Friday, April 1, 2016

The Chaos Of Creation: A Look At Genesis 1:2

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 verse 2 of Genesis 1. (Read about verse 1 HERE) May God bless you with understanding and revelation power through His Holy Spirit as you read. Amen.

Genesis 1, Verse 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.”

Verse 2 of Genesis 1 picks right up with the “earth” of verse 1 and gives us a vivid description of its condition right after it was created.

“without form” – tohuw (Hebrew transliteration) – n. masculine that which is empty; a place of chaos (Gesenius’s Lexicon)

In the first phrase used to describe the Genesis 1:1 earth – “without form” – we are given a picture of an empty place. The MacArthur Study Bible (1997) describes it as being “yet uninhabited by creatures.” (Genesis footnote) This falls in line with what is generally believed by Christian believers – that the earth that God created was initially completely empty. However, it is the second meaning – “a place of chaos” – that prompts us to take a deeper look at what exactly was occurring with this empty earth.

When I first discovered this particular meaning of “without form,” what baffled me was how chaos came forth from a God of order and perfect peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33 tells us that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. (NKJV) Where did this chaos come from and why did God allow it? Well, if we go back and consider verse 1, we begin to gain an understanding of why God brought the earth forth in this way. Remember in verse 1, we discovered that the act of creating that occurred in the beginning was a foreshadowing of the birth of our Savior. Why did we need a Savior? Because of the disturbance of order, or CHAOS, that would invade the earth because of sin!

Again we find the omniscience of Elohim at work here. Just as He already had a blueprint in His being for the creation and procreation of mankind and for the birth of a Savior to redeem mankind, He also had in mind a plan for bringing a chaotic, sinful world back into divine order. God allowing earth to be formed in a chaotic state also gave Him the opportunity to set it right again, which we will see happen as we move forward in this study. This was an act of prophecy by God, the beginning of a prophetic theme that would permeate time until the arrival of Jesus Christ whose life, death, and resurrection fulfilled the prophecy. He would not leave the world in a state of sinful chaos!

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