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Back to the Beginning: Meet Our Personal God

Back To the Beginning Gen 2.001

In Genesis 1:26-2:17 we meet the personal God of Creation.

The Book of Genesis gives us the beginning: Universe, world, home, family, marriage, sin, and redemption.  Right at the beginning we are given the answers to life’s greatest questions:

  • Where did I come from?
  • Why am I here?
  • Where am I going?

Genesis written by Moses @ 1446-1406 for the purpose of explaining to the Jews where they came from and how God chose them.

The Story of Genesis unfolds in two parts. The first section focuses on four great events (ch. 1-11) spanning a total of 2000+ years from 4000+BC – 2090 BC. These four great events are:

  • Creation (1-2)
  • Fall (3-4)
  • Flood (5-10)
  • Nations (11)

The second section focuses on four great people (ch. 12-50).  These people are:

  • Abraham
  • Isaac
  • Jacob – Ch. 12-36 – 193 years from2090 BC – 1897 BC.
  • Joseph – Ch. 37-50 – 93 years from 1897 BC – 1804 BC.

Here is how God reveals Himself in Creation

  • Chapter 1 – six days of creation – God reveals Himself as a powerful God.
  • Chapter 2 – sixth day of creation – God reveals Himself as a personal God.

We have already seen that:

  1. Creation reveals Proof of God (1:1-2)
  2. Creation reveals the Power of God (1:3-26)

From this we made several concluding applications:

  1. If God is powerful enough to create the world, He is powerful enough to take care of the problem I am facing in my life today
  2. If God is powerful enough to create the world, He is powerful enough to help me when I call
  3. If God is powerful and wise enough to create the world, I can trust He knows best in my life.

Now we will to see how creation reveals the Personal God of Creation (2:4-17).


Chapter 1 introduces us to God by the name Elohim. This name refers to God as the Creator of the Universe. Now in chapter 2:4 the name Yaweh Elohim is used for the first time. Yahweh is the personal covenant name God takes when he relates to and redeems His people.

Desire (26)

Desire of the Godhead – Trinity to create man.  “Let us” (3:22, 11:7; I Jn 5:7). God’s will fulfilled in the creation of man.

“Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.”” Isaiah 43:7

You are special! You are wanted! Your are loved! God desired for you to exist and live in this generation!

““For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep…;” Acts 13:36

Design (26b-27, 2:7)

God formed man. The term formed speaks of “careful design”.  Man was designed after God! When the Great Architect of the universe wanted to make his highest creation, He used Himself as the design.

God formed man in His Image. This means we share in God’s attributes: life, personality, truth, wisdom, love, holiness, justice. Because to this we have the capacity for spiritual fellowship with Him. God is a spirit, does not have a body. We were created in His image:

  • Man has a conscience – ability to know right from wrong
  • Man has a mind – ability to reason
  • Man has a will – ability to choose to carry out his desires
  • Man has emotions – ability to feel joy, pin, remorse, excitement etc.

God breathed into Adam.  This breathing speaks of intimacy.  Adam was kissed by God and he became a living being. He breathes like all the other creatures, but he is different from them because God breathed into Him His life making him unlike all the animals. Man is immortal – he has been given the eternal life of God.

  • Man has immense capacities
  • Man is responsible
  • Man has great potential for glory and for disaster

In this we are vastly different from the animals. An ape has never composed a song, sang a song, played a musical instrument, never written a book or read one, never driven a nail or treated someone who is sick. No animal can think about eternity or salvation in God. We can for we are designed in His image!

You are of GREAT VALUE – created in the image of God!

Destiny (28)

What is the destiny of man? To obey God! (Eph. 2:10; I Jn. 5:3).  God said, “Be fruitful and multiply “(28; Ps. 127:3-5). God said, “Subdue the earth” which means to tend it (28, 2:15).

“When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.” Psalms 128:2.

Purpose (15) – man was created to work, work was instituted prior to the fall of man into sin. Have dominion over all created things – to rule, exert leadership as God’s representative.
Follow God’s instructions – do not eat of the tree (2:16-17).

Person – Adam (7). God’s commands are God’s blessings. Commands obeyed lead to blessings enjoyed.  Love is demonstrated by obedience ““If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15

Place – Eden (8).  When we live in obedience it will result in blessings, disobedience brings a curse. When Adam rebelled he lost Eden!

Provision (9-14)

  • Pleasant to the eyes – God is a God of beauty
  • Pleasant to the taste – Good for food, water

We take so much for granted. Only a child of God can stop and really appreciate the blessings of God’s creation.


We were created by God.

I know where I came from. I am not an accident. I am not here by mistake or chance, I’m not the result of some evolutionary process.

“But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?”” Romans 9:20.

Life Lesson: God cares especially for me. He knows all about me and desires my good.

““But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30

We were created in the image of God

I was created with an inner spiritual nature that enables me to know God and worship Him.
I am different from the animals with privileges, cares and responsibilities.

Life Lesson: I must seek by His power to be like Him, conformed to His image – to love like Him, give like Him, be holy like Him, forgive like Him.

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.” Romans 8:29

We were created to have dominion over the world (1:26,28)

Law, courts, justice etc.

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.” Romans 13:1.

We were created to worship, praise and obey our wonderful Creator (1:31; Rev. 4:11)

God saw that it was “very good” – Creation is not evil. As we see God’s work in creation we are filled with awe and worship… Not the creation, but the Creator!

Why am I here? The chief purpose of man: To glorify God and worship Him forever. If we are worshippers of God, we will be obedient! We were created to be good stewards of God’s creation.

