Genesis 1:1 - 2
ESV - 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.
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One risk that we often take (too often) is to ask God "why?" If the answer isn't right there in scripture, then our "why?" becomes guesswork. Suffice it to say that God did it, and that settles it. That passage could read like this: "Before the beginning of space and time God (Elohim, the Trinity) spoke into existence the heavens and the earth, and the earth thereby created was shapeless and utterly void, just a bunch of gases floating around in the utter blackness of nothingness, with our invisible God hovering over the soup. Then God lit up the place and said 'Earth! Be round!' And it was. And He said, 'Some of the soup will hang out around the earth, and some of it will settle on the earth.' And so it was." See how that works? No doubt whatsoever that God did it and that settles it.
In Genesis 1:1 God creates a perfect heaven and earth. God does not create disorder or confusion. Between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2 - is the fall of Satan. This is explained in Ezekiel 28:12-17 and Isaiah 14:12-17. In essence there was an earth prior to the fall of Satan and the destruction of it was associated with Satan being cast out of heaven onto earth. Another clue to this is that in Genesis 1:2 the Hebrew word for "was" can also be translated as "became", hence the verse would now read : the earth became without form and void........ Further evidence is noted in Genesis 1:28 - God blesses Man : Be fruitful and multiply ; REPLENISH the earth. KJV. You cannot replenish that which was not previously filled / plenished. Some bible translations have tried to change that verse to say FILL the earth, but study of that word in the original text shows that refill / replenish is the appropriate translation therefore bringing understanding that part of Scripture.
In my opinion, the Bible does not touch in detail much of events that does not relate to beginnings of our human race. It appears as if creation of all the things we see and those that we cannot see, that includes those beyond our human imagination, was not included or may not have been made known to us in detail. Talk of billions of galaxies and billions of planets and other things which are inside them which our scientist are now discovering, We do not have details of these things, which means, God saw it fit to make us see the things that are important to us in our relationship to him by briefly explaining to us some information on how we and our immediate surroundings came into being. There may be 99.9% of other things we do not know about God and his activities. We may remain like that even beyond our time, because God remains God and humans will remain humans. In one of the scriptures our Lord Jesus Christ made it clear: Matthew 24:36 (ESV) No One Knows That Day and Hour 36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only." This may explain much to us that our God does not reveal every thing to us even to angels, Especially things that does not concern us.
In John 1:1 (AMP) was explained that In the beginning (before all time) was the Word(Christ)... While in Genesis 1:1 was In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. So before any action was done in Genesis 1:1, John 1:1 has shown that the Words exist, and by Christ(Words), things exist (in John 1:3) All things were made and came into existence through Him; and without Him was not even one thing made that has come into being Yes it was Christ that made the waters. And why-not-in-Genesis answer will only be a mortal answer that is assumptions. Either way, every prophets and prophetess, every apostles has their own version of writing, One Truth but different Emphasizes based on the earth's (yarsat = earthly vessel of God's Breath/God's Spirit wrapped on earth) or the writer's point of view and revelation. Moses wrote Genesis and 4 other books, Matthew, Luke, Mark, John and other disciples wrote of the Biography of Jesus. Luke is detailed as he was a doctor, (He also the one who set the bible in order in luke 1:3; thanks doc!) John is someone very close, try to depict Jesus for His compassion, Mark depicts Jesus's works of miracles and Healing and sacrifice as the greatest Miracle Matthew wrote the book for the people of the Old Testament. Moses? Well, he has his own point of interest which he MIGHT feel more glorious in the awesomeness process of creation of Water than the details of what God did (speaking) when the water was created
This seems to be a major confusion so I'd like to clear some stuff up. First of all, the oceans are part of Earth, our planet. Currently, we tend to use Earth in the context of land, but it is in fact referencing our planet, the entire thing including the oceans. If God spoke the planet into existence then by default ALL of the planet would be created, ie the land, the core, the oceans and sea, the sky, etc etc.
Genesis 1:1 reads, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.' According to the first scripture of the bible, God created the Earth and the celestial bodies in the sky.The writer, whom is reported to be Moses, arguably God's closest friend and confidant, ostensibly says 'Let's get one thing straight up front: God created all that you can see, and even that which you know is there and can't see. God did it. As knowledge increases there will be theories developed that will try to explain how the world was formed some other way, but make no mistake about this, God did it.' Oh that Moses would have considered elaborating a bit, clarifying, uncomplicating the matter with a bit more detail. "Which came first Moses, the chicken or the egg? Or were they conceived together like twins, a chicken inside of an egg?" This question, 'How was the water created by God? Why does Genesis 1:1,2 not say that God spoke the water into existence?" I don't read where He spoke the dirt into existence per se, of itself individually. The Earth is 71% water with 97% being salty water that isn't for consumption. The human body is 60% water, the heart and brain73% and the lungs 83%. "Till you return to the ground from which you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you will return" (Gn 3:19b). No mention of the main ingredient, water. Since the Earth is mostly water, I wonder when the co-star showed up, (land) more than I speculate curiously about the leading man (water). Maybe He started with water and dirt is an addendum. I think the scriptures show that to be the case. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters (Gn 1:2). "Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters." God made the expanse, and separated the waters below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse. God called the expanse heaven (Gn 1:6-8a). The narrative is all about the waters. We even read of the formation of heaven, but nothing yet about the land. "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear..." God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas.." (Gn 1:9,10). There's the first mention of land. Up until now almost all of the story has centered around the water. The Spirit of God hovered above the water, giving it an air of importance not spoken about the land. I think the creation began with water when we read the assertion, 'In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.' The word "earth" could mean the planet we call earth, or it could be understood that God created the "surface" of the planet, which would account for the land covered with water, as we read above, and the atmosphere, called the "heavens." The planet is overwhelmingly water. There's no need to specify the creation of water, it just might be that the water IS the creation, the land being the addition to it. So, which came first, the chicken or the egg, or was there an egg with a chicken inside of it? There is no record of it, so we can only guess. Was the land created and then water, or was it created land covered by water, and then the dry land appeared when the water was gathered together to form the seas? I think the record shows that to be the case. By faith we understand that the worlds were created by the word of God... Hebrews 11:3a) This scripture tells us how He created water, land, vegetation, animals, insects, planets, stars, etc, EVERYTHING, except mankind; He spoke it into existence; We, He hand made (Gn 1:27). Not only does Genesis 1:1,2 not say that God spoke water into existence, it doesn't say that He spoke the "formless and void" planet into existence. He simply says that He created it. But the writer of Hebrews 11 inspired by the same God that wrote through Moses, hit a walk-off and settled the matter.
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