Have you ever noticed how important it is to get the basics right? For example, if you want to use a mower to mow the grass, you have to have blades on the mower or you cannot cut grass. That’s basic. I you want to watch your favorite show on television, you have to plug the t.v. in so you have power. That’s basic. If you want to have a milkshake, you need to have some ice cream (I hope that didn’t make you long for a milkshake). I could go on with many things, but you get the picture. In the three things I mentioned, there is more to each scenario. A mower needs gas, tires, and oil. If you are going to watch t.v., you have to have a screen, a remote, or source to change channels. If you are going to have a milkshake, you need milk and other ingredients to get the flavor you want. However, without the basics it doesn’t matter what else you have. In Genesis 1, there is much we could look at. We could talk about the order that the earth has. We could look at how everything has it’s kind. We could talk about how there is a process through which things reproduce. There is much to be seen in the first few verses of the Bible. However, we must never forget the basics. What are the basics of Genesis 1? “In the beginning God.” The basic thing we must see in Genesis 1 is God. These first few verses show us that everything centers around God. There is nothing that God does not touch. There is nothing that God is not interested in. They also teach us that God is the creator and owner of all things. He is the one who has the right to direct all that happens. He has the right to tell what is done with what. We also must be reminded in these verses that God is worthy of our worship. Since he is the beginning of all things, then he is worthy of our worship. This should then remind us that the most important thing for our life is our relationship with God. If he is the beginning of all things, the controller of all things, the one we should worship, then what could be more important than our relationship with Him? Nothing! In fact, I would maintain that the earliest verses in Genesis point us to our need for Jesus. Why? Because he is the one who can restore our relationship with the God who created us. We can know Genesis points to Jesus especially when we read in the gospel of John 1:1-3, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.“ In Jesus is life. That is a basic we must never forget.