Monday, August 15, 2016

The Beginning or Genesis? Not As Simple As You Think.

Did you know that the first Book of the Bible is not called Genesis. The Hebrew title of the first book comes from the very first word, Bereshit, meaning Beginning. You are probably saying, "Doesn't Genesis mean the Beginning?". Not exactly. Genesis means origins, which could be misconstrued, unfortunately, based on what you have been taught. Therefore, I thought that I would give you the first five verses of the Bible, word for word, without any denominational bent to it.

1.... Beginning.

Elohim created the heavens and the earth.

2. The earth became a wasteland, an undistinguishable ruin. Darkness was over the surface of the surging abyss of the deep water. The Spirit of Elohim hovered over the surface of the water.

3. Elohim spoke, “Come Forth, Light.” Light appeared.

4. Elohim saw the light. Because it was good, Elohim separated Light, from among the darkness.

5. Elohim called the light, by name. Day. The darkness, he called, by name. Night.

Evening. Morning. One Day.

What do you think? It's a little different. Isn't it? Genesis or Beginning?

....And That's What You'll Find, When You Search For The Truth.


  1. I like it. Keep going. Can't wait for more.

  2. Thanks, Tim! Good to see you back.

  3. Hi Keith,
    what are you actually saying here? Are you pointing out that we have to go back to the original text to find the truth, as doesn't 'Genesis' mean 'beginning'?

  4. Hi Keith, the Bible does not say that.
    My Bible says "God".
    Nobody in the Old Testament knew the Name of God, only in the New Testament God's Name was made known 'JESUS'.

  5. Hi Brenda,
    The main point, in this post, is that there is a bias in most translations, of the Bible. Most interpreters, are not satisfied with the words that God inspired the people of the Bible to write. They add and take away and that is what you get in the English versions of the Bible.

    As for Genesis meaning beginning, it can be translated as such. However, I wanted to point out that the title is the same word as the first word in the Bible. Bereshit means absolute beginning, before this period of time, there was nothing. However, Genesis can be misconstrued and has been interpreted, as something entirely different. What's wrong with using the word that God gave us? Why does Man always seems to want to attempt improving on God's creation.

    1. Ah, right
      I agree, and I always like to hear the original meaning. I wasn't sure if you was focusing on something deeper.

  6. Hi Paul,
    You are correct that Elohim is not in most English Bibles. However, it is important to point out that, in some English translations, Elohim does appear. Why are you afraid to acknowledge the original text, from which your English Bible was translated? I will tell you the reason. You are afraid that you have wasted all these years on a man-made doctrine, not Gods. You are afraid of the shame, that you will feel, when you realize that you have not been serving the God that has been and is calling your name. With that said, that is the reason why Y'shua, Jesus, died on the cross, so you can have access to God for forgiveness of your sins. Repent and turn to God. It's easy and very satisfying to find a restful peace, in the Messiah.

    As for not knowing God's name, that's just absolutely incorrect The Talmud tells us that the high priest was allowed to say the name of God, once a year, on Yom Kippur.Exodus actually backs this up with it documenting the bells on the high priest garment. The bells were put there to tell the people outside, if God struck by priest down for doing something incorrectly, like mispronouncing Gods name, within the Holy of Holies. Tradition tells us that a rope was actually tied onto the high priest leg to pull him out, in case that happens. However, there is no textual documentation to validate the rope..

  7. Keith,
    Wasn't the Bible written in English? You know--God's real language, especially since Adam and Eve were white people with blonde hair and spoke the King's English too.

    1. Shhh. We trying to keep that a secret. 😎

  8. Thou shalt not shooshest me.

  9. Paul,

    How do you reconcile 2 Chronicles 7:14, "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."

    What name are they called by? If they did not know God's name then what did they say? "OH, please sovereign God whose name we don't know, please help us, your people, who have no idea what to call ourselves because we don't know your name, we pray to you O mighty someone with no name that we don't know yet. We want to call ourselves your people but we don't know your name."

    1. Good reference!!! There are some, who do not think their position out to a logical conclusion.