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In the book of Genesis, God began to show us how.3 God’s work of revelation was first presented in Creation; fulfilled through God’s Son, Jesus; and will be perfected when saints of all ages join in worship around the throne of heaven. And from beginning to end, God stays on task. He divided His creative work into days and time, thus providing structure. He crafted his artistic tapestry with care, color, and detail, providing wonder. He developed a framework for making Himself most clearly known by the human heart and mind and, in so doing, provided relationship. He gave example for worship by proclaiming approval of His own work. Then He provided time for repose, contemplation, restoration, and response, giving us a model for worship. The Creation account is, in fact, God’s call to worship, for in it, He reveals to us His person, presence, power, plan, and purpose.

The Person of God Revealed

At the risk of minimizing the Creation4 account, I must point out that Genesis was not written primarily to explain how God created the universe. Rather, its purpose, first and foremost, is to reveal the person of God. God is first defined as the Creator, or “one who made something out of nothing.”5 But who is this Creator, this Person? It is Elohim6: the God Most High—the all-powerful, one Creator, the God of heaven, the Holy One, the righteous sovereign.7 Because God is creative, His very first act was to create8: He formed us in His image and placed within us the desire to know Him, fellowship with Him, love Him supremely—and worship Him. He continued by revealing Himself as sustainer, life giver, provider, companion, and caregiver of all creation—a precursor of the relationship He seeks with His best product:

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Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

Called to Worship  

An exploration of worship in the Scriptures, Dr. Whaley's new book is a resourceful tool for ministry professionals, as well as seminary stu...

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