Formless and Void


Please forgive the skipping as we are working to rectify it.
Genesis 1:1-2, Dueteronomy 32:10 & Jerimiah 4:23-26

Tōhu Wabahu – Formless & Empty; a Wilderness

Tôh – Good

Pastor Steve went into more detail this morning about historic creationism, which he likes because he likes to know what the historic positions says. Just as Solomon said in Proverbs there is nothing new under the sun, he said many new views are simply old ones that have been repackaged. He also noted that the Hebrew word, “reshit” in Genesis 1 is the same one Job used in talking about his life—an undefined period of time before something begins.

Steve emphasized God creating the world ex-nihilo, meaning out of nothing. Based on his conversations with students, he added that if you Marshall University’s religion professors will say that’s not what it was really like. That those who believe that have been taught a bunch of myths. Yet the world teaches all kinds of crazy myths to explain the earth’s origins.

It is important to remember the context in which Genesis was written, Steve said: by Moses after coming down from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments. And, he was writing to a bunch of “jerk-faces” who like to complain about everything. Moses was writing to people who grew up in Egypt with a bunch of pagan gods, telling them the point of what God was saying in Genesis was: “There’s one God and it’s Me.” The God who made a covenant with Israel in the beginning and is saying He will keep the covenant.

Historic creationism also answers some scientific problems, such as how long did the world exist between verses 1-2? The answer, Steve said, is he has no idea. Whether it was a billion, two billion, or six billion years, he has no problem with that. If historic creationism is correct, it could be eight billion. As for mankind, it’s hard to find any evidence that people were around more than 30,000 years ago.

Steve brought out a couple other Greek words that are significant in the Genesis account. The first is “tohu wabuku,” meaning the earth was formless and without void. It was a wilderness, a wasteland and not ordered. The Greek Septuagint, the first Greek translation of the Hebrew Bible, is the source of the phrase “without form and void.”

The other is “toh,” which refers to God seeing that His creation was good. The word relates to “purpose” and appears in Jeremiah 4:23-26, where the prophet said that Israel had broken what was good.