I enjoy providing this podcast for you each day. I also do other things, such as leading a small group and volunteering in the community and for different ministries. In addition, I am writing my second novel while seeking an agent for my first.
As an author, I know the first few sentences of a book are critical. For instance, the opening of a book must grab the reader’s attention, indicate the setting and introduce the main character. It should also open to action.
Did you realize that’s the way the bible starts? Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (NIV) Notice the setting is the creation of the universe. And talk about action – the next few verses describe light blazing into existence and cosmic events. Of course, the main character, God, is also introduced.
The word used for God in this verse is the Hebrew word Elohim. This passage associates it with the power of creation. The first thing we learn about God is he is the maker of all things. This highlights his power to bring into existence things that did not exist. It also indicates his ownership since he created it. So much is wrapped up in one simple word – God.
This week the podcast will focus on names and descriptions of God found in the first two books of the bible. Let’s appreciate the one who made us.
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