Genesis Chapter 1 Answers
This web page provides answers for the Genesis Bible study daily
questions on chapter one. We pray that God will bless you with
understanding as you study His Holy Word.
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1. List the things God found “good” among His creations from Genesis Chapter 1.
- Verse 4 - The light
- Verse 10 - The land and the seas
- Verse 12 - The vegetation
- Verses 16-18 - The sun, moon and the stars
- Verse 21 - The creatures of the sea and every winged bird
- Verse 25 - The wild animals, the livestock and all the creatures that move along the ground
- Verse 31 - All that he had made, and it was very good
2. What do we learn about God from Genesis Chapter 1?
- He is the Creator
- He speaks His creations into existence
- He is the judge of all He creates
- He blesses that which He chooses
- He is the owner of all He creates (verses 29 and 30)
The word “created” (bara') in Genesis Chapter 1 verse 1 is a verb used
exclusively of God. Man could not reach up to the powers inherent in
this word, for it describes full miracle. By the sovereign, originative
power of God something absolutely new was brought into being - the
heavens and the earth.
Here the author focuses
interest upon all the areas of the world above, around, and below. In
this phrase he includes the completed universe as it was known (or might
come to be known) by the Hebrews, and all the raw material needed to
make suns, planets, stars, nebulae, galaxies, molecules, atoms,
electrons, and all the specific things and beings on the earth.
of science reveal that our galaxy contains more than 100 billion stars,
and that our sun is 150 trillion miles from the center of our galaxy.
Our galaxy is one of a small cluster of 19 galaxies, the nearest of
which is 30 million light years from us (150 million trillion miles).
Our research scientists, by using powerful telescopes, have made
reasonably sure that there are more than a billion galaxies. They
estimate the number of stars in these galaxies as close to 100
quintillion. The candle power of one of the galaxies is equal to that of
400 million suns. (from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary)
Choose One Question:
- Considering God’s creation, what do you find astounding?
- What aspect amazes you about it?
- What inspires you to worship Him?
- What do you think is His most beautiful creation?
YOUR ANSWER HERE
1. Summarize below what God created each day:
- Day One - light
- Day Two - sky
- Day Three - land, seas, and vegetation
- Day Four - sun, moon, and stars
- Day Five - sea creatures and birds
- Day Six - livestock, creatures that move along the ground, wild animals, man and woman
2. In this chapter of Genesis we see the English word
“heaven” or “the air” in Genesis Chapter 1 verses 1, 8, 9, 14, 15, 17,
20, 26, 28, and 30 (King James Version) which is translated from the
same Hebrew word “shamayim” (shaw-mah'-yim).
Do you think the Creator created His own dwelling place i.e. heaven? Where does God live?
God dwells among His people (3 OT references):
- Leviticus 15:31 "'You must keep the Israelites separate from things
that make them unclean, so they will not die in their uncleanness for
defiling my dwelling place, which is among them.'"
- Leviticus 26:11 I will put my dwelling place among you, and I will not abhor you.
- Ezekiel 37:27 My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.
God dwells in heaven (11 OT references):
- Deuteronomy 26:15 Look down from heaven, your holy dwelling place,
and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us as you
promised on oath to our forefathers, a land flowing with milk and
- I Kings 8:30 Hear the supplication of your servant and of your
people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your
dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.
- I Kings 8:39 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place.
Forgive and act; deal with each man according to all he does, since you
know his heart (for you alone know the hearts of all men)
- I Kings 8:43 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and do
whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of the
earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and
may know that this house I have built bears your Name.
- I Kings 8:49 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear their prayer and their plea, and uphold their cause.
- II Chronicles 6:21 Hear the supplications of your servant and
of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from
heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.
- II Chronicles 6:30 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place.
Forgive, and deal with each man according to all he does, since you know
his heart (for you alone know the hearts of men)
- II Chronicles 6:33 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place,
and do whatever the foreigner asks of you, so that all the peoples of
the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel,
and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.
- II Chronicles 6:39 then from heaven, your dwelling place, hear
their prayer and their pleas, and uphold their cause. And forgive your
people, who have sinned against you.
