Day 1

God Created the Heavens and the Earth

from the This Is the Gospel reading plan


Genesis 1:1-25, Isaiah 45:12, John 1:1-5, Hebrews 11:3

BY Jessica Lamb

Scripture Reading: Genesis 1:1-25, Isaiah 45:12, John 1:1-5, Hebrews 11:3 

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
All children, except one, grow up.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…

Of all the most memorable first lines in literature, I’ve always loved the opening of God’s Word most:

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

When I read these words from Genesis chapter 1, I’m often tempted to focus on the “how” in this opening passage. How has God always existed? How did He create Creation? How does He hold everything together? I try mining the text for answers about timelines and processes. But the Bible doesn’t emphasize the “how” as much as it draws our attention back to the “who” at the center of the story: God created. God saw that it was good. Genesis 1 doesn’t explain the details of how God created everything as much as it focuses on the nature of God Himself, the Creator.

God speaks and acts with purpose. He speaks the universe into existence. He moves the sky, mountains, trees, and oceans into place. Animals swarm and plants flourish at His command. None of this happens randomly—each part of the universe is arranged by Him. We live our lives in the world He’s created and sustains with purpose.

God is good, and He made everything to be good. Genesis 1 repeats the phrase, “and God saw that it was good,” six times (we’ll see it a seventh time in tomorrow’s reading). As God reflects on His creation— His handiwork—He tells us it is designed to be good. Later we’ll read how sin darkened the world with sickness and death, deception and decay, betrayal and greed. But it wasn’t created this way. It was created wholly good, and God had a plan to make it whole and good once again.

Our good God wrote—and is writing—the story of the gospel.

For the next two weeks, we’ll read through the movements of this gospel story: creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. The word gospel means “good news,” and that news for us is this: when the time was right, the kingdom of God broke through on earth in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus, the Son of God, accomplished for us in His life, death, and resurrection what we could not accomplish for ourselves—forgiveness for our sin and reconciliation with God. The Creator demonstrated His love for the created in that ”while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

The gospel story is for you, whomever you are, right where you are today. It is for those who believe, to remind them of the truth that continues to change them every day. And it’s for those who don’t believe, who are seeking or doubting or anywhere in between.

The opening words of Scripture are the beginning of an invitation to know and be known by the God who still speaks and acts with purpose, and who is working to make all things truly good.

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Jessica Lamb consumes books, tea, and street-style tacos with equal ferocity. When she’s not working as the managing editor for She Reads Truth, she can be found singing Broadway tunes off-key or traveling. She lives with her husband, daughter, beloved mutt, and tolerated chickens in Nashville, TN.

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325 thoughts on "God Created the Heavens and the Earth"

  1. Tawanna Rusk says:

    Love how this pulls verses across the books of the Bible to connect it for us!

  2. Paris McRae says:

    Loving, this read already and I can’t wait to continue to read this with you all.

  3. emmalyn ocampo says:

    He made everything beautiful in His time and everything that is within it… Praise the name of the Lord….

  4. Bethany Eppard says:

    How great is our God! Everything he made was and is good & whole. What a refreshing reminder that, through him, we are as well!

  5. Mabrie Hicks says:

    Love this

  6. Bailie Sims says:

    ❤️❤️

  7. Maria Adragna says:

    Trying to hold on to that phrase. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. There is light in all of us. Sometimes we don’t separate ourselves from the darkness and it overcomes us. The light is still inside. ♥️

    1. Alexandra Roach says:

      I absolutely love that point. That is a wonderful way to think about that verse

    2. Bethany Eppard says:

      Yes, what an awesome take away! We are called to be the light and must separate ourselves from the darkness. Thank you for the reminder that light is within us all.

  8. Zoë Kubick says:

    glad they included Hebrews 11:3 , that verse is all the explanation I need.

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