“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” -Genesis 1:1-2
So ultimately the whole Bible was written by God, right? Isn’t it interesting that the Lord could have revealed himself in anyway he wanted at the beginning of the book, and yet he starts it like this?
This summer I made my way very slowly through the book of Genesis. This was the most intentional I have ever been in my life thus far about really deeply studying the scripture and reading the same things over and over and over. Each time I would go back, I would find more gems that I didn’t see the first time.
Mmmm. The Word is full of infinite gems. It’s beautiful (and that’s not to say that I want to and am thrilled to read it every single day. My flesh resists, and I quickly forget, but each time I do read, I come away reminded of it’s beauty.)
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Genesis 1:1 in my life time, but I do know it’s been a lot. Yet, up until now, it has never crossed my mind that this is how the Lord chose to introduce himself to us. We learn immediately that God is Creator.
The majority of God’s character that is revealed to us in Genesis 1 is that God is creative. How cool and interesting that is to think about!
Then, we flash forward to the life of Jesus. Jesus came to earth as fully God and fully man, his life reflected God. And what did he do for the majority of his life on earth? He was a carpenter! A creator. WHAT. Why have I missed the importance and impact of this?
Often times when I’m outside or in nature, I do think about and praise God for his creativity and creations. Yet, many times I forget that I’m imitating God each time that I create something.
In Genesis 1:26 God says, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…”
Like I said earlier, up until this point, the majority of God’s character that has been revealed in scripture is the fact that he is Creator. God created earth and man, and then he gave man the opportunity and command to join him, “Be fruitful and multiply an fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that lives on earth” (Genesis 1:28).
God gave us the beautiful canvas of earth which he created, then made us in his image, and gave us the opportunity to imitate him by us too creating.
It’s a thrilling thought to me. Each time I’m cooking a meal, writing a blog, taking a picture, painting, decorating a home, etc, I’m imitating the one who created me. I’m brining him praise and glory as I create and do things that bring me joy. HOW AMAZING YOU GUYS.
I could go on, and there is way more depth and much more scripture to be added here, but I just wanted to stir other people in this area that has stirred me; to spark a thought or meditation.
Maybe some of these questions below could be helpful to think through yourself or with friends on this topic. Love you friends! Imago Dei.
1.) Have you ever noticed that God first reveals himself as creator?
2.) How do we see Jesus and the Holy Spirit also revealing God’s character of Creator?
3.) Do you see creating and creativity as important? Why or why not?
4.) In what ways are you currently imaging our Creator in your life?
5.) In what ways can you work to glorify and reflect God by creating?