In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
I’ve started listening to a sermon series by Matt Chandler from the Village Church in Dallas. The series is called “A Beautiful Design”, and it dissects what exactly is manhood and womanhood according to God’s original design. Of course, the sermons are not just lists of protocols of how to behave so that you can look like how a man or woman should in God’s eyes. Matt Chandler starts out with God’s supremacy, His transcendence over time and space and His creation. Specifically, he starts out with the first verse in the Bible, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
“In the beginning” signifies God’s transcendence over time and space. Before time was made known as a concept, there is God. Then he created. God is the primary mover of the universe. He alone can create something out of nothing! He created heavens and the earth. Heavens, notice, is in plural, which implies that there is no much in the expanse of God’s creation that is outside our scope of knowledge and appreciation. Everyday, we are finding new stars and galaxies. This process has taken humankind thousands of years to come to, but God created all of it and more in the first sentence of the Bible.
Just soak in the magnificence and breathtaking imaginable and unimaginable things that He has brought to being. And amongst all of that, He created man and woman on a tiny planet in the middle of His vast empire of galaxies. Just like everything else, we are not created in vain. There is a specific purpose for us.
But before we delve into our purpose, I think the most important task is to understand and be in awe of God. He is at the center of the universe, of everything on earth, and of our relationships with one another. Because He alone is the Creator.