Genesis, Day One
Much of what our school, science books and the media taught us about the creation, about the nature of the world and universe as people observe it, mostly scientific explanations, is not what Genesis 1 says.
Gen. 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Remember, God, Elohim in the Hebrew, means the Supreme Being.
The literal translation of Genesis 1:1 would be: In the beginning, created God the heavens and the earth. We smooth it out to make more English by reversing created and God. The Bible specifically says that it is God, who created the heavens and the earth, more importantly, for life and life more abundantly. God is the life-giver, and everything He did in creation is for life. Moreover, even as the scientists look about the earth, they must note that it is permeated with life of amazing varieties of flora and fauna, from the depths of the ocean to even the frozen Antarctica, with the pitter-patter of the penguins. Life exists from creatures of microscopic size to huge mammals of the sea and land. Without this creation, there would be no us. The earth was created, as the New Testament says, first of all for Jesus with all the steps leading up to Jesus from Adam, to whom God breathed into the breath of life, to Noah and Abraham. Therefore, everything God created was for human beings.
What is not created on the planet that does not redound upon us in terms of food, clothing, shelter, transportation, or the beauty of nature? Nothing.
The creation as told in Genesis 1 gives us a picture very different from what our schools and media have taught us. We are going to examine the creation from three perspectives: the Bibles chronology, an in depth analysis of the key Hebrew words, and a topical view. Perforce, there maybe some overlapping due to the nature of the study.
In the Beginning
As far as our relationship with God is concerned, its beginning is the creation. Without a creation, there would be no us, no human beings. God first created the heavens and the earth. Since the heaven is mentioned first, we may assume that the heaven was created first, but the second verse talks about the earth, not the heavens. We should assume no priorities or significance about the order of the two words, except that God created both from Gods command, not something apparent, as Hebrews tells us.
The New Testament talks about the creation in terms of faith. We walk by faith, not by sight. What we see, or the scientists think they see, may not be what is really there. We have to go by Gods Word if we are faithful believers.
Heb. 11:3 ¶ By faith we understand that the worlds were pre-pared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
Some scientists think the basic unit of matter is vibrating cords, known as the String Theory. God created all matter and energy by speaking (vibrating vocal cords) or commanding them into existence. God said and it came into existence. Naturally, God considered, in advance, what He was going to say and then spoke what He had in mind. All speech works that way, even when we think we are speaking without thinking.
Succinctly put, God commanded all matter and energy into existence. God conceived the Words in His mind (ruach, Spirit), and then spoke the Thoughts by using His breath (ruach, Spirit) to vibrate His vocal folds. Thus, the creation! The only prior existence of anything was Gods Thoughts.
The Order of Creation
The heavens and the earth existed from the beginning when God created them. The Jewish mystical Kabbalah and the science derived there from, the Big Bang theory, declared that the creation took millions of years to form the heavens and the earth. By the end of the second twenty-four hour period, the heavens and Earth, albeit without heavenly bodies and life, were essentially complete.
Furthermore, His Spirit did not expand a nascent world from an infinitesimal piece of matter and energy over the millions of years to create the world; it just hovered or fluttered over the surface of the waters. God created the heavens and the earth, there and then, as Genesis 1 clearly says. He did form their formlessness them over a period of time, as we will see. Gods Spirit hovered over the surface of the waters. Mayim is the Hebrew for waters. Peter notes that the earth was formed from water.
2Pet. 3:5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water,
Water is made of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. How God could take the water atom and make the earth or form the land from it is a good question. We know hydrogen is the basic atom and could, by combining several of its atoms together, make other elements, but this is only conjecture, while scientifically possible by a process called nuclear fusion. Further many compounds found on earth use both oxygen and hydrogen like acetates and acetic acid. What we need is a good biblical scientist, not the ones too busy trying to disprove Gods Word or trying to make the Bible fit some scientific theory like the Big Bang, to explain how this could happen. However, happen it did according to Gods Word not mans imagination.
We learned in the seminary that, possibly because of the excesses of the Catholic Church at the time, that certain people tried to disprove the Church and the Bible by observation and reason. Little by little, these people proved to their satisfaction anyway that what the Bible said is not really what exists or how the world was created. By the time of the Scopes trial, the issue was dead, as they hoped the Bible was, never to be revived. They were and are wrong.
Verse 2 clearly says the earth was without form and void with darkness; the earth was, i.e., existed at that time, not coming into existence over millions years as the Big Bang theory articulates.
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. NLT-SE
Note, that unlike the Big Bang and Kabalahs theory of a great force or wind expanded or exploded the universe out from a tiny black hole kind of unit of matter and energy, the Bible says His Spirit hovered over the unformed earth, the waters; it was not moving, blowing with great power, or exploding the tiny bit of matter and energy outward. His Spirit was just suspended over the waters, just hanging there, suspended. It was a calm day as the ruach, wind of God, hung quietly, not stirring at all.
With the existent earth before Him, God began to form or make the formless planet into something inhabitable. The first thing the planet needed was light to see by and provide necessary energy for life. Notice, God did not say, let there be sun for He did not create it for several days later, the fourth day. We can only speculate whence the light, but we do know that the Bible says God is light. At that time, God provided the light for the earth in its nascent form. The earth was tohu and bohu formless and void.
