Genesis is a book of beginnings, and chapter one of Genesis is the beginning of the beginnings. This is a great place for the Bible to begin. If chapter one of Genesis is not true, then the contents of the Bible lose their value. Genesis 1 is all about the creation. It gives the finest and most intelligent record of creation known to man. Genesis 1 can be divided into three major parts as follows:
This text proclaims in summary the matter of creation. In typical Hebrew fashion, the writer of Genesis first gives the summary, then follows in the following verses with the details. Like a newspaper story, this verse is the headline, then what follows this verse in the chapter are the details in the article.
This text about creation makes a lot more sense than evolution. Though brief, it is brilliant compared to any other explanation of creation. It has a Designer and a Builder. Evolution stupidly includes neither. Evolution's explanation is like saying your house or watch or car had no designer or builder. That's how insane evolution is.
"In the beginning." Here the "beginning" simply refers to the creation, not to some other time reference. Evolutionists opt for an old world. They talk of fifty to a hundred or more million years when they discuss their theory. They need time for their theory as they have no proof in the present for their conclusions. The evidence is for a young earth, however. The account in Genesis five of the early humans and their deaths indicates that the time since Adam is approximately 6,000 years. Some want to make untold ages exist between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 and between 1:2 and the rest of chapter one. But that quest for untold ages is usually a quest to get along with evolutionists not with Bible expositors. Those who embrace the so-called "gap" theory interpretation between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2 are trying to interpret the Bible according to science rather than interpreting science according to the Bible.
This proclamation of creation includes the Master of creation which is God.
• The prominence of God. "God created." Over thirty times "God" is mentioned in this first chapter of Genesis—verses 1,2,3,4 (twice), verses 5,6,7,8,9,10 (twice), verses 11,12,14, 16,17, 18, 20,21 (twice), verses 22,24,25 (twice), verses 26, 27 (twice), verse 28 (twice), verses 29, and 31. Take out "God" and Genesis One becomes incoherent. Evolution leaves out God. No wonder it is such a nonsensical explanation of the origin of the universe and man.
• The priority of God. "In the beginning God." The book of Genesis, and thus the Bible also, begins with God. This is the right way to begin anything. In fact, if we do not begin with God we will make a mess of things in a hurry. Evolution has tried to begin without God and look at the foolish arguments it advances. We need to begin our days, our travels, our marriages, our careers with God.