Creation and Commission: Genesis 1 to 3 – Translation and Commentary

1:1b) “Created” is here in the singular form of the original Hebrew verb (though indeed governed by the plural or rather ‘uniplural’ noun in Genesis 1:1a).   God not merely made (or manufactured), but He created or exnihilated (and brought the ‘Tri-Universe’ into being out of  nothing).   Genesis 1:1b & 2:lb-3g; Psalm 33:6-11; Isaiah 44:24 & 48:6-7; Acts 14:15 & 15:18 & 17:24; Romans 4:17; Hebrews 11:3; and Revelation 4:11. 

Three Persons of God-Triune covenanted with One Another to create the ‘Tri-Universe’; to maintain it; to unfold it; to redeem it; and to consummate it.   Indeed, compare here: Genesis 1:1a-f,2j,3ab,26a-c,28a-g & 2:lb-3a.   Then God/He/They covenanted with the ‘Tri-Universe’ itself.   For the Triune God swore an oath (cf. Genesis 1:1a) and entered into a Covenant with the Heavens when He created them (Jeremiah 10:12-13; 31:22-36; 33:20-25).  Indeed, the Hebrew words for “created” and “blessed” and “cut off” and “Covenant” all seem to derive from a common root.