“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith” Romans 1:16-17
LIGHT FOR NOW: The creation story in Genesis was used as a parable to communicate the salvation story.
We are currently investigating into how the bible opens up. Genesis 1:1-3 reads, “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 the waters. And God said, let there be light: and there was light”. We have established that the language of Genesis made heavy use of figures of speech because it was a vision’s analysis. You know the opening of the above text appears to be the creation story but the truth is the creation story in there is in itself a salvation story. The creation story in Genesis was used figuratively to communicate salvation story, and we will see this soon. You know, in Genesis chapters 1, 2 and 3, you will not see the word Jesus, salvation; even till the last chapter of Genesis, you won’t see the name Jesus Christ but Jesus is the climax of the message there. You won’t see Jesus spelt out but Jesus is the message there because the Old Testament is a mystery that is only demystified in the New Testament. The above text (Genesis 1:1-3) can be explained as only the creation story if the grammar of the text is not carefully investigated and the explanation of it is not subject to the epistle (New Testament). Observe in verse 1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth”. Remember, verse 1 is summative, so what is heaven and earth?
Let’s begin to explore verse 2 into 3. Notice the statement “And the earth was without form and void”. The word “form and void” is the Hebrew word “tohoboho” which implies nothing, nothing. Now notice carefully, if the earth is “tohoboho” (that is nothing, nothing), we can’t have “the spirit of God moved upon the face of water”. Water is a component or part of the earth, so if there was nothing in the earth, then there can’t be waters. Thus, for Moses to say “nothing, nothing in the earth” and later say “God’s spirit moved upon the face of waters” will imply that the “earth” there was figurative and “the spirit of God moving upon the face of waters” will also be figurative. So, what did they mean? Let’s see in the next study. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Be full of the word.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name. Amen.
QUOTE: When you are careless in your study of the bible, you will be careless in your interpretation of the bible.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: GENESIS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 1