Footnotes

*1:1: The Hebrew word rendered “God” is “אֱלֹהִ֑ים” (Elohim).

1:29: “Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.

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A hidden love letter from God in Genesis 1

Do you know that this first chapter of the first book of the Bible has a hidden love letter from God to us?  When we first read it, it is very clear that the purpose of Genesis 1 is to tell us that God is the Creator of this universe. Yes, that is the message, but there is also a hidden love letter from God.

God could have simply written that the entire universe was created by Him. Period. However, God went at length to tell us the order of creation —- light, Sky, plants, Sun and Moon, sea and air creatures, land creatures and finally man. Why was Adam and Eve last to be created?

It is because God loves mankind and He created us in His image (Genesis 1:26-28) to be His children (Acts 17:29,NIV, Hebrews 2:14).

If you ponder over each verse in Genesis 1, you will discover the immense love that God has for mankind. You will realise that there is so much love demonstrated as God created each item. As you ponder over it, it is like reading a love letter from God hidden in Genesis 1. Let’s examine the scriptures:

Genesis 1:1-5 -God has been loving us for billion of years

Scientists have discovered that the universe began with a Big Bang explosion around 13.8 billion years ago. Science has also proven that the Sun took 4.6 billion years to reach its present state stability and temperature while the Earth took 4.54 billion years to form from a cloud of gases and dust. This means that Genesis 1:1 was about 13.8 billion years ago and Genesis 1:3 which stated that  God spoke light into existence was about 4.6 billion years ago when the Sun was first formed. In other words, God has been loving us for billion of years. If He could wait for 4.6 billion years for the Sun’s temperature to be suitable for mankind before He make human beings, this tells us how great, steadfast and unwaivering His love is for us.

Genesis 1:6-19 -Everything was created out of God's love for us. We are the focus of His love.

The sky or atmosphere was the next item that God created after He spoke light into existence. Why is the atmosphere that we cannot see, having such a high priority in God’s creation list? If you read about our atmosphere, you will discover that the atmosphere plays an important role in protecting us from radiation from the Sun and the stars. The atmoshphere contains Oxygen which is needed by all living things. Moreover, the air molecules in the atmosphere is what enables us to see a beautiful blue sky!

After the atmosphere, God created the plants. Well, of course, we can easily reason that plants are needed as food for the animals and for human beings. There is another important reason. Plants make their own food through a process called Photosynthesis. During this process, Oxygen is produced. This is how Oxygen is maintained in the atmosphere. Isn’t this amazing? The things that our naked eyes cannot see, the processes that we are not even aware of, yet they exist to give us life. Likewise, there are many processes taking place inside our bodies that we cannot see, yet they are taking place to keep us alive. God loves us. He is always working to bless us (John 5:17-18), even when we cannot see it nor comprehend it.

Everything that God created on Earth was created for mankind. We are the focus of God’s love.

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.. Ephesians 1:3-5, The Message.

John 1:1-14 tells us that mankind and all of God’s creation were made through Jesus. Take a moment to ponder over what He has created for our pleasure.  He enabled a centripetal force so that our earth rotates around the Sun and we have day, night and seasons. He placed the Moon and stars in just the right positions so that when it is dark, we are not overwhelmed by fear but could behold the beauty of the night sky. He placed molecules in the atmosphere so we could see the beautiful blue sky and the clouds. He made the birds to sing so that we know it is morning. God had us in His mind when He made all these. Now can you see how He intricately designed and created everything out of His love for us?

It is this perfect love that Jesus has for us that cause Him to leave heaven and to come to this world to suffer and die for us.

Genesis 1:9-13,20-26,29-30 -God's intention was for mankind to have no lack

Genesis 1 tells us that mankind was last to be created. God’s plan was to have man entering into this world celebrating with God all His creation.

He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. Ephesians 1:6, TheMessage.

Just like a good parent welcoming a new born baby into their lives. They love their baby and prepared their home so that everything that their baby needs (bed, pillows, blankets, clothing, milk bottles, and more..) is ready even before their child is born.

God’s intention was for mankind to have no lack. Adam was not required to labour and toil to make things happen, to help God in the creation.

Labouring and toiling only come to mankind after Adam and Eve sinned (Genesis 3:17). Do you know that God’s desire for mankind to have no lack remains unchanged even after mankind sinned? It is this reason that Jesus came to give us an abundant life (John 10:10, John 14:14, 15:7).

