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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