Firm Foundation Bible Study

Lesson 02 – The Focus of God. 
Genesis 1:2

In verse number one, we learned that God created the heaven and the earth.  In verse two, we learn which one of the two God focuses on. 

Genesis 1:2 – “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.”

Verse two describes what the earth looked like before He created life on it.    It says the earth was “without form” and “void”. 

The words “without form” mean that the surface of the earth was undeveloped.  The word “void” means empty.  The surface of the earth was barren, desolate, and lifeless. 

At this time, the earth probably looked like the surface of the moon or other planets like Mars.

Next we read, “… and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”  The earth was covered in total darkness.  There was no light.  The earth was also covered in something else.

 “…and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”  At that time, a layer of deep water covered the surface of the earth. 

At this stage of God’s creation, the surface of the earth was undeveloped.  The earth was barren, desolate, and lifeless.  It was surrounded by water in complete darkness.

This is how the earth started but this is not how God left it.  We see that God does not like to have something undeveloped without shape or that is dark and empty. 

So God continued His act of creating a place for man to live.  Next, we read that God “moved upon the face of the waters.”

The word move means to hover over.   The idea is similar to a hen that will gather her chicks under her wings where she can “hover” over them to nurture them. 

In the same way, God is hovering over the earth to nurture and cherish the earth.  It shows that the earth is a special place to God because it will soon be the place where man will live.  

It also shows that God is getting ready for the next stage of His creation. 

God is going to take something that is undeveloped, dark, and lifeless and will now shape and form the earth so that He can bring light and life upon it.  What do we learn about God from this verse?

First, God finishes what He starts.  He did not leave the earth undeveloped, dark, empty and lifeless.  What He starts, He wants to bring to completion. 

Likewise, God does not want your life to be without purpose, empty, and dark.  He wants to bring light, purpose, and meaning to your life.

Second, we see that God is a planner.  He is a designer.  He could have created everything at once, but as we will see in the next lesson, He carefully planned His creation in stages. 

Likewise, God has made a way to bring light and purpose to your life.  That is the central message of the Bible.

Third, God is all-powerful.  God has the power to take what was undeveloped and form it into what He wants it to be.  He has the power to bring life to a lifeless earth. 

Likewise, for those whose life is empty, without purpose, He has the power to bring fulfillment and meaning to that life.

Fourth, God’s focus is on the earth.  He is preparing a place for man to live.  Likewise, God is also focused on your life.  He does not want your life to be without meaning.

God is planning to bring light and life to the earth, but even more importantly, He wants to bring light and life to you.

Do you feel lifeless?  Do you feel like you are missing your purpose in life? 

Just as God brought the earth from a dark and lifeless place to a place of light and life, so God can bring to you spiritual life and remake you into a person that has light, purpose, and meaning in life.  God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you. 

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Questions Lesson 2

1. According to Genesis 1:2, the earth was covered in what two things (choose 2)?
a. Light                                              
b. Smoke        
c. Water         
d. Air  
e. Darkness                
f.  Ice

2. According to this lesson, God wants things to stay undeveloped, dark and empty. 
a. True
b. False

3. According to this lesson, in Genesis 1:2, we learn four things about God, what are they?
a. God finishes what he ___________
b. God is a ___________
c. God is ____________
d. God’s focus is on the ___________

4. According to this lesson, God wants to bring light, meaning, and purpose to your life. 
a. True
b. False

5. According to this lesson, God could not create everything at one time, because his power is limited. 
a. True
b. False

6. According to this lesson, God has the power to fulfillment and meaning to your life. 
a. True
b. False

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