak 1000 pages of revelation in his Word, over thousands of years, all for the purpose of revealing himself and initiating communication with us.
Second, God’s spoken Word has incredible creative power, capable of forming that which does not exist. God’s Word comes with the full force of his limitless strength–we could even say that God’s power is often revealed through the speaking of his Word. Consider the implications of this spoken avenue of power for us as we read our Bibles. We are encountering the words of a God who can create with words! Consider the faith we should have when we read even the smallest sections of the Bible. God is able to create light itself with the shortest fragments of vocabulary–therefore, every single word of the Bible comes packed with Divine power to create anew in us. Consider the implications for our Sunday morning preaching event, when God’s Word is declared, examined, celebrated, received–such powerful possibilities for the creative God to create his purposes in us!
Third, God chooses to represent himself by speaking words. This leads to an ultimate culmination when John tells us that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. In Genesis 1 we see the barest hint, but one that John picks up on: This God can be represented by something that is sent, or spoken over, creation. So, when John sees Jesus, the image of the invisible God, representing the God who represented himself in Genesis by speaking, he decides that the appropriate name for Jesus is the Word. God is speaking over creation, re-creating his creation in Jesus. In Jesus God says, “let there be new life”….and there is new life!
Just a few words, at the beginning of a massive book, full of the glory of God, yet they are packed with incredible spiritual meaning for us. What a great book this is!