The focus of verses one through five is the creation of time. The first day is created by creating seperate periods of light and darkness. There can not be evening and morning without this. The existence of an earth with chaos on the waters has led to a number of controversies. Are we reading here the second creation story. Did Satan corrupt a world and send it into chaos? My perspective is that chaos, although incomplete, is not sin. Go creates order from chaos like a potter creates a jar from formless clay.
Genesis 1: 1-5
- What did God see about the light he had created?
- What did God seperate?
- In seperating light and darkness what does God create?
- Does God stand inside time?
- What does it mean to you that God created and is master of time?
- What two things did God create in the beginning?
- What was over the surface of the deep?
- What two words describe the pre-creation earth?
- What was moving over the face of the waters?
- What did God call the light and the darkness?
- Are heaven and earth eternal?
- Is there any ‘cosmos’ outside of the earth at this point?
- If ‘waste and emptiness’ describes ‘formless and void’ how does that help you understand the passage?
- Is there a second creation story between verses 1 and 2?
- Is one day a 24 hour period (See Chapter 1 overview for three different views)?
- How can you remember that earth is finite and God is infinite?
- What happens when you forget that God is infinite with respect to space and time?
- If God has created time how does he master it today?
- Are chaos and darkness opportunities to you?
- How can you mimic God’s creativity?