In the Beginning God. A good start to a good story which is all about God. It is His story. It tells us about Him. It also tells us about us. What are I designed for? Why am I here? How do I relate to God? the world? society? myself? In this story you will see “snapshots of Jesus” hiding between the lines and wide-screen displays of who God is revealed in the face of what He has made (Rom 1:18-20)
God is an Artist. Every artist expresses himself into the tangible, visual world. His masterpieces reflect an internal reality to an external world. And as an artist produces more and more work it is easy to observe patterns or “fingerprints” of the artist in his works. All that we know has the fingerprints of God on it. We are the works of His hand. So, what does His creation tell us about the Artist?
It’s interesting that the Bible starts out not as a narrative, but a Poem: an artistic, expressive, storytelling, creative structure. And God’s poem starts off with God “Elohim” (think: Trinity) creating, nurturing, and speaking into existence all that we know. Unlike other popular Creation myths of the day, God’s story is one based in goodness, not a “cosmic soap-opera” of dysfunctional deities raging in violence and ambition. God’s creation is birthed out of love, goodness, and expressive, creative intention. It is a rhythm of 6 days of separating (preparing) and filling the world with Life, Goodness, and Blessing. And at the end of it all God declares His art as “very good.”
How should we respond? Ps 34:8a “Taste and see that the Lord is good…”