Because everyone is created in God’s image, we should respect our fellow human beings who are also created in the image of God (Gen. 9:6).

“For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” 1 Cor 4:7

  • No tribalism
  • No superiority complex
  • No prejudice because of race or position
  • No ill-treatment of our fellow mankind
  • We should appreciate the gifts we of God’s creation and not waste or exploit them.  We should not throw garbage everywhere
  • We should not carelessly, needlessly destroy or trash things
  • We should not in greed destroy animal life – killing animals for food and needs is acceptable, but hunting rhino to extinction for their horn is wrong.
  • We should not abuse animals

“A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” Proverbs 12:10.

Word of warning: God will destroy those who destroy the earth.  We cannot honor the God of creation if we dishonor his creation.

“The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, And that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints, And those who fear Your name, small and great, And should destroy those who destroy the earth.”” Revelation 11:18

Here are two questions to consider as we conclude:

  1. Do you know the Personal God of Creation? He wants you to know Him. He desires a relationship with you!
  2. Are you honoring God by honoring His creation. Are you treating others with respect and love?

Before and After Salvation, God’s Way

Before & After Salvation.001 There was a lady who was walking along the road early one morning. She was carrying a large load of potatoes on her head to sell in the market that morning. A friend of hers drove by in a truck and stopped to pick her up. She was very grateful to him and thanked him over and over. She got up into the seat but still held her potatoes in her lap. Her friend looked over at her and said, “Why don’t you put the potatoes down here on the floor? There is plenty of room.” She looked over at him and said, “Oh no sir, you have been so kind to give me a ride, I could not ask you to carry my potatoes too.” How many times do we do the same thing? We place our total trust in Christ for our eternal life, but we struggle to trust Him with our day to day life. Trusting in God does not stop when we are saved. The trust must be extended to daily life!

Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

When helplessness defines our life and hope is properly placed, Christ is the answer for the sinner and the saint.

John 5:1–9 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.

Helplessness defines our life v5 

The man with an infirmity had been in that situation for 38 years, he knew he was helpless. The man with an infirmity was in that condition because of sin. v. 14 Before Salvation – We were helpless to save ourselves, we were helpless and we had to know this to be saved.

    1. Ephesians 2:8–9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.
    2. Using our own strength will only cause God to fight against us. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. James 4:6
    3. We had to come in desperation knowing that Christ was the only answer.

Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.

The same attitude, dependency, and faith we have toward Christ for our salvation is the same attitude, dependency, and faith we must have toward Christ for our daily life. After Salvation – We are helpless to live a life that glorifies God – we have to know this daily.

    1. John 15:5 for without me ye can do nothing.
    2. Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
    3. Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; And we all do fade as a leaf; And our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
    4. Do we have the same daily desperation for Christ that we did for salvation?

When helplessness defines our life and hope is properly placed, Christ is the answer for the sinner and the saint. 

Helplessness defines our life and Hope must be properly placed

Why did Christ ask the man with the infirmity, “Wilt thou be made whole?” Let us see what this question might have done for the lame man.

  • It turned his attention from the water to Christ. Imagine his life of complete attention to the water. His red eyes from not blinking enough. His weary face from long hours awake. His discouragement knowing that even if the water did move, no one was going to help him in time.
  • It let him realize his total helplessness. He had to ask someone else and it would be too late. vs. 7
  • It opened his heart to the hope of a cure.

Up until then this man watched the pool of water every day, trying to be the first one into the water so he could be healed. All his hope was in that pool of water. He did not realize that that his hope should have been on the Creator of the universe who was talking to him. Before Salvation – Salvation is not in ourselves or anything cursed by the fall

      1. Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
      2. Titus 3:5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

After Salvation – Glorifying God does not come from our flesh or in anything cursed by the fall.

      • We are created to glorify God

Colossians 1:16–17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 1 Corinthians 10:31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

        • We fall short of our purpose of creation. Rom. 3:23 For all have sinned…
      • We have a different focus for our hope.

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.

      • We cannot glorify God by our own effort.

Galatians 3:3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?

When helplessness defines our life and hope is properly placed, Christ is the answer for the sinner and the saint. 

Helplessness defines our life, Hope must be properly placed, and Help only comes from Christ

The man with the infirmity looked to Christ suggesting that he knew his faith and dependence may have been in the wrong place. v. 9 Maybe there was something more in which to hope. Maybe there was another solution. What about us? So we think we have it all worked out? Do we think that we know all the options and we understand all there is? God will bring life to a place where we lose hope in anything that is not God. Only then will we consider there may be another Hope. Before Salvation – Our salvation can only come from Christ, though many desperately search for other means

Acts 4:12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 16:31 Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved. Colossians 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

After Salvation – We can glorify God only through Christ.

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Prov. 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall strengthen your heart. Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

      •   Substitutes – Idols, things we depend on in place of God
        1. Health
        2. Money
        3. People

How do you know if you are trusting in any of the above? Well, what happens when you lose them? Do you fail to glorify God? Do you get discouraged? Do you lose your hope?

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Rejoice when God shows you your weaknesses. When you are too tired to face a new day, when circumstances and people pile up against you, then the field is set for God to work.

When helplessness defines our life and hope is properly placed, Christ is the answer for the sinner and the saint. 

Conclusion: Is Christ saying to you “Wilt thou be made whole?”  Have you been struggling for 38 years in your own weakness with your hope fixed on something affected by the curse of sin? It is time to take a good look at reality. You can’t do it, you are helpless without Christ’s daily help. You need to get your eyes off of whatever it is that you have been trusting. Christ is trying to get your attention. Hope is only found in Him. Let’s not be guilty of trusting God for our eternity and doubting Him with our days.