Wednesday, September 2, 2009

The End is Declared From the Beginning - Part 5

This is part Five of seven parts studying the seven Hebrew words of the first verse of Genesis. Each of the seven words shows the Messiah and together are a picture of God’s redemption plan for man.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ (NKJV)

Everything was created through Messiah and for the sake of Messiah, as it is written in the Gospel of John:

Joh 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (NKJV)

Messiah is in each word of the very first verse in the Bible.

Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

There are seven words in Genesis 1:1 in the original Hebrew which is read right to left. Seven is the number of spiritual completion. The act of creation took six days and on the seventh day God rested.

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The Fifth Word

The fifth word in Genesis 1:1 is ha-shamayim השמים and means the heavens. The word is composed of the letter hey ה meaning “the” and shamayim שמים meaning “heavens.”

#8064. שמים shamayim, shaw-mah'-yim. Dual of an unused singular shameh {shaw-meh'}; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve):--air, X astrologer, heaven(-s).

The word picture of ha-shamayim illustrates the deeper Hebrew meaning of the word which is an illustration of creation.

Hebrew word picture:

The Heavens: השמים
Hey: ה - to reveal, behold, “the” (as a prefix), window or lattice.
Sheen: ש - Teeth, to consume or destroy. Also An abv. For Almighty God, El Shaddai.
Mem: מ - Water, massive, chaos
Yood: י - Hand, to deed or to make
Mem: ם - Water, massive, chaos ( the Mem appears as ם at the end of a word)

The Heavens: “Behold, the Almighty God whose hand divides the waters.”

This is almost identical to the word picture for Elohim, The First Authority: Behold His Hand is on the water. Not only is His hand on the water, it divides the water. The space between the waters is called the heavens.

Genesis 1:6-8 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven (שמים shamayim). And the evening and the morning were the second day. (KJV)

Here we see that the hand of God divides the waters above and below the firmament as well as creating the firmament which is called Heaven, shamayim. The Hebrew word for firmament is רקיע raqiya.

#7549. רקיע raqiya`, raw-kee'-ah. from #7554; properly, an expanse, i.e. the firmament or (apparently) visible arch of the sky:--firmament.

According to the sages, this expanse or raqiya includes the entire created universe. It says in Psalm 33:6, “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” (NKJV)

This 5th word, ha-shamayim, takes us back to the first word, בראשית Bre’sheet, which means “In the beginning, for the sake of the Firstfruits, through the Foremost.” According to Paul, all of creation was created for Him and by Him.

Col 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (NKJV)

The word Ha-Shamiyim shows a picture of Messiah, the Hand that divided the waters and created the heavens.

שלום ברוך
Shalom and Be Blessed

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