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:


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.)


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