Judgment in Genesis

If there was nothing in the beginning, there would be nothing now. However, humanity has seen God’s invisible attributes, His eternal power, and divinity from the creation of everything.

Genesis means “beginning,” and beginnings fill the Book of Genesis. In the beginning, God spoke creating all from His Word and He did not create out of nothing (Gen 1:1–3; Heb 11:3).

From the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth, vegetation, and animals (Gen 1). God declared, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; […] So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen 1:26–27). By His image, God created humanity’s immense value.

God made humanity with free will, and humankind chose to take the knowledge of good and evil upon their flesh and initiate death into a sinless paradise. That life could not bear the knowledge of good and evil (Gen 3:19).

God’s angelic creation had a rebel who fathered the lie that deceived humanity to take the knowledge of evil upon themselves. From sin came death and its sufferings. The beginning of sin grew to the beginning of murder, polygamy, enslavement, and rape.

From evil hearts came the beginning of judgment. Now, because of sin, God’s justice demands the lifeblood of humankind (Gen 6:5–8; 9:5–6). “And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man,” (Gen 9:5). Therefore, Genesis depicted the beginning of the need for atonement and salvation because humanity’s separation from God is eternal death. However, God promised that the Seed of woman, who is her Offspring, will crush Satan’s head (Gen 3:15).

There came the genesis of the generations and the origins of the nations and languages. God made a way to bless the all nations through Eve’s descendant Abraham. God revealed to Abraham in Genesis 22:18, “In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice” (Gen 22:18; cf. 12:3).

The Word was “In the beginning,” in the Genesis. The Word was God, and the Word became flesh (John 1:1–5, 14).

“He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God,” (John 1:11–13)