So you think you know the story of creation? Would it surprise you to learn you might have missed the most spectacular part?
Don’t worry. I missed it too. Discovering it rocked my world!
Most of us know the basics. On Day 1 God said, “Let there be light.” On Day 2 He created the “heavens.” The earth and the waters were created on Day 3. And so on and so forth until He rests on the 7th day.
Sound about right?
There is so much more to the story and it will take your breath away, as it did mine.
Notice the “let” statements in the first six creation days, as summarized from Genesis 1:1-25 (ESV) :
Day 1: Let there be light.
Day 2: Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.
Day 3: Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together and let the dry land appear and let the earth sprout vegetation.
Day 4: Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens and let them be for signs and for seasons and let them give light upon the earth.
Day 5: Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens and let birds multiply on the earth.
Day 6: Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds.
That’s THIRTEEN different “let there be/let” statements in the creation account.
BUT then something changes!
Right after God has created or “let there be” earthly living creatures “according to their kinds,” He does something VERY different. He says:
LET US MAKE!
Wow! Did you catch that? Not only is this the first time scripture reveals the Trinity, it’s also a call to action by the entire Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Then, God said, ‘Let us make man in our image.’ (Genesis 1:26)”
Will you pause to soak that in? God just spoke all of creation into existence. Every awe-inspiring detail of everything in all creation, from their most delicate intricacies to the complexity of their form, He simply spoke into being. God basically said, “Let it be so,” and it was.
But with you and me, the entire Trinity of the godhead stopped to create a special and unique being, made in their very image.
Friends, that just gives me goosebumps!
But that isn’t where the amazing part of this creation story ends!
After God brought forth all things and mankind into existence, He rested and called everything very good. Wait. Why did God rest? The Bible is clear that God does not rest nor does He need it. Is this a mistake? Far from it.
On Day 7 God did two very important things: He sanctified creation and He set a day aside rest and worship. But I also believe He took a purposeful pause to set apart a magnificent truth about His most unique and special creation.
God didn’t just speak mankind into existence, He also took special time to form us with His own hands and to breathe His Spirit of life into us.
Then the LORD God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. (Genesis 2:7, NIV)”
This wasn’t just true for Adam and Eve. It is true for each and every one of us. We are created in the image of God. We are formed by the hands of God. And every breath of life is a gift from God. We are unlike any other kind.
We are God’s most wonderful creation!
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14, NIV)”
The most important part of the entire creation story is this:
As magnificent, breath-taking, awe-inspiring, and overwhelming as all of creation is, NOTHING COMPARES TO YOU!
*To read the entire creation story, follow this BibleGateway.com link.