“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: Contained in Genesis 1 is the story of man’s redemption in prophetic utterance.
In previous study, we began a journey into investigating how Genesis 1 opens up. Let’s pay attention to the reading “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of 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). From our previous study, it was established that there is every possibility to view Moses’ words here as a documentation about the creation. But when on reads Genesis 1:1-3 carefully paying attention to details and reading it contextually (from verses 1 to the end), he would not have concluded that verses 1 to 3 of Genesis 1 is the creation story but salvation story. No doubt that within Genesis 1, we have the creation story. But within that Genesis 1 where we have the creation story is also the revelation of God’s redemptive plan (salvation story) before anything else. This is the reason for Genesis 1:1-3, which before Moses ever talked of creation, he had prophetically spoken of salvation in Christ. So, within the creation story, we have the salvation story which is the very opening of Genesis and thus, salvation preceded creation. So before creation took place in time, salvation had already been before time and so, when time began, God’s first utterance was salvation (His plan before time uttered in prophetic utterance in time) and you will soon see this.
Now, put your hands in Genesis 1, and let’s establish a fact in verse 2 that will give us a lead into understanding the three verses. If Moses says the earth was without form and void which means empty or nothing and now, let’s say that the thought or conclusion of the earth being without form and void should have now changed by reading “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”. How come we have “waters” when the earth was nothing? This brings to the fore that the communication here was not creation but a spiritual truth (of God’s redemptive plan which we will soon see clearly), and therefore the statements:
- “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters” will be figurative (figure of speech).
- “And darkness was upon the face of the deep” will be figurative (a figure of speech) which was to further explain the term “the earth was without form and void” which is also figurative.
In other words, “the spirit of God moving upon the face of waters” was figurative (verse 2), “darkness” was figurative (verse 2), “the earth” was figurative, “light” (verse 3) was figurative, “heaven and earth” in verse 1 was figurative and all these was a revelation or spiritual truth of God’s redemptive plan put in place to cure or as the solution of man in the state of darkness. In proceeding studies, you will see clearly. Glory!
INSTRUCTION: Bible interpretation is key to revelation knowledge, Go for it.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: The very first utterance of God in the beginning was salvation.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: PSALM CHAPTER 8; EVENING: HEBREWS CHAPTER 2