I am one of those people who does not want to be late for a movie. For me, going to the theater is not just about seeing the movie printed on the ticket. I want to see the trailers, the coming attractions. I get caught up in the anticipation of what is “coming soon”.
Genesis 1:1 is kind of like our trailer to the Bible. The very first 10 words of the Bible build our anticipation of what is coming soon: “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
So many times we come to the Bible looking for the solution to our problem, the answer to our question, the guidance to help us make the right decision. In other words, we approach Scripture as if it is primarily about us. Genesis 1:1 reminds us that Scripture is first and foremost about God. This verse tips us off that what is coming our way is a grand revelation of the One who is responsible for all existence.
As we read through the creation story, we see the wonders of the universe literally unfolded before us, culminating in the creation of humanity, the only part of creation created in the image of God and the first part of creation to be directly blessed by God (Genesis 1:28). It is not time or space or nature or animals but mankind that receives a blessing from God.
A little later, in Genesis 3:8-9, we see God strolling through the garden of Eden “at the time of the evening breeze.” God picks the most pleasant time of day to go for a little stroll, as if He just wants to take in and enjoy the beauty of His work. Yet, in the midst of all creation before Him, God notices two little things out of place: Adam and Eve. “But the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?'”(Genesis 3:9).
Sometimes we feel insignificant, as if God doesn’t notice us in the midst of this great big world we live in. We tell ourselves our problems are insignificant in comparison to the struggles of the world. We think of God as sitting disinterested on his cosmic throne or watching us through his grand big-screen TV hoping to catch us in sin and zap us.
The story of creation, the story of God, reveals a different picture. God’s primary desire has been to bless us, not hurt us. God wants to walk with us in the cool of the day, and He looks for us when we wander off. God’s greatest passion is to be with us.
As we start our journey through the Bible, it’s nice to know what we have to look forward to.