The Lexham Research Commentary: Genesis 1–11 is free this month. (Plus, you can save $65 and get two more Lexham Research Commentary volumes for under $15.
With all the commentaries available, why grab this one?
- It’s a commentary on the commentaries—so you know at a glance who thinks what.
- Dense, jargon-filled research is distilled into easy-to-understand comments.
- Contextual notes help you place the passage within the narrow context of the biblical book and the broader context of the entire canon.
Plus, there’s thoughtful application—like the excerpt below, adapted from this month’s free book, Lexham Research Commentary: Genesis 1–11.
The Bible begins with creation, not to tell us about the creation, but to introduce us to the Creator.
We spend so much time on the scientific and theological speculation inspired by Genesis 1 that we often lose sight of the main point of the passage. It’s all too easy to fall into the habit of trying to make sense of the Bible on our terms when we should spend more time seeking God on his terms.
A text like Genesis 1 raises many questions about creation without providing any straightforward answers. Instead of fretting over those unanswered questions, we should approach the story with a new set of questions. The most important is, “What does this tell me about God?”
That’s the question the biblical writer was answering. God is unimaginably powerful. He speaks, and creation appears. God is organized. The apparent chaos of the natural world is not outside God’s control. Even the most mundane details of his creation are part of his plan. Finally, we learn that God approved of what he made. Creation was made to display God’s glory, and he called it good (Gen 1:3). Even the imperfection of the fallen world still bears the stamp of the Creator in such a way that its wonders are sufficient to inspire worship of the Creator (Rom 1:20).
Creation itself and the biblical account in Genesis 1 serve the same purpose: introducing us to God and inspiring us to worship.1
The headings and title of this post are the additions of the editor. The author’s views do not necessarily represent those of Faithlife.
- Mangum, D., Custis, M., & Widder, W. (2012). Genesis 1–11 (Gen 1:1–2:3). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.