Genesis 1:1 Hebrew DEVO - Introduction

Genesis 1:1 Hebrew DEVO

Introduction

“12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 (ESV)
 
        If God was going to say something to you, what do you think the first words out of His mouth would be?
Think of the headline of a newspaper article. It should probably be a bold statement that tells the person looking at it that they should spend their time reading the rest. We tend to put a lot of emphasis on “opening lines” or “attention grabbers”. The first sentence or so of a piece of writing or speech should capture the hearts and minds of the readers or listeners. At least that’s what the trend is. I even did it to you with the first question I asked. This is our way of insuring that people will give their attention to the entirety of what we have to say.
I feel like God did something very similar with the Bible. Genesis is the first book of the Bible and it gives us the account of Creation and brings us the story of the Hebrew people all the way up to when they move to Egypt. There is a lot to cover in this book, however, I simply want to focus on Verse 1. God’s opening statement. What is the significance of the first thing that God tells us in His Word?
 
“In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Genesis 1:1
 
Over the next seven posts, I want to take a look at each of the seven Hebrew words that make up Genesis 1:1. Since the Hebrew language is so deep and rich in its culture and meaning, we can glean even more from this verse through the lens it gives us than we can through the lens of English. In each post, I will explain what the Hebrew word means in as much detail as I can and then over the course of the seven posts I will combine what we have learned from each word into a sort of “Expanded Dynamic Equivalent” translation of Genesis 1:1. This translation of the verse will be much longer than the general English one and will be my interpretation of all of the things that we get from each Hebrew Word.
I will also try to indicate the pronunciation of each word as we go along.
My prayer is that by studying what the original language says we can come to a deeper understanding of God’s Word and be blessed by the contents of God’s opening statement to the world.

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