by Jerry Vines

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Creation's God (1 of 14)
Series: World in a Week
Jerry Vines
Genesis 1:1

Open your Bible to the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis-Genesis 1, verse 1. I am beginning a series of message this evening which I am going to call A World in a Week. Brother Tom Crisp told me that I preached through the book of Genesis twenty years ago when I first got here. It's about time I came back to it, isn't it?

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

Suppose, for the first time in your life, someone placed in your hands a copy of the Bible. You have never previously had a Bible. You have never read the Bible and they have given you a copy of the Bible. So, you open up your Bible and turn to the book of Genesis. Genesis means beginning. It is taken from the first phrase of the first statement. In the beginning - Genesis. For the first time in all of your life you read that opening statement. That first statement - in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

That is probably the most familiar verse in all of the Bible. How many people have set out to read the Bible and they begin with Genesis 1, verse 1, and they read. They do as I did - they do pretty well until they get to all of those begats and begots and begottens. Then they fall along the way. But they started with verse 1 of chapter 1. It is the first statement in the Bible and what an awesome statement it is, indeed.

Here is a statement which defies human comprehension or understanding. It is a statement about God. It is a simple statement and yet it is a profound statement. There are ten words in the English translation. There are only seven words in the Hebrew Bible. So it is a very simple statement, but it in that statement is comprehended the existence of the universe.

I heard about a young reporter who was on his first assignment. He wrote his article and came back and it was about two pages. His editor gave it back to him and said, ''Go back and write it over ...

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