Why Genesis Begins with “IN THE BEGINNING”?

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 KJV)

This is an interesting beginning for the Greatest Book ever written in the history of mankind. Each time I read the above verses I wondered why it begins with “in the beginning” instead of a specific time as we usually do when starting to describe the beginning of something.

As you know, the book of Genesis tells the history of creation; how and when everything began. However, this historical description does not give any indication of a certain time frame with in which the creation began.

Sometimes this can become a puzzling question for believers especially for the new ones. So, let us examine why the author avoids mentioning any time frame within which the creation began.

Normally everything we see, hear or experience take place in the realm of time, so it is always easy to mention that specific time while narrating that particular story.

However, it is not the same for the story of creation in the book of Genesis; the reason is: the process of creation began in a timeless realm, as time was absent.

Time itself was part of creation and it did not exist prior to it. The measuring of time began only after God creating days, sun and the moon which is evident in the verses below.

14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, (Genesis 1, 14 NIV)

As you see, It was not possible to measure the time before the creation of the great lights in the expanse of the heavens. So, time came into existence only after the creation of sun and the moon.

Now it is easy for us to understand that “In the beginning” is the only way to begin narrating the story of creation.

Starting a description like this might sound a bit simple and vague but the word “beginning” in Genesis -1,1 has a very profound meaning which no human being can comprehend without the help of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

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