In.The.Beginning.God.

Captain’s Log: Stardate? Nah, I’m not a captain of anything more than my own family and we now live in Arkansas and not in outer space somewhere. So I’ll give the time and date there (here in Fort Smith) 6:24AM Wednesday Jan 1st, In the year of Our Lord 2020. This blog was supposed to be started years and years ago… ugh, the guilt. Well hopefully I’ll be able to move past that guilt and share what I have learned over the last half century. Jeez, has it really been that long? For me, yes- but the blog would be somewhat younger than those 50 years. I’d say 15 years easily… that’s how long I have been thinking (and ‘false starting’) about how to record the thoughts about and evidence for the God-driven creation account.

This was also supposed to include my two brothers getting their thoughts, perspectives, and evidence supporting their personal “takes” on the matter. That has been like herding cats- not because of them exactly just because life kept getting in the way. Well, maybe that voice recorded podcast will actually take place someday but for now the ‘typed word’ will have to do. (Consider this a review on the 1st chapter of the new American standard bible… I won’t include full text each week. But here is the Lockman foundation NASB text as found on bible gateway.com.) The Bible translation that I had originally started reading (again some 43 or 44 years ago) was called the King James translation. That “Which translation do you use?” question adds another deeper layer of discussion that could be had. But in the interest of expediency this blog needs to start somewhere so we’ll start with the NASB and see where that leads. Just acknowledging that the original manuscript for the book known as the Bible started out in Hebrew is a good thing. Rabbit trail: I love other languages- maybe I’ll include something about that in this someday.

Consider the following 1st Chapter of Genesis: (rabbit trail- I’m also a big fan of audiobooks, podcasts, and the recorded word so check this chapter out by listening using the Youversion bible app.)

Genesis 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Creation

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was [a]formless and void, and darkness was over the [b]surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was [c]moving over the [d]surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Then God said, “Let there be [e]an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” God made the [f]expanse, and separated the waters which were below the [g]expanse from the waters which were above the [h]expanse; and it was so. God called the [i]expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout [j]vegetation, [k]plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after [l]their kind [m]with seed in them”; and it was so.12 The earth brought forth [n]vegetation, [o]plants yielding seed after [p]their kind, and trees bearing fruit [q]with seed in them, after [r]their kind; and God saw that it was good. 13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

14 Then God said, “Let there be [s]lights in the [t]expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; 15 and let them be for [u]lights in the [v]expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 God made the two [w]great lights, the greater [x]light [y]to govern the day, and the lesser [z]light [aa]to govern the night; He made the stars also. 17 God placed them in the [ab]expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and [ac]to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. 19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

20 Then God said, “Let the waters [ad]teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth [ae]in the open [af]expanse of the heavens.” 21 God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after [ag]their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after [ah]their kind”; and it was so.25 God made the beasts of the earth after [ai]their kind, and the cattle after [aj]their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [ak]sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [al]sky and over every living thing that [am]moves on the earth.” 29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the [an]surface of all the earth, and every tree [ao]which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; 30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the [ap]sky and to every thing that [aq]moves on the earth [ar]which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so. 31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Footnotes:

  1. Genesis 1:2 Or a waste and emptiness
  2. Genesis 1:2 Lit face of
  3. Genesis 1:2 Or hovering
  4. Genesis 1:2 Lit face of
  5. Genesis 1:6 Or a firmament
  6. Genesis 1:7 Or firmament
  7. Genesis 1:7 Or firmament
  8. Genesis 1:7 Or firmament
  9. Genesis 1:8 Or firmament
  10. Genesis 1:11 Or grass
  11. Genesis 1:11 Or herbs
  12. Genesis 1:11 Lit its
  13. Genesis 1:11 Lit in which is its seed
  14. Genesis 1:12 Or grass
  15. Genesis 1:12 Or herbs
  16. Genesis 1:12 Lit its
  17. Genesis 1:12 Lit in which is its seed
  18. Genesis 1:12 Lit its
  19. Genesis 1:14 Or luminaries, light-bearers
  20. Genesis 1:14 Or firmament
  21. Genesis 1:15 Or luminaries, light-bearers
  22. Genesis 1:15 Or firmament
  23. Genesis 1:16 Or luminaries, light-bearers
  24. Genesis 1:16 Or luminary, light-bearer
  25. Genesis 1:16 Lit for the dominion of
  26. Genesis 1:16 Or luminary, light-bearer
  27. Genesis 1:16 Lit for the dominion of
  28. Genesis 1:17 Or firmament
  29. Genesis 1:18 Lit for the dominion of
  30. Genesis 1:20 Or swarm
  31. Genesis 1:20 Lit on the face of
  32. Genesis 1:20 Or firmament
  33. Genesis 1:24 Lit its
  34. Genesis 1:24 Lit its
  35. Genesis 1:25 Lit its
  36. Genesis 1:25 Lit its
  37. Genesis 1:26 Lit heavens
  38. Genesis 1:28 Lit heavens
  39. Genesis 1:28 Or creeps
  40. Genesis 1:29 Lit face of
  41. Genesis 1:29 Lit in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed
  42. Genesis 1:30 Lit heavens
  43. Genesis 1:30 Or creeps
  44. Genesis 1:30 Lit in which is a living soul

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

Ok. What did you think? There is a lot “there.” The chapter headings and verse numberings were added later… the footnotes add a further layer of detail. The translators were trying to get back to the original meanings of the written words and who was writing those words to whom. The whole discussion can be complex… that can be quite a rabbit trail… I’d send you to the “My Strange Bible” podcast/blog/website by Tim Mackie. https://thebibleproject.com/podcasts/exploring-my-strange-bible/

Getting back to the text above: A straightforward reading reveals someone (singular and plural) called God creating time, space, force, matter, energy… the deeper rabbit trail- and someone smarter than I wrote about that here. http://www.apologeticspress.org/APContent.aspx?category=129&article=751

God moves, speaks, makes distinctions, labels things, examines the creation, does things in an ordered way… (I’m just skimming these right now- In the perfect blog I’d insert my brothers audio comments, rebuttals, assertions here. And really that’s what a blog like this needs: The interplay between people who can discuss these while revealing where their biases, belief systems, world views come from. That’s what brothers perspectives is hopefully to become!)

Rabbit trail: The hydroplate theory: Verse 6 has an interesting twist that I have been mulling over for many years. The link to the youtube explanation of a possible take on this verse is here: (Just know that it is almost 3 hours long so you’d really have to be interested in the subject matter- I think its worth it and was able to keep several of my kids attention as we watched.)

Well, I don’t feel that I did the first chapter justice. I’ll try to get back to the point of Genesis 1. In short: God is revealing who He is, He(They) makes mankind, gives us a purpose, and some guidelines, and then watches what we do with it. These concepts get fleshed out over the course of time and the rest of Genesis (and the whole collection of the book known as the Bible and some themes repeat…)

2 thoughts on “In.The.Beginning.God.

  1. Absolutely LOVE what you shared! As a believer Genesis is such an important book to my faith and I believe it to be a literal account. Looking forward to reading more!

    • Thank you for the comment! Genesis is very important to our shared faith- What was recorded and Why? (and even how it was recorded, and when?) Those are all very important questions to help in supporting our shared faith. And to challenge some people out there in the blog reading world to re-examine their resistance to believing that Genesis (And subsequently the rest of the Biblical Canon) can be trusted.

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