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GENESIS CHAPTER 1 VERSE 2– LESSON 1
Now the Earth Was
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.
In this series of postings the words “Now the earth was,” from Genesis 1:2 will be the focus of study. These words were entered in the online Merriam Webster Thesaurus using the following link http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/.
Selected scriptures will draw on this data for exposition.
Definition of NOW: at the present time; not long ago; on some occasions; without delay.
at the present time
Related Words here
Phrases at present, for the time being
Near Antonyms away, far, farthest, remotest; heretofore, hitherto, since; ago, previously
not long ago
Related Words latterly
Near Antonyms ago, before, earlier, early, erstwhile, formerly, previously; heretofore, hitherto
on some occasions
Synonyms here and there, now, now and then, occasionally
Related Words intermittently, off and on, periodically, recurrently; infrequently, little, rarely, seldom; irregularly, sporadically, variously
Near Antonyms frequently, hourly, much, oft, often, oftentimes (or ofttimes); commonly, ordinarily, regularly, routinely, usually; always, consistently, constantly, invariably; continually, continuingly, continuously, incessantly, perpetually, unceasingly, uninterruptedly; endlessly, ever, interminably
Synonyms bang, directly, forthwith, headlong, incontinently, instantaneously, instanter, instantly, now, PDQ, plumb, presently, promptly, pronto, right, right away, right now, right off, straightaway, straight off, straightway
Related Words away, freely; anon, momentarily, shortly, soon; apace, briskly, fast, fleetly, full-tilt, posthaste, quick, quickly, rapidly, readily, snappily, speedily, swift, swiftly; abruptly, presto, suddenly, unexpectedly; hastily, impetuously, impulsively, rashly, recklessly; exactly
THE 1 [Definite Article] some, a few, a particular one, a special one, a specific one, a certain one, a individual one, this, that, each, every, these, those, the whole, the entire
[Special or unique often in italics] pre-eminent, outstanding, particular, unparalleled, unequaled, supreme, unsurpassed, unusual, uncommon, rare, singular,
unprecedented, exceptional, one, sole, single, significant, distinguished, specific, choice, individual, peculiar, exceptional, occasional, unfamiliar, strange, spectacular, phenomenal, unheard of , unknown, unattainable, invincible, almighty, all powerful.
Earth: the loose surface material in which plants naturally grow.
Related Words blackland, clay, gault [chiefly British], gley, guck (or gook), gumbo, kaolin, muck, mud; dust, gravel, sand; humus, loam, topsoil; alluvium, colluvium, detritus, loess, marl, sediment, shingle, silt; duff, mull; subsoil, substratum
Borrowed from─ http://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/earth
WAS: to have life; to occupy a place or location; to take or have a certain position within a group arranged in vertical classes; to take place
to have life
Related Words abide, continue, endure, hold on, hold up, keep (on), kick, last, lead, persist, rule, run on, survive; move; flourish, prosper, thrive
Near Antonyms disappear, evaporate, vanish; cease, desist, discontinue, end, quit, stop; abate, die (down), ebb, let up, moderate, subside, wane
to occupy a place or location
Related Words command, overlook; hang around, remain, rest, stay, stick around, tarry; await, wait; post, station; dwell, reside
to take or have a certain position within a group arranged in vertical classes <our school’s football team is first in its division>
Related Words seed; count; categorize, class, classify, codify, compartmentalize, group, separate, set, sort; install, instate
to take place <the party is next Saturday>
Synonyms be, befall, betide, chance, come, come about, come down, come off, cook, do, go down [slang], go on, hap, occur, pass, transpire
Related Words break, develop, rise, shape (up); arise, come up, crop (up), materialize, spring (up); intervene; fall out, follow, result, turn out; go off, proceed
Genesis 2:5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the LORD God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground,
Using the data above we can surmise that the above verse is saying at the present time on earth ─being now─ at the present time;currently, nowadays, presently, right now, today there were no shrubs or plant life and that the life giving rain was not yet available to enable and sustain growth.
Nor was there humanity to work the ground─no living breathing, existing, liveing, subsisting human to cultivate such growth.
In fact there was no Earth.─ the loose surface material in which plants naturally grow─. No clods, earth, ground, mold, soil, blackland, clay, gault [chiefly British], gley, guck (or gook), gumbo, kaolin, muck, mud; dust, gravel, sand; humus, loam, topsoil; alluvium, colluvium, detritus, loess, marl, sediment, shingle, silt; duff, mull; subsoil, substratum.
