God’s Story Lens: Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 2]

By SoulBreaths Author [ 1 year ago ]


God’s unfolding story thread. Genesis 1:1 is usually translated “In the beginning, God created.” But is it saying something more? Walk this way . . .


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.


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




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—and how does any of that fit into God’s redemption-focused story thread?


Some scholars and/or grammarians say those first words aren’t as traditionally translated. There’s no “the” in the Hebrew text. So they translate with a one-word shift: “In a beginning.”


A stirring literal translation on a gazillion levels. And how that ups the game on God’s story line. This in-a-beginning view has been discussed many times over the years at Torah study tables—and always sets my mind spinning in a thrilling, isn’t-God-amazing way.


Three other views help us branch that concept even further . . .




Stephen Rayburn points out in his 2009 “D’var Torah: Bereshit” article, that Rashi (esteemed medieval rabbi/Talmudic commentator) 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.”


Now add a point of biblical consistency—discussed in this two-minute Genesis 1:1 Hebrew grammar note—the construct in Genesis 1:1 (needing a noun) would be translated . . .


“In the (or a) beginning of God’s creating.”


And lastly, factor in this intriguing view from Rabbi Jeffrey W. Goldwasser . . .


Back in October 2011, Reb Jeff 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 Genesis 1:1 translation goes like this:


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


The Creator is always creating. He “rested” from His earth project but never really stopped creating—everything He creates is in a forward, unfolding, beginning-within-a-beginning motion. Contracting, reaching down, extending out . . . beginning anew.


God IS the beginning.

The One who has NO beginning.


Yet WITHIN HIM is the beginning within a beginning within a beginning.


Simply complex. Like that time thing in Part 1. Rattles the brain, right? Causes our souls to ponder the magnitude of His being. In light of creation alone, we’re talking about the mind-bending, humanly incomprehensible dunamis power of our holy God.





Since that Genesis 1:1 opening that underscores God’s unfolding redemptive creation story, He’s been birthing new things all the time—and will continue beyond our era, per His sovereign desire.


Here are a few “new beginnings” examples . . .



He makes a covenant with him, changes Abram’s name to Abraham,

forms a people for Himself to carry His truth to the world. —Genesis 17



And He gave to Moses . . . two tablets of the testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God. —Exodus 31:18



He’ll write the Law on our circumcised hearts. —Jeremiah 31:33/32


Says, “I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King . . . behold I’m doing a new thing.” —Isaiah 43:19



Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD,

when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch

and he shall reign as king and deal wisely

and shall execute judgment and justice in the land.

In his days, Judah shall be saved and Israel shall dwell safely,

and this is his name that he shall be called,
The LORD is our righteousness. —Jeremiah 23:5



Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!

Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!

Behold, your king is coming to you;

righteous and having salvation,

humbled and mounted on a donkey,

on a colt, the foal of a donkey. —Zechariah 9:9



I will give her vineyards

and make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a door of hope . . .

And in that day, declares the Lord,

you will call me ‘My Husband,’

and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal’ (owner/master) . . .

And I will betroth you to me forever.

I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice,

in steadfast love and in mercy.

I will betroth you to me in faithfulness.

And you shall know the Lord.

—Hosea 2:15-16, 19-20



And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth [the dead]

shall awake—some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting reproach and contempt.—Daniel 12:2


(Have you read John 5:28-29? The same promise is given.)



After the 1,000-year Messianic Age, God’s love story is far from over. He’ll create and unfold new things—birthing the coming new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem.


For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth,

and the former things shall not be remembered

or come into mind.

But be glad and rejoice forever

in that which I create;

for behold, I create Jerusalem to be a joy,

and her people to be a gladness.

Isaiah 65:17-18
(Have you read Revelation 21? The same promise is given.)




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


We know He birthed creation with a WORD. Rabbinic teaching says that the WORD God spoke in the creative process did the creation.


I couldn’t agree more.


It’s the apex—the critical story thread—linking God’s beginnings within beginnings and the reveal of the redemptive gift to humanity: the Messiah.


Let’s take that immense unfolding beginning of God’s story thread and the WORD igniting it all to peer deeper.

Read this next: Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 3].


And stay tuned for more reveals in Genesis and beyond throughout this Bridge series.


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God’s Story Lens: Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 3]

By SoulBreaths Author [ 1 year ago ]


Continuing the story dig. After reading Parts 1 and 2 of this “beginning within a beginning” blog series, jump into this Part 3—walking the bridge from Genesis 1:1 to its messianic connection.


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.


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SUGGEST READING THIS FIRST: Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 1] and Beginnings within Beginnings [Part 2]




From page one of the Bible, God is on the move. His love revealed. He speaks forth creation for the sake of His redemption story . . . 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. His love, the motivating factor in all that He does.


