In the Beginning

God Created the Tri-universe

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

It is a bit ironic (and I appreciate the irony) that Genesis 1:1 is the first verse that my son memorized. It is the first chapter of the Bible, first verse of the Bible, and is about the first of firsts things.

I remember studying this verse a long time ago using Henry Morris’ The Genesis Record. It was an insightful look into the science of creation by way of biblical commentary. He brought out some interesting points about this particular verse and rather than spend numerous pages to interpret his words, I’ll just jump to the conclusion. After all, this is just commenting on what this passage reminds and teaches me as I use it to teach our family.

The verse is basically broken down into two things: God and Creation. While I could go on about the use of the Hebrew word Elohim (translated God) as the first real record of the Trinity, my primary focus is on what God did and what it teaches us about Him.

It says that God created. Now the interesting fact (and often over-looked truth) is that this verse records the divine creation of three things.

First, God created “the heavens.” Generally, when asked what this means, most people will point to the sky and tell you that the heavens are everything in the atmosphere. That would include, the immediate sky circling the earth as well as the distant “final frontier” (yes, I enjoy Star Trek). But the Hebrew would indicate a bit more, however, the idea is correct. The “heavens” does not really refer to the sky above us, but space in particular. Not the blackness we see at night, but the X-Y-Z axis. This is space. It is the measurement of distance. I tell my son that it is God’s cosmic playing board. It has four corners and can be traveled. It is here and there. But it ends and begins somewhere. It is just so big that we cannot see or reach the corners.

Second, God created “the earth.” Again, when asked what this means, most people will point to the ground below them and tell you that the earth is what we stand on. And yes, in one sense, the earth is this planet we call home. It is floating in space (or God’s playing board). But the Hebrew implies much more than what we identify it to be. The earth is made up of stuff. So is everything else that we can see – including ourselves. It is what we call matter. So I tell my son that it is God’s cosmic playing pieces. The word earth refers to all the atomic elements that make up the things we see, touch, hear, and taste.

Third, God created “the beginning.” This is most often missed in this verse – maybe because it is not included in the list of created things. However, the beginning was created. In fact there was a moment (if I can use that word) before the beginning. John 1:1 tells us that “in the beginning was the Word.” And more appropriately, this verse implies that the Word (or God) was there when the beginning was created. So what is it? I tell my son that it is God’s cosmic playing clock. It was what we call time. It is the measurement of change.

This is what blows my mind about this verse. God created the cosmos. He created time, space, and matter. All of which are necessary for all other things made. If there were no time, then there would be no way to measure distance or matter. If there were no space, there would be no way to measure time or matter. If there were no matter, there would be no way to measure time and space. Each exists for the other and none of them can exist without the other.It truly is the first of the firsts.

I find it even more impressive that the Trinitarian word Elohim is used when speaking of the One who created this Tri-Universe, but the Tri-Unibeing. God is three persons in one essence. And the cosmos is three elements in one creation. What a genius our Lord is to imprint His own nature on His creation. My son and I marvel at the bigness of what God has created and it reminds us of the bigness of God’s Triune nature.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Posted by Jacob Abshire on September 14th, 2008 - 7:39 pm
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