January 1, 2011 Genesis
When GOD speaks, there is something to listen to of extreme value. I am going through the Bible this year showing all the words GOD said and let them speak for themselves. His Word is light. His Word produces results. His Word is always good and for our benefit. His Word is love.
The NLT uses the phrase “then God said”. It is as if He allows circumstance or even our opinion to be spoken first, then He has the lasting Word. I like this. He gives us a chance to see the real picture and then only guides and corrects as needed. Of course, since we were born in sin, much guiding and correction is required. But a Father loves in His correction and He is the chief example of this in His unfailing love relationship with us throughout time.
Gen 1: 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 6 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” 9 Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” 11 Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” 14 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. 15 Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” 20 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” 22 Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” 24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals. 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beingst in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” 29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.30 And I have given every green plant as food for all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, and the small animals that scurry along the ground—everything that has life.”
16 But the Lord God warned him, “You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden—17 except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.” 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.”