These daily online studies are adapted from our Quiet Time Bible Guide. The studies go through the Old and New Testaments in just over two years. The approach taken by our quiet time Bible studies does not include answers. The goal of the study is to help you dig into Scripture for yourself. You can go deeper using a commentary, Bible background guide or Bible handbook.

Genesis 1:1—2:3: Our Place in the World

For more context before you begin studying, read this introduction to the book of Genesis.

Have you ever been involved in a discussion about creation? Do you wonder why this first chapter of Genesis generates so much controversy and what it is really meant to teach? This study will help you understand the author's purpose in writing and what his message taught Israel about their God, his creation and their special place in the natural world. It will also help you to consider how this account is relevant today. Remember that Genesis 1, like other books in the Bible, describes natural events in popular and nontechnical language. It reports them as they appear to the average person without explaining exactly how they took place. The emphasis is on the who and why, the Creator and his purposes in creation.

Warming Up to God

Isn't it amazing? The Creator of the universe is also the God who wants to be with you today. Sit quietly and let him come to you now.

Read Genesis 1:1—2:3

Discovering the Word

  • In what ways do God's creative commands during the first three days add form to the formless earth (1:3-13)?
  • How do God's commands during the next three days add fullness to the empty earth (1:14-25)?
  • In what ways do you think God views his creation as being good (1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25)?
  • In what ways are man and woman unique among God's creation (1:26-27)?
  • What special commands and provisions does God give to the man and woman in his creation (1:28-31)?
  • According to 1:26, the man and woman are made in the image and likeness of God. What similarities are there between God's own work in creation and the commands and responsibilities he gives to the man and woman?

Applying the Word

  • The creation account reveals that God brings order, beauty and harmony out of an originally chaotic situation. In what areas do you need to trust God to produce these qualities in your life?
  • As you look around at God's creation, how does it give you a greater appreciation for the Creator?

Responding in Prayer

Thank God for the magnificence of his creation and for allowing you to play such an important role in it.

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