“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: Moses was communicating spiritual truths in Genesis 1:1-3.
In previous studies, we saw that from John’s synoptic account (John 1:1-5) and 2Corinthians 4:6 explanation of Genesis 1:1-3, that the light shined in the hearts of men. And thus, as we saw in previous study, the statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was a figure of speech communicating a spiritual truth of man without Christ (the light). And so, the statement “And the earth was without form and void” will not be referring to the planet earth, but it will be figurative for man. Recall, the term “form and void” implies “nothing, chaos, empty”. If it was the planet that was nothing or empty, he wouldn’t have said “and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters”. We cannot have “waters” when the earth was nothing which means that the statement “and the spirit of God moved upon the face of waters” is a figure of speech communicating a spiritual truth, and so “And the earth was without form and void” will also be figurative. So, the statement “And the earth was without form and void” was figurative for man; hence, why the next statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was to explain man’s state without the light. That’s why the word “man” being translated means “earth, earthy, dust, dusty”. Sometimes, the word “earth” in the bible is used for the literal earth and sometimes, figurative for man. So, man was “nothing” (“without form and void”) or man was empty; hence, why the next statement “and darkness was upon the face of the deep” was to explain man’s emptiness without the light; man was in a state of spiritual darkness which is sin because this man is without the light. By understanding this alone, you could see Genesis 2:16-17 in Genesis 1:1-3; you could also see Genesis 3 where man sinned and the after effect it brought on man accommodated in Genesis 1:1-3. In other words, what befell man in Genesis 3 when he disobeyed God’s word communicated in Genesis 2:16-17 is what Moses has here as “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep”. Moses shows us the outcome of man’s state in Genesis 3 in Genesis 1 and then shows us the cure of Genesis 3 in Genesis 1. We will see this in subsequent studies and then, you will understand that salvation was not a reaction but a pro-action. God accommodated Genesis 3 in Genesis 1 before man even thought of doing what he did in Genesis 3. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: The place of accurate knowledge is necessary; go for it.
Prayer: My eyes are opened up to the realities of the scriptures in Jesus Name, Amen
QUOTE: The bible opens up with the revelation of God’s love for man.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: GENESIS CHAPTER 3