The creation of all things
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth
Genesis 1:1 states the ominipotence of God
Omni – “All” Potence – “Power”
Genesis 1:1 implies the omniscience of God
His universal wisdom. He controls things. Everything moves perfectly.
1) The when of creation “In the beginning”(1:1)
Creation marks the absolute beginning of the temporal and material world.
The general traditional Jewish and Christian belief is that Genesis 1:1 declares that God created the original heaven and earth from nothing, and verse 2 clarifies that when it came from the Creator’s Hand, the mass was without form and void – meaning unformed and lifeless. The rest of the chapter then explains the process in detail.
John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes
1. The effect produced
The heaven and the earth – That is, the world, including the whole frame and furniture of the universe. But ’tis only the visible part of the creation that Moses designs to give an account of. Yet even in this there are secrets which cannot be fathomed, nor accounted for. But from what we see of heaven and earth, we may infer the eternal power and godhead of the great Creator. And let our make and place, as men, mind us of our duty, as Christians, which is always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet.
Did something horrible take place between the first and second verse in the Bible?
Many believe so. They believe that something was the fall of Satan.
The following arguments are offered to support this:
1) The phrase “without form and void” means judgment
The word can often simply refer to lifeless or empty space
2) The verb “was” in Genesis 1:2 should be translated “became”
Yet the verb almost always translates “was”
3) The word “darkness” indicates judgment but here is simply means the absence of light and is sometimes spoken of as being good.
The Gap theory
This is the theory that there is an extensive expanse of time between V1 and v2 of Genesis.
In Genesis 1:1 God created a perfect and complete universe and Satan’s rebellion marred this perfect universe and from 1:2 God remolds this sin marred creation. This beleif was made famous by George H Pennbor in 1876 and C.I. Scofield in 1917
The three-fold problem of the gap theory
1) It is unscientific
This theory was in part a Christian attempt to reconcile the creation account with the long periods of time in the theory of evolution.
2) It is unscriptural
The gap theory would describe Adam walking around on top of a gigantic fossilized animal graveyard. Yet in Romans 5:12 and 8:20-22 we learn that man’s sin brought about death even to the animals.
12 Therefore, as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin; and so death passed unto all men, for that all sinned:–
Romans 8:20-22 (KJV)
20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but by reason of him who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
3) It is unnecessary
The most natural interpretation of Genesis 1:1-2 is taking it at face value, without addition or subtraction.
Thus Genesis 1: becomes a summary statement of creation.
Verse 1 tells us what God did and verse 2 tells us how He did it.
Could God have created this world (rocks, animals, and man) already at a certain aged development?
The answer could be yes but we will discuss this later.
The question could then be asked, “If Satan did not fall between Genesis 1:1-2, then when did he fall?”
The probable answer could be between Genesis 2:25-3:1
Some have taken Isaiah 14:12-21 and Ezekiel 28:11-19
and used it to describe Lucifer as a high ranking cherub who was put over the earth. He was more beautiful than all the other angels and in Genesis 3:1 through his swelling pride he went against God.
Bible students have pondered over why Lucifer sinned in the first place.
Four suggestions have been offered:
1) satan may have doubted God’s word that man had been created
2) He was jealous over man’s created nature (especially his ability to produce)
something angels can’t do, as well as the responsibilities given to Adam.
3) The future place of man through Christ.
4) He became jealous of God and through pride felt he didn’t need God
either way we do know that at one point in time Lucifer rebelled, but he is still under the control of God. He can do nothing without God’s permission (Job) and we all know where he is headed in the end.
What was God doing before He created man?
A) he was in fellowship with the Son
B) He was preparing for a Kingdom.
C) He was planning for a Savior.