A multi-media sermon presentation
based on Genesis 1
By Frank Schaefer
Genesis chapter 1
is an account probably from the Priestly tradition which flourished from the
time the temple was erected under King Solomon. Genesis 1 reads very different
from the creation story in Genesis 2; there is a certain rhythm, a meter, and
certain repetitions such as “And God saw that it was good” as well as “And
there was evening, and there was morning—the first …second… third day,” etc
It has been suggested that the
reading of Genesis 1 was part of the temple worship services at one time. And
one can easily see why that is entirely possible. It has the feel of a call to
worship or a psalm.
The creation passage from Genesis 1
is a true celebration of God’s Creation—a Tribute to our Creator God. There are
so many “wows” in this passage, and yet, to some Christians the passage poses
So let’s address the “difficulties”
some believers have with this passage and move on to celebrate, because that’s
what this passage calls us to do—to celebrate our God, our faith, and God’s
One of the most common difficulties
people have with Genesis 1 is that the world view expressed is not consistent
with our modern understanding.
What does Genesis 1 actually say?
When God went to shape creation, according to Genesis
1:2, there was something there already, namely the “deep” and water—a primordial
ocean if you will. Critics will point out that that’s very different from
modern scientific understanding of a universe that started with a big bang.