Bereshit – In The Beginning | WEEK 1
By Scott Volk
Gen 1:1 – Gen 6:8
When you look at the way God starts something, you get a good indication of how He will finish it. God is both the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. God created everything and saw that it was good. However, the enemy successfully tempts man, who sins. The word death is introduced into the world, and then the Lord sets a plan in place that will restore everything back to the way He created it.
Our first portion of the year is called “Bereshit”, which literally means, “in the beginning.” As we read the beginning of Genesis, we find that the earth was “formless and void.” The Oxford Dictionary defines the word ‘void’ as “completely empty; an unfilled space; an emptiness caused by the loss of something.”
I love the fact that God chooses something that has no value in and of itself, something formless and void, and then uses His breath (He speaks) to form life that is not only good, but also perfect! And, if He indeed created things that way, we can be assured that God’s desire and plan is to restore all things to that perfection.
When it comes to the creation of man, He doesn’t speak man into existence like He does with the rest of creation, but rather blows into dust, forming man out of the dust of the earth! You can’t get more dead than dust, again revealing to us that the way He chooses is altogether different than the way man chooses! We easily want to discard dust and literally sweep it away. However, God sees destiny in the dust, bringing His life into something that was formerly worthless without Him!
Thus, a pattern is initiated, whereby God takes that which is dead, and breathes His life into it!
We believe in God Who gives life to the dead and speaks into being that which does not exist (Rom 4:17)
Regardless of the situation you find yourself in, the Lord desires to breathe His life into it. John 10:10 says that “the thief comes only to rob, kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” If we have a relationship with the Messiah of Israel, we should never settle for anything less than abundant life.
Everything is perfect in God’s creation, and then the unthinkable happens – man sins by partaking of the forbidden fruit from the one tree that the Lord told him to avoid. Immediately after man sins, God, out of His great compassion, creates a plan that will put everything back into order and perfection. He will send One to come and atone for the sins of the world, who will crush the head of the enemy and set everything straight.
After man sins by partaking of the forbidden fruit, the Lord prophesies over the serpent (the devil) that One was coming who would crush his head (Gen 3:15) and God needed to find a people through whom He would come, ultimately choosing Abraham (which we will talk about in a future weekly blog).
Throughout Scripture, God refers to Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Remarkably, all three of those men were married to women who had dead wombs. Yet, through the life-giving power of the Spirit, that which was dead comes to life.
Throughout history, the crosshairs of the enemy’s ‘gun scope’ has been on the Jewish people. Ever since the Lord prophesied over the enemy that the Messiah could come and crush his head, the devil has tried to snuff the Jewish people out. Whether it was through Pharaoh (Ex 1:16), Haman (Est 3:8-9), Herod (Mt 2:16), Hitler, or Hamas, the enemy seeks to destroy that people who carry God’s destiny. Satan knows that his time is limited and that the Jewish people hold the key to world revival. When Israel welcomes the Messiah back, it will be like life from the dead (Rom 11:15)!!!
So, as you consider this week’s blog, I want you to remember that there are many in the Christian world who have actually written Israel off. They believe that God’s promises to Israel are no longer valid because they rejected the Messiah and, for the most part, are away from the Lord.
However, be encouraged because Jewish people around the world are coming to the Lord in significant ways. The Land of Israel, which was once a barren wasteland (dead) is now one of the largest fruit and flower producers in the Middle East!
As surely as the Lord breathed life into the dust of the earth, creating man, so also will the nation of Israel come to life (Ez 37), ushering the return of the Messiah and the end of the enemy’s rule forever. Hence, He will restore all things as they were in the beginning…redeemed and perfect.
Regardless of your situation today, the Lord who gives life to the dead desires you to be experiencing His life abundantly! Cry out to Him and watch Him move mightily in your life today!
About the Author
Scott Volk is a Messianic Jew who came to faith in 1975. After graduating from CFNI in Dallas and North Central University in Minneapolis, Scott served in various pastoral capacities in Arizona, Florida, and North Carolina. After more than 20 years in pastoral ministry, Scott founded Together For Israel, a non-profit ministry that exists to partner with the church for the salvation of Israel (Rom 11:26). Scott and his wife Beth have been married for 30 years and have a heart to see Jew and Gentile united as “one new man” in the Messiah. They have five children and reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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