Genesis 1:1-2

 |  February 14, 2018

Genesis 1:1-2

  1. Locate the passage

Genesis 1:1-2 record the first words of Scripture. They are page one. This section is the first of the Divisions.[1]Genesis is comprised of 10 divisions. All subsequent divisions are marked by the occurrence of the Hebrew word, תּוֹלֵדוֹת (toledoth). The word means, “generations.” They are divisions within the book along generational lines. The reason this word does not occur in Gen.1:1 is that there were no generations, as mankind had not yet been created. The first toledoth occurs in Gen.2:4. This pericope is the first of Scripture and reveals Who is before anything was.

  1. Genre

This passage is narrative. The passage is the first cause. God is the subject and the actor. The simplicity of the structure masks the complexity of His creation.

  1. Determine the structure of the passage

1:1 Before there was, God is

1:1 From Nothing to Something

1:2 The Moving of the Spirit of God

  1. Exegete the passage

The passage records the beginning of history. So, there is no prior context. Note, that before creation, God existed; in creation, God acted; and upon creation, God moved.

The presence of God the Father and God the Spirit highlight the verses. He is the first subject of Scripture.

  1. Let the structure of the text drive the sermon

Because there was a beginning, history tells us that there will be an end. The God who began human history, is the One who will complete it.

Exp. In the same way that all begins with Him, it also all ends with Him because the Bible says that one day we will all stand before judgment seat of Christ as Peter says in 1 Peter 4:5 – “to give account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.”

Exp. The God of eternity can be the God of your life

Exp. God can take the chaos of our lives and transform it into what He desires it to be

Exp. The Spirit of God superintends over His creation


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