Saturday, April 2, 2016

It's A Fact: Lucifer Can Never Win - The Truth of Genesis 1:2 (Pt. 2)

Preface
In January of 2014 I released my first Bible commentary "Discovering The Shepherd: A Study of Psalm 23." I knew then that one of my greatest passions was to acquaint believers and even non-believers with a deeper understanding of the Bible, the living Word of God. Recently I began working on my next commentary - a look at Genesis 1 and the story of creation. What I discovered was fascinating and rather than delaying the sharing of this information until the manuscript is complete, I decided to share the chapters as I write.


Below is chapter 1, a look at the 2nd half of verse 2. (Read about verse 1 HERE & the first half of verse 2 HERE) May God bless you with understanding and revelation power through His Holy Spirit as you read. Amen.


Genesis 1, Verse 2 (Part 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.”

In the next part of verse 2, we take a deeper look at the earth.

“darkness” – chosek (Hebrew transliteration) – n. masculine darkness; secret place.

We established in the previous chapter that the earth was brought forth empty and in chaos as a prophetic decree of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We now move forward to find that “darkness was on the face of the deep.” To understand this part of the verse, we must first look at the “darkness” here. According to Gesenius’s Lexicon, it refers to “a secret place” or “an underground prison” filled with “treasures of darkness.”

What exactly are the “treasures” of darkness? Well, let us first take a look at the treasures of heaven. In Colossians 2:2-3, the Apostle Paul tells us that the riches of heaven are the “wisdom and knowledge [regarding the word and purposes of God]” hidden in Christ himself. Knowing then that if Christ is the light of the world (Matthew 5:14), the darkness of earth would treasure the exact opposite of what God defines as treasure. That is, rather than wisdom and knowledge regarding the Word of God and His purposes, darkness would treasure and thrive in the ignorance and the absence of the wisdom of the Word. This is why Proverbs 4:7 instructs believers that "The beginning of wisdom is: Get [skillful and godly] wisdom [it is preeminent]! And with all your acquiring, get understanding [actively seek spiritual discernment, mature comprehension, and logical interpretation]." (AMP)

“face” – paniym (Hebrew transliteration) – n. masculine presence; person; face (seraphim/cherubim); face (of animals)

Let us link what we just uncovered to this next discovery - “And darkness was on the face of the deep…” with what we have revealed so far could read “And the ignorance (lack of knowledge) and the absence of the wisdom of God (Elohim) was on the face of the deep….” Face here comes from the Hebrew word paniym meaning presence, person, face of a seraphim/cherubim or face of an animal. Pause here and let us look at the next key point before we pull it all together.

“deep” – tehowm (Hebrew transliteration) – n. masculine/feminine a great quantity of waters

Now that we have defined the key words in this portion of the scripture, let us put them together to reveal a full picture of what is being said: “And darkness was on the face of the deep…” becomes “And the ignorance (lack of knowledge) and the absence of the wisdom of God (Elohim) was in the person/presence of the seraphim/cherubim/animal who hovered over a great quantity of waters.” Wow! There’s a lot there to discuss, but follow me as we walk through it. We will need to start at the end and work our way backward.

The “great quantity of waters” mentioned here comes from the word tehowm, a word also found in Deuteronomy 8:7:

“For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, flowing forth in valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, and vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land where you will eat bread without shortage, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are satisfied, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.” (AMP)

A good land. A land of brooks of water. Vines, fig trees, pomegranates. Olive oil and honey… Sound familiar? YES, it sounds like EDEN! You can see this clearly if you read through Genesis 1 and take note of its account of the things that God filled the Garden with. Although He had yet to create man in Adam or woman in Eve in verse 2, God already had a vision in mind for how He intended His Creation to function – in an abundance of every good thing created by His hand alone. As we keep going though, we will find that the presence of the seraphim/cherubim/animal who lacked the knowledge and wisdom of Elohim would be present in the deep, something that God also foreknew.

Let us take a look at this “face of darkness” that dwelled in the fullness of God’s garden. For those who are already familiar with the Word of God, the identity of this being should already be very obvious. Seraphim/Cherubim – or angel – who lacked the knowledge and wisdom of God (Elohim) – this is clearly Lucifer, the one who fell from Heaven. How do we know this? Well, we will start with the origins of this creature.

Perhaps one of the most profound revelations of Lucifer is found at the "All About God" website:

“In the Hebrew, the name Lucifer is translated from the Hebrew word heylel which means “brightness.” This designation, referring to Lucifer, is the rendering of the "morning star" or "star of the morning" or "bright star" which is presented in Isaiah. "How you are fallen from heaven, O Day Star, son of Dawn! How you are cut down to the ground, you who laid the nations low! You said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of assembly on the heights of Zaphon; I will ascend to the tops of the clouds, I will make myself like the Most High." (Isaiah 14:12-14) The context of this passage is a referral to the king of Babylon as presented in his pride, splendor and fall. However, it is to the power behind the evil Babylonian king that this is actually addressed. No mortal king would claim that his throne was above that of God or that he was like the Most High. The power behind the evil Babylonian king is Lucifer, Son of the Morning.” (http://www.allaboutgod.com/story-of-lucifer.htm, 2012-2015)

Indeed, Lucifer was originally a creature of light who was cast out of heaven because he sought to become greater than Elohim the Creator. But without both the knowledge of Elohim and the wisdom of Elohim, how would this be possible? The answer is simple – it would never be possible. How does one who is created become greater than the Creator? He does not. Consider a vessel set on a potter’s wheel – does it have a say in what it will become? Does it have a say, after it is formed, whether the Master who shaped it will be satisfied with its form? I declare to you that if a vessel fulfills the purpose for which it is created, it will become the pride of the Creator in that it is obedient to its form. However, a vessel that seeks to be more than what it was created to be - to hold more than it was designed to hold - will surely burst, rendering itself unable to hold the substance it was originally designed to hold.

This was the plight of Lucifer – a once loved vessel of light created by God (Elohim) – cast out of Heaven because he sought to be more than what he was created to be, to elevate himself above the will of the Creator. Jesus recounts this to His disciples in Luke 10:18 when He tells them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like [a flash of] lightning.” He was the fallen presence, now stripped of his brilliance and cast into darkness, that dwelt in God’s garden. However, when we look forward to the final part of verse 2 we find a most encouraging word – the Spirit of the Living God hovers over both the face of the deep (Lucifer) and the waters! ELOHIM sits higher than ALL.

**Have questions or comments? E-mail me at gejohnsonmedia@gmail.com or leave them in the comment section below. Discussion is welcome!**

2 comments:

  1. Does this mean that evil was always meant to exist and does it mean that we were meant to be tormented

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    1. No, I do not believe that evil was meant to exist. When God created Adam & Eve, He placed them in a perfect environment with 1 rule: do not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was their disobedience when they ate from the tree that introduced sin and evil into the perfect environment that God had created. We were absolutely NOT meant to be tormented. In Jeremiah 29:11 the Lord says, "For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you... plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope." The key to tapping into this plan is FAITH - a belief in Jesus Christ as your savior. Your faith allows God to have a relationship with you and implement His peace and well-being in your life. God bless you and feel free to post questions here any time. :)

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