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God's First Words Genesis 1:1-5

God's First Words

We've read about famous last words, but what about well-known first words?

At a Glance

Famous last words are interesting, no doubt. But rarely do we talk about important first words. Today, we look at some significant first words, and then examine perhaps the most important first words of all: God's first words in the history of the human narrative.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel reading, see "The Mark of Mud," January 8, 2006, at

It's easy to remember some of the last words of famous and infamous people -- you know, those last utterances before they exit the stage into oblivion. Like Civil War Union General John Sedgwick who, looking across a field at a bunch of Confederate snipers, said to his nervous aide, "They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance" (See "Famous Last Words" in the March-April 2003 issue of Homiletics).

But what about famous first words? You know, those words that launched some new venture or discovery. Sure, we remember Neil Armstrong's first words upon stepping on to the moon: "That's one small...

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