God is God Alone
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The first sentence of the first verse, of the first book of the Bible is the foundation for everything that follows. The book of Genesis tells the story of the foundation of the world and the beginning of humanity’s relationship with God. Coming from the Hebrew word for beginning, Genesis sets the stage for the biblical narrative and introduces us to the God who created everything by speaking it into existence. God is all-powerful. God has no rival, no equal, no limitations, and no boundaries. The names used for God in Genesis reveal God’s character because God decided to be in relationship with humans. Names like Adonai, the Lord, let us know that God owns everything; everything belongs to God. Names like Elohim, the Almighty God, let us know that God is supreme, multifaceted, and greater than anything. God creates the heavens, the sun, moon, stars, galaxies, and planets all by speaking them into existence.
God Creates Humanity
The focus of Genesis quickly shifts from God’s relationship with creation in general to God’s relationship with humanity. God creates man and woman giving them authority over all the rest of creation on earth. God tells Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, fill the