The Creator

Gen. 1:1 ¶ In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Hebrew is:

Reshith bara Elohim shamayim erets.

Translating word by word we get: In the beginning created God the heavens and the earth.

The word for heavens is shamayim. The interesting thing about the Hebrew word for heaven is that its root mayim means water. “The heavens are the place of the waters” (NIDOTTE). If the heavens refer to the sky, the Hebrew suggests the sky is “the place” containing water. Clearly, the sky almost always contains water; we call it humidity. Another analyst of the Hebrew says the heavens have windows from which the waters come down, as rain, probably.

If the “place of the waters” is in the second heaven, the firmament perhaps has water as its basis. More will be coming in a future article.

Bible says:

Gen. 1:2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

The ruach of God hovered over the surface of the mayim on earth, which was dark and featureless.

A strict translation of the Hebrew is not proper English, so we say, “in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Nonetheless, this concept so simply put, in the first words of the Bible, is unlike any thing ever written by any religion or by any other person or anything else on the face of the earth. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Virtually, no one speaks about the impact of this sentence.

Let us examine the sentence in some depth. The Word for God is Elohim. What does Elohim mean in the Hebrew? It means the Supreme Being. El is the singular, God or god. Elohim is the plural. When the plural is used for a singular noun, grammarians called that figure of speech, heterosis. The use of heterosis intensifies its meaning to be great or excellence to this magnitude: the Supreme Being. Furthermore, the Hebrew according to the scholars of the Hebrew language say that Elohim means the Supreme Being.

When the Queen Elizabeth says let us go out and see the people; or at Buckingham Palace in London, let us sit down to dinner, she is using the figure of speech, heterosis, because she is a great person, the Queen.

So, the Supreme Being created the heavens and the earth. We say this all the time but does the significance of this truly register, because it is an amazing thing. The Bible in verse two says:

Gen. 1:2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.

Hovered def. 7363. PAj&Mac182;r rachaph, raw-khaf´; a primitive root; to brood; by implication, to be relaxed. 7363b. PAj&Mac182;r rachaph [934b]; a prim. root; to hover.

After the Spirit of God hovered on the surface of the waters, God said, let there be light —the actual Hebrew is: God said, light. He commanded light into existence. The Hebrew for light, of course, is or.

216. rwøa or [21c]; from 215; a light:

And there was light. God said, light, and there was light. It is amazing; there is no sun and no moon yet created. But He created light, created the photon. Light is an amazing thing in that light is both energy, a wave, and a particle at the same time. So light is the first thing He created by command. In the beginning God, the Supreme Being created light:

Gen. 1:4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
Gen. 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night.

Note, He created day and night before He created the sun and moon. That He did all this in one day is amazing.

Gen. 1:6 ¶ Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”

Some of the things I have been reading about suggest that there is a plasma or ether separating the shamayim, the water rooted heavens, from the mayim, water, on planet Earth because we are about three quarters water on Earth surrounding the land. God separated the waters below from the expanse which was above.

So there is water on Earth, and the shamayim, which means the heavenly waters, which were separated from waters below and above. Scientists today, even in the recent past, have discovered something new about our sun they did not know previously existed, with magnetic energy coming off the surface of the sun that is complete new to them. They think they have a new concept of the sun. They say we have so much to study; we have seen the sun in a way they have never seen it before. Scientists do not know.

This is what God says:

Gen. 1:7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.
Gen. 1:8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

Expanse defined:

7549. AoyIq&Mac182;r raqia [956a]; from 7554; an extended surface, expanse:
Strong’s: 7549. AoyIq&Mac182;r raqiya{, raw-kee´-ah; from 7554; properly, an expanse, i.e. the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky:— firmament.
7554. oAq&Mac182;r raqa{, raw-kah´; a primitive root; to pound the earth (as a sign of passion); by analogy to expand (by hammering); by implication, to overlay (with thin sheets of metal):

The expanse means the firmament, but has a root, which means to hammer, say a piece of metal, into thin sheets. Is the watery heaven an overlay of some thin substance, say the ether, far above the Earth? Surely, science would have none of God’s creation, but would rather call the expanse mostly empty, like a near vacuum, area between space debris and heavenly bodies.

