Genesis Chapter 1
21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 1 Bible commentary...
Genesis is a name taken from the Greek, and signifies "the book of generation or production;" it is properly so called, as containing an account of the origin of all things. There is no other history so old. There is nothing in the most ancient book which exists that contradicts it; while many things recorded by the oldest heathen writers, or to be traced in the customs of different nations, confirm what is related in the book of Genesis.God creates heaven and earth. (1,2) The creation of light. (3-5) God separates the earth from the waters, and makes it fruitful. (6-13) God forms the sun, moon, and stars. (14-19) Animals created. (20-25) Man created in the image of God. (26-28) Food appointed. (29,30) The work of creation ended and approved. (31)1,2 The first verse of the Bible gives us a satisfying and useful account of the origin of the earth and the heavens. The faith of humble Christians understands this better than the fancy of the most learned men. From what we see of heaven and earth, we learn the power of the great Creator. And let our make and place as men, remind us of our duty as Christians, always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet. The Son of God, one with the Father, was with him when he made the world; nay, we are often told that the world was made by him, and nothing was made without him. Oh, what high thoughts should there be in our minds, of that great God whom we worship, and of that great Mediator in whose name we pray! And here, at the beginning of the sacred volume, we read of that Divine Spirit, whose work upon the heart of man is so often mentioned in other parts of the Bible. Observe, that at first there was nothing desirable to be seen, for the world was without form, and void; it was confusion, and emptiness. In like manner the work of grace in the soul is a new creation: and in a graceless soul, one that is not born again, there is disorder, confusion, and every evil work: it is empty of all good, for it is without God; it is dark, it is darkness itself: this is our condition by nature, till Almighty grace works a change in us.
3-5 God said, Let there be light; he willed it, and at once there was light. Oh, the power of the word of God! And in the new creation, the first thing that is wrought in the soul is light: the blessed Spirit works upon the will and affections by enlightening the understanding. Those who by sin were darkness, by grace become light in the Lord. Darkness would have been always upon fallen man, if the Son of God had not come and given us understanding, #1Jo 5:20|. The light which God willed, he approved of. God divided the light from the darkness; for what fellowship has light with darkness? In heaven there is perfect light, and no darkness at all; in hell, utter darkness, and no gleam of light. The day and the night are the Lord's; let us use both to his honour, by working for him every day, and resting in him every night, meditating in his law both day and night.
6-13 The earth was emptiness, but by a word spoken, it became full of God's riches, and his they are still. Though the use of them is allowed to man, they are from God, and to his service and honour they must be used. The earth, at his command, brings forth grass, herbs, and fruits. God must have the glory of all the benefit we receive from the produce of the earth. If we have, through grace, an interest in Him who is the Fountain, we may rejoice in him when the streams of temporal mercies are dried up.
14-19 In the fourth day's work, the creation of the sun, moon, and stars is accounted for. All these are the works of God. The stars are spoken of as they appear to our eyes, without telling their number, nature, place, size, or motions; for the Scriptures were written, not to gratify curiosity, or make us astronomers, but to lead us to God, and make us saints. The lights of heaven are made to serve him; they do it faithfully, and shine in their season without fail. We are set as lights in this world to serve God; but do we in like manner answer the end of our creation? We do not: our light does not shine before God, as his lights shine before us. We burn our Master's candles, but do not mind our Master's work.
20-25 God commanded the fish and fowl to be produced. This command he himself executed. Insects, which are more numerous than the birds and beasts, and as curious, seem to have been part of this day's work. The Creator's wisdom and power are to be admired as much in an ant as in an elephant. The power of God's providence preserves all things, and fruitfulness is the effect of his blessing.
