Was God Alone As He Hovered Over the Deep?

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…darkness was over the deep… ~Genesis 1:2b

What kind of darkness do you imagine was over the deep?

What exactly is the deep?

And where did it come from?

And what was God doing as He hovered?

While we may not be able to answer these questions directly, there are many clues throughout the Bible as to what God might have been doing there. Let’s explore a few of them now.

Proverbs 8: 22-24 & 30 intimates that something else was indeed there with God as He hovered over the deep:

Wisdom

The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, before His works of old. From everlasting I was established, from the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water…Then I was the craftsman at his side… (NASB)

In Hebrew, the word translated wisdom is feminine: chokmah. From the root word chakam–which means to be wise in mind, word, or act–chokmah can be translated skillful, wisdom, wisely, wit.*

So far, we see that feminine wisdom was with God as He hovered over the deep. Here’s another verse that sheds light on Wisdom’s possible role in this moment of creation:

 Moses said to the Israelites, “See, the Lord has chosen Bezalel son of Uri…of the tribe of Judah, and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, ability and knowledge in all kinds of crafts–to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze, to cut and set stones, to work in wood and to engage in all kinds of artistic craftsmanship. ~Exodus 35:30-33 (NASB)

Doesn’t this seem to imply that Wisdom and the Holy Spirit are one in the same?

And is anyone else thinking of the same verse I am right now? Another indication that someone or something else was with God as He hovered over the deep?

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. ~John 1:1-4 (NASB)

From these verses, I believe it is safe to surmise that Jesus (the Word) and Holy Spirit (Wisdom) were with God as He hovered over the deep. Will this understanding of the Trinity’s presence in these early days help us understand just what the deep is?

Join me next time as we explore the question:

What is the Deep?

In Peace & Joy,

Angela Magnotti Andrews


*All definitions are extracted from Strong’s Hebrew & Chaldee Dictionary, 1890. (Disclosure: This link is an affiliate link.)

Into the Void

Formless & Void
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The earth was formless and void… ~Genesis 1:2A

We know that in the beginning the earth was without form, a wasteland, a place most would pass over as useless. We know that God’s Spirit, rather than abandoning the whole mess, hovered there–watching and waiting to make His move. Don’t you ever wonder why the author of the Bible uses two words that seem to mean the same thing: Formless AND Void?

Using the same method as last time (Strong’s Concordance with Hebrew Dictionary), let’s find out just how similar are the words, formless and void.

According to Strong’s, the Hebrew word for void is bohuw (pronounced bo’-hoo). Already I see something interesting. Remember, the Hebrew word for formless is tohuw. Clearly we will find some similarity between the words. In fact, they may be fraternal twins. Let’s find out.

Bohuw comes “from an unused root word meaning to be empty; a vacuity…superficially an undistinguishable ruin.” [1] According to Strong, this word can be translated emptiness or void.

Hmmm…it really isn’t that different from formless, so there is either a subtle and important difference between the two, or the author of this book (most scholars believe it was Moses) wanted to emphasize the very state of things at this crucial point in the beginning.

One thing I might suggest is to click the following word links to find the other occurrences of these Hebrew words in the Old Testament. As you read them, allow what you read to inform the sights and sounds of these beginning stages of earth’s development.

Strong’s Numbers (online source) gives us two other occurrences of bohuw and twenty of tohuw.

Once you’ve taken a look, let me know why you think Moses used both words to describe what God showed him about the beginning.

In Peace & Joy,

Angela

[1] James Strong, Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary,* (New Jersey: James Strong, 1890), 19.

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