SoulBreaths

God’s Bridge: He Thunders—Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 1]

By SoulBreaths Author [ 8 months ago ]

Ballerina dancing outdoors

 

From a beginning within a beginning. Exploring The Bridge given by its architect, God, revealing and connecting His Plan from Genesis 1 to the end and beyond. Yes, there really is a connection between Genesis 1 and the New Testament. And this two-part post shines a light on some first steps.

 

This series is related to a spiritual call (started in the early 90s) for me to walk a bridge—from the Judaic camp reaching out to the Messianic/Christian camp and then vice versa—crisscrossing it, realizing and later sharing who and what the real bridge is. Walk with me to discover God’s revelations and passionate plan for our souls.

 

© SoulBreaths.com. All rights reserved.

 

READING TIME: 4 MINUTES.

 

Like any good story, it’s best to start at the beginning. But with God’s story . . . it’s not always that simple.

 
 
 
 

In the Bible, God’s revelations are woven within the crevices of every word, every syllable, every stroke of every letter. It is history—God’s factual storytelling—but with deliberate omissions. In those gaps, the silence echoes volumes and kindles our souls. Its firefly moments proclaim what was, what is, and what will be.

 

Yet the exactness of time remains hidden. The Bible talks of times but defies time, existing outside of this physical dimension . . . yet all the while intersecting and embodying it.

 

As the pages of the Bible turn with the gentle winds of each generation, the King’s heart and desire come forth—awakening and encouraging us to walk with Him and see Him, the One who is not seen—and the One who was to come.

 

That’s what makes the Bible’s first three words—in the Hebrew—intriguing. Rashi, the famed biblical commentator from the Middle Ages, said that those first words screamed for explanation. (Okay, my word choice, but he did say it “calls aloud” for explanation.)

 

Those initial words open a doorway well beyond our comprehension, transporting us to when God hovered over the “astonishingly empty with darkness” . . .

 

When God moved over the chaotic, the tehom—Hebrew for depths, subterranean waters, and even suggesting a deep soul-to-soul groaning as in Psalm 42:7(8) where “deep calls unto deep at the roar of your waterfalls.”

 

That movement takes us to a pivotal point when God began creating time and space and order . . . and, believe it or not, to a point when His very words laid the groundwork for a New Testament connection.

 

Homiletically—per commentary notes in the Stone Edition of The Chumash (the first five books of the Bible)—the first word b’reshit can be stated as . . .
 

“The world was created for the sake of [for the things that are called] beginnings.”

i.e., for the sake of bringing forth Torah (the Law, which would reveal what is good in God’s eyes while subsequently exposing humanity’s sinful nature).

 

But in those initial words of Genesis 1, something else was being remarkably birthed.

 

Because God alone knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:8-10), in that beginning, He set in motion the answer to humanity’s impending dilemma . . .

 

The world was created for the sake of REDEMPTION—the Moshiach (Messiah)—hands down the foundational story from page 1 of the Bible forward.

 
 

 
 

THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS: TO THE UNEXPECTED

 
 

But first: two brief, need-to-know points.

 

#1. The Tanakh—”Old Testament”—is written in Hebrew, a consonantal language, read right to left. Meaning that it’s written without vowels. Spoken with vowels, yes, of course. And initially learned using a vowelized version.

 

But early biblical writings had no vowels—and no word or paragraph spacings. So it’s ironic that the spiritual clues to this universe’s beginnings in Genesis 1 lie in the vowel usage.

 

Here’s how Genesis 1:1 looks without vowels:
בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ

 

Here’s how Genesis 1:1 looks with vowels:
בְּרֵאשִׁ֖ית בָּרָ֣א אֱלֹהִ֑ים אֵ֥ת הַשָּׁמַ֖יִם וְאֵ֥ת הָאָֽרֶץ

 

#2. The Masoretes—scribes and scholars in the 7th century CE/AD—created a vowel marking system and a grammatical guide (with word/paragraph spacing and punctuation) using an oral tradition from a millennium earlier.

 

Their work culminated in what’s known as the Masoretic Text, which preserved the Hebrew Bible and became the authoritative text for rabbinic Judaism.

 

EXPLORING THE TRANSLATION

 

Discussions—heated or otherwise—span the ages regarding the Genesis 1:1 wording, which is often translated “In the beginning, God created.”

 

But considering a point of Hebraic grammar, is that what it’s really saying?

 

Some scholars and/or grammarians say no. They make an argument for this translation: “In A Beginning.”

 

An intriguing view on a gazillion levels. A view that’s been discussed many times over the years at Torah study tables—and a view that always sets my mind spinning, in a thrilling, isn’t-God-amazing way.

 

Compounding that, Stephen Rayburn points out in his 2009 “D’var Torah: Bereshit” article, that Rashi regarded the word b’reshit as a statement not about “the absolute beginning of everything” but when “God turned His attention to our own world.”

