Year of the Bible – Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

Year of the Bible - Advent Week Two - Genesis 1




In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1

Genesis 1:1-2:3 (1:1-5)

In the beginning . . . These words take us back to the beginning of time. Time, connected to matter and space, suddenly came into being. All things were “generated” out of the willing of the Father, effected through the Son, carried out by means of the Holy Spirit. The Word spoke. What was not came to be out of nothing. This is the meaning or sense of the word “genesis.” Genesis continues today. God’s Word generates new life into us in baptism. God’s Word generates the body and blood of our Lord into being in the Lord’s Supper. God’s Word washes our hearts with absolution, generating our forgiveness before God and within our own hearts at the same time. God’s Word “bespeaks” us righteous—“generating” innocence and blamelessness before God. God’s Word will open our graves and call us forth from death into eternal life. In the beginning . . . God generated light before there were suns or stars, teaching us that there is a light from Him that enlightens the soul, a light that is not a worldly light. Even as man does not live by bread alone but on the Word of God, so man is not enlightened by the Sun (what is seen or learned by means of the Sun) but by the Word of God from Christ. In the beginning . . . God separated light from darkness. Truth has its counterpart in ignorance, even as spiritual light has a counterpart in spiritual darkness. At first there was a “dark side” to the universe, but it was not evil. God declared all things to be “good” (10). Darkness was the absence genesis, of the Word of Truth, which would only later be used against mankind when Satan fell from heaven. Satan does not want the Word to be heard, to be seen, because the Word creates spiritual light. This is the reason why we are under an imperative from God to preach the Word to all the world. The Word creates a spiritual light that is the means, the instrument, by which men are saved. Without it we live in darkness. In the beginning . . . God separated . . . God gathered . . . God said . . . and it was so.


Questions – Genesis 1:1 – 2:3

  1. Why is it hard to understand what life was like before time?
  2. What unique property or quality does the Word of God have that the word of men does not have?
  3. What are some examples of this quality at work in our lives?
  4. What is the light of Christ?
  5. What is spiritual darkness?
  6. How is this light restored to our fallen and darkened world?


Year of the Bible – Advent Week Two | Tuesday | Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 – © John W. Fiene