Genesis 1:26-28 - God created a kingdom for Adam to inherit

Genesis 1:26-28 stated that God made man in His image to be the master  to  rule over all of God’s living creatures. In other words, God created a whole kingdom for Adam to inherit. Adam need not have to work to build this kingdom. It  is given to Adam simply because Adam was created to be a child of God, an heir of God.

Do you know, this plan that God has for mankind has never changed? This is the reason why God sent His one and only Son, Jesus, to come and save us. When you believe in Jesus, you are reconciled to God and become a child, an heir of God (John 1:12-13, 2 Corinthians 5:21, Acts 13:39, Romans 8:17).  Whatever Adam had lost, Christ has restored and you have much more. (Romans 5:17).  You too have a kingdom to inherit (Matthew 25:34, James 2:5, 2 Peter 1:11, Colossians 3:1-2).

God's love for us is perfect

So you see, when we dig deeper  into Genesis Chapter 1, we discover that it is all about our Heavenly Father’s immense love for us. It is a hidden love letter from God to us. Isn’t it amazing but so logical, that the Bible which is God-inspired, known to be the Word of God, should begin with a love letter?

I believe that God had the first chapter of the Bible written in this way, not just for the purpose of telling us that He is the Creator of the universe, but so that every time we open the Bible, we know that our Sovereign Daddy God is telling us not to fear nor worry. He loves us with a perfect love.

Are you wondering…

Was Jesus present during the creation?

Yes. In fact all things were made through Jesus. This is what is written in John chapter 1:

1In the beginning the Word already existed.
    The Word was with God,
    and the Word was God.
He existed in the beginning with God.
God created everything through him,
    and nothing was created except through him.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
    and his life brought light to everyone.
The light shines in the darkness,
    and the darkness can never extinguish it.

God sent a man, John the Baptist,to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony.John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light.The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him.11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 So the Word became human  and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

John 1:1-14, (NLT)

We were all made through Jesus. This is the reason why He loves us so deeply that He can leave His throne in heaven, come to this world to take our place, to suffer all kinds of accusations, humiliation, abuse and finally dying for us. He did this out of His love for us, not because He was murdered, for no one can take His life from Him (John 10:18). He chose to sacrifice for us so that we can be set free from bondages, from the chains of sin and be able to lead the abundant life that God had always intended for us.

Why are we in this world?

The answer lies in Genesis 1:26-18.

1) God created us because He loves us and loves to have us enjoy all His riches in glory.

2) God has a calling for your life that will honor you

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Why then am I suffering?

The beautiful, blessed,  abundant life that God first planned when He created this world, however was destroyed when man sinned. Sin poisoned our minds and our DNA. All sorts of wickedness enter this world. With it comes diseases, and all sorts of sufferings.

How can we break free from the bondage of sin?

Despite men’s sin, God loves us and sent His one and only Son, LORD Jesus to die in our place so that we can be forgiven of all our sins and break free from the power of sin and have our relationship with God restored.

John 1:12 stated that whoever believes and accepts Jesus as LORD and Saviour will become children of God and has the Holy Spirit of God living in them forever (John 14:16).

As children of God, we can live the abundant life that God first designed for us. Jesus said He came to give us an abundant life (John 10:10). Not only are we restored to have what was first designed for Adam, we  have much more. We are blessed with every spiritual blessings in the heavenly realm (Ephesians 1:3) and are given power and authority over unclean spirits, sickness and diseases (Matthew 10:1, Mark 16:18).

How to become a believer?

You can be a believer simply by saying this prayer:

Dear God, thank you for so wonderfully make me and thank you for sending your Son, LORD Jesus to die for me so that I can have the blessed life that you intended for me — a life of leadership and fruitfulness. I believe and accept Jesus as my LORD and Saviour. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may lead a victorious life. I believe that from this time forth, I am a new creation, I am born again and I have the eternal life that Jesus came to give me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.

 

If you pray the above prayer, you have become a Christian. Get into a church that believes that Jesus is the Son of God and has a strong foundation in the Word of God (Bible). Trust Jesus in all that you do. Tell Him all your concerns  and your dreams everyday and you are going to be amazed to experience all sorts of breakthroughs in your life and blessings that you never imagine you can have.

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