Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thoughts on Genesis 1:1

This is exactly where one should begin on any search for truth, at the beginning.  And the creation story not only demonstrates a scientifically accurate series of events; notice the proper order of creation (time, space, matter) consistent with the laws of physics (which should not be surprising to the believer since we know the scripture says in I Cor. 14:40 - Let all things be done decently and in order), but also demonstrates the full power of the Godhead speaking into existence what we commonly call the universe.  It is a bit ironic that we use that term, not we, but non-believers and believers in the faith of evolution.  It stands to reason if these self-proclaimed wise men (Rom 1:22 - Professing themselves to be wise they became fools.) even realize what they are affirming by call the universe, the universe.  But for us, the beloved, we recognize and believe what the scripture says in Hebrews 11:3 - Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Additionally, the modern perversions of the scripture introduce an error in this verse.  This obviously does not bode well for the rest of the translation when the very first verse is in error.  The error is in the word heaven.  The Authorized Bible accurately renders this word in the singular while most of the modern versions render it in the plural, heavens.  This is a problem because the Bible make reference to three heavens: Earth's atmosphere (Gen 1:6-8); outer space where the sun, moon, stars are (Gen 1:14-19); and the place of God's throne and where Christ ascended and is at the Father's right hand (Isa 66:1, Acts 7:55).  Logic would dictate that God had a place to live prior to the creation of the world.  That leaves two heavens left to be created in Genesis 1:1, right?  Wrong; Earth's atmosphere was not created until Genesis 1:6-8.  So what was created in verse 1?  Only the heaven, or outer space where the earth, sun, stars, and moon are suspended by the power of his word.  This a seemingly inconsequential addition, however, it is an error nonetheless.

Lastly, Genesis 1:1 display very divine attributes when viewed in Hebrew texts. Here are some interesting attributes:

  • 7 words in the verse (only verse in the Hebrew OT that does this)
  • Number of letters in the verse = 28 or 4x7
  • The three key words of the verse (God, heaven, earth) have 5, 5, 4 letters respectively or 14 which is 2x7.  The remaing letters in the verse also equals 14 or 2x7.
  • The expression of the two objects of the verse (heaven and earth) contains 14 letters or 2x7.
  • The shortest word of the verse, the, is in the middle.  The number of letters in that word plus the word to the right, heaven, is 7.  The middle word plus the word to the left, God, is 7.
  • There are three nouns in the verse (God, heaven, earth) that have a gematria value of 86,395, 296 respectively, or 777.
  • The gematria numeric value of the word "created", the only verb in the verse, is 203 or 29x7.
The statistical likelihood of this occurring in 1 in 823,543.


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