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December 5, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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Genesis is a book of firsts. The origins of the universe, the earth, life, marriage, family, nations, laws, languages. The first few chapters orient us to everything we see in life. Why is that important? Because in our origins we find the answers to life's big questions . . . Who am I? Why am I here? What's the meaning of life?
This Memorial Day weekend we kicked off our highly anticipated study through the Book of Genesis “Origins: The Beginning.” In this first message, Pastor Doug shared the story of creation from Genesis 1:1–25, showing us some powerful, beautiful characteristics of God while unpacking everything leading up to the creation of humanity.
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Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's' teaching this weekend:
God Is Telling His Story Through Creation: Who is God? In verses 1 and 2, He is called Elohim. This name of God is actually a plural word, but it is always used with a singular verb when it speaks of the ONE true God. This indicates a unity and diversity within the nature of God. This unity and diversity is revealed in Scripture as the doctrine of the Trinity. Elohim is One. There is a compound unity to who He is. In these first few verses in Genesis, we see Elohim’s majesty and glory through bringing the universe into existence.
Our God Loves Turning Chaos Into Order: Genesis 1:2 tells us the “earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.” The word for empty (ṯō·hū) speaks of desolation, of wildness and confusion. It describes a formless, chaotic nothingness. But as the verse continues, we discover that “the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” This is how we should look at our resources (time, talent, treasure): From all that God gives to us, a portion belongs to the widow, orphan, and stranger. If we are willing to embrace this mindset, we can make a difference . . . we can live out “pure and genuine religion” (James 1:27).
In this passage, “the Spirit of God” conveyed something akin to the breath or hand of God, an extension of His power and authority, similar to what Job said in Job 12:10 (HCSB): “The life of every living thing is in His hand, as well as the breath of all mankind.” The picture painted in this verse is of the Spirit circulating over the water like a mother bird protectively circling over her nest. What a beautiful picture of our lives, isn’t it? Because whether we want to admit it or not, whether we like it or not, our lives are chaotic. This world is chaotic. It’s full of confusion, darkness, desolation, and emptiness. It can throw your whole life into disarray in a matter of seconds. But guess what? The Spirit of God, that glorious hand that holds the universe together, is reaching out amidst the chaos. We see this in the manner in which He forms land and fills it with life, as He takes the chaos and fills it with beauty and His order.
Our God Loves to Fill Empty Spaces: God formed the earth, gave it shape, brought order to the chaos, and then filled the empty earth with so much life, wonder, and beauty. He filled the sky with celestial bodies, and He filled our universe with His glory, to be plainly seen by all humanity. He prepared a perfect, full universe for us to enjoy and for Him to be glorified.
Our God Loves to Go Beyond the Ordinary: God’s creation should make us feel appropriately small. This should also make our problems feel smaller as we put into perspective His immensity and the glory of His creation.
Quote to Remember: God is always separating light from darkness!—Pastor Doug Sauder
Join us on Wednesday as we discuss one of the most hotly debated issues in the church over the last century: creation vs. evolution. Hear what the Bible has to say about the foundations of the universe and the evidences to support it.
This weekend, Pastor Chris Baselice will teach from Genesis 1:26–2:3 as we explore the creation of mankind and what it means to be bearers of God’s image.
Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.