And God called the overlayered expanse heaven, the water rooted shamayim. Are the layers currents with boundaries like the troposphere or stratosphere? Are the waters of the heaven the humidity or water vapor in the atmosphere? Or are the upper heavens some overlay of water? There was the evening and it was the morning. Day, two.

The earth is an extremely complicated and complex planet, which is made up of these layers: the crust, the upper mantle, the mantle, outer core and the inner. The crust has several plates, which move adjacent to one another and cause earthquakes. Furthermore, the inside of the Earth is quite hot.

Gen. 1:9 ¶ Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
Gen. 1:10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

God separated the waters from the dry land called the dry land earth. He gathered waters and called them seas. “And God saw that it was good.”

Gen. 1:11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.
Gen. 1:12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

Just like that on the third day, not tens of thousands of years, God had the earth bring forth all manner of vegetation. Well, how much vegetation is there on this planet, thousands, tens of thousand, a million varieties of vegetation from trees to ferns to all kinds of mosses and algae, a lot. All this vegetation and plants yielding seeds, all of this is an unbelievable creation of the Supreme Being, Elohim. The fruit on trees bearing fruit after their kind with the seeds in them specifically to continue the propagation of their species.

He spells out specifically the way for its propagation. He created a very fertile planet filled with greenery. And the key to all this is air; certainly you need water, rainfall, and sunlight but air is vital. Plants are air breathers. They take in oxygen, and they give off carbon dioxide at night like normal air breathers. But, during the day when they take in carbon dioxide, they give off oxygen, so that the plants make oxygen for all animals and people on the earth. Interestingly, the sea provides most of the oxygen from algae living near the surface of the waters.

So God has the plants not only providing food and wood for homes and shelter and transportation and everything you can think of that vegetation does for us. You name it, and it provides it for us. Nonetheless, oxygen is probably the most important output of vegetation. They have done this experiment, they increase the amount of carbon dioxide for certain controlled plants, which makes them grow faster. Therefore, they produce more oxygen from carbon dioxide. The scope of this is unbelievable. Just a little green planet having cells in living plants with the chlorophyll and everything else that goes into the plants. In winter, the plants for the most part become dormant. The deciduous leaves fall off and new leaves come up in the spring. God created a cycle to continue the growth of plants from growing seasons to formation of fruit and seeds to propagate themselves. It is just unbelievable. And, the earth brought forth vegetation, just as God created it.

Gen. 1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

We must note that God completed each of the components of creation in one day, the evening and the morning, specifically. The Hebrew for day, yowm, has the contextual intent, since it is used with evening and morning, of a single day, a day, as we know it, of twenty-four hours.

Gen. 1:14 ¶ Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
Gen. 1:15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
Gen. 1:16 God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
Gen. 1:17 God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
Gen. 1:18 and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
Gen. 1:19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

Then on the fourth day of work, God put lights — Strong’s 3974, rwøaDm, ma’owr, luminous bodies — in the expanse, the overlay or spread in the surface of the water-rooted heaven, shamayim. Until this time, there were no lights in the expanse of the heavens. The Bible says on the fourth day, “Let there be lights in the expanse of heaven.”

That the Bible sees things so differently from what we learned in school, must give us pause.

Nonetheless, God put the lights in the expanse of heaven for telling us when the Holy Days are. (Seasons in the Hebrew means: 4150. dEowøm moed or moed or moadah [417b]; from 3259; appointed time, place, or meeting:) So we do not get thoroughly confused about when Passover is, He puts up the lights in the sky — the new moon and the full moon. God made two lights, the sun to rule the day and the moon to rule the night. He made the stars also.

And He placed them in the expanse of the heavens. Remember expanse as the word raqia above says, means an extended surface and expanse. Some people consider the expanse as a kind of screen as the Hebrew suggests. Or according to Strong’s, above “properly, an expanse, i.e. the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky.” God put the sun, moon and stars on this surface or expanse. The sun, of course, makes the light of day, and the moon reflects its light during the night.

