Illustrated Message 2/08/2023

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Genesis 1:1

In the beginning Genesis opens with the Hebrew phrase bere’shith, typically translated as “in the beginning.” There are two possible interpretations of this phrase: a specific, absolute beginning of all time; or a nonspecific, general beginning of God’s work of creation.

God The Hebrew word used here for “God,” elohim, is plural. While elohim may be used to describe multiple deities, Old Testament authors usually use the term to refer to the singular God of Israel (more than 2,000 instances), such as here.

Created The Hebrew word used here is bara. Compare Isaiah 40:26.

The heavens and the earth This phrase refers to the entirety of creation. The Old Testament often uses opposing word pairs to refer to a totality.

Faithlife Verse of the Day Art, © 2023, Faithlife / Logos Bible Software.
Commentary from Faithlife Study Bible © 2012,2016 by Lexham Press
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About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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