Pondering Genesis 1:2
2 And the earth was* without form**, and void***; and darkness**** was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
*H1961 הָיָה hayah (haw-yaw) v. 1. to exist. 2. to be or become.3. to come into being, i.e. to happen, to occur
**H8414 תֹּהוּ tohuw (to’-hoo) n-m. 1. a desolation (of surface), i.e. desert. 2. (figuratively) a worthless thing.
*** H922 בֹּהוּ bohuw (bo’-hoo) n-m. 1. a void, vacuity. 2. an undistinguishable ruin.
**** H2822 חֹשֶׁךְ choshek (cho-shek’) n-m. 1. the dark. 2. (literally) darkness. 3. (figuratively) misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness.
How long the heavens and the earth just sat there we aren’t told. What exactly happened on the Earth we are not directly told either. There are varying theories as to the events, first is at some point God decided to take the universe He had created and spark it with life and give it a new order. And He began that new process by creating light, and that’s when we encounter the first “day”.
Next, there are some that have presented the idea that the Earth was immediately created in its fullness, beautiful and containing all manner of plants and animals. Then, when Lucifer fell and was cast to the earth as a penalty he brought about chaos, darkness and destroyed much of what God had created.
- Jeremiah 4:23 “I beheld the earth, and, lo, it was without form, and void; and the heavens, and they had no light.”
The creation of light (Yeshua) would be the next obvious and prophetic occurrence, also, in order to complete the creation of mankind (Adam) there must be a shared likeness of the essences of God to be able to “make them in our image.”
My thought on this passage would add another dimension to the meaning of this verse, the “here and now”. What was God (I will use His Hebrew name[s] often: YHVH, Jehovah, Elohim, Adonai, etc.) trying to tell Moses in that moment? In Exodus 3:14 He describes His name and His nature as “I am who I am.” This gives us the notion that YHVH is always in the “here and now”. Again, what is He trying to tell Moses in that moment?
Could this actually be a foreshadowing of the flood?
The word ‘and’ in scripture is always a conjunction. This means we are adding to the previous statement. The word could have easily been ‘also’, ‘additionally’ or the word ‘but’.
Imagine if you will the sentence reading as follows; “But, the earth became a worthless thing because wickedness misery and death were on the surface making it undistinguishable to the Creator.” That this action of wickedness caused the Spirit of God to move.
The word “upon” is the Hebrew word H5921 עַל `al (al) prep., and it means “above, over, upon, against, or by reason of”. This would give us the context of YHVH using His Spirit to move the waters against the evil in the world.