Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
We will need to first start by seeing if there are more than one beginnings when it comes to God and his creations. We need to place them either at
the start of the six days of God work or they must be placed in a different time all together. An honest student of the Bible would agree that the
beginning of the six days of the work of God actually begins in verse three.
Let’s look at some scriptures that may shed some light upon where this verse should be located in a time line.
Proverbs 8:22-24 The LORD
possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old. I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was. When
there were no depths, I was brought forth; when there were no fountains abounding with water.
The beginning of his ways is not speaking of the beginning of the six days of Gods work but of the time when God began to exercise his life around
himself. The Lord clearly reveals that this Beginning was before his works of old. The works of Old are indeed the six days of Gods work on the
earth when he created man.
I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was Ever the earth was is an old fashioned way of saying before the earth was.
Genesis chapter one verse one speaks of a beginning of a created heaven and Earth. But the beginning we are seeing here in Proverbs is not the
beginning where God created the heaven and the earth but a beginning before the earth was formed.
Interesting to note that from everlasting is a past tense expression that means eternity.
John Chapter one has the only set of verses that separates and shows both the beginning that is spoke of in Proverbs and the beginning that is spoke
of in Gen 1:1. John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3
All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God this is the beginning that is spoken of in Proverbs 8:22-24. This
beginning is his way or when God began to exercise his life around himself. This would include creating a heaven in which he and his son would live.
When we come to Proverbs 8 we can see that the heaven is not mentioned so by implication we can safely assume or the earth ever was and when the LORD
had possessed the Lord (men in Prov 8:22) the heaven had already been created. When God began to extending himself to the area around himself, before
creating the earth he and the word existed together this is the beginning of Proverbs 8 and John 1:1.
John 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Here we have a
clear indicator that the Word (Jesus Christ God the Son) was with God in the beginning of all creation.
When God began we do not know for the scriptures only assume God to exist and that assumption places us in an understanding that he existed from
everlasting. This would simply mean some mysterious point of time in eternity that we can not comprehend or understand hence the words “from
everlasting” (Prov 8:23). Also consider and again mark that before the earth was formed Psalm 90:2 Before the mountains were brought forth, (Gen
1:10 the dry earth) or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,(Gen1:1) even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. God is from
everlasting, and for lack of a better expression we would say from Eternity Past to Eternity Future, thou art God. And that was a time in the past
before the earth ever was.
The beginning that is found in Genesis 1:1 is a time before the six day works of God. Even though there is a beginning before that which concerns the
Lord but not the earth and then we have a beginning that the heaven and earth are created found in Gen 1:1 which we will have to move on to the next
verse in Genesis One to get more info to see if the beginning of Gen1:1 and the start of six days of the work of God. Are the same beginning.
So far we have no clear place to locate the beginning of Genesis 1:1 so let’s look now to the next verse, verse 2.
Gen 1:2 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
Before I comment on imperfect creation of God . I would like to point out two other creations that came after the earth in Proverbs and these are
important as they are both found in Gen1:2 and they both are mentioned as not being in place at the time the LORD had possessed the Lord (me) in
proverbs 8:22. When there were no depths and when there were no fountains abounding with water we are told that the Lord was brought forth before
there were depths and before there were fountains of water (waters). The beginning of Proverbs 8 is not the same beginning of Genesis 1:1 or that of
If we look sequentially at these scriptures and put them together a picture comes forth of what took place in after the beginning of his way of
Proverbs 8:22 and the beginning of Gen1:1. Of the LORD possessed our Lord before there was an earth but after there was a heaven. Our Lord was
brought forth before there was a depth made in heaven and before there were fountains of water. Not only that we can see that the heaven was created
first, then the earth, then the depths or deep(Gen1:2) and before there were waters (Gen1:2). If this can be trusted to be chronological then the
earth was not made with waters covering it for waters were made after the creation of the earth.
In all of God’s word and creation we have no example of anything ever being made without form. Gen1:2 would be the only place God is said to create
something without form. Lets compare a few verse before we move on to compare scripture meaning for without form and void.
We will need to look at some verses from Genesis Chapter Two. Three verse stand out in this chapter. First, Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man
[of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. Second, 2:8 And the LORD God planted a
garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. We see man was formed completely whole he was not incomplete and had to be
completed at a later time or through a process of evolution as science so called claims. Genesis One tells us he created them man and woman, even Eve
herself was created whole and complete as well.
Third, Ge 2:19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought [them] unto Adam to see what
he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that [was] the name thereof. And we see here God formed every beast of the field
and every foul of the air they too were formed complete, whole and complete. Genesis One tells us God made them and when he did they were completed
creations. So what would give anyone the idea that the earth was not completed and had to be completed?
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