January 1, Reading 1 – Genesis 1:1-2:3

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SAA Notes

John begins the opening words of his Gospel with the opening words of Genesis. We live in a universe that testifies to the creative intelligence behind it, to the joy of God in His creation. This is the starting point and foundation of the Gospel.

SJA Notes

God is shown here at work, the three persons of God, in putting together creation.

And from the rest of scripture we can see not only the Father and the Spirit at work, but the Son as well.

We know from John 1 that Jesus the Son is the Word (in the beginning with the Father), and that all things were made through Him.

We know from Hebrews 1 that Jesus the Son is the energy by which all of creation is sustained.

It’s incredible to contemplate that Jesus was at work with the Father and Spirit in making man (in God’s image) – That one day thousands of years later Jesus the Son would take on flesh as a man.

We know too that although God’s word to us starts here at this point (creation), we are told in His word (in places such as Ephesians 1) that before this act, before the foundation of the world, God had chosen us in Christ (our names written in the Lamb’s book of life).

And so creation is not just something God came up with on a whim, and that Jesus’ role as King and Saviour was not plan B.

We can read here in Genesis, the first book in God’s word, with the full and secure knowledge that God’s loving sovereign will (His plans) for us is deep and rock-solid.

As we have just read in Revelation, truly from Genesis to Revelation, the old and new testaments, truly the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophesy! Because all of God’s word testifies to Jesus!

Hallelujah, what a Saviour!

* Father God,

Thank You for another year begun.

Thank You that we can read Your word each day until we head to glory and have it new each of those days.

Please Lord continue to write Your word upon our hearts, and we would seek You out.

Please teach us today what You want us to know for this day.

Amen.


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