March 18, 2013
Genesis 1-Part 4
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Sprit of God moved upon the face of the waters. Genesis 1:2 KJV
LET IT GLOW
Something I left out as we studied the creation of the universe, heaven, which may refer to the three heavens of Scripture (2 Cor. 12:2): the atmospheric heaven, the heaven of the outer space, and realm of the angels. apparently, the angels were created at the very beginning of the first day of creation week; for they were already on hand to rejoice at the creation of the earth (Job 38:7). (Falwell)
What was the earth like when it was first made?
- It was without form.
- It was void.
- It was dark.
- It was covered with water.
The MacArthur Bible Commentary has this to say about verse 2:
The Hebrew expression signifies a wasteland, a desolate place. Earth was an empty place of lutter desolation, existing in a formless, barren state, shrouded in darkness and water or mist of some sort. It suggests that the very shape of the earth was unfinished and empty. The raw material was all there, but it had not yet been given form. God would quickly (in six days) decorate His initial creation. Deep is sometimes referfed to as primordial waters, tha is the term used to describe the earth's water-covered surface before the dry land emerged (verses 9,10). The earth's surface was a vast ocean-a global, primordial sea that covered the entire planet.I picture earth like clay in the Potter's hands, being molded into the shape He wants. To me, it was dark because the sun and light were not yet created.
Now, I didn't think about our ten planets orbiting around the sun. God placed them all in the perfect places and started them spinning when He started time spinning.
What an empty, void place earth was. There was only water here.
Isn't our lives empty with God filling it? Do we allow Him to shape us into what He wants us to be?
How about it friend, is your life empty? Jesus wants to fill it.
LET IT GROW
Living on a farm, I have seen vultures flying around in a circle, hovering over a dead corpse of an animal. They peck at the animal, eating its body. It's like their hovering is saying to other birds, "This one is ours; don't even try to take it."
Maybe Jesus does that for us when the devil comes around to peck, pick on us.
...and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Spirit means wind, air, according to Thayer's Lexicon.
Liberty Bible Commentary tells us:
It seems to be a reference to the third person of the Godhead (Job 26:13). The Spirit is the subject of the verb, which is an active participle that means "hovering over" (Deut. 32:11). Thus, the Spirit of God is seen hovering over, protecting, and participating in the creation of God the Father. John 1:1-3 and Colossians 1:16 make it clear that more than one person of the Godhead was involved in creation.Isn't it comforting to know that God's Spirit is hovering over, protecting, and participating in our lives? Are we letting Him have freedom do interveen whenever He wants? When the demons of discouragment are pecking at me and hovering around me, do I ask the Holy Spirit for help?
The earth's creative agent enveloped, surrounded, and guarded its surfact. Not only did God the Holy Spirit participate in creation, but so did God the Son (Heb. 1:2). (MacArthur)
Hebrews 1:2 states, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.
So Jesus was busy making everything as God directed, and the Holy Spirit assisted.
LET IT GO
Let go of my life and let Jesus shape me, mold me, fill me as He wants.
Ask the Holy Spirit to hover over me.