Focal passages: Genesis 1:1-5, 26-31; 2:1-3
Museums are built specifically to house and display manmade creations. We pay admission to stand in awe and marvel at the magnificent creativity of artists around the world. I have been told that it is difficult to even get close to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre Museum in Paris because of the countless tourists huddled around it. Amazing works of art by renowned artists are deeply revered. Yet have you ever stopped to ponder the majesty of the Creator who made the entire universe? His artwork is on display all around you. Not only did He design the highest mountains and the richest hues but He crafted mankind – you and me – as His magnum opus.
“In the beginning, God created …” (Gen. 1:1). We learn a crucial truth within the first five words of scripture. God creates the heavens and the earth – all matter, space and time – and He does so ex nihilo (Latin for “out of nothing”). As verse 2 reiterates, “The earth was without form and void.”
Unlike Leonardo da Vinci who used his paintbrush and his skill, God created out of nothing through the infinite power of His Word. He speaks and creation comes into existence (“And God said …”).
Not only does He speak to create, He also names His creation (“God called…”). This is significant because the act of naming indicates dominion over that which is named. God later gives this privilege to humans as well.
As we read through the first chapter of Genesis, we can detect a specific, intentional order to creation in each of the six days.
Mankind is created last, in His image, as the crowning point of creation. Both male and female are made in the image of the Triune God and designed to be in relationship with Him. They are given stewardship over the earth and purpose in caring for it. The seventh day is consecrated as holy to celebrate that His “good” work is finished.
Do not neglect to worship the Master Artist this week, for all things were made through Him and for His glory.