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THE BEGINNING HAS NO END ETERNITY IS FOREVER
GENESIS CHAPTER 1 VERSE 2– LESSON 3
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.
Formless and Empty, Darkness Was Over the Surface Of The Deep,
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The beginnings of and the present day status of Israel as a God-chosen nation have been briefly addressed in lessons 1 and 2. In this lesson the status of the earth as described in Genesis 1:2 will be the focus.
The first descriptive word is Formless
To have form is to have structure or shape. It would be logical to assume that in the NOW of verse 2 there was no structure, no set arrangement or relationship of parts, elements, no air, fire, chemistry or physics or organisms. Instead there was emptiness, nothing, barrenness, stark blankness.
To give form often requires a mold or pattern. To worshipers of God He is the origin of all that is was or ever will be. God’s introduction in Genesis 1:1 credits him with the ordering and creation of the heavens and the earth.
God then was the mold or pattern-maker of everything created. It was God who ordered, separated, gathered together and gave form to formlessness. God made, filled, brought to reality, brought to existence, and brought substance to stark emptiness and nothingness.
To have form requires a body Webster’s dictionary says, especially of a human being. Details of mans creation will be covered in verses to follow. …. Genesis 2:7Then 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.
To have form requires a set way of doing something. Imagine the chaos of random universal planets, stars, and objects without restricted boundaries. Not under the control and direction of an all-knowing Creator-God to constrain their movement through time and space. Every detail of universal importance was addressed by God. He simply spoke order into existence. He set boundaries for all that he created. After speaking things into existence the simple phrase “God saw that it was good” was all the insurance needed for his creations.
God’s prescribed order of words and action, his conduct regulated by convention, custom, behavior and his manner of speaking things into being are awesome.
God gave form to the universe by creating endless kinds, species and varieties of all his creations. No two creations are completely identical.
The Bible has a great deal to say about form. However a word search for the word formless, yields only one scripture in addition to Genesis 1:2.
Jeremiah 4:23 I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone.
This is a part of a prophetic vision, given Jeremiah from God, of the primeval chaos returning the “light” was gone.
A keyword search for form yields six pages or 137 separate scripture references from which we will select only a few.
Exodus 20:4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.
Deuteronomy 4:15 [ Idolatry Forbidden ] You saw no form of any kind the day the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,
These scriptures remind us of a fact that Israel and the nations continually ignored in the past and at present.
God is a jealous God. He is not only the creator but expects total worship and allegiance. His love and blessings are conditioned on the loyalty due him for bringing form and life into being.
Isaiah 45:7 Iformthe light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the LORD, do all these things. Isaiah 45:18 For this is what the LORD says— he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other. Hebrews 11:3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Recall our text… Now the earth was Formless)There is no other God. Those who choose to deny the true God with reverence, admiration, esteem, and adoration or who give such homage to any image or invented deity will experience God’s wrath at a time he chooses.(see Ex. 20:5, 34:14; Dt. 4:24, 6:15, 32:21; Jos. 24:19; Eze. 16:38, 16:42, 23:25, 36:6; Joel 2:18, Na 1:2; Zep. 3:8; Zec. 1:14, 8:2; 2Co 11:2.
Isaiah 43:7 Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth…everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”
Romans 12:5 So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
Luke 3:22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
Galatians 4:19 My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,
To those formed by God for his glory, those who are aware of and give God proper honor and respect and reverence the word’s above and many more are indicative of God’s acceptance and blessing.
The second and third descriptive words in Genesis 1: 2 are empty and darkness. The words below are descriptive of the empty Dark state.
EMPTY ─ DARKNESS
Containing nothing, vacant, unoccupied, without reality or substance; lacking in effect, since, sincerity, hollow, bare, clear, blank, unfilled, unfurnished, unoccupied, vacant, void, lacking, wanting, barren, stark.
Partly or wholly without light, black deep shade, gloomy, dismal, without knowledge or culture absent of knowledge or understanding, obscure, ignorance.
The scripture passages below give a biblical perspective of Empty and Darkness
Job 26:7 He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.
Can you join Him in spreading out the skies, hard as a mirror of cast bronze? (A bronze sky symbolizes unrelenting heat. The hard mirror-like surface would prevent the penetration of rain.)
1 Peter 1:18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,
All the silver and gold in the world will be of no use to its owner or their ancestors when God requires an accounting for the way they chose to honor or dishonor Him.
Isaiah 32:6 For fools speak folly, their hearts are bent on evil: They practice ungodliness and spread error concerning the LORD; the hungry they leave empty and from the thirsty they withhold water.
God sees us for who we are and will judge us Accordingly
Matthew 12:36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they
You and you alone will be held accountable for the choice made in exercising your free will to accept or reject Gods offer of Salvation.
Ephesians 5:6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. In this scripture we find a contrast of redemption to empty. In the Bible to redeem means to free someone from something by paying a penalty or a ransom. Jesus redeems sinners from the curse of the law. The ransom price was Christ’s blood. The empty life of the sinful person is replaced and the result is the “forgiveness of sin,” or justification. The New Testament stresses the emptiness of pagan life.
Genesis 15:12 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
In the fourth verse of the account of creation, after speaking Light into existence; God makes his first distinction or partition. God made it obvious that there is a disjointed relationship between light and darkness. God saw that the light was “good”; he separated the light from the darkness. Darkness and light cannot coexist.
He is the bridge between light and darkness. To escape spiritual darkness one must ask God to shine light on them.
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
Knowing God without accepting and honoring and committing your life to his service and leadership and without proper fear and reverence is an eternal death sentence.
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given
themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
You are my lamp, O Lord; the Lord turns my darkness into light.
You, O Lord keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.
Evan in darkness light dawns for the upright, for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.
This is the message that we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
The sin and gloom of Godless men is expressed in Jude 1: 3-16. Verse 13 says:
They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up in their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.
Thank God for the Light.