With a WORD, God created His story, this dimension, space, order, time, this beginning within a beginning. This beginning that is unfolding, contracting, stretching out and beginning again. Our sovereign God who loves to create . . . who desires to continually bring forth new things in line with His purpose and holy desire.


Rabbinic teaching says that the WORD God spoke did the actual creation. But this WORD did more than tell His story . . . it came from WITHIN Him, embodying and performing both the creative process and the world’s REDEMPTIVE process.


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


By faith we understand that the universe was created

by the word of God,

so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

—Hebrews 11:3


But who or what is this WORD that “came from the Father”? And since creation is part and parcel of God’s redemption story, what part does this WORD play?


Let’s continue strolling both sides of the bridge to discover God’s mystery and riches in the WORD, in the one whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.





Just so we’re clear. We’re not talking about some mere vocabulary word used in the creation process—or even some everyday Joe who was a decent guy who God used down here to do the redemption part of the work.


Uh-uh. We’re talking about God Himself bringing forth from within Himself—the essence of Himself manifested in the WORD.


Therefore, the WORD is and was and always will be one with the Father.


So much so, that when the WORD would later come forth from the Father and manifest down here in the flesh for the sake of humanity’s redemption, he’d be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9).


And called . . .


a great light—no end to his kingdom (Isaiah 9)


the son given—the Son of God (Isaiah 9, Psalm 2)


having righteousness as the belt of his waist—and faithfulness the belt of his loins (Isaiah 11)


the healer of the blind, the mute, the lame—and the one cleansing lepers, raising the dead, and preaching the good news of heaven (Isaiah 35, Isaiah 61:1-2, Matthew 11, Luke 4:16-19, Luke 7:20-23)


the promised King, Messiah—bringing salvation, righteousness, humbly riding on a donkey (Zechariah 9:9)


the reflection of the Father—the exact imprint of His nature (Hebrews 1:1-3, John 14:9)


the Word that became flesh—and dwelt among us (John 1)


Faithful and True, The Word of God, and be clothed in a robe dipped in blood symbolic of the redemption completed (Revelation 19:11b, 13)

I will tell of the decree:

The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;

today I have begotten you [brought forth, per Hebrew]*

Psalm 2:7

*Brown, Driver, Briggs Hebrew-English Lexicon’s meaning for “begotten”

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 upholds the universe

by the WORD of his power.

Hebrews 1:1-3




BACK IN THE LATE 90s/EARLY 2000s . . . I was still struggling at times with the Father and Messiah (Jesus) relationship. So one day, I’d 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 it read that Jesus “came up out of the Father” . . . and that it was similarly written in John 16.


That image changed so much for me. It took time, but it began to unravel some of the mystery hidden within the WORD, the Messiah—one that actually mirrored rabbinic thinking about the WORD doing the creation.


It also furthered the understanding of God creating the world for the sake of redemption.


The fog was clearing for me. The Hebrew in Psalm 2 and in many other Judaic messianic-related passages was echoed and manifested in the New Testament’s factual accounts of the WORD that dwelt among us.


The Messiah was with and in God eternally—had come up out of Him—was one with the Father yet distinct in person, and was brought forth by the Father from within God Himself for the sake of the world, for the sake of God’s redemption story.


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


Not only is Jesus the WORD that came out of the Father and was with Him in creation . . . but God’s glory was fully on the Messiah—before, then, and now.


We’ll explore this more and other God-nuggets throughout this unfolding bridge series . . . and witness how the narrative, promises, and fulfillment of both the Judaic and Messianic/Christian sides are mirrored. A wondrous plan of God.


Is there a MESSIANIC/GARDEN-OF-EDEN connection?



Yep. That thread is part of an upcoming post in this God’s Story Lens series: Trees, Serpent, Lies.


Got more time now? Check the scripture list below related to this post.







Two Jewish disciples of the Messiah Jesus (part of the original twelve) give a factual, connecting the dots for us. One is John (not John the Baptist/Immerser) and the other is Matthew, a tax collector-turned-follower.


John 1:1-5 and John 1:14

Matthew 3:16-17


Pharisee-turned Believer, Saul Paulus (Apostle Paul), later wrote . . .


1 Corinthians 8:6




Isaiah 61:1-2 and Luke 4:16-19

John 17:1-5




Isaiah 11:2 and Isaiah 11:5

Zechariah 9:9

Colossians 1:13-17




Revelations 19:13-16


Compare the Revelations 19:11-21 description with the one in Daniel 7:9-14 (the Son of Man, everlasting dominion, glory).


God told Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” [I will be what/who I will be.]—Exodus 3:14


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.


John 8:54-58

John 18:2-6

John 10:30-38

Philippians 2:9-11




Isaiah 9:2-7

Matthew 4:16-17

John 1:1-5

John 1:14-17

2 Corinthians 5:17


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