Creation or Re-creation?
by Bernard Baruch Carman
Not Associated with TSN or SBC
posted on 1/27/2000
by D.J. Love
This is a message that has been revealed to me (Bernard Baruch Carman) from the word of G-d regarding the account of the creation in Genesis.
1 In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the Earth (from "Bohuw" or nothing, and the creation was "kuwn" or orderly).
2 The Earth was or became ("Hayah") without form, and void ("Tohuw" or uninhabitable); and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit (Strong's #7308 & #7307 "Ruwach" or "Mind of Yahweh") of G-d was hovering (Strong's #7363 "Rachaph," "to brood." The implication being to "meditate over" or "hover with protective wings in order to recreate or create") over the face of the waters.
Note: The 2nd word "was" (above) after "G-d", had no original Hebrew and was added for clarity.
18 For thus says the L-RD Yahweh, Who created the heavens, Who is G-d, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain ("Tohuw"), Who formed it to be inhabited ("Kuwn" or orderly): "I am the LORD Yahweh, and there is no other (Again Yahweh states that He is One, and not a trinity).
I wish to draw attention first, to the translated word, "vain". the original Hebrew word is "tohuw", described in Strong's as, "empty, formless and chaos". the original Hebrew word "kuwn", translated "established", is described by Strong's as, "to be set up, stable, having order or ORDERLY".
So here we can plainly see that G-d created the heavens and The Earth, not formless and in chaos, but set them up with stability, structure and in order. We can now be so bold at this point to say that G-d created the heavens and the Earth in "perfection", as he created the first (morally aware) humans we have come to know as Adam and Eve. Here it seems necessary to point out that throughout the Bible, we are taught that G-d doesn't create things in a state of imperfection - when things become "imperfect", there is always another force at work, making this happen (ie: man, satan, human nature, fallen angels, etc...).
So, in going back to Genesis with this precept, we can now better understand the first two verses of the Bible. In verse 2, the original Hebrew for "without form" is the same word, "tohuw" found in Isaiah 45:18. the original Hebrew for "void" is "bohuw", meaning "empty waste" or "emptiness". If the original creation was being described in verse 2 (and it was), the statements in Genesis and Isaiah would be contradictory (can't be both orderly and chaotic at the same time), which is not an applicable possibility for the word of G-d.
Now having the knowledge that the word "was" OR "hayah" in verse 2 means "to become", the seeming contradiction becomes harmonious. so, a better explanatory translation would have been:
Genesis 1:1-2 (Corrected)
1 In the beginning G-d created the heavens and The Earth in perfection.
2 The Earth then became without form, chaotic, and void; and darkness (unrighteousness) was on the face of the deep. And the Righteousness Seeking Spirit of G-d hovered over the face of the waters.
Obviously no small amount of time went by between Genesis verse 1 and verse 2, and that the earth in verse 1 is not described the same in verse 2.
Understanding this, we might as well call what happens onward from verse 3, "The Re-creation", instead of lumping this into what most Bible students call the "Creation".
Just something to ponder.
Mr. Bernard Baruch Carman
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