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The heavens and the earth

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1 The phrase "the heavens and the earth" is a prime example of a Hebrew literary device in which two opposites are mentioned but the implication is that everything in between is included. Another way of understanding that verse is to say, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth...[and everything contained therein] or [and everything in between] or [and everything else we see]" A common question is raised, however: Why did God bother going to such great lengths to create a seemingly infinite universe when the small pebble called earth is all that really matters? It seems like God went a little overboard with the whole creation thing. But when you think about the purpose of the universe and all of creation, what seems like wasted space actually testifies to the awesomeness of God. The purpose of creation is to reflect the character and the glory of the Creator. Think abou…

In the beginning _____(fill in the blank)_____

This summer for my youth internship I'm going to be teaching the Sunday morning teen class. My topic? Genesis 1-11 Sounds crazy, but I really felt a pull towards going back to the beginning. It probably has something to do with the fact that I was studying the Old Testament a lot. But nevertheless, I am totally excited about walking the kids through the first eleven chapters of the Bible. Genesis is all about beginnings. We all have our beginning sentence in describing our own spiritual journey. "In the beginning _______" For instance, "In the beginning there was my family," or maybe, "In the beginning there was my mentor." These are the starting points which mark the trailhead of our spiritual journey. These words recall the earliest memory of a relationship with God. If Scripture is viewed as a spiritual journey of the world, then Genesis 1:1 shows the starting point of that journey: "In the beginning God created..." That's it. Th…