I’m always fascinated with Genesis 1:1. It says so much. I keep learning more and more, both from research about the meanings, and from revelations that God gives me. Just this week I’ve been reading the Amplified Version, and I love the points the explanatory notes make. Here’s what it says;
“In the beginning God created [by forming from nothing] the heavens and the earth.”
Just a few comments. 1] ‘In the beginning’: Before anything else existed except God; the very beginning. God, the Pre-existent One.
2] God created: He formed it from nothing. That’s what the Hebrew word ‘bara’ translated as ‘created’, means: ‘formed it from nothing’. Reminds me of what it says in verse 3, “God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light.” He spoke the worlds into existence. Actually, because Hebrew has words and tenses we don’t even have in English, as close as we can come to the word translated as ‘spoke’ is: “He willed it to exist.”
3] ‘the heavens and the earth’. It’s all those galaxies out there in the universe, as well as this ‘blue dot’ among them. God ‘spoke’ them all into existence, from absolutely nothing.
I’m glad we have God, who is so powerful and so gifted that He can do all that. And if you read on down in the first chapter, He created all the rest of the stuff on the earth; plants, fish, birds, reptiles, mammals and finally men and women. (and ultimately you and me). He made each of us unique. Look at the tip of your index finger on your right hand. There is a finger-print that is different from anyone else, anyone else who has ever lived or is living right now. You are special. God made you special because He loves you, and He wants to have a relationship with you. You in particular, not just as a member of the human race. Whenever you’re ready, you can know Him for your very own self too, if you don’t already.
I never heard of the Amplified Bible, looked it up. I like the concept. Will buy a copy. Thanks Tex