Tick Tack, Tick TackAuthor: Josué Mora Peña
I wonder if there is anybody who does not know what Genesis 1:1 says. It is so common because it is the beginning of the Bible, the beginning of creation and of mankind. This is how the author of the Holy Scripture, Moses, starts the first book of the Bible, "In the beginning ..."
Probably the first thing that comes to our minds is: in the beginning of what? Certainly it is not the beginning of God because God is eternal. He has always been. He will continue to be for all eternity. For Him, the sound of the tick tack of the clock does not exist. Sometimes our finite minds can not comprehend the idea of anybody who has always existed, since we all have a beginning. We all were born, we were made in the image of God and after His likeness but not God, He is eternal. The late physicist Albert Einstein might be able to help us understand how this idea of eternity works. He said that when we were in school, we were taught that there's a past, present and future tense. Then he asked the rhetorical question, "How can we live in the present tense when we live in a world that is constantly moving?"
What he really is saying, is that we live from the past to the future, but we can never live in the present time, because there's no present time. If I would snap my fingers and say, "This is the present." Well, a few seconds went by already. So, if we are in agreement with Einstein, then there's no present time in a world that is constantly moving but on the contrary, God is an eternal present. When Moses went up to Mount Horeb to find out why the burning bush would not consumed, God spoke to him from that bush. He commanded Moses to go back to Egypt and deliver His people from bondage. Moses asked in Exodus 3:13-14, "And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel I AM hath sent me unto you."
When we read in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning" refers to the beginning of creation, since God does not have a beginning, nor end. In fact, we can say with plenty of confidence that God has no past and no future, He is always present. Creation, then, is what this verse is all about. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." (The Spanish Bible says, [cielos=heavens, plural]. The word "create" means to bring into existence something out of nothing. God created the heavens, including the Planet Earth and all the other planets, the sun and the moon, the Milky Way and the vast universe, out of nothing. That was nothing for God to use in order to create or form the universe, not even air, since God himself created the air and He is the only One who can create. Not even Satan is able to create anything.
When we talk about Adam that's a different story. He was not created. He was made, formed, out of the dust of the ground, according to Genesis 2:7, which says, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Genesis 1:26, says, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ...," even though the next verse, the 27, says, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them." I don't know to what school of Journalism Moses went because he sure knew how to write by not repeating himself the same word in any given paragraph. In this case he's using the word "create" instead of form or make to avoid repetition or cacophony but again, this word appears three times in this verse. Well, we'll discuss this part of syntax with him personally when we get to heaven! and believe me, I'm looking forward for that day.
Coming back to God and creation
the earth was beautiful in Genesis 1:1, because when God creates or forms something He does it to perfection but when we approach verse 2, we find something totally different. It says, "And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." "The Spirit of God" is none other than the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity. What worries us and leaves us perplexed is, "How is it possible that the earth was without form and void and in darkness?" I don't believe that God is a God of disorder and darkness. On the contrary, God is light, the light of the world but the fact is that the earth had no form, it was void and darkness was all over. In our next sermon we will try to explain what happened between verses one and two of Genesis 1, according to several theologians and, of course, my own opinion but I would recommend that you read Isaiah 14:11-15; Matthew 25:41 and Luke 10:18. The last two verses are found in the New Testament.