“He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.” – Isaiah 53:3-7
LIGHT FOR NOW: Genesis opens up in time with the revelation of God’s plan of redemption ahead of time.
In the course of this study, it has been said that deity’s definition of love is not an emotive feeling, but the domain of sacrifice. It has also been said that God’s love will not be God reacting, but God pro-acting. In the course of this study now and the proceeding days, this earlier established fact will be brought to the spotlight with careful scriptural observation. Recall, we said that an understanding of what man did will let us know what he will do which he did and an understanding of how Genesis (the beginning) opens up will show us ahead of time in prophecy what Jesus will do. So that said, let’s begin to hear from Moses (the writer of Genesis) in Genesis 1 from verses 1 to 3, “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light” (Genesis 1:1-3). How does this sound? You know, reading these first verses of Genesis 1; it may be difficult to see salvation in there because the first thing that comes into your mind is creation. So, in your mind, it is creation story that you are reading and not salvation or redemption story, because that is how it appears to be. So, most people in a hurry might be saying “how is this salvation when Moses is expressly discussing creation?” even backed up with how Moses started “In the beginning God created…” So, in your minds you might think Moses is saying in the beginning, God created the heaven (the atmospheric heaven) and the earth (the earth space, the planet or universe). And when he now says “And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep…”, in your mind you picture the darkness in the earth there as night and when God now said “Let there be light…” in verse 3, you now think of the day or better still the sun, moon and stars. So with this, you can in a hurry not see redemption or salvation in Genesis 1:1-3 but creation. Thus, in our proceeding studies, we will carefully observe Moses’ words again with the revelation we have in the epistles to bring to the spotlight what Moses was actually communicating. But let’s leave ourselves with a question to ponder on and the question is, if the earth was without form and void; and the word form and void there means “nothing or empty or chaos”, then how come we see waters still in the same verse 2 when the earth was nothing or empty? Let’s ponder on this in anticipation for the subsequent study.
INSTRUCTION: Never underestimate accurate knowledge.
PRAYER: The eyes of my understanding are enlightened, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: In the very heart of the beginning is the revelation of God’s redemption plan before time contained in prophetic utterance in time.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 2CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 4