In the beginning…

heavens & earth

By David Cook

The first verse in the Bible tells us a lot;

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis 1:1 NIV

Moses wrote the Torah in Hebrew, the predominate word for God in Genesis chapter one is “Elohim”.  We gain this understanding when we read verse one in Hebrew; In the beginning He created, Elohim created the heavens and the earth.

Who is Elohim?  He created the heavens and the earth.  Elohim is a Hebrew plural noun for God with a masculine suffix.  Elohim, He created the heavens and the earth.  But with the plural noun for God normally a singular verb is used.  Why did Moses use a singular verb with Elohim?  The Tanakh explains Elohim as the unified one God.  Why did Moses use the word “Elohim”, a plural noun; for the true and living God?  Elohim is the one true triune God; the heavenly Father, His Son and the Spirit of God.

In verse 26 of chapter one Moses gives us this insight about Elohim (the one triune God);

Then God said,

“Let us make mankind in our image,

in our likeness…”

Genesis 1:26 NIV

Here Moses reveals that man was made in the image of Elohim (Father God, His Son and the Spirit of God).  One Person of the triune Elohim is speaking to two other Persons of the divine Trinity.  In verse two we see that the Spirit of God is a Co-Creator with Father God and His beloved Son, “and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”

Yehovah Elohim is self-existent,

the first cause of all;

He made everything visible and invisible in the heavens and on earth.

Since Elohim (the one true triune God) existed before He made the heavens and earth, He is the first cause of all; He is the Creator of all things.  Elohim Yehovah is self-existent.  Elohim existed before the earth rotated around the sun, before time began as we know it; He existed from eternity past.  This is why the prophet Daniel called Him the “Ancient of Days”.

“I kept looking in the night visions,

And behold, with the clouds of heaven

One like a Son of Man was coming

And He came up to the Ancient of Days

And was presented before Him.

“And to Him was given dominion,

Glory and a kingdom,

That all the peoples, nations,

and men of every language

Might serve Him.

His dominion is an everlasting dominion

Which will not pass away;

And His kingdom is one

Which will not be destroyed.

Daniel 7:13-14 NASB

God the Father gives to His Son the Messiah an everlasting dominion which will not be destroyed.  Elohim existed before time, is now and always will be.  God is self-existent and eternal, He existed from everlasting to everlasting.

Before the mountains were born
or you brought forth the whole world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

Psalm 90:2 NIV

The Jewish Prophet Isaiah wrote that the Almighty lives forever, He dwells on a high and holy place and with the contrite and lowly of spirit;

For thus says the high and exalted One

Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,

“I dwell on a high and holy place,

And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit

In order to revive the spirit of the lowly

And to revive the heart of the contrite.

Isaiah 57:15 NASB

John a disciple of Yeshua the promised Moshiach wrote;

 1 In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things came into being through Him,

and apart from Him nothing came into being

that has come into being.

4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men.

5 The Light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 1:1-5 NASB

So who is the “Word” that the apostle John wrote of?  The word John used for the “Word” is “Logos”, a Greek masculine noun.  The “Word”, is a title for the Son of God, Yeshua the promised Messiah.  The “Word” was with God in the beginning, He is the living Word, Yeshua is the Messiah, the Son of the living God.  Here John tells us that the “Word” (the Son of God) is a Co-Creator with His Father and the Spirit of God; “All things came into being through Him”.          

Later John wrote about the “Word of life”;

What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life— 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen and testify and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was manifested to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 These things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.   1 John 1:1-4 NASB

So who is the “Word of life” that the apostle John wrote of?  The “Word of Life” that the apostle John wrote about is the Son of God, Yeshua the promised Moshiach.

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4 responses to “In the beginning…

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  2. David, the Daniel verses are glorious. A popular Jewish view of “Let us..” is that God consulted his angels in creating the physical world. Oh dear.

  3. Raphybog the verses in Daniel are glorious indeed. And one day because of His mercy and sovereign choice we will see Him face to face in all of His glory! As our brother John wrote; 1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. 3 And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. 1 John 3:1-3 NASB

    Oh dear indeed regarding the popular Jewish view of “Let us…” is God consulting his angels in creating the physical world. In that Moses also writes in Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; (Gen 1:26 NASB). So I think they box themselves into the proverbial corner, in that now they are teaching a doctrine that people are created in the image and likeness of both God and angels. This becomes problematic for many reasons one being the description of the angels who surround the throne (i.e. the angels or seraphim and cherubim; the ‘Throne Angels’ are known as Merkabah.) are described by Ezekiel in chapter 1;

    5 Within it there were figures resembling four living beings. And this was their appearance: they had human form. 6 Each of them had four faces and four wings. 7 Their legs were straight and their feet were like a calf’s hoof, and they gleamed like burnished bronze. 8 Under their wings on their four sides were human hands. As for the faces and wings of the four of them, 9 their wings touched one another; their faces did not turn when they moved, each went straight forward. 10 As for the form of their faces, each had the face of a man; all four had the face of a lion on the right and the face of a bull on the left, and all four had the face of an eagle. 11 Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out above; each had two touching another being, and two covering their bodies. 12 And each went straight forward; wherever the spirit was about to go, they would go, without turning as they went. 13 In the midst of the living beings there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches darting back and forth among the living beings. The fire was bright, and lightning was flashing from the fire. 14 And the living beings ran to and fro like bolts of lightning. Ezekiel 1:5-14 NASB

    The problem the popular Jewish view has is they are now saying man (people) are created in the image and likeness of God and these angels (seraphim or Merkabah) who surrounded His throne. But now to say that people were created in the image of seraphim (angels) who look like a combination of humans with calf’s hoofs and wings with their face being that of a man, lion, bull and a eagle.

  4. Hey David..I had deleted it because it was an article from 2010..someone else had posted it and I copied without noticing the date. I can go see if I can find it..okay..found it. Here it is for you..the original link where I got it. Hope it helps. Sorry for the trouble..and God bless you. Oh, have you read the window of the lord’s return by John Shorey? If you haven’t, I would encourage you to! You would like it..and it’s very biblical. And here’s the link for the article you requested..

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