 

But let’s take another step closer, looking at the vowel in question—a sh’va, two vertical dots under the first letter, which is a bet.

 

Simply put, that vowel gives us the word b’reishit in a grammatical construct state. In other words, a construction that’s lacking something: a noun.

 

There are four other biblical occurrences of this voweled wording (b’reishit) that are in the same construction as Genesis 1:1—and all are translated with a preposition:

 

Genesis 10:10.The beginning of his kingdom

Proverbs 8:22.The beginning of His way

Jeremiah 2:3.The beginning of His increase

Jeremiah 26:1. In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim

And this . . . Deuteronomy 18:4. In the first fruit/beginning of your corn

 

In other words, the translation “In the beginning of” or “In a beginning of”demands a noun to follow—but we only have a verb (created). “In the beginning, God created.”

 

Based on biblical consistency (shown in the four scriptures above), the construct in Genesis 1:1 would be translated with a preposition and a gerund (verb+ing, forming a noun) . . .

 

“In the beginning of God’s creating.”

 

Does it matter? Well . . . it just might create a stairway to some intriguing wonderings . . . and connections to your redemption.

 

 
 

BEGINNINGS: ANOTHER STEP

 

Back in October 2011, Reb Jeff—Rabbi Jeffrey W. Goldwasser—wrote in his blog post (“Bereshit: In the Beginning of What?”) a more illustrative translation based on the grammatical analysis and infusing spiritual innuendos of timelessness.

 

He says the “world never stopped being created” since it “has a beginning, but it is a beginning that has never ceased.”

 

Goldwasser’s translation:

 

“In the beginning of the beginning that is always beginning, G-d created the creation that is still [beginning and creating].”

 

Simply complex, right?

 

Think of it. God IS the beginning . . . the One who has NO beginning. And WITHIN HIM is the beginning—a beginning that continues to unfold, contract, reach down, extend out . . . and begin.

 

A beginning within a beginning within a beginning.

 

I mean, seriously, the further-most observable object in our universe is 46 billion light years away. We’re talking about the humanly incomprehensible power of our holy God.

 

The Creator. The One who ignites time—even though He is neither bound by or existing in time, yet time exists within Him—and carves dimension, order, life, the Law, redemption, and even the coming new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem. (Have you read Revelation 21?)

 
 
maxwell-nelson-UvN7K8MM-8k-unsplash
 
 

WALKING THE BRIDGE: AND HE SPOKE

 

So what was going on with these beginnings within beginnings . . . when there was absolutely no beginning because God has no beginning and no end?

 

God created this dimension—this beginning—within the beginning with a WORD. Per rabbinical teaching, the WORD God spoke in the creative process did the creation.

 

I couldn’t agree more. It’s the apex linking God’s beginnings within beginnings and the reveal of the redemptive gift to humanity: the Messiah.

 

So let’s take that immense, unfolding beginning and the WORD igniting it all, and walk this next part of the bridge in Part 2 . . . and stay tuned for more reveals in Genesis and beyond throughout this series.

 
Read this next: Beginnings within Beginnings, Part 2.

 
 
PHOTO CREDITS for this two-part post:
CREDITS: Steam Punk Minister w/Bible by Nathan Bingle on Unsplash.com
CREDITS: Steps with child by Jukan Tateisi on Unsplash.com
CREDITS: Tennis shoes on asphalt photo by Maxwell Nelson on Unsplash.com
 
 
RESOURCES:
Sefaria.org

God’s Bridge: He Thunders—Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 2]

By SoulBreaths Author [ 8 months ago ]

Ballerina dancing outdoors

 

From a beginning within a beginning. Exploring The Bridge given by its architect, God, revealing and connecting His Plan from Genesis 1 to the end and beyond. Yes, there really is a connection between Genesis 1 and the New Testament. Part 2 of this blog post lays some first steps.

 

This series is related to a spiritual call (started in the early 90s) for me to walk a bridge—from the Judaic camp reaching out to the Messianic/Christian camp and then vice versa—crisscrossing it, realizing and later sharing who and what the real bridge is. Walk with me to discover God’s revelations and passionate plan for our souls.

 

© SoulBreaths.com. All rights reserved.

 

SUGGEST READING THIS FIRST: Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 1]

 

READING TIME: 5 MINUTES.

 

From page 1 of the Bible, God is on the move. His love revealed. He speaks forth creation for the sake of redemption . . . for a humanity who has yet to be created. A humanity who will rebel against His ways, refuse to surrender to Him, and recant their promises to Him.

 

And yet, His mercies endure forever.

 

With a WORD, God created His story, this dimension, this beginning within the beginning. The question is, we can see or sense in the physical what He’s done . . . but do we see with spiritual eyes the redemption mystery hidden in that murmuring deep and understand unto faith?

 

As shared in Part 1, rabbinic teaching says that the WORD God spoke did the creation. This WORD embodied both the creative process and the world’s redemptive process.

 

The Bible confirms and rejoices over God’s WORD in creation.

