I read the Bible from begining to end, a chapter at a time. This time I’m sharing my Bible reading journey with you. God promised if we call to Him, He will show us great and marvellous things. This is what I’ve gleaned, I hope you can share what you have gleaned too.
So here we are at the beginning. The Heavens were stretched out like a tent, according to Isaiah 40:22. If you stretch out space you get red shifted starlight and background radiation – two major components of the ‘Big Bang,’ with tremendous gravity pulling toward the centre. At the centre there would be a tremendous dilation of time. A researcher said taking into account the expanding universe and how time goes faster the further you go out, the most distant point would be about six days ago, while here on earth it would be about 6,000 years.
“But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.2 Peter 3:8 and Psalm 90:4
There’s a lot in the first sentence of the Bible.
Sometimes our language can rob us of meaning. What can we learn from the original language?
The Hebrew word for created is bara.
Bara is made up of three hebrew letters, aleph, reysh, beyt. Hebrew reads from right to left.
Beyt is a house, tent, son, family, dwelling place, the physical tent/body, inside, within, first letter in the Torah that identifies the Son of God.
Reysh means difference, good or evil, division, Living Word, second, second person of the Godhead, to come alongside to hinder, to come alongside for help, God the Son.
Aleph is represented by an ox. The letter means strong leader, strength, leading, the first, aloof or separate, gentle, the beginning, the head of the family, God the Father.
The person who comes out of the house or tent is the son, and the house or tent belongs to God the Father. Creation is the revelation of the Son of God.
He was there at the beginning. God created everything through Jesus.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. John 1:1-5
This was what is written of the Son of God by John, who said this of himself, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1:6-9
On Christmas Eve 1968 the astronauts orbiting the moon on the Apollo 8 mission witnessed the earthrise, taking this famous photo. To mark this auspicious occasion, the great words from Genesis 1 were read in space.
Unfortunately they were sued by an atheist from Dallas, Texas who said it was not appropriate.
“And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” Nevertheless, the light still shines, the day will dawn and the rightful owner of this world will return.
Jesus is the Light of the World. The father of John the Baptist called Jesus “the Dayspring from on High“;
“The Dayspring from on high who has visited us; to give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace.” He saw it with his heart, Peter saw it with his eyes.
Peter was there when Jesus turned into a being of light on the mountain. He said, “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” He wrote, “We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” 2 Peter 1:16-19
We are going into the darkness now, but good will ultimately triumph over evil and there will be a new day. May the day dawn in your understanding and the morning star rise in your heart. May you believe it and see it.