Genesis Chapter 1
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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.
31And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
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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."
TopCatJones's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 5/21/2013, 7:18pm...
God created the earth to be a paradice for humans forever. When satan is removed then the earth will be a paradice for humans the way God said in the begining. What God says will be, "WILL BE".
Mary's Genesis Chapter 1 comment about verse 26 on 5/20/2013, 11:43am...
God knows that our "will" would always be our biggest hurdle to giving ourselves completely to doing God's Will - let go and enjoy His abundant joy & peace; He Loves Us despite our wicked ways & gave up His most precious Son just to be able to have us in His presence - could any of us do that? Not Likely :(
Bro. Daniel FC's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 5/18/2013, 4:24am...
@ Andre\' Petrossians
Hello Andre! You have written quite a sermon there: I find it very interesting. But there are a few things that you need to reconsider in order to “comply” with what the Bible is teaching. It is very important, when you make a statement, to back it up with a Book, chapter and verse; otherwise that statement remains your own opinion… Because of space restraint, I’ll take one issue at a time, if I may.
You say: “In God's plan to create man, He did not predestine man to sin, NEITHER DID HE FOREORDAIN REDEMPTION. We are not minimizing the importance of redemption, but only SAYING THAT REDEMPTION WAS NOT FOREORDAINED BY GOD. If it were, then man would have to sin.”
Now, here’s what Apostle Peter is saying in his First Epistle, Chapter 1: “18 FORASMUCH AS YE KNOW THAT YE WERE NOT REDEEMED WITH CORRUPTIBLE THINGS, AS SILVER AND GOLD, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 BUT WITH THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 WHO VERILY WAS FOREORDAINED BEFORE THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD, but was manifest in these last times for you…”
I can see your dilemma facing this “conundrum”. I agree that man was not preordained to sin; however, our omniscient God in His wisdom provided The Solution for sin, before it happened: THE PRECIOUS BLOOD OF CHRIST. There is a much deeper and more important issue connected to man’s creation and fall. Until next time, God’s blessings.
Garyloyd newman's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 5/15/2013, 1:00am...
If you go to proverbs 8 around verse 22 to 31 you will see how God created the earth with wisdom and the family was there rejoicing over it's beauti.
Garyloyd's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 5/15/2013, 12:56am...
fields has it right and if you go to Isaiah 45:18,19 you will see the earth established and created to be inhabited.
J. Fields's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 5/10/2013, 1:15pm...
"In the beginning"...this does not say when. God created nothing in vain or void. It is His favorite place in the universe. The Bible does not disagree with science as some believe. This earth is millions of years old! This earth age was due to the destruction of the first earth age (because of Satan's pride, God had to destroy an age, not His children. This earth age is for each of us to decide who we will follow: God or Satan. The account of "creation" of land, vegetation & animal life are actually a recreation. He tells man & woman to "multiply, and replenish" the earth, not "start from scratch". Something happened for this earth to "begin again"...Satan's downfall. The word was can be (and I believe correctly) translated from the original Hebrew manuscripts as became as in "the earth became void". "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." 2Timothy 2:15. I know most people will not agree with me, be that as it may. God knows truth. Someday we will all know His Truth completely. May God bless and give understanding to those who seek it and ask Him for it. Amen.
Wilber garcia's Genesis Chapter 1 comment on 5/09/2013, 12:48am...
it was excellent and extrapordinary how earth and everything else was initially created by our havenly father. I love you havenly father I can not live without you or die without knowing sufficiently you in my life
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