 
 

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

and by the breath of his mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap;

he puts the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him!

For he spoke, and it came to be;

he commanded, and it stood firm.

Psalm 33:6-9

 
 

Let them praise the name of the Lord!

For he commanded, and they were created.

—Psalm 148:5b

 
 

But what is this WORD really about? Let’s walk the bridge to discover the riches of God’s mystery in the WORD, in the one in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

 
 
maxwell-nelson-UvN7K8MM-8k-unsplash
 
 

WALKING THE BRIDGE: ANOTHER STEP HIGHER

 

Three aspects of the WORD link Genesis 1 with the rest of the story, appearing through the Bible, even to the New Testament.

 

JESUS: THE WORD

 

The Messiah Jesus (Yeshua, his Hebrew name) is the WORD, the WORD in the creation of all things. His Jewish disciple John connected the dots for us—revealing how the Messiah was with the Father from the beginning, how he came up out of the Father, and actively participated in the creation process:

 

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

He [Jesus] was in the beginning with God.

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.

In him was life, and the life was the light of men.

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…

And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us,

and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father,

full of grace and truth.

—John 1:1-5, 14

 

Back in the late 90s, I had asked my friend’s Greek husband to give me the 4-1-1 on John 8:42—translating the scripture from the Greek since the original language of the New Testament was written in Koine Greek. He said that Jesus “came up out of the Father” . . . and similarly in John 16.

 

That image began to unravel the mystery hidden within the Messiah: he was with and in God eternally, was one with the Father yet distinct in person, and was sent forth by the Father from within God Himself for the sake of the world.

 

Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me,

for I came out from God and I am here.

I came not of my own accord, but he [God] sent me.”

—John 8:42

 

[Jesus said]: “For the Father Himself loves you,

because you have loved me

and have believed that I came out from God

and have come into the world,

and now I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

—John 16:27

 
 

And the Pharisee-turned-Messianic-Believer, Saul Paulus (the Apostle Paul), later wrote how the Messiah was one with the Father and held a key role in the beginning-within-a-beginning creation process . . .

 

For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”—

yet for us there is one God, the Father,

from whom are all things and for whom we exist,

and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things

and through whom we exist.

—1 Corinthians 8:6

 
 

And in the Letter to the Hebrews, Saul Paulus/Apostle Paul reiterated that fact . . .

 

Long ago, at many times and in many ways,

God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,

but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son,

whom he appointed the heir of all things,

through whom also he created the world.

He is the radiance of the glory of God

and the exact imprint of his nature,

and he [Jesus] upholds the universe by the word of his power.

Hebrews 1:1-3

 
 

JESUS: GLORY BEFORE CREATION EXISTED

 

God’s glory was fully on the Messiah—before, then, and now.

 

When Jesus had spoken these words,

he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said,

“Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son

that the Son may glorify you,

since you have given him authority over all flesh,

to give eternal life to all whom you have given him.

And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God,

and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work

that you gave me to do.

And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory

that I had with you before the world existed.

—John 17:1-5, 14

 
 

JESUS: IMAGE OF THE INVISIBLE GOD

 

He came forth out of the Father, co-eternal with the Father, reflecting the Father. If you’ve seen him, you’ve seen the Father.

 

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness

and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,

in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God,

the firstborn of all creation.

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth,

visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions

or rulers or authorities

—all things were created through him and for him.

And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

—Colossians 1:13-17

 
 

Think back to Exodus and God’s name.

God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” [I will be what I will be.]

Jesus/Yeshua repeatedly spoke of his eternal relationship with the Lord—his coming out of the Father, being one in essence with the Father, and returning to the Father.

 

Jesus answered: “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing.

It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’

Your father Abraham rejoiced that he would see my day.

He saw it and was glad.

So the Jews said to him, “You are not yet fifty years old,

and have you seen Abraham?”

Jesus said to them,

“Truly, truly, I say to you,

before Abraham was, I AM.”

John 8:54, 56-58

 
 

Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place,

for Jesus often met there with his disciples.

So Judas, having procured a band of soldiers

and some officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees,

went there with lanterns and torches and weapons.

Then Jesus, knowing all that would happen to him,

came forward and said to them, “Whom do you seek?”

They answered him, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus said to them, “I AM.”

Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them.

When Jesus said to them, “I AM,”

they drew back and fell to the ground.

John 18:2-6

 
 

Jesus said: I and the Father are one.

If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me;

but if I do them, even though you do not believe me,

believe the works, that you may know and understand that

the Father is in me and I am in the Father.

—John 10:30, 37-38

 
 
 

PHOTO CREDITS for this two-part post:

 

CREDITS: Steam Punk Minister w/Bible by Nathan Bingle on Unsplash.com

CREDITS: Steps with child by Jukan Tateisi on Unsplash.com

CREDITS: Tennis shoes on asphalt photo by Maxwell Nelson on Unsplash.com

 
 

RESOURCES:

Sefaria.org

Journey on