- II Chronicles 30:27 The priests and the Levites stood to bless
the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his
holy dwelling place.
- Ps 33:13-14 from heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches
God dwells in the Ark of the Covenant (2 OT references):
- II Samuel 15:25 Then the king said to Zadok, "Take the ark of God
back into the city. If I find favor in the LORD's eyes, he will bring me
back and let me see it and his dwelling place again.
- I Chronicles 17:5 I have not dwelt in a house from the day I
brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day. I have moved from one tent
site to another, from one dwelling place to another.
God dwells in the Holy of Holies (5 OT references):
- II Chronicles 29:6 Our fathers were unfaithful; they did evil in the
eyes of the LORD our God and forsook him. They turned their faces away
from the LORD's dwelling place and turned their backs on him.
- II Chronicles 36:15 The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent
word to them through his messengers again and again, because he had pity
on his people and on his dwelling place.
- Psalms 74:7 They burned your sanctuary to the ground; they defiled the dwelling place of your Name.
- Psalms 76:2 His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.
- Acts 7:45-46 It remained in the land until the time of David,
46 who enjoyed God's favor and asked that he might provide a dwelling
place for the God of Jacob.
God dwells wherever He wants to (1 OT reference and 2 NT references):
- Acts 7:48-50 "However, the Most High does not live in houses made by
men. As the prophet says: "'Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my
footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? says the Lord. Or
where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things?'
- Acts 17:24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is
the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by
- Isa 66:1-2 This is what the LORD says: "Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool. Where is the house you will build for me?
Where will my resting place be? Has not my hand made all these things,
and so they came into being?" declares the LORD.
God is Light (1 OT reference and 3 NT references):
- Ps 104:2 He wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent
- Tim 6:16 Who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.
- I John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
- Rev 22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the
light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them
light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
We cannot define God in human terms such as place – God is omnipresent and He is Spirit
3. Why did God create the universe?
This is a difficult question but God provides an answer for us.
You have to leave the first book of the Bible and go to the last one -
the Book of Revelation - for His answer to this question.
It is found in Chapter 4:
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou
hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were
1. How are we made in the image of and likeness of God per verse 26 of Genesis Chapter 1?
Our lives have the capability to have a spiritual component to
them; our physical nature is secondary and temporal - while our
spiritual nature is primary and eternal – like God.
2. What does verse 26 of Genesis Chapter 1 tell us about mankind relative to the rest of God’s creation?
Mankind is superior to and allowed to rule over the other living creatures
3. How does verse 26 of Genesis Chapter 1 contradict the theory of evolution?
- Man was created by God
- Man was made in the image of God not apes
- Man was made to rule over all living creatures and not to “descend” from them
1. Who is God with when He states “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…” that He would use the plural?
It was Jesus Christ - See the Gospel of John Chapter 17 verse 5
where Jesus proclaims that He was with God the Father before the world
2. What do the following verses tell us about how the God created the universe?
All things were created not only by or through Jesus Christ, but they were created for Him
3. What aspects of mankind make us different from the rest of God’s creations?
- Man has spirit
- Man can talk
- Man can reason or think
- Man has eternal life
- Man is made in God’s image and likeness
- Man rules
1. List the 5 things God has allowed man to rule over per verses 26-28 of Genesis Chapter 1.
- the fish of the sea
- the birds of the air
- the livestock
- all the earth
- all the creatures that move along the ground or every living creature that moves along the ground
2. List 5 things that God created that man was not given authority to rule over.
Here are eight:
- the heavens
- two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night
1. Which of God’s creations did He bless?
- great creatures of the sea
- every living and moving thing with which the water teems
- every winged bird according to its kind
2. List the 5 commands God gave mankind in verse 28 of Genesis Chapter 1.
- Be fruitful
- Increase in number
- Fill the earth
- Subdue it (the earth)
- Rule over (fish, birds, every creature that moves along the ground)
3. Describe the food God gave mankind. Who was given every green plant for food by God?
Man was given every seed bearing plant and every fruit tree for food
Beasts of the earth, birds and all creatures that move on the ground were given every green plant for food
Answers to Chapter One