bible study devotion

In the beginning, God: devotion


In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1

a satellite image of the earth from outer space
Satellite image of the earth from outer space



Genesis begins with “in the beginning”. When is the beginning? Who created what?

The Hebrew word for “create” is bara, which means, to create something out of nothing.

In the beginning, in eternity past, God created the entire universe out of nothing.

God has no beginning because He is transcendent and outside our time-space continuum. God is pre-existent, self-existent, eternal, from everlasting to everlasting, from eternity past to eternity future. He is the alpha and the omega, the first and the last, the alif and the tau, the A and the Z, the author and finisher of our faith.

God created the universe in six days. God’s reckoning of time is not the same as our reckoning of time. 1 day for God can be long as 1000 years and 1000 years can be as short as 1 day.

2 Peter 3:8, But don’t forget this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.” 

In God’s divine calendar, 2000 years can be as short as 2 days!

There are three theories regarding the universe. The young age theory postulates the universe to be 6000-plus years old. The old age theory postulates the universe to be 4.5 billion-plus years old. The gap theory postulates a time gap of billions of years between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.

The Bible says that God created the universe into existence. There is no record of a big bang theory or evolution.

The Gospel of John also begins with “in the beginning.”  In the beginning, Jesus Christ, the word of God was with God and was God.

in the beginning, was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God

John 1:1


I find it is easier to believe in creation than in evolution. If you can believe that God created the heavens and the earth, you will have no problems believing the rest of the Bible.

Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould, but let God re-mould your minds from within, so that you may prove in practice that the plan of God for you is good, meets all his demands and moves towards the goal of true maturity

Romans 12:2, J B Philips


Heavenly Father, We pray for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to enlighten and give us wisdom and understanding of Your word. Open our hearts, minds, eyes, ears, and spirits to receive, understand, see, hear, feel, and apply Your word of eternal life, in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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