ithin the first sentence of our holy scriptures we are confronted with the word God. “Bereishis” or beginning with, “In the beginning, God….” (ESV) (Genesis 1:1) a few principium conferred to the reader. Elohim proclaimed to all mankind that he is the King, the Sovereign creator and ruler of the world, he existed before time and without him nothing would exist.
God is translated from the Hebrew word “Elohim,” being a plural masculine noun with the attributes of Ruler, Lawgiver, and Judge of the world, this is a title not his name.
Elohim declared, “He has made known to his people the power of his works, In giving them the heritage of the nations” ...view middle of the document...
Our next point of interest is length of time for creation. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (ESV) (Genesis 1:1) The scripture does not indicate that heaven and earth was created on the first day, just that it had occurred. Theoretically, the first day could have happened at any given point after creation of heaven and earth. Verses three through five details how God spoke light into the world separating darkness from the light and then declared the first day. We are not instructed that creation could have taken place before God created the first day, but the scripture does in fact leave that open for consideration. [See Also Proverbs 8:22 and Psalms 104:5 – 9]
Time reckoning by God’s standards begins at sunset and ends at the next sunset. “Then God said: ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days and years;” (NASV) (Genesis 1:14) God gave man a way to establish time keeping utilizing the heavens. Therefore the ancients learned to account for time accordingly.
Finally, on this point there exist several theories regarding how long of a period existed from creation to God creating time on the first day, exploration of all of these are beyond the scope of this discussion.
“Two Plausible Theories”
Ex Nihilo – God created something out of nothing.
Genesis 2: 4 – 5 God establishing order from
I like the Stone edition of the Tanakh, Hebrew Bible, which states, “Now the earth was astonishingly empty, and darkness was on the face of the deep, and the spirit of God was hovering over the face of the water.” (Genesis 1.2) The Hebrew word for deep is “tehou” meaning abyss or primeval ocean. Astonishingly meaning complete and utter desolation and emptiness beyond any human comprehension.
God spoke into creation light and declared it good. Until this point our universe was full of darkness, light did not exist. However, notice that God had not yet created any light omitting objects, i.e. the Sun so one must ask what or where did this light come from. Now God established light to be a boundary between day and night, but wait that is not the whole answer. We must go back and look at what the original Hebrew used for light. In Hebrew the word for light is “or” which is not a reference to a light omitting object such as the sun, rather it means enlightenment or illumination. So, when the bible says God, Elohim, said Let there be light, “or,” he provided the illumination and enlightenment for our world not an object. [See Also Exodus 10:23, 2 Samuel 22:29 and Micah 7:8]
Interestingly, on day four God creates the luminaries or lights in the heavens. This light, in Hebrew the word is “maor” is physical light, not God’s spiritual enlightenment. The lights are the sun and moon, which in some translations are the greater light and the lesser light. The ancient Hebrew sages used these names as opposed to sun and moon for emphasis on the one...