There was only formless and empty darkness, over extremely deep waters. Creation was yet to take place there was not yet even a heavenly realm according to the fourth verse of chapter two of Genesis.
Nowtheearthwascorrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence.
CORRUPT AND IN NEED OF REDEMPTION
Moving ahead to the 6th chapter and 11th verse of the beginnings of humanity and all creation; what a contrast to the void found in our first verse. Having only a solitary Spirit of God hovering over the waters.
In this─ Now─
We find a corrupted earth and a disappointed and angry God. He created GOOD humanity; man and woman.
In this ─ Now─ all that exists in earth and in the heavens and seas has become corrupt. Satan and sin along with deceit, death, curses, violence and all negative influences are ─ Now─.
The earth is no longer under the control of man but has been forfeited to Satan and his imps who occupy this creation. They have an evil position of leadership and influence over humanity from birth. Humans are now in need of Grace, mercy and redemption to regain a right or GOOD standing with God.
Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.”
How swiftly corruption has driven GOOD from creation. In this Now on his earth, of all humanity God finds only one man and his family worthy of grace and preservation.
Noah His wife his Sons and their wives are given a chance to survive in a manmade Ark.
God himself gave the detailed instructions for the design of the Ark.
Along with his family God instructs Noah to preserve two of every living unclean creature and its mate and seven of every clean creature and its mate.
God the master planner was sustaining Noah and his family and the creatures with him for the present and post flood era.
Another beginning is assured for Noah and those with him in the ark.
For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.
This “now” of the exodus, according to the NIV introduction to Genesis, took place in approximately 1446B.C.
The statement in the verse above is from God to Moses. Signs from God so far in demonstration of his power to Pharaoh have included changing Moses brother Aaron’s staff into a snake. A feat also accomplished by Pharaoh’s magicians.
This was followed by the Plague of blood. Using his staff Aaron struck the water of the Nile and all the water was changed to blood, this also was duplicated by the magicians of Pharaoh.
Next God used a plague of frogs which covered the land of Egypt. This also was copied by the Egyptian magicians.
A plague of Gnats followed and the Egyptian Magicians could not duplicate this plague. In fact they told Pharaoh that this was a demonstration of power by the finger of God.
Pharaoh was hard of heart and ignored them.
God Then afflicted the Egyptians and Pharaoh with a plague of flies. This was followed by a plague of death to the livestock of the Egyptians which resulted in the death of their horses, donkeys, camels, cattle, sheep and goats.
Pharaoh sent men to investigate and found not one animal in Israel had died. Yet he was unyielding to God’s request for the freedom of Israel. A plague of boils on the Egyptians also failed to gain their release.
Our text is found in the upcoming plague of hail. Here are the Words of the Lord to Moses concerning this plague…
The Plague of Hail
13 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me, 14 or this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth. 15For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.16But I have raised you up[a] for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth. 17 You still set yourself against my people and will not let them go. 18 Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallenon Egypt, from the day it was founded till now. 19 Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field, and they will die.’”
It requires a plague of locusts, darkness and the death of the firstborn of men and
cattle including Pharaoh’s own son to win freedom for God’s people Israel.
Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine,
This “NOW” finds Israel at yet another Beginning point in their history. Already the scripture has revealed the beginning of all creation, inclusive of man. Created in the very image of God; Man’s father and mother, living in a sinless environment, violate the only law and become sinful cursed and subject to death. A legacy they bestow on all humanity to follow.
Soon the violence and corruption of man leads to the death of all humanity and animal life save those God sheltered in an Ark of his design.
When the flood waters recede and the sheltered animals and the humans disembark another beginning has arrived.
After years of subjection as the servants of Egypt; God delivers his people Israel from bondage. The above text is reflective of God’s promise through his chosen leader Moses to Israel at this beginning.
Expanding the text a bit to include verses 1-6 gives God’s full message and his conditions to Israel for becoming his treasured possession out of all nations.
1 In the third month after the Israelites left Egypt—on the very day—they came to the Desert of Sinai. 2 After they set out from Rephidim, they entered the Desert of Sinai, and Israel camped there in the desert in front of the mountain.3 Then Moses went up to God, and the LORD called to him from the mountain and said, “This is what you are to say to the house of Jacob and what you are to tell the people of Israel: 4 ‘You yourselves have seen what I did to Egypt, and how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, 6 you[a] will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites.”