The earth… Gen. 1:2

December 3, 2005

I am contemplating going through the whole Bible like this, verse by verse. For now, the second verse of the Bible is our subject for today:

The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. (Genesis 1:2)

Frantically, a woman rushed between isles three and four of the supermarket. An employee soon took notice and approached to help. “Can I help you, ma’am?” “I’m making a pie for Christmas dinner at my mother-in-law’s. She makes everything from scratch. I looked through all the baking isles and can’t find the main ingredient: scratch!”

The first verse of the Bible summarizes all of creation. We are now set at the point where earth will be ordered. God has created the “scratch” and will now work it into a masterpiece. Being without form and void gives two insights. The first is that water covered the entire earth. The second is that no life dwelt on the earth.

Darkness, another part of the “scratch”, has already been created. It covers the whole earth – over the waters.

Most interestingly, “the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters”. Here we have a distinction – “the Spirit of”. In the first verse we were introduced to God. In the second verse we are introduced to the Spirit of God. Each are God, yet there is a distinction. God has sent forth His Spirit that the earth may be created (Psalm 104:30, notice, again, the distinction).

We also have God the Son participating in all of creation (Colossians 1:16, I hope to have a Topic entry on the Trinity before we come to the introduction of Jesus Christ in Genesis). Of special note in the verse from Colossians is that not only were all things created through Jesus but all things were created for Him. Jesus was also before all things and all things hold together in Him (v. 17).


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