1John 1:5 ¶ This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
So, we could say that the light on the planet earth came from God just as the light in the new earth will come from Him.
Rev. 21:23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Gen. 1:3 Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light.
We have to appreciate and understand completely the power of Gods Word spoken aloud. We know what the power of Gods Word does for us in our lives. Here we see what Gods Word to begin our lives. Gods first spoken command, commanded light into existence. Light exists as a wave and as a particle, both a sine curve and a force or proton in motion. Light is divisible into ultraviolet on the short end of its curve and infrared on the long end. The human eye cannot see these frequencies, some animals and various instruments can. The infrared rays, coming from the sun, for example, travel through space and strike the earth producing heat. The planet is heated from the bottom up. We perceive the sun warming us, but it is the changing of infrared rays to heat that we feel. On the other end of the spectrum, ultraviolet rays, which among other things kill germs and cause sunburn, bombard the earth. In between, we have the colors of the rainbow, from purple (after the ultraviolet) to red (before the infrared.
Furthermore, light can be reflected, refracted and scattered. We can only begin to delineate the various aspects of light that commanded to existence with one Hebrew word, rw or. The literal translation of verse three is: God said, Light.
See this web site to get some idea about amazing light: http://science.howstuffworks.com/light4.htm
To reiterate, Gods Words created everything as noted here in Psalm 33:
Psa. 33:6 By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
Psa. 33:7 He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;
He lays up the deeps in storehouses.
Psa. 33:8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
Psa. 33:9 For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.
The Word comes from the Hebrew, debar, which translates into the Greek as logos. Additionally, verse six shows that the breath of Gods mouth articulated the words, which created the world. And, what word is breath in Hebrew? Ruach. Ruach means spirit, as well, in addition to mind and wind. The psalmist demands that all the earth fear the Lord because of the creation, but all the earth does not because scientists have disputed the creation narrative with the Big Bang and billions of years to form the earth. While many creation web sites have recently come online, only those thick skulled, stubborn right wing religious nuts would believe what the disproved biblical accounts describe, say scientists and public school educators.
Additionally, verse 9 demands we understand that the One God and Creator created by commanding the world into existence. The verse says He the singular pronoun, refer-ring back to the Lord, is used twice. We know there are at least two hundred verses stating God is One Person, as we show in the One God booklet. Let us be one of those who stand in awe of Him.
Even the scientists, who greatly admire the world, refuse to even acknowledge a creation. A few scientists maybe an exception. However, those who are capable of being inspired by Gods word stand in awe of Him. Over the millennia, Satan worked feverishly to dispel a belief in God or anything He said or did. Did God say? Satan replies that even if He did, we cannot, indeed, must not believe what He said.
But, believe we must:
Heb. 11:3 ¶ By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
There are those who would rather believe what God says instead of what others say or what our eyes seems to see.
Nonetheless, this Psalm points out that the One God, not a Trinity or dualism, created the world by His command.
Verse 7 says that God gathered the waters, which the ruach of God hovered over, and stored them for later use, say, in the flood. More of that later.
Like everything else in the creation, God considered it good, and He did not create anything evil or bad, just good. He created light and it was good, not bad. Can man misuse things for a bad purpose, like a sword, made mostly of iron? Nonetheless, man does not need material to kill or wound; his hands are enough, and, just as they say, bullets do not kill, the person pulling the trigger does. Cain killed Abel; it does not say he used a sword. However he killed Abel, by choking or otherwise, it was not done with the assistance of a good creation. Too much sun can cause sunburn, and over time, may cause cancer in some. Is there anything man cannot pervert; yet, it stands that all in the creation is good; for that is the way He created them.
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. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Why is the light good? It gives light to see by and by language light also means understanding: it came to light. Notice, again, God created light before the sun, moon and stars. The Bible fails to tell us how God created this light without the heavenly bodies, but light there was. What we do know is that God created light before He created anything else in the creation; so important is light.
Verse 5 says that it was an evening and morning, one day. He did not take billions of years for the creation but six days: evening and morning, one day. When the Bible puts day in the context of evening and morning, it means twenty-four hours. Day can be used in the context, biblically and today, as it was in Davids day, that is, his time of rule. This evening and morning, one day, flies in the face of everything people believe and scientist attempt to prove that the one day means an interminable period of time.
1John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from Him and announce to you, that God is Light, and in Him there is no darkness at all.
Rev. 22:5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, be-cause the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign for-ever and ever.
God illumined the earth then on the first day and will do so in the Kingdom of God.
Is. 45:7 The One forming light and creating darkness,
Causing well-being and creating calamity;
I am the LORD who does all these.
We see after looking at the first four verses of the Bible that the creation is entirely different from the creation we were taught about. We walk by faith, not by sight. We can choose to believe what God said or what anti-biblical and anti-God segments of society want us to believe. We can choose.
Thus ended the first day, evening and morning, day one. Where was the first day? It was on the earth. The Kabbalists would say that this day was in some place far off in heaven many millions of years ago or near the Big Bang site when Gods breath (ruach) expanded the tiny universe, but Gods Spirit was hovering, not blowing fiercely, over the waters of the earth after which He created light.
We shall see a creation more powerful, more beautiful, more inspiring than anything we could imagine. We shall see a creation dedicated to life and life more abundantly, and with Gods help, eternal life.