Part 1: God’s Workmanship
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God…”
We need go no further than the first line of the Bible to see who our focus should be on; this story begins with God. Keep this theme fresh in your minds as we continue. In every act the story focuses on God. This is a lesson for our own lives; before anything else our focus should begin and remain on Him.
In the beginning it, all of creation, was good. What does it mean by good? Good in that it fulfilled its purpose. All of creation fulfilled its purpose which was and forever shall be to reflect the glory of God. Even today as we are refined like silver, it is so that the reflection of Christ may be seen in us and thus light the world. In this time of goodness the people worked and were good stewards of the earth. That was their calling, to take care of that which God had entrusted them with. So He would trust them as they trusted Him. This holy and tremendous God walked amongst them and it was perfect of a time.
This is the happy introduction to the incredible story we’re a part of, but please don’t read this with rose colored glasses. Most people think creation took place as God snapped His fingers. Although that’s definitely a possibility I believe the Bible paints a much different picture.
Remember the story is about God and God became man in the Son named Jesus. Jesus is fully God and fully man. Every story in this book comes back to Him. Jesus is the exegesis of God. When Jesus came to earth he took on the job of a carpenter.
Now visualize a carpenter working. It’s hot, the man is sweating as he flexes his work-built muscles to lift and carry. His dirty hands work with dirty tools, it’s loud and tiring. As the shift ends his sore hands throb from a day’s labor. He breathes a heavy sigh, half proud of what was accomplished today; half preparing for what work awaits him tomorrow.
If God was just snapping his fingers would he have needed a day off?
No! He worked his creation. He poured all His love and power and glory into these six days of symphonic shalom. He did it all, and at last with the joy of accomplishment he looked down onto the earth and said, “it is good.”