Posted by: Barbara Wilbur for ElysJoy Church | June 15, 2012

Genesis 1: The First Father’s Day

The First Father's DayThe creation starts with a description of the universe as being “formless and empty, darkness covered the surface of the watery depths..”  As a picture develops of this frightening expanse of nothingness, the second part of verse 2 breaks through.  In this, we may find comfort that God’s love and protection have always been there even before the creation of a single piece of land or any animal.

“…and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” This part of verse 2 reveals that the Holy Spirit was present here waiting and watching for the moment we came into being.  The Hebrew word “rachaph” -Stong’s 7363, translated hovering in the HCSB Bible and moving in the KJV, by definition in the simplest form means “to be moved, affected by, with the feeling of tender love, hence to cherish”..(Hebrew and Chaldee Lexicon to the Old Testament Scriptures by Wilhelm Genesis). Rachaph is also found in Deu 32:11 translated flutters (an eagle of her young) and in Jer 23:9 as shake or tremble.(over the declaration of the Lord).

This single word shows that the Spirit of God was waiting there, hovering over the watery depths ready to love us.  It reminds me of a father in the delivery room as his baby is born.  He moves from one foot to another, from side to side, just waiting for this moment to arrive that his child will enter his presence.  God is the ultimate Father, whose picture begins to be painted right from the start, stoke by stroke, word by word.


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