Creation and Commission: Genesis 1 to 3 – Translation and Commentary

1:1e) Our one Earth, plus the dual Heavens of Genesis l:ld, constitutes a three-fold creation.     Yet this is indeed also a ‘Tri-Universe.’   For it reflects its tri-une Creator (Genesis 1:la).   Cf.  too Genesis l:8b & 1:26a-d with Romans 1:20 & Acts 14:17 & Psalm 94:9-10.   Moreover, God created the Heavens and the Earth subject to “ordinances” or laws which reflect His Tri-Unity (Genesis 2:4cd cf. Job 38:31-33 & Psalm 119:89-91 & Jeremiah 33:25).

1:1f) “The beginning” means the commencement of time-as-such (Acts 15:18 & Hebrews 1:10),  prior to the commencement of the six days of the Earth’s post-creational formation or further manufacture.   For the work of each of those six days seems to have commenced only when God spoke for the first time on each of those days.   This is indicated by the formula “And God said” (in Genesis 1:3,6,9,14,20,24).   On the period of created time before the first six days of the Earth’s formation, cf. Genesis 1:1-2 with Proverbs 8:22f & Micah 5:1 & John 1:1.   On the humanly-undatable pre-solar character of Genesis 1:1-13, cf. Genesis 2:4f & Job 38:4 & Psalm 90:1-4 & Second Peter 3:4-8. Note further that God alone is before time (Psalm 90:1-2); that the whole ‘Tri-Universe’ was created with time (Genesis 1:1); that the entire creation shall always continue to exist in time (Revelation 22:2-5); and that three-dimensional time runs       from the past through the present to the future, thus reflecting the Triune God Himself (cf. Genesis 2:4cd & Romans 11:33-36).

1:2g) Now; then; and; at that time (cf. Genesis 1:1f with Acts 15:18).   Or: “As far as the Earth was concerned, that was unshaped and empty” etc.

1:2h) The Earth was without form and void (cf. Isaiah 24:1 & 45:18 & Jeremiah 4:23). Note this simply suggests emptiness as such.   There is no hint of a prior devastation.

1:2i) Although God is Light, He had as then not yet illuminated our Earth (cf. First John 1:5 &  John 1:1-5,7-10 with Genesis l:2h  & l:3b).

1:2j) The deep and swirling waters (Genesis 1:21 cf. 8:2 & Exodus 15:5,8 & Psalms 42:7 & 104:5-6 & 148:7 & Isaiah 51:10).

1:2k) The Holy Spirit or the Third Person of the Holy Trinity (cf. Genesis 6:3;  Job 26:13 & 27:10 & 32:8 & 33:4 & 34:14; First Corinthians 2:10; Hebrew 9:14; Psalms 33:6 & 104:30).

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1:2l) The Spirit kept on fluttering over or assailing or impregnating or incubating the waters (Genesis 1:2j cf. Deuteronomy 32:11 & Jeremiah 23:9).   Through His  Spirit, the Triune God thereby continued keeping His Covenant with His creation, cf. Genesis 1:lb.

God-Triune  illuminates our Earth

1:3 Then God-Triune said:a “Let there be light!”   So light came into being. b    4 And God-Triune saw to itc that the light was good.   And God-Triune separatedd the light from the darkness.   5 And God-Triune named the light ‘Day.’   And He named the darkness ‘Night.’   Then dusk came; then dawn came:  day one.e

1:3a) God-Triune God said; again swearing an oath (cf. Genesis l:la).   This “said” Word, was the Second Person of the Trinity, the Son of God or the Father’s Word (John 1:1-5). By Him the whole ‘Tri-Universe’ was spoken into being.   Also by Him, our own Earth was thenceforth speakingly manufactured or fashioned further in six subsequent days. Compare: Genesis 1:1a,3a,6,9,11,14,20,22,24,26,28-30 cf. Psalm 33:6,9 & also Hebrews 1:1-3,10 & 11:3 & Second Peter 3:5.

1:3b) God the Son is the Uncreated Light (John 1:4,5,9,14 cf. Second Corinthians 4:4-6 & First John 1:1,5-7).   He illuminated our once-dark Earth (Genesis 1:2h) by making, shaping or manufacturing its light from the previously-created raw material described in Genesis 1:1.   That raw material, God Himself had created from nothing; and thereafter started shaping by the power of His Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:la,2jk,3ab).   The Word is the Co-Eternal Son Who always was, is and shall be in the very bosom of His Co-Eternal Father (cf. Malachi 2:10 & Genesis 1:la,3ab & John 1:1,4,14,18 & 8:12 & Second Corinthians 4:4-6) in the power of Their Spirit.   That Spirit (Genesis 1:la,2j cf. John 3:34 & First Corinthians 2:10 & Hebrews 9:14) was therefore always with Them Both.    For both exnihilatory creation and post-exnihilatory formation are works of the Triune God ‘Elohiym: of God the Father and the Son and the Spirit (Malachi 2:10 cf. Genesis 1:1-3 cf. Psalm 33:6-9).

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