Book of Genesis (Themes and Ideas)

The main idea and theme in the first three chapters of Genesis is that God is the ultimate creator of all things and is sovereign over his creation (Klingbeil 12). The first chapter illustrates that God created the universe through a series of miraculous acts that can only come from a supernatural being. His sovereignty is evident when he commands and it happens just as he commands. Through his words, God commanded the creation of living and the non-living things. In verse 3 (NRSB), He says…….

Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light”

According to Klingbeil, the sovereignty of God in that first chapter of Genesis is also evident in the manner in which he named the various parts of creation (34). God was responsible in naming the day and night. However, he left other components of creation such as plants and animals to be named by the human being.  During creation, God used lots of wisdom to create the heavens and earth in a perfect manner. On several occasions, God declared that whatever he has created was good. In the second chapter of the book of genesis expands on the theme of man as the pinnacle of God’s creation. Despite creating several living things, God placed man at the pinnacle of his creation (Klingbeil 12). Therefore, he gave man the authority over other forms of creation.

In verse 26, He says…….

“Let us make humankind c in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth” d

 In conclusion, the first three chapters of Genesis present God as the ultimate creator of all the things in the universe. The Genesis creation story depicts God as a superior being with the power to command and make things work according to his commands. God uses his sovereignty to create the living and non-living things in a perfect manner. Despite creating several living things, God placed man at the pinnacle of his creation.


Work Cited

Klingbeil, Gerald. The Genesis Creation Account and Its Reverberations in the Old Testament. Andrews University Press, 2016. Print

The Bible: New Revised Standard Bible (NRSB), Chapters 1-3


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