26-28 Man was made last of all the creatures: this was both an honour and a favour to him. Yet man was made the same day that the beasts were; his body was made of the same earth with theirs; and while he is in the body, he inhabits the same earth with them. God forbid that by indulging the body, and the desires of it, we should make ourselves like the beasts that perish! Man was to be a creature different from all that had been hitherto made. Flesh and spirit, heaven and earth, must be put together in him. God said, "Let us make man." Man, when he was made, was to glorify the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Into that great name we are baptized, for to that great name we owe our being. It is the soul of man that especially bears God's image. Man was made upright, #Ec 7:29|. His understanding saw Divine things clearly and truly; there were no errors or mistakes in his knowledge; his will consented at once, and in all things, to the will of God. His affections were all regular, and he had no bad appetites or passions. His thoughts were easily brought and fixed to the best subjects. Thus holy, thus happy, were our first parents in having the image of God upon them. But how is this image of God upon man defaced! May the Lord renew it upon our souls by his grace!
29,30 Herbs and fruits must be man's food, including corn, and all the products of the earth. Let God's people cast their care upon him, and not be troubled about what they shall eat, and what they shall drink. He that feeds his birds will not starve his babes.
31 When we come to think about our works, we find, to our shame, that much has been very bad; but when God saw his work, all was very good. Good, for it was all just as the Creator would have it to be. All his works, in all places of his dominion, bless him; and therefore, bless thou the Lord, O my soul. Let us bless God for the gospel of Christ, and when we consider his almighty power, let us sinners flee from the wrath to come. If new-created unto the image of God in holiness, we shall at length enter the "new heavens and new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."
Evangelisted Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 10/21/2014, 7:25am...
I would like to make a correction. God created man on the sixth day in Chapter one. He had it explained in Chapter two how he done it. Now some scholars say that he created man on the seventh day. But in Chapter one it clearly states that he created him and then at the very end of this chapter he states that the morning and the evening were the sixth day.
Evangelsit Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 10/21/2014, 6:57am...
Hello Keemenao Mildred Moseki You are absolutely correct. The Bible is the true word of God. John 17 17 "Sanctify them through thy truth thy word is truth. "
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 10/21/2014, 6:53am...
Hello George Hartwell I conjunction to my 3 part answer that I gave you which I hope comes out, the Bible states in John 17 17 Sanctify them through thy truth thy word is truth. If you believe one part of the Bible is written in truth, then you must believe the entire Bible is written in truth.
Evangelsit Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 10/21/2014, 6:49am...
Part 3 of 3 Also there is another very important lesson here with re accounting the creation with the animals. The fact that God distinctly let it be written by Moses in the same Chapter to show that man was created with a soul and the animals were not. 2 Timothy 3 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness Out of the mouth of two are three a witness is established. In regard to animals not having any souls, when God had them get on the Ark with the animals, God let it also be written that there were only 8 souls on that Ark therefore the animals were not counted as having souls. 1 Peter 3 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 10/21/2014, 6:48am...
Part 2 of 3 Moses restated not only about the animals, but the herbs and some other things. The reason why he restated what happened about the animals because he wanted the reader to know that God brought those same animals that he had created unto Adam to name. Have you ever read a good book or seen a good movie, well the author always brings the reader up to speed about the events that happened in some point or another in the story? Even a good miniseries at the beginning of each day the miniseries airs it gives a re account of the previous day events. This is what happened with Moses. The Bible is the truth.
Evangelist Chatauna Robinson's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 10/21/2014, 6:47am...
Part 1 of 3 Hello George Hartwell There are not two different accounts. In Chapter One this is the actual account of the creation. In Chapter Two this is restating or a recount of what happened in Chapter One. If you read the first four verses of Chapter Two especially Verse 4 you will find that after God rested then the author, which was Moses, began to re account the previous activities by starting off the sentence with These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, . Not only did Moses restate the facts that happened in Chapter one, but he added what happened on the seventh day as well, God made man.
Keemenao Mildred Moseki's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 10/21/2014, 4:51am...
it is interesting and amazing how God made things to come into being and it is definitely true no doubts that is how our God works with wonders and miracles.
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