AFFIRM GOD’S GOOD PLAN
Genesis 1:1-2:25 December 2 2007
The account of God’s creation of the universe begins with
the simple statement that of God created everything
(Gen.1:1). Each part of our universe owes its existence to
God’s love and direct creative activity.
Having proclaimed God as Creator of all, Moses next was
inspired to focus on God’s specific creative acts in
forming a perfect world (Gen, 1:2-2:3).
The final section of the creation account focuses on God’s
creation of humans and His plan for their relating to Him
and to each other(Gen. 2:4-25).
1. Value the Good Environment (Gen. 1:1,31)
Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And
there was evening, and there was morning —the sixth day.
The Bible begins with the creation of the universe. We have
no creation account concerning how God came to be because
He always has existed and always will exist. God translates
the Hebrew word [Elohim], a plural form that sometimes
refers to pagan deities (for example, Ex. 12:12;20:3). Here
( and typically)it refers to the God of biblical faith. The
name emphasizes His incredible power and greatness.
Very Good. (Gen. 1: 4). The sixth day. Perhaps to stress the
finality and importance of this day, in the Hebrew text the
definite article is first used here in regard to the creation
2. Appreciate Humanity’s Uniqueness (Gen. 1:26-28;2:15-17)
Gen. 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our
likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds
of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the
creatures that move along the ground.” 1:27 So God created man
in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and
female he created them. 1:28 God blessed them and said to them,
“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.
Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every
living creature that moves on the ground.” 2:15 The LORD God
took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take
care of it. 2:16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are
free to eat from any tree in the garden; 2:17 but you must not eat
from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat
of it you will surely die.”
Us. . . Our. . . Our. God speaks as the Creator-King, announcing
his crowning work to the members of his heavenly court
(Gen. 3:22; 11:7; Isa 6:8;1Kings 22:19-23; Job 15:8; Jer 23:18).
Image. . . Likeness. No distinction should be made between
“image” and “likeness,” which are synonyms in both the OT
(Gen.5:1; 9:6) and the NT (1Co 11:7; Col 3:10; Jas 3:9). Since
man is made in God’s image, every human being is worthy of
honor and respect; he is neither to be murdered (Gen.9:6) nor
cursed (Jas 3:9). “Image” includes such characteristics as
“righteousness and holiness” (Eph 4:24) and “knowledge”
(Col 3:10). Believers are to be “conformed to the likeness”
of Christ (Rom. 8:29) and will someday be “like him”
(1John 3:2). Rule. Man is the climax of God’s creative activity,
and God has “very good” and “made him ruler” over the rest of
his creation (Psalms 8:5-8). Since man was created in the
image of the divine King, delegated sovereignty (kingship)
was bestowed on him. (For redeemed man’s ultimate kingship
This highly significant verse is the first occurrence of
poetry in the OT (which is about 40 percent poetry). Created.
The word is used here three times to describe the central
divine act of the sixth day (Gen.1: 1). Male and Female. Alike
they bear the image of God, and together they share in the
divine benediction that follows.
God Blessed Them. . . Fill. . . Subdue. . . Rule. Man goes forth
under this divine benediction —flourishing, filling the earth
with his kind, and exercising dominion over the other
earthly creatures (Gen.1:26; 2:15; Psalms 8:6-8). Human
culture, accordingly, is not Anti-god (though fallen man
often has turned his efforts into proud rebellion against
God). Rather, it is the expression of man’s bearing the
image of his Creator and sharing, as God’s servant, in God’s
kingly rule. As God’s representative in the creaturely realm,
he is steward of God’s creatures. He is not to exploit, waste
or despoil them, but to care for them and use them in the
service of God and man.
Work. . . Take Care. (Gen.1:28). Man is now charged to govern
the earth responsibly under God’s sovereignty.
Any Tree. Including the tree of life (Gen. 1:9).
Surely Die. Despite the serpent’s denial (Gen.3:4), disobeying
God ultimately results in death.
3. Respect God’s Plan for Marriage (Gen. 2:18,21-25)
Gen. 2:18 The LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be
alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” 2:21 So the LORD
God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was
sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place
with flesh. 2:22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the
rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
2:23 The man said, This is now bone of my bones and flesh of
my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of
man.” 2:24 For this reason a man will leave his father and
mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one
flesh. 2:25 The man and his wife were both naked, and they
felt no shame.
When Jesus spoke of marriage (Matt. 19:3-6). he affirmed
(Genesis 2:23-24) as God’s plan for marriage. Marriage
joins one man and one woman in a covenant relationship
that deepens and matures throughout the couple’s lifelong
commitment to each other .
The only full account of the creation of woman in ancient
Near Eastern literature. (Gen.2:18) Not Good. . . To be Alone.
Without female companionship and a partner in reproduction,
the man could not fully realize his humanity.
Name Them. His first act of dominion over the creatures
around him (Gen.1:5).
Leave His Father and Mother. Instead of remaining under the
protective custody of his parents a man leaves them and,
with his wife, establishes a new family unit. United. . . One
Flesh. The divine intention for husband and wife was
monogamy. Together they were to form an inseparable union,
of which “one flesh” is both a sign and an expression.
Naked. . . No Shame. Freedom from shame, signifying moral
innocence, would soon be lost as a result of sin (Gen.3:7).
Bible students have interpreted the phrase "let us"
in several ways. Some have suggested the plural indicates
royalty, as when a king on his sole authority issues a
proclamation beginning "we have decided". Others have
explained the phrase as God deliberating within Himself
as when we say ,"Let’s see what I should do today." Still
others have believed God addressed His heavenly host.
Probably "Let Us" indicates the plurality of persons
within the one person of God. Although the ancient
Israelites did not know the Christian doctrine of the Trinity,
they did recognize God revealed Himself and worked through
more than one Person. This is indicated by the presence and
activity of God’s Spirit at creation (Gen 1:2). As believers,
we also understand Jesus Christ to have been present and
actively involved in the creation (John 1:1-18) and interpret
"Let Us: to include God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – Three
Persons within one God.