In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
I. THERE WAS A BEGINNING, AND THIS WAS THE ACT OF GOD.
II. THE DISORDER OF PRIMAL CREATION IS REDUCED TO ORDER BY THE POWER AND INTELLIGENCE OF THE DIVINE WILL. The life of God is imparted to the chaotic world.
III. THIS PROGRESS OF CREATION PASSES FROM ORDER, THROUGH ORGANIZATION, INTO LIFE, UNTIL IT CULMINATES IN MAN. Plants and animals are "after their kind." Not so with man. He is "after the likeness" of God. Lessons:
1. The adaptation of this world to be man's place of abode while God tries him by the duty He has placed upon him to perform.
2. All things are subject to man's use and government.
3. The human race is of one blood, derived from one pair.
4. God loves order.
(L. D. Bevan, LL. B.)
Parallel VersesKJV: In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.