Today I am sharing the word of God from the city of Atlanta, and as I promised, I would try to bring Biblical insights every month with God’s favor. I pray in the name of Jesus that everyone listening to this podcast may be encouraged and continue to trust God’s word because the word of God is so powerful that it can change anyone’s life.
I invite you to go to Genesis 1:2.
Genesis 1:2 “The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”
Genesis 1:2 describes a panorama of a chaotic mass of matter, and this is due to the presence of all kinds of substances that were commingled in one vast mass of disorder.
The word deep in Hebrew is תְּהוֹם tᵊhôm which means depths, abyss, sea, deep subterranean waters, or ocean. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters, which literally refers to liquid water. So the word deep is referring to liquid water.
In Genesis 1:2, we see that before in the instant of creation, there was chaos. The earth was without form, and void meaning it was empty. There was no order but confusion. When you look at the reflection of the water of the deep only darkness was reflected. It confirms that the stars, the sun, and the moon were not yet created. There is no visible light at the surface of the deep.
In his book, Starlight and Time: Solving the Puzzle of Distant Starlight in a Young Universe, Dr. Russell Humphreys mentions that the deep is this sphere of liquid water along with the electromagnetic and nuclear forces that are fully operational, allowing fully functioning water molecules with their constituent atoms, electrons, and nuclei.
But then the Spirit of God appears. What scenery! And all of a sudden, there is movement because the deep is rotating with respect to the Spirit of God. Again, there is no visible light at the surface of the deep only darkness. The deep contains all the mass of the visible universe. It seems that gravity is also functioning, and its great strength allows a clearly defined interface to existing between the waters and the vacuum of the second heavens. The deep is within a black hole, whose outer boundary, called the “event horizon.”
The Spirit of God, also known as the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, is equal with the God Father and the Son, yet the Holy Spirit is a distinct person. Genesis 1:2 proves that the Holy Spirit has always existed along with the Father and the Son. Even more, the Holy Spirit was present from the beginning taking part in creation.
Later on, I will continue to bring insights into the trinity of God. Even though the trinity doctrine cannot be proven by human reasoning, it is only known because it is revealed by special revelation, the Bible.
Going back to Genesis 1:2, it says that “The Spirit of God was hovering.” The word hovering in Hebrew is רָחַף rāḥap̄ which means to be moved or affected. Other Bible versions utilized the words moving or sweeping. The word hovering rāḥap̄ is also associated with the feeling of tender love or to cherish. A great example is when a hen broods on her eggs with tender care. Another example is when a mother soothes her child. The Message Bible Version puts it like this, “God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.”
That’s the picture God wants us to take today from Genesis 1:2, demonstrating that the Spirit of God was present in the beginning and that the void, the darkness, did not stop the Spirit of God from moving forward along with God and the Son with creation. We see the Spirit of God hovering over the deep waters with tender love and care because something was about to take place!
Suppose we take a look at how the Holy Spirit has played a huge role since the beginning. Even the Old Testament authors confirmed that many biblical characters experienced how the Holy Spirit came upon them, demonstrating the supernatural power of the Spirit of God and giving many Biblical characters extraordinary experiences to the point of many victories.
The gospel of the New Testament reveals how Jesus, after His baptism, saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove. Before Jesus ascended, the disciples were encouraged to wait for the promise from the Father God. Acts 2 reminds us how it happened that “suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Today, Christians worldwide have had extraordinary experiences with the Holy Spirit, who is our counselor, advocate, helper, comforter, intercessor, and even more, the Holy Spirit guides us to the truth.
And I pray today that the Holy Spirit of God would guide you to the truth of the gospel of Jesus.