You’re More Like God Than You Think (Genesis 1)

01_Creation_JPEG_1024Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Thus Spoke Zarathustra or Thus Spake Zarathustra) is a tone poem by Richard Strauss. It was composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche’s philosophical novel of the same name. The composer conducted its first performance on 27 November 1896 in Frankfurt. A typical performance lasts half an hour. The work has been part of the classical repertoire since its first performance in 1896. The initial fanfare was entitled “Sunrise” in the composer’s program notes. It became particularly well-known after its use in Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Anche sprach Zarathustra, op. 30 (Così parlava Zarathustra o Thus Spake Zarathustra) è un poema di Richard Strauss. Fu composto nel 1896 e ispirato al romanzo filosofico di Friedrich Nietzsche con lo stesso nome. Il compositore condusse la sua prima esibizione il 27 novembre 1896 a Francoforte. Una prestazione tipica dura mezz’ora. L’opera è stata parte del repertorio classico sin dalla sua prima rappresentazione nel 1896. La fanfara iniziale era intitolata “Sunrise” nelle note del programma del compositore. Divenne particolarmente noto dopo l’uso nel film del 1968 di Stanley Kubrick 2001: Odissea nello spazio.

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Genesis 1 

The Beginning

In The Beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.”And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

Let There Be Lights

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. 16 God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day.

20 And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” 21 So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” 23 And there was evening, and there was morning—the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

God Creates Mankind In His Own Image

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.

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Week One – In the Beginning

We start our journey in the beginning. In the beginning God made everything and his favorite creation was and still is us (Reference Genesis 1:26-28). God made us in his image with the intention of living in perfect harmony with us.

When sin entered the world, the perfect union was broken but God already had his plan of redemption in place. That plan of redemption was Jesus. God uses the nation of Israel to reveal his nature to us and to bring forth his plan. God is a promise-maker and a promise-keeper. In genesis 9 and genesis 15 we see God’s deep and abiding promises that have been made and kept. As we continue to journey- we will continue to see the nature of God unfold in big ways.

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In collaboration with my home church, Coker UMC, we want to be a part of your Summer plans. We will be taking an 8-week (40 day) journey through 40 chapters of the Bible covering some of the biggest ideas. If you are traveling this summer, no worries, this study can go with you. Just bring along your smart phone, The Good Book, and Bible. I will post each day’s reading with a corresponding selection of classical music. Subscribers to my blog receive a daily email with a link to the post.

As we journey through The Good Book we will see two levels of God’s Story. On Sundays Pastor Adam will deliver a message about the over-arching narrative of God’s plan for redemption after the fall. During the week, we will take a closer look at how God relates to us and works through us.

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For some people the Bible feels immense and unapproachable. Our hope is to provide a simple way for people to step into scripture for the first time. Also, it will be a refreshing way to increase your Biblical knowledge if you are a seasoned Bible reader. Through the sermon series you will receive the over-arching narrative for the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Within Sunday School Classes, Small Groups, The Youth Group, and Family Discussion points, you can dive deeper. We will post questions weekly on the Coker Facebook Pastor’s Forum as well allowing you to jump into discussions any time. The Study begins June 17th.

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