When We First Meet Him…

Genesis 1:1-5

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
3¬†Then God said, ‚ÄúLet there be light‚ÄĚ; and there was light.¬†4¬†And God saw the light, that¬†it was¬†good; and God divided the light from the darkness.¬†5¬†God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

First impressions…they are very important. ¬†How we are introduced to a someone will ever shape the very image that we have of them for a very long time. ¬†This is no different when it comes to God. ¬†Here we are introduced to Him as Creator. ¬†This is very important because it is the way in which He first chooses for us to see Him. ¬†In the Hebrew translation the word that is used here is Elohim. ¬†Let’s take a closer look.

In the beginning, God was there. ¬†Not only was He there, but He was there creating. ¬†What was He creating? ¬†At this point, in it’s simplest form…the heavens and the earth. ¬†The earth had no form and was void. ¬†In other words, it was a sea of nothingness, a chaotic mess, disconnected from any order whatsoever. ¬†There was also a darkness on the face of the deep. ¬†And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

Now already we have been introduced to God, who is creating and the Spirit of God. ¬†Let’s find out more.

Psalm 102:25 says “Of old You laid the foundation of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands.”

Now we see that God’s hands are at work. Yet, there is more.

John 1:1-3 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. ¬† He was in the beginning with God. ¬†All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

So, we now see that there were three present.  Yet the text states in Genesis 1:1 that God created the heavens and the earth.  Well, who is this?  Who is God here?  How did the ancients understand this trifold God?

The New King James Bible commentary states that God, as used in Genesis 1:1 is the Hebrew plural word Elohim. ¬†“Strong’s Dictionary #430: ¬†The standard Hebrew term for God. ¬†This word is related to similar words for deity found though out almost all Semetic language. ¬†The basic meaning is probably “Might” or the “Almighty.” ¬† In Hebrew, this word often occurs in a form called “the plural of majesty” or the “plural of intensity.” ¬†In contrast to a normal plural (that is “gods” such as false gods in 1 Kings 19:2), ¬†the Hebrew use the plural to mean “the Fullness of Deity” or “God-Very God!” ¬†Many Christians point to the plural form of this word as revealing the plural nature of God. ¬†God is one, but He is also three distance persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.”

In order to truly understand God and come to know him as the ancients did, we are going to have to explore this topic further.  I personally know that there is much to understand in order to see God clearly.  The sources and resources that are out there are bountiful and I am determined to do as charged in 2 Timothy 2:15.  I will study to show myself approved to God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the truth.  I challenge you to do the same.

Until next time…Remember God is Creator.

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