So everything created up to this point is good. Everything on the earth, the surface with all its substances and minerals for mankind’s good. To reiterate, vegetation, aside from its use as food, for example, wood is used for building houses, boats, carts and burning to heat homes and to cook food. The list of good things goes very far. And again, with the plants, for example, changing the carbon dioxide from combustion back to oxygen, God keeps the balance necessary for life in place for mankind’s good.

The more you think about God’s creation, the more amazing it is. But the creation has more information is store for us.

Gen. 1:20 ¶ Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.”
Gen. 1:21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
Gen. 1:22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
Gen. 1:23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

And the significance of it is even more amazing and great. The Supreme Being, the Creator, said that it was good, all the birds the winged creatures everything. It was good, and God bless them, said be fruitful, and multiply for all those in the waters in the seas, and those on land.

That was the morning and evening of the fifth day.

Gen. 1:24 ¶ Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so.
Gen. 1:25 God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

So, everything that is alive on the earth with certain exceptions, for example, of certain viruses (anaerobic) are for the most part 99 and 44 100% air breathers. Plants absorb either carbon dioxide or oxygen through their cells walls depending on the time of day. The fish breathe air through their gills from the oxygen dissolved in the water. We, and the animal kingdom, breathe with lungs. The highest form of existence is the air breather, the foremost being mankind.

Why is breathing air so important? “God said let there be light.” In order for God to say “let there be light,” He needed to breathe out and vibrate His spiritual vocal folds to say, “Light!” Let there be this, let there be that and everything else that He said needs that Spiritual breath. So then, He provides air with all its ingredients for the creatures to breath in. Just as God spoke, He gave many creatures breath for use in communication according to how He programmed them. The lambs bleat; how do they bleat, by using the air and vocal folds. Certain insects will rub their wings or legs to vibrate the air. It is just an amazing creation.

Gen. 1:26 ¶ Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

He said, let us make man, us is that grammatical term hesterosis, which has the same sense or force as Elohim. The plural denotes the majesty or excellence of rulers.

And Ruler

Then God says, “let them rule.” How can He authorize man’s ruling? He can because this is His world that He created, the earth and everything in it. The world and its inhabitants belong to God, because He created it. Once He created this world, the earth and everything in it, it belongs to God, because it is His. He made it and therefore, He is its owner.

Then God, who has the authority and right as the Creator and owner of the Earth, can tell mankind what they can and cannot do on His Earth. Therefore, He can transfer some of His authority to people to do certain things.

Psa. 24:1 ¶ The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.
Psa. 24:2 For he laid the earth’s foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths.

The Earth is the Lord’s because He created it, I must reiterate.

Psa. 93:1 The LORD reigns, He is clothed with majesty;
The LORD has clothed and girded Himself with strength;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
Psa. 93:2 Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.

Whether people accept God as the Ruler of the Earth, He, nonetheless, is. All their attempts to try to prove that God is not the Creator or did not create it the way the Bible says may deceive the simple or play into the predilections of the complex minds. Nonetheless, God did create the world as the Bible says and reigns with majesty.

He created the world out of nothing. It is His world and He can say and do whatever He wants. People can look at the universes and say whatever they want: disobey Him, disagree with Him, disregard Him and refuse to accept Him as the Creator and Supreme Being. Whatever people think and do can never change the fact: God rules the Earth. He made it. He made everything that we use, everything that we are. He created our bodies and breathed into Adam, and us, the breath of life.

So we have the same ability to talk as God does, to think and reason as He does because we are made in the image of God. He created us.

He reigns because it is His world. We knew God is the Ruler, and now we know how and why He rules.

It is His world and He can say and do what He wants with it. We must tremble before Him and all the earth, too, because He reigns over His creation. Furthermore, He created laws to govern His world from the laws of gravity to the Ten Commandments. These laws cannot be broken without something devastating happening. The physical and spiritual laws bind us because the Creator and Ruler made it so.

Gen. 1:31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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