Today's reading from Genesis 1.Many of us begin new reading plans this time of year, and many of us begin those new reading plans in Genesis 1. The reason for this timing is that the drop of a ball in Times Square is an obvious and universally accepted metaphor for hitting an invisible reset button. We feel that the new year brings with it new opportunities to right the wrongs of last year, and move forward as the people we want to be. With this in mind, I read slowly through the words recorded in Genesis 1. There was so much that God did not lead Moses to record. Where did God come from? Is He creating across dimensions, using multiverses, or is there something else we've never even considered? With all the questions we have, God directed Moses to begin with what we need to know.
Scripture is not a history textbook. Sure, it records historical events, but only in that those events reveal God to us. That is the purpose of Scripture: to reveal Him to us. With this in mind, where did God begin revealing Himself to us?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
-Genesis 1:1-2, CSB
This is where we begin: ex nihilo, out of nothing, something. There is no backstory. There is no explanation. There is simply God creating. Yet, in His creation, darkness was pervasive. There was no order yet. God was only beginning.