It’s a Fact!
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Gen 1:1
The first word of the Bible in Hebrew is “B’reishit” (pronounced beh-reh-sheet). In this single word, we discover the foundation of our existence. The Hebrew study of this word yields something very interesting. Hebrew is built upon roots and every word stems from one or more roots. The word “B’reishit” contains three different elements, which reveal something extraordinary about God and His relation to us. The first part of the word is “B’re” or “Bara”, which translates to “created”. The element of the word is “rosh” which simply means “head”. And the third is “Reishit” which means “the beginning”.
When I put all three of these elements together, the literal translation becomes, “Created the Head the beginning”, or more clearly “The Head created in the beginning”. The creation of the world, and subsequently, of humanity is a basic, foundational principle of our faith. It reveals not only our beginning, but also the very nature of the One who created; God is all-powerful and sovereign.
I want to suggest that believers must first agree upon this simply, yet important principle of Creation. If we can’t agree upon the basic truth, which is that God is the Creator, we will not be able to agree upon the other facts of the Bible such as the Bible is God’s Word, The Messiah, God’s plan for the World, God’s plan for Israel, and all other foundational principles that all stem from the fact that God is the Creator.
We must also remember this simple truth. We often forget that He is the sovereign Creator, or perhaps do not really understand the significance of it. We worry, get stressed, and take matters into our own hands instead of giving it to God. We try to take God’s place in different issues of life instead of giving it to Him. The Creator of the universe cares for us and is more than capable of handling whatever troubles us!
“You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.”
This brings me to a final thought about the Creator. God has called us to be His witnesses, but we cannot do that effectively if we cannot agree upon and remember that His creation of the world is foundational to our faith.
Let us all return to the basic truth of our faith. Let us agree upon the fact that God is the Creator and therefore we can accept His will without doubt. Finally, let us remember that He has chosen us to be His witnesses. A great privilege, indeed!
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