“God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:1-31)
The ancient world had a lot of different beliefs. Common to those beliefs were creation stories whereby assemblies of gods interacted with each other, sometimes bitterly fighting, to create what we call land, space, and water. The Genesis story contrasts nearly all of those beliefs by describing the existence of only one God, who doesn’t toil and fight, but easily creates everything. He simply spoke. “And God said.”
In six days, God created the cosmos and everything in it — from the tiny molecules with their atomic bonds to the vast space of the universe and its multiple galaxies. On the first day, God made day and night. On the second day, God made the sky and the sea. On the third day, God made trees and plants. On the fourth day, God made the stars and the sun. On the fifth day, God made the birds and fish. On the sixth day, God made beasts and the livestock.
After God made things, He observed them to be good—exactly how He wanted them. The trees and plants, the stars and sun, the birds and fish, the beasts and the livestock were good. But there was one more creation that God wanted. On the sixth day, He made man. This was the final step in His creation, since all things made before man were made for man. He was to live in this place God created and cultivate its goodness as God designed.
After all of this creative work, God was finished. “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” Everything was in order. Everything was virtuous. It was all masterfully put together as God intended. This was God’s creation, and it was very good.
- What do you think was so good about God’s creation? How would you describe the universe’s goodness?
- What does God’s good creation tell us about God? Does the sequence of days tell us anything about Him?
- Why do you think God created mankind on the final day? Is there anything significant about that? And, why was this day “very” good?
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