Life Skills from the Word of YHWH

Bereishit (In The Beginning)
(Sefer Bereishit) Genesis 1:1-6:8


1:1- “In the beginning Elohim created the heaven and the earth.
3- And Elohim said, Let there be light: and there was light.
6- And Elohim said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the
waters from the waters.
9- And Elohim said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let
the dry land appear: and it was so.
11- And Elohim said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree
yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
14- And Elohim said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the
night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
20- And Elohim said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life, and
fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
22- And Elohim blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and
let fowl multiply in the earth.
24- And Elohim, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping
thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
26- And Elohim said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have
dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all
the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.
28- And Elohim blessed them, and Elohim said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish
the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.
2:16- And YHVH Elohim commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou may freely eat:
17- But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shall not eat of it: for in the day that
thou eat thereof thou shall surely die.
3:14- And YHVH Elohim said unto the serpent, Because thou has done this, thou are cursed above all
cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shall thou go, and dust shall thou eat
all the days of thy life:
16- Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou
shall bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
17- And unto man he said, Because thou has hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and has eaten
of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground
for thy sake; in sorrow shall thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
6:3- And YHVH said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his
days shall be an hundred and twenty years.”


“Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endures forever.”
(Psalms 119:160)


“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and returns not thither, but waters the earth,
and makes it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So
shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it
shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”
(Isaiah 55:10-11)


“Blessed be YHVH, that has given rest unto his people Yisrael, according to all that he promised: there has
not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moshe his servant.”
(1 Kings 8:56)


“And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knew not,
neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man does not live by bread
only, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of YHVH does man live.”
(Deuteronomy 8:3)


“YHVH of hosts has sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have
purposed, so shall it stand.”
(Isaiah 14:24)

 

Bereishit Summary:
1. The Creative Power of His Word:

Synonymous with the Torah’s record of creation is the spoken Word of Elohim. All that can be seen, be it the skies above with its luminaries, the seas and dry land, the vegetation, the living creatures, and most notably mankind, has been generated by the power of eternity’s Sovereign utterance. From the beginning, the Supremacy of HaShem is pronounced. And likewise, from the genesis of all things, parasha Bereishit establishes the hope for those who look to the Almighty. Despite the depth of a formless and void darkness, the scroll of history opens with the good news that the Spirit of Elohim has the fortitude to create the Light. Yet, it is from these ancient times that we can learn that the same holds true for us today. In Isaiah 60:2, the prophet declares this hope, as it is written:
“For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but YHVH shall
arise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee.”
Not unlike, the creative potency displayed at the origins of life, the message given through Moshe and the prophets is clear: there is awesome power in the Word of Elohim. This is the emphasis from the onset, and it must be established as the foundation of our faith. Not only, does this emphatic declaration of Creation deliver perfection and order to all things, but also it provides the system by which the hearer is able to grow in the confidence of faith via the prophetic nature of the delivery. Simply put, the Bible is a book of prophecy, and from its commencement, the record of what will be has been even now been decreed. Yishayahu 42:9, confirms that we are to consider the mystery of history named from the start:
“Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth,
I tell you of them.”


2. The Eternal Does Not Speak with Tongue-in-Cheek:
Without room for negotiation, so potent is Hashem’s word that it will come to pass. Given passage to so much in Eden, the man and the woman were prohibited access to one source, namely, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. With its illicit consumption came the warning of impending death. Proverbs 13:13 ratifies the importance of obeying the words of Elohim, as it is written:
“Whoso despises the word shall be destroyed: but he that fears the commandment shall be rewarded.”
Parallel to this are the words of Ezekiel 12:25, warning us that with HaShem there are no empty threats:
“For I am YHVH: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no
more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it,
says YHVH Elohim.”
So blessed would our lives be if we’d respond to Avinu Malkenu, our Father our King, and believe the words of Shlomo in Ecclesiastes 8:4; here, we can be safely put in our place as it is written:
“Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What does thou?”
Though Adam and Khava’s banishment from the garden seemed merciless, as they encountered the curse of death upon that stipulated day of ‘food poisoning,’ we remember Psalms 119:75 which declares:
“I know, O YHVH, that Thy judgments are right, and that Thou in faithfulness has afflicted me.”
True and righteous are the decrees of the Most High. Although the Word of Hashem executed judgment against mankind, we nonetheless have His word that He will restore, as He has spoken yet again:
“I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up
that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick…” (Ezekiel 34:16)
“He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalms 107:20)
 

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