Science and Scripture

In The Beginning 1

Isaiah 46:9-10 –  “For I am Yahweh, and there is no other; I am Yahweh, and there is no one like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all my good pleasure’.

The question about the age of the earth has been debated for ages, with no solution in sight.  Is the earth only six thousand years old, as set forth by the “Young Earth Creationists”, or is it millions, or even billions of years old as proposed by the “Old Earth Theorists?  Is either argument even relevant?  Let’s see . . . .

The Plan
Genesis 1:1 –  “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”  (בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ)

In Hebrew, Genesis 1:1 reads “b’reshiyth bara elohim et ha’shamayim v’et ha’erets.”  The English translation of the Hebrew scripture of Genesis 1 and other verses have mislead many to believe that these verses are about timelines.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Genesis 1:1 lays out the entire plan of history and what Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh set forth to accomplish.

The Hebrew language began as a pictographic language, and even today, each and every letter of every word has an entire story behind it.  The first word, reshiyth means the first, or foremost. The very first letter, the Bet, is enlarged and means house.  The first two letters, Bet and Resh, spell the Hebrew word, son!  The first three letters spell the word Bara, which means created.  So, just the first three letters of the word B’reshiyth tell us that in order to build a house, the son created . . . (Colossians 1:16-17, 1 John 1:1-5)!  The letters Resh, Shin, and Hey create the word Resh, which means foremost, head, or first.   Also included in the first Hebrew word are the words: son, appointed, tree, thorns, first-fruit, gift, and covenant, just to name a few.

And what did Elohim create?  The heavens and the earth!  In other words, “For the sake of the Foremost, God created a house – the heavens and the earth.”  Which brings us to the words et ha’shamayim v’et ha’erets.  The et, or aleph-tav are the very first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet.  The aleph-tav is Yeshua.  Yeshua puts it this way in Revelation 22:13 – “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”

The et, or Yeshua, is the direct cause of the creation of the heavens and the earth. This is confirmed by John 1:1-3 – “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”  The sixth word, v’et, starts with the letter vav, whose pictorial image is the hook.  The vav joins the heavens and the earth together, suggesting the connection between the spiritual and earthly matters.  And who does scripture say Yeshua is?  1 Timothy 2:5 tells us that the mediator between Yahweh and humankind, between heaven and earth, is “the man Yeshua Ha’Maschiach”!

The first seven words of the Torah found in Genesis 1:1 are not about timelines or how long it took for Elohim to create and put in place the heavens and the earth!  No, indeed.  The first seven words are all about the plan that Yahweh, Yeshua, and the Ruach Ha’Kodesh had formed to take a wife, build a house, bring together a family, and make it possible for that family to live together despite their failings and sins through the sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross.

From The Beginning
Matthew 19:4 – “He who created them from the beginning made them male and female . . .”
Matthew 19:8 – “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.”
Mark 10:6 – ““But from the beginning of creation, Yahweh made them male and female . . .”

Once again, we see the phrase which in the English reads, the beginning.  The Greek word, archē [ἀρχή -G746] means: that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause.  In every instance, whether in Hebrew or Greek, the word beginning is used to indicate the active cause of an event, not a timeline.

An English idiom, from the get-go, captures the essence of this word entirely.  From the very first instance that the father Yahweh, the son Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit Ruach Ha’Kodesh, Elohim, gave thought to consider the cost of taking a wife and building a family, they knew that Yeshua would have to be sacrificed (Revelation 13:8, 1 Peter 1:19-20).  To accomplish this task, the heavens and the earth had to be created.  The planet earth had to be furnished with all the necessary lands, foods, and helpers that Adam would need.  The sun, moon, and stars had to be put in place to indicate the appointed times (moedim) when Yahweh would meet with his bride.

Genesis 1:1 –  “For the sake of Yeshua, Elohim through Yeshua created the heavens and the earth . . .”

Both Young Earth Creationists and Old Earth Theorists miss the entire point of scripture when they debate timelines.  “In the beginning” has nothing to do with the age of the earth.  The English translation of the Hebrew scriptures has mislead thousands into believing that Yahweh’s creation is all about timelines, rather than about his plan to take a wife, build a house, bring together a family, and make it possible for that family to live together despite their failings and sins through the sacrifice of Yeshua on the cross, and ultimately to live with that family throughout eternity.

Whether that process of preparing the universe took seven days or seven epochs is irrelevant.   Genesis 1:1 is not about the timeline, it is the story of the plan, the beginning of the plan and the final conclusion.  John 1:1-3 confirms that it was Yeshua who is the one who accomplishes this.  Timothy 2:5 confirms that Yeshua is the mediator between Yahweh and humankind.  Revelation 13:8, 1 Peter 1:19-20 both confirm that this plan was put into motion before the foundations were laid.  Isaiah 46:9-10 confirms that his plan will be accomplished.

Final Thought
Prophecy continues to unfold as foretold by the Hebrew Prophets.  Today we are one day closer to the return of Yeshua than we were yesterday and tomorrow we will be even one day closer.  For almost two thousand years the Jews would proclaim “Next year in Jerusalem!”  I now proclaim “Next Yom Teruah in the clouds!”  Time is short – Yeshua Ha’Mashiach is coming soon – get busy reaching the lost.