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Topic: Beginnings (05/31/04)
TITLE: The Greatest Narritive Hook of Them All
By Stephanie Frelone
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"It was a dark and stormy night."
"Call me Ishmael."
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times."
Great books have great beginnings. Cute phrases, vivid word pictures and intriguing dialogue grasp the attention and beg the reader to continue on. The best-selling books throughout history have been the ones that, after the opening sentence, have refused to let the reader become distracted by anything else. The books that have made the most impact are the ones that contain profound universal truths. Consider the opening sentence of the most popular, most powerful Book ever penned:
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."
This sentence may only contain nine words, but it is the springboard for providing the world with the one thing that every single person is in need of: salvation.
Knowing that there is a Creator God is the starting point of salvation; after all, there would be no salvation without a Saviour. The Bible begins with the assumption that there IS a God. What a powerful point to make! There is no need to expound on the proof that God exists or even argue for His existence. It is enough to take the Author at His Word.
The beginning sentence of Genesis also introduces the reader to a personal creator. The fact that God would even take the time to create something shows that He is interested. He created the heavens and the earth. The earth is to be filled with people. Therefore it only stands to reason that he would be interested in the pinnacle of His creation, which will be introduced in the next chapter of Genesis. Not only did He create the creation, He also recorded it in His Book, lest anyone become confused about his or her origins.
The beginning sentence of the beginning of the Bible is the beginning of a wonderful plan that will encompass all eternity. In order to receive salvation, one must start with the knowledge of a personal God and Creator. In His mercy and wisdom, He has given us the Book that will point his creation to Him and has even topped it off with a great narrative hook. What a great beginning to a great plan!