The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters.
Genesis 1:2 (NLT)
Genesis 1:1 tells us that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth but then the next verse tells us it was a far diffent place than what we know today. Over the centuries, scholars have speculated on exactly what this means. Was there a lapse of time between Genesis 1 and Genesis 2? Was the writer simply stating that God created the heavens and the earth and then proceeds to tell us how it was done? Was there some sort of cataclymic that took place, rendering chaos which required God to bring order to creation once again?
There are a lot of theories out there but the truth of the matter is, not a single one of us knows for certain. Sometimes, rather than speculating and explaining, we need to just simply close our mouths and just simply accept what God's Word says, whether we understand it or not.
As I read the above passage today, something jumped out at me which I would like to share with you. I just love how the Word of God does that. You can read something over and over again and suddenly, you see something you never noticed or thought about before. Something that makes it even more applicable to you personally.
The Bible tells us that the earth was formless, empty and covered in darkness. In other words there was chaos, emptiness and darkness. Doesn't that sound like the state of fallen man? Before we became Christians, this was the state of our hearts. There was chaos, emptiness and darkness.
God did not abandon us. Instead He hovered close to us and then... He spoke. As I re-read that sentence, I am reminded once again that Jesus Christ is the Word of God made flesh.
God spoke and at His command, chaos was transformed into order, emptiness was filled and darkness was transformed into light. I think this is a beautiful analogy of what happens to us when we become a new creation in Christ. The old is wiped away and we are transformed from being creatures of darkness,
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
into children of the light.
For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don't belong to darkness and night.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 (NLT)
As you may or may not know, I teach a literal interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2. I have been teaching children for the last two and a half years. I am always drawn to blogs that talk about the Creation Account. I enjoyed reading and am blessed by your analogy. [quote]God spoke and at His command, chaos was transformed into order, emptiness was filled and darkness was transformed into light. I think this is a beautiful analogy of what happens to us when we become a new creation in Christ.[/quote]
Praise the Lord.
That is just one of many verses people put a lot more in it than it actually says. I believe I know why they do that, between verse one and two, and three. God explained the order of His creation in very simple and easily understood terms. It is not Gods Holy Spirit that adds, takes away, and changes and twist those words. God spoke, and there was light. His word still does that.
One of my co-workers has ordered a DVD from a person that teaches using word twisting and changing. That Cain was the result of Eve and satan, and Abel the result of Adam, and they were born together. He twists the words, the Hebrew, in several places in order to present that. And, he just keeps right on doing that through the entire DVD. Genesis 4:1,2 explains it simple enough, but the co-worker is just convinced the man teaches it right.
I have found that such people do not really accept the words Jesus Christ Himself taught, concerning creation, angels, the signs of the end of the age, and a lot of other things. Maranatha.