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Devotional by Ray Stedman – In the beginning – A daily devotion for April 1

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

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Each of us began life as babies, not being aware of what was happening around us or what the world was like. But as we grow older, we begin to notice the world, the sky, the sea, the winds, the birds, the flowers, the animals, the trees and all the life around us. Being aware of the world, we inevitably asked ourselves some questions about him. Those questions have been answered for us briefly here in the first words of Genesis.

What are the questions? First we ask ourselves: “What is all this?” Carried away by an insatiable curiosity, humans have tried to answer the question since they appeared on earth. They try to explore the universe and the world in which they live.

In the second place we ask: “How did it start?” This question is the emphasis of science. Then we asked: “When did everything start? How long has the world been this way? ” Finally, we are faced with the great philosophical question: “Who is behind him? Who is hidden behind these strange and amazing processes? ” These questions are answered in this verse, and, therefore, serve as a tremendous introduction to the great themes of the Bible.

Think of the first question, in which it is most evident to us: the wonder of the universe itself. “In the beginning,” we read, “God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1: 1). Someone has said that this phrase is the beginning of true science, because a fundamental part of the work of science is to observe and classify everything that can be observed in the composition of the world of nature. This is a first effort to classify. What do you see around you? You see two great kinds of things: the heavens and the earth.

One of the wonders of the Bible is that it uses a language that communicates with people of the most primitive, who have limited knowledge, but at the same time it continues to have meaning and inexhaustible meaning for the most learned and educated. It is addressed equally to all kinds of people in humanity, so that is the beauty of the language of the Bible.



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The Bible avoids the terribly ridiculous of some of the earliest myths about creation found in other religions. It was the Bible that first said that the number of the stars is something above any computation, declaring that God “stretched out the heavens” (Isaiah 51:13) throughout the unlimited expansion, which can never be measured and that it is full of stars that are as numerous as the sand on the seashore (Genesis 22:17). Modern science has now established that this is true.

It is also the Bible that says that the earth is suspended over nothing (Job 26: 7). Describe in this poetic way the mysterious force of gravity that nobody has ever been able to understand. It was the Bible that said that “what is seen was made of what was not seen” (Hebrews 11: 3), preceding in this way for many centuries the discoveries of science that finally recognized that all matter is composed of invisible energy and that matter and energy are interchangeable.

Lord, I praise you as the Creator and He who sustains all things. From the very beginning of time You have not changed, and I feel grateful knowing You as He who has done all things.

Application to life
The purpose of the Bible is not to tell us how the heavens are going, but rather how to go to heaven. What is so beautiful about the language of the Bible that it encompasses everything?

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