Genesis 1:1-5—The Old Testament lesson for the Baptism of our Lord reminds us once again that the Voice of God is important. In ten phrases the Creator of the Universe speaks the world into existence. Sunday’s Old Testament lesson will focus on Day 1.
Merely by speaking God brought all things into being – see also the following –
By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.-Psalm 33:6, 9
By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. -Hebrews 11:3.
The LORD’s first creative word called forth light in the midst of the darkness. Light is necessary for making the Father’s creative works visible and life possible. As you have been baptized, the LORD is re-creating faith in a once sin-darkened heart.
Collect for Epiphany January 6: O God, by the leading of a star You made known Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles. Lead us, who know You by faith, to enjoy in heaven the fullness of Your divine presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen