Genesis Bible Commentary – Chapter 1

A few years ago I had the bright idea of reading the bible and writing my comments along with it. I only made it 27 chapters into Genesis, then tried a while later with an audio book and got another couple dozen chapters, but it just wore me out. However, for these first 27 chapters, I did happen to write down some stuff I still feel is funny and/or interesting. I figure I might as well get this posted since I’m not gonna do anything else with it. It doesn’t really have a consistent voice, but it is what it is. I’m gonna post one chapter every day for February. My comments are in red.

GENESIS CHAPTER 1

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.

4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

God saw that it was good, as though he had been worried that it would not be good.

5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Does this mean that the day actually begins in the evening instead of at midnight?

6 ¶ And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.

Webster’s says that firmament means an arch of the sky, or heavens, or a sphere of interest, which divides the waters, which I guess means that the waters were there before God got there and he divided them with the sky?

7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

9 ¶ And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.

10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.

11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.

12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Again, God saw that it was good, as though he had been unsure of himself.

13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

14 ¶ And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:

15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

So in verse 3 he creates the light, so here he must be bringing that light into the heavens, and placing them in the stars, our sun and the moon.

16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.

20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.

24 ¶ And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

26 ¶ And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Here, God says, “..in our own image…”, as opposed to “…in my own image…”, which I find interesting. Perhaps this is implying that there are other Gods that look and act similar to our own, perhaps with other little worlds that they control… perhaps they have contests to see whose world is better, or who has the most worshippers… or perhaps it’s just a translation problem, but hey, we’re supposed to be taking this thing literally, and if it’s truly the word of God, the language should speak for itself.

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

He created him her with they her he by he him?

28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Ah, yes, we have dominion over the earth, and we may subdue it for our own will, regardless of what might be best for the survival of the earth. Certainly survival of the earth is important, but not as important as ensuring that humans have total command over it, which lends itself to the idea that we need to be continuing genetic and biological research so that we can “subdue” and manipulate the world into what we want it to be.

29 ¶ And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.

Well, it doesn’t say ‘every tree… to you it shall be for smoke…’, but it is implying that all seed bearing herbs and fruits should be acceptable for humans to eat, and hemp is definitely edible, so this passage does imply that hemp should be legal, though not necessarily marijuana.

30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.

31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.


Thanks for reading my Genesis Bible commentary :) Here's the other chapters I've posted so far:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27 conclusion, response

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