Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”

  • God created out of nothing or ex nihilo. Anything we create is based on something but God created out of nothing.
  • Christian scholars support the concept that God created in 6 consecutive 24 hour days. The phrase “the evening and the morning” is evidence that these are indeed the days we are familiar with.
  • Christian scholars state that the creation date was not earlier than 10,000 years ago.
  • God is explaining to Moses, the writer of Genesis, that He is the Creator of the Universe. To dispel the different ideas of so-called having different gods in the time of Exodus.
  • Genesis 1:1 also means “When God began to create,”.
  • The Question by Ancient Interpreters
    • They ask questions like if the heavens and the earth are the first things God created?
    • They ask when did God create angels, His throne or even Wisdom
    • Rabbis insisted that God’s Word and wisdom came first
  • The Possible Answer:
    • The NIV Zondervan Study Bible says that the single Hebrew word for “In the beginning” is (bĕrēšît). It is a word that signals the start in a sequence of events.
    • The NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible however disagrees and says this is more likely refers to just the start of the seven days and not things before it.


The MacArthur Study Bible

NIV First-Century Study Bible

The NIV Zondervan Study Bible

The NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible