Daily Bible Reading “In the Beginning” (Genesis 1:1-5)

Genesis 1 1In the Beginning

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Genesis 1:1-5. Genesis is the first book of the Bible, in the Old Testament. It is the first book of what is called the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible). These first five books of the Bible are also what the Jewish people call the Torah. Moses is considered to be the author of these books. The first chapter of Genesis is a six day account of the creation of the heavens, the earth, plants and trees, birds, animals, and man. As we go through this first chapter notice the order in which God created things.

Genesis chapter 1 begins by saying, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” The earth had no form. It was empty and total darkness covered the depth of the sea. The Spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters. God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw the light and He thought it was good.

God then, divided the light from the darkness. He called the light “day,” and He called the darkness “night.” The evening and the morning were the first day. Notice that the Scripture puts the evening before the morning, as if to say the day started at nightfall rather than at sunrise. This is believed to be why on the Jewish calendar a day starts in the evening, rather than the morning, as is done on the Gregorian calendar.

There are those who find it hard to believe that God could do all He did in the creation of the earth in a day. They use the Scripture from 2 Peter 3:8 to say that maybe a day was a thousand years rather than a twenty-four hour period, as we know it. “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8).

Personally, I believe that God is so powerful that if He wanted to speak something into existence, He could very well do so. The fact that the Scripture says, “The evening and the morning were the first day.” leads me to believe it was more like a day as we know it today.

Notice that God created the light first. In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”


Daily Bible Reading:

Genesis 1:1-5

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.


Things to think about:

  • What would it be like for the world to be in total darkness?
  • Why would God create light first?
  • Have you accepted Jesus as the light of your life?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank you for this Scripture in the book of Genesis which tells us about the beginning of time and how you created the world. We thank you for the light that you created. Help us not to walk in darkness, but to walk in the light of the Lord. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.


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