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The Bible teaches that God is revealed in creation. Rom. 1:20 says, "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse." John 1:1-3 tells us Jesus is the creator.

The record of scripture is that God creates something in a void. Zech. 12:1 states three great foundational acts of creation: God stretches forth the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. Of particular interest here is the fact that God laid a foundation for the earth and then built upon it. An awesome passage of scripture begins with these words: Job 38:1-7 "Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me. 4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?" This passage is very clear that God did not originally create a mess (such as is seen in Gen. 1:2), but built a measured, orderly earth.

Isa. 40:12 indicates that God has, and uses, mathematical skills: "Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?" From this verse we can see that the components of creation were carefully measured and determined prior to their creation.

Gen 1:1-2 says, "In the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters."

The first observation is that there was a specific beginning point for created things and God was present. God is eternal - without beginning and without end and he pre-existed the beginning of created things. There are twenty-four different words in the Bible that are all translated as God. In Gen. 1:1 the Hebrew word is Elohim. The Hebrew language does not have a simple singular and plural as we have in English (me/us), instead it has a singular, meaning a single thing; a duel, meaning two; and a plural, meaning three or more. Elohim is the plural of Eloah (singular). Eloah is used fifty-four times in the Bible, and Elohim is used two thousand eighty-five times. Elohim refers to one God who exists in three persons, thus we have the doctrine of the trinity in the very first verse of the Bible.

The verse says God ‘created’, so not only was God present at the beginning, he was active. In the beginning God created, specifically, the heaven and the earth . The word ‘heaven’ is the Hebrew word shamayim, and it is defined as ‘the sky.’ It is a duel term alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve. In this verse God creates two heavens: the first heaven, or the atmosphere, and the second heaven, which is the outer space area, or the cosmos. According to scripture (II Cor. 12:2) there is also a third heaven, and the context proves this to be the dwelling place of God, or planet heaven. The third heaven is a real place that exists outside the creation of God. God and his dwelling place are totally outside and separate from created things. The third heaven is eternal, created things are not.

The word translated as 'created' is the Hebrew word bara, and it is defined as "absolutely to create."  This word is not used again until verse 21, when God created sealife and then again in verse 27 when God created man.

Verse 2 says, "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." This verse presents an earth that is ruined: it is without shape, empty, dark and flooded. Click here for an article regarding how the earth came to be in this ruined condition.

Notice the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. The word ‘moved’ is defined as ‘brood’. It is like a mother hen sitting on her nest incubating new life. In this verse God has already created and judged, now he is preparing to do something again.  No doubt, Satan was watching this movement.  I imagine his ears must have perked up.



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