In the Beginning

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Gen. 1:1 (ASV, HCSB, KJV*, NET, NASB, CJB, ESV, JPS*, NIV, NLT)

The Holy Scriptures begin with the creation of our universe and detail the formation of the planet Earth. The world was forged in the beginning, before the days were numbered, before there was an evening and a morning.

The rest of creation takes place on a timeline but we are told that the world itself was from the beginning, before time was measured in days.

Even then Adonai had a plan. From the foundation of the world, from the moment it was created, the book of life was written with the names of the saints who would persevere (Rev. 13:8). He already knew those who would be gathered to Him as His own.

The timelessness of G-d is established in this. We sometimes think of eternity as having no end but it also has no beginning. He is before the beginning. To say that He was created or somehow formed is to say that He went through a change. But the Almighty states in many passages that He does not change or alter His ways (Num. 23:19, 1Sam. 15:29, Eze. 24:14, James 1:17). This is the meaning of the name revealed to Moses in Exo 3:14, “ehyeh-asher-ehyeh”, “I will be what I will be.”

The prophets speaks to the eternal plans of Adonai in Isaiah 46:9-11. Our heavenly Father declared the end of time even at its beginning. He spoke of things that haven’t happened yet since they were planned from the ancient times.

While most Bible translations agree on the interpretation of Genesis 1:1, one version shows itself to be different. The Young’s Literal Translation is presented as: “In the beginning of God’s preparing the heavens and the earth–” Gen. 1:1 (YLT)

While using “prepare” instead of “create” may be a mistranslation, it properly hints that Adonai has a purpose for the world. That it is His will that sets everything we know into motion.

G-d not only created the world in the beginning, He also prepared it. It was His design to use the earth to make His glory known and set apart a holy people for His own (Deut. 14:2).

We should remember that He created us, as He created the world, for His own purpose. We are meant to glorify Him and walk holy before Adonai. 

To do this means to love the L-rd our G-d with all our heart, mind and soul. And to love our neighbor as ourself. This was demonstrated in the sacrifice of His Son, Yeshua. who gave His life to redeem us. It was a selfless act that showed love for G-d and us.

To live in this love is the command of our Father. It’s what He expects from His children. To do less is to harbor sin in our lives. If that’s our situation then we need to repent and turn to follow Him.

Blessed are You, Adonai our G-d, Creator of the universe, who calls us from the foundation of the world to honor the Holy Name. 

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The Devine Messiah

Then He (Yeshua) said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” John 20:27-28 (NASB)

The apostle Thomas is often remembered as Doubting Thomas. His refusal to believe that Yeshua was resurrected until he actually saw Him, will forever be held against him.

When Yeshua did appear to him and the other disciples in the locked room, He did not condemn or accuse. Instead He gave Thomas exactly what he asked for.

Using the commands “reach,” “see,” and “put” the Messiah overcame his skepticism. The doubting talmidim fell to his knees in worship and proclaimed the risen One to be his L-rd and G-d. The ease this happened with indicates that Thomas was already hopeful, and maybe even eager, to believe that Yeshua was, indeed, the long awaited Son of David.

Normally, being incredulous as Thomas isn’t a bad thing. There are many teachings out there that we should be hesitant to trust. The Scriptures tell us to examine all things, holding on to what is good and shunning what is evil (1 Thes. 5:21).
Thomas, however, had spent years with the Messiah hearing the truth of the Gospel. He should have been ready to accept this without reservation. The miracles and teachings of Yeshua had convinced so many others in a much shorter amount of time. And Thomas had some evidence that what the disciples told him was true due to the resurrection of the saints after the crucifixion.

Instead, he held back, unwilling to put his faith in not only the teacher he just spent years with, but also the Scriptures that he learned during this time.

Until he came face to face with the One who was pierced.

The sight of the Messiah with His wounded hands and side caused his excuses to quickly collapse. At that moment, confronted with the evidence he demanded to see, Thomas became the first apostle to proclaim Yeshua as L-rd and G-d.

For some reason, proclaiming Yeshua as G-d (one with יהוה) is a sticking point with some believers. Just the last few weeks, I’ve come across different Facebook and blogs conversation that question the divinity of our Savior.

Yet the same Greek word, Theos, that frequently applies to Adonai in Scripture is used here to name Yeshua as the Almighty. It is also used by Peter to affirm the deity of the Lamb of G-d in his epistles.

“Simon Peter, a bond-servant and apostle of Yeshua Messiah, To those who have received a faith of the same kind as ours, by the righteousness of our God and Savior, Yeshua Messiah.” 2 Peter 1:1 (NASB)

So we are confident that Yeshua is the Messiah, the Word of G-d clothed in flesh (John 1:14). He was, and is, and will be (Rev. 1:8).

Thomas accepted the truth of the Gospel and carried it to his death in India, proclaiming the Good News to those in the far east. Let us not be hesitant to share this wherever we are.

Blessed are You, O L-rd, our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, who sent us the Son of David, G-d clothed in flesh, as the atonement for our sins.