Creation: God’s Ruach
Genesis 1:1-3 (NKJV)
Genesis 2:7 (NKJV)
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
Matthew 19:14 (NKJV)
The miracle of creation is somewhat difficult to understand because we don’t have context for ‘nothingness’. Certainly, nothingness would have included darkness and the absence of any kind of form. That would suggest there were no molecules. There was only empty.
Genesis 1:1-2 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.”
Everything was null and void.
In Genesis 1:2 Hebrew scripture uses the word Ruach (וְר֣וּחַ) or Spirit...so the breath of God hovered over the face of the waters. At this point everything was still empty.
Then, the Spirit of God breathed and in Genesis 1:3 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.”
“BE Light” and there was Light. Scripture explains it so that it sounds easy.
God thought, God envisioned, and the breath of God blew out creating light.
Easy that is, unless you are a scientist. In the eyes of a molecular biologist, not so simple. Suffice it to say I believe God created all the moving parts and enabled them to be changeable, adaptable, and sustainable.
God created science on day one. WE discovered the parts later.
Creation was a miracle. I do not know, nor do I care if creation occurred in an instant or if it took thousands or millions of years. I believe God got the ball rolling. I believe it was and is a miracle.
At some point, we learn from Genesis 2:7, “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.” Once again, God created man and animals and gave then the power to be changeable, adaptable, and sustainable. God is smart and He knows how to make that happen. God breathed life into man, and into us.
In Seminary one of my textbooks was a how to book on reading literature. We had to learn the different kinds of literature and how to read and understand those. We needed to learn, or relearn how to read different kinds of literature because scripture contains different kinds of literature. The first part of Genesis is mostly to be read like you would read poetry. Genesis also contains historical narrative. Those kinds of literature are interspersed throughout scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Some scripture is prophetic and other parts of scripture are epistolary.
In general, when we read scripture many people read it from a variety of perspectives. When I read scripture I tend to watch and listen for God to speak, because my dad taught me to listen for God. If someone has a special genius for literature and was trained in early in life to look for the parts of literature, they might read scripture from that perspective naturally. Others may read scripture from the perspective of gaining knowledge about God.
There is no right or wrong way to read scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Post Seminary I was able to recognize the different kinds of literature and understand the different parts. However, I still read and watch for God to speak as I read.
One final note on CREATION. We find the key to that in scripture as well. In Psalm 51:10-12 David wrote:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from Your presence,
And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvation,
And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.”
Psalm 51 gives me great hope and makes me realize that God created and creates (in me), teaches and reminds, is unchangeable and ever-changing, is adaptable and sustainable. The miracle of creation is a conundrum. God is far too complex for us to fully understand yet in my life I’ve come to realize that Jesus said it best in Matthew 19:14, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Children really do GET God!
Today’s Spiritual Practice is: Let God Create something new IN you
It could be that God will create a new thought, a new way to pray, or even a new friendship. Just give God permission and watch for what God brings!
In God, Deb
Deborah Ireland Douglas Jones