“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

The first verse in the Bible answers the question of the origin of the universe.

The “beginning” spoken of here is the beginning of the universe.  God is eternal and was before the “beginning” of the universe. It was “God” who “created the heavens and the earth.” Moses assumes the existence of God, for there was no reason to defend the obvious.  The word “created” is only used in connection with God and in context points to a creation out of no pre-existing materials.  The “heavens and the earth” is a summary statement of the 6 days of creation that follow in Genesis 1.  These beginning words of the Bible point to the fact that God is Gracious, for He did not have to create the world nor human beings.  These words also speak to the fact that God is Omnipotent (all-powerful) in that He created out of nothing.  Another important truth these words point to concerning God is the fact that He is Sovereign.  He has absolute authority over all His creation. The fact that He is Creator and therefore Sovereign makes all mankind accountable to Him. This should bring His people great peace knowing that He rules over the big events in History and the little details of each of their lives.

– Bryan McKenzie

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