Creation Part I

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Genesis 1:1       In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

                        Bereshit   bara  eloheem  et  ha-shamieem   ve-et  haeretz

In this the first verse in the Bible we are told that God existed before the beginning or to say it another way before the beginning of time began. In fact the apostle Paul writing to Timothy stated the same thing in:

II Timothy 1: 9a For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time (NLT)

We need to realize that the New Testament affirms one component of Genesis 1: 1 by stating that God acted before time began. Other things happened before time began which are revealed in Scripture too such as the rise and fall of Lucifer the anointed cherub (Ezekiel 28). When he sinned and had his fall he became Satan (Hebrew for adversary) and ruined everything he could touch including the earth where he lived in the mineral garden with jewels and no seas or lakes. In fact Christ said He saw Satan fall (Luke 10:18). God is perfect in all he does and perfect Himself. He created perfect heavens and earth as stated in Genesis 1: 1.  Something happened between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 to provide for the description in verse 2 of the earth being waste, void and dark. These are not words to describe God’s perfectness in creation. Therefore when Satan fell it must have caused the chaos described in verse 2.

The first verse is foundational to the entire Bible. It describes the fact that God was in existence before any creation efforts were put forth. It has often been pointed out that coming to an understanding of the early chapters of Genesis and believing them makes the rest of the Bible easy to understand and believe. These early verses demonstrate the degree of control over all things that God has and exercises.

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