In The Beginning. 2021

Genesis 1:1 

Do you all like new starts? Clean slates, a refreshing?

Few people actually enjoy cleaning a place but most all feel good about a fresh smelling clean environment to live and work in.

It actually has a positive effect on relationships, productivity, and outlook.

As I have been looking to the New Year you cannot help but notice that God is really into beginnings.

Look  here in Genesis, He has the very beginning.  Have you given much thought to the next verse? Without form, void, darkness.

God created something spectacular, amazing, something that takes your breath away out of nothing!


As we look at those who surrendered their life to serve the One True God we see a pattern emerge.

We can look at Abram as God told him to leave where he was and start anew.

Jacob left and came back a different man.

What about Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah?

Along with their mentor Daniel, God moved them.

In a way none of us would have thought of being a God way. Slavery, fiery furnaces, really? But God had a supreme plan.

All of the disciples left what they had known and started fresh. Best I recall Paul was the only one who even used his trade again. Tent making.

God’s master plan is not necessarily we change occupations. Though for some this happens. But everyone who trusts in the finished work of the cross God says: 2Co 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

God has not revealed anything to us by accident. In His word He has given us all we need for us to live a life pleasing to Him in spite of what circumstances might be. As we open up the book of creation, Genesis, we begin to understand something right at the start.

  • In the beginning God!
    • That statement right there is comforting. God was in the beginning of all this chaos, all this emptiness and out of it brought a marvelous creation.
      • Look at the world around you. Even where we have caused havoc on this earth and filled our lust to serve the kingdom of thingdoms, we still see this world producing beauty.
      • What God started is continuing just as He planned.
    • We have begun a new chapter in this world. Our great grandparents would not recognize this world in which we live today and most likely wouldn’t appreciate it either. 
      • As Christ predicted: Mt 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”
      • He is speaking here of the church. The body of believers. 
      • It is very evident in the lives of many who call Him Lord, that other things are taking priority.
      • This is a true saying. Research history and you will find; as the church goes, so goes the nation.
    • What we see here in this first verse is the center point of scripture.
      •  It’s “Theo” (God) centric. Everything in Scripture begins and ends with God.
    • Why does Scripture emphasize this from the very beginning?
      •  Because God knows that what we focus on influences how we think. The Bible wants us to focus on God.
    • Remember Jesus’s words about treasure?
      • Mt 6:19-23, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
    • What you focus on determines how you think, and the Bible wants us to begin by focusing, not on the things of this earth… but upon God.

Poem: He was just a little lad, and on the week’s first day, was wandering home from Sunday School, and dawdling on the way. 

He scuffed his shoes into the grass; he found a caterpillar He found a fluffy milkweed pod, and blew out all the filler. 

A bird’s nest in a tree o’er head so wisely placed and high was just another wonder caught by his eager eye. 

A neighbor watched his zig zag course, and hailed him from the lawn Asked him where he’d been that day, and what was going on. 

“Oh, I’ve been to Sunday School, (He carefully turned a sod, And found a snail beneath it); I’ve learned a lot about God” 

“M’m’m, a very fine way,” the neighbor said, “for a boy to spend his time; If you’ll tell where God is I’ll give you a brand new dime.”

 Quick as a flash his answer came! Nor were his accents faint – “I’ll give you a dollar mister, if you tell me where God ain’t.”

  • In the beginning GOD!
  • The way God created, revealed His supreme, un-matching authority. (V3)
    • And God said…
      • He simply spoke into existence. 
    • I believe there is a two-fold reason God spoke into existence everything instead of just waved a hand.
      • He is placing a great emphasis on communicating. 
      • God wants us to know He desires to communicate with us.
    • God chose to use His creation, man, to write, catalog what we needed to know about Him.
      • 2Pe 1:20-21, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
    • Also He reveals His absolute power and authority.
      • He instructs Moses to use a name that describes His transcendence. His power that goes beyond the limitations of this created world. Elohim.
      • This name describes the one who is all powerful, all mighty, amazing, unlike no other that all of creation owes its allegiance to. 
    • In chapter 2In the creation of man God reveals another name, Yahweh or Jehovah.
      • The Lord God
      •  It does not describe an attribute of God but brings to light a plan. 
      • Yahweh or Jehovah is personal and intimate.
    • Because He is Elohim, God who owns and rules everything, all allegiance and worship is due Him, but because he is Jehovah, God full of mercy and compassion we should want to give Him our best, our all. 
    • Give Him praise.
  • We trust what has authority over our life.
    • Many like to say they believe God’s word is true but yet their decisions and lifestyle prove otherwise.
    •  In order to justify our lifestyles and concepts we often adopt inconsistent views of God’s Word.
      • The pro-homosexual’s re-create a “Christ” that has no problem with gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered sexuality. 
      • The pro-abortionists re-create a “Christ” supportive of a woman’s “right” to abort her unborn child.
      • The feminists call on people to worship the “Christ-Sophia,” and re-creates God as “Mother.” 
      • The inclusivist / universalist re-creates a “Christ” committed to the salvation of the unrepentant and the unbelieving. 
      • And the Sunday christain re-creates a watered down sappy version of Christ- that doesn’t require faithfulness and devotion and accepts whatever we throw His way.
      • Some would have us believe the Bible contains God’s Holy Word.
      •  But the entire Bible is God’s Holy Word2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
    • As we see, the problem is many seek to fashion the Bible to meet their liking.
      •  The standard of what is acceptable in religion for many is whether it satisfies the individual.
      •  Many “shop” for a religion that meets their personal preferences, treating the Scriptures as a salad bar – picking things they like and passing over the others.
      • This is most dangerous for God’s people in that it seeks to make everything subjective and relative with no absolutes.
    • We need to realize that the Bible is “truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. All Scripture is totally true and trustworthy.”
      • (Pr 30:5) Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him
    •  The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ.
      •  Christ never acted contrary to His Word. 
  • Beginnings have to have a start.
    • In creation, it was when God spoke. In Abrams life it was the moment he obeyed, in every one of those we looked at it all started when they really chose God over self.
      • The reason God demonstrates His authority, shows His desire to communicate is for us to respond.
      • All of us have responded in one way or another, either by accepting and trusting or refusing.
    • We have to decide rather we believe that God had enough sense to say what He meant and meant what He has said. Because our authority is His written word.
      • If our actions cannot be confirmed by the word of God, then we are wrong. 
      • If we learn that we are wrong, we must change.
      • If we feel or think that something is good, that is not good enough. We must be able to go to a scriptural reference to determine the accuracy of our actions.
    • When we live contrary to God’s word we are showing who has authority over us and our decisions.
    • If you are really wanting to make a change, really want to see what God has to offer, it is the easiest and the hardest thing you will ever do.
      • It is simply yielding to His authority over your life by trusting His word, that it is what will satisfy you.
      •  The hard part is deep down though God is the one who created awesomeness out of nothingness we think He needs our assistance to run things now.
    • Don’t get me wrong, it is going to hurt, it is going to take time, but God will see you through.
      • Few of us enjoy the cleaning, the work involved in making a place nice and neat, but most enjoy the way it makes them feel, especially when others take notice.
  • In the beginning God. 
    • He is not expecting you to do it on your own. He is the one who creates awesomeness out of nothing. So if you have nothing to offer you’re in the right place.

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