Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
There are ongoing discussions, debates, and disagreements about how the earth was formed and the origin of the universe, even among those who believe in God as creator.
The continuing quest to explore the universe origin and formation from higher academics of science and denominational theology has contributed to more questions and debates.
Scripture is lacking in details except stating God did it!
Our human world of higher learning is not satisfied with such lack of details and demand answers with regard to earth formation and origin of the universe. Human dissatisfaction with just one short verse about the origin of earth and the universe had driven many to whirlwind of speculations. Even for those who believe God did it there is the continuing quest to know exactly how did God do it?
Genesis 1:1 is a declaration not explanation about the origin of heavens and earth.
All of the heavens and Earth were brought into existence by God.
How did God actually do it not disclosed not revealed explicitly.
Since human are subjected to time and lifespan the duration of Earth’s existence had been at the center of endless debate about God’s creation. Two of the well noted theory “creatio ex nihilo” and “ex nihilo nihil fit” are man-made doctrines of theological perspectives and there are no conclusive agreements about it.
The short precise message of Genesis 1:1 is to declare God’s ownership over all His creations and the words of God revealed will cause separation and division among people – those who accept God’s ownership and those who reject.
Genesis 1:1 is the beginning of a person’s foundation of faith in God as creator and owner and that means Man’s duty and accountability to God.
Another big issue of conflict is who wrote the accounts of Genesis?
There are debates and disagreements about Moses’ authorship but historical facts do support the authenticity of Moses’ writings.
What made Moses a real person with divine authority was the mass exodus of the people of Israel from Egypt that left Egypt a devastated nation. God executed His judgement against Pharaoh and revealed His redemption power for the seeds of Abraham of the line of Isaac and Jacob in one single monumental event in human civilization.
That generation of Israel who left Egypt witnessed the power and glory of God and they all heard God spoke to Moses who went up Mount Sinai to meet with God.
16 It came to pass on the third day when it was morning, that there were thunder claps and lightning flashes, and a thick cloud was upon the mountain, and a very powerful blast of a shofar, and the entire nation that was in the camp shuddered.
17 Moses brought the people out toward God from the camp, and they stood at the bottom of the mountain.
18 And the entire Mount Sinai smoked because the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) had descended upon it in fire, and its smoke ascended like the smoke of the kiln, and the entire mountain quaked violently.
19 The sound of the shofar grew increasingly stronger; Moses would speak and God would answer him with a voice.
20 The Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) descended upon Mount Sinai, to the peak of the mountain, and the Lord (יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) summoned Moses to the peak of the mountain, and Moses ascended.
Moses went up Mount Sinai to meet with God not once but several times.
Moses’ writing is highly valued even today because he received direct divine communication from God and there are infallible proof and evident.
God’s revelations to Moses serve specific purpose for those who are redeemed and called to keep covenant with God
Deuteronomy 29:28(29) – the hidden things belong to the Lord (Heb. יְהֹוָ֔ה YHVH) our God, but the revealed things apply to us and to our children forever: that we must fulfill all the words of this Torah.
Genesis was authored by Moses who received direct divine revelation from God.
The first few chapters of Genesis provided short precise accounts of God’s ownership over His creation, what God expects of Man, what Man did in disobedience against God, what God did to redeem Man from ultimate condemnation of sin.
Genesis is not only the beginning of heavens and earth; it is also the beginning of our faith in God.
Starting with Genesis is where a person will grow in understanding of God’s ultimate and full redemption of Man in the coming Messianic Era.
God’s revelation through Moses recorded in scripture is preparing us for the future Messianic Era.