Chapter 25 – Old Testament Stories
Story No. 1 of 28 (Genesis 1:1-31)
Genesis means “beginning” or “origin”.
The book of Genesis is a collection of stories handed down by word of mouth over many hundreds of years, long before they were put into writing. The book has no named author nor publication date although, some scholars think it may have been written as recently as 6oo years before Jesus was born.
The underlying principle of creation is that God is love and He has always existed.
Wishing to share his love with others, He created Angels. They were not in his image or likeness and sadly, some, filled with their own pride and led by the Archangel Lucifer, rebelled. The rebellious Angels were cast into hell, a place of eternal damnation and separation from God.
|Then God created the Heavens and the earth:|
The writer presents God’s creation as a seven-day timeline, giving God’s work both logic and order. We are not told when God created the world nor the great scientific details involved. Instead, an emphasis is placed on God’s almighty power, that everything He created is good and the people He created are in His likeness.
On the seventh day, God ceased work and made the day holy. That’s a well-tested format for healthy living!
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, who is the day through whom You give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour, of You Most High, he bears the likeness. Almighty Father, thank you for the beauty of your creation…. (Canticle of Creatures – St Francis of Assisi)
Prayer: Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O Good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds, Lord, hide me
Suffer me, not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
that I may praise Thee with Thy Saints and Angels,
forever and ever. Amen.
|Music Suggestion: Salve Regina|
Listen and reflect… pause and talk.
God Be In My Head
God be in my head and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes and in my looking.
God be in my mouth and in my speaking.
God be in my heart and in my thinking.
God be at my end and my departing. (Sarum Primer 1558)
Read More: Jesus’ Life – See All 365 Stories
(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)