Each stage of this Bible overview gives you a taste of an important part of the history of God’s dealings with this world. We’ll start with creation, and end up with the picture of new creation we look forward to.
Each stage will have a brief explanation of the big idea, a verse or two that shows this big idea, and then some further verses of Scripture that give some more information about who God is and what he does (related to this part of the history of salvation). You might like to use the questions provided to help you reflect on what you read from the Bible. If you’d like to dig deeper into the Bible and read more about the themes we’re uncovering, take a look through the ‘further reading’ list of Bible books and topics. Each of these items is a set of readings covering a part of the Bible or a theme. In most cases you’ll get 20 days worth of reading from each set.
But for now, let’s consider the creation of the world:
God made the world and everything in it, and he made humans in his own image. The first humans were Adam and Eve. As Creator of the world, God is the ruler (or king) of it. However, God blessed Adam and Eve and appointed them to be rulers over his creation.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.(ESV)
We see that God is the ultimate being. He is before all things, and the creator of everything.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was with God in the beginning.
3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
4 In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
God creates a good world which pleases him. He gives life, and gives humans a real purpose in life: to live in loving relationship with God and each other, and to rule over the world.
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.
30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.
God creates by his word, such is his power.
For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
Trust (or ‘faith’) in God the Creator is essential. Our good and powerful God created a world which belongs to him and which is in relationship with him. He loves this world and will not abandon it.
If God is your creator, how does he deserve to be treated? Do you treat him that way?
Thank God for creating the heavens and the earth to have order and purpose. Praise him for setting humanity apart as special. Ask God to help you appreciate the goodness and order of his creation, and to live rightly in it as his image-bearer.