Peter Misselbrook's Blog
Jul 1 2011 - E100.1a – Genesis 1:1-25, God the Creator

Our home group is using the E100 series of readings to take us through an overview of the Bible (see http://www.e100challenge.org.uk/ for information about the E100 challenge – including the reading plan and other resources). I plan to reflect on these readings in my blog.

Over the last few days we have had friends from Australia staying with us. They wanted to show us their house in Perth using Google Earth. It's wonderful to be able, as it were, to hover over our world and to see the whole thing in all its beauty before zooming in to look at a small part of it in greater detail. Genesis 1 and 2 are a bit like that. Genesis 1 gives us the big picture before Genesis 2 takes us down into the fine detail of a garden which God planted in Eden.

The big picture tells us that God made everything. He is the one who brings order out of chaos, light out of darkness, life out of barrenness. He is the one who delights in all that he has made and pronounces it good, very good.

But creation is more than a miraculous act in the distant past. Our God does not simply light the blue touch paper and retire to a safe distance; he is the one who continues to sustain all that he has made. At the beginning of creation, God calls light out of darkness and the evening and the morning are the first day. In Hebrew thought, each day begins with evening (the darkness that marks the night), before breaking into morning (and what we call the day) as light chases the darkness away. Each day is a new act of creation – 'Morning has broken like the first morning...' Each day is a brand new gift from the hands of our Creator. It's not the mechanical rolling of the spheres but the grace, faithfulness and goodness of God that brings us each new morning.

'This is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.'

Creator God, whose Spirit hovered over the face of the void at the dawn of creation, by your Spirit bring light into our darkness, order into the chaos of our lives and breathe into us your life. Through your word and Spirit, make this day a good day.

Peter Misselbrook