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

1:1e) Our one Earth, plus the dual Heavens of Genesis l:ld, constitutes a three-fold creation.     Yet this is indeed also a ‘Tri-Universe.’   For it reflects its tri-une Creator (Genesis 1:la).   Cf.  too Genesis l:8b & 1:26a-d with Romans 1:20 & Acts 14:17 & Psalm 94:9-10.   Moreover, God created the Heavens and the Earth subject to “ordinances” or laws which reflect His Tri-Unity (Genesis 2:4cd cf. Job 38:31-33 & Psalm 119:89-91 & Jeremiah 33:25).

1:1f) “The beginning” means the commencement of time-as-such (Acts 15:18 & Hebrews 1:10),  prior to the commencement of the six days of the Earth’s post-creational formation or further manufacture.   For the work of each of those six days seems to have commenced only when God spoke for the first time on each of those days.   This is indicated by the formula “And God said” (in Genesis 1:3,6,9,14,20,24).   On the period of created time before the first six days of the Earth’s formation, cf. Genesis 1:1-2 with Proverbs 8:22f & Micah 5:1 & John 1:1.   On the humanly-undatable pre-solar character of Genesis 1:1-13, cf. Genesis 2:4f & Job 38:4 & Psalm 90:1-4 & Second Peter 3:4-8. Note further that God alone is before time (Psalm 90:1-2); that the whole ‘Tri-Universe’ was created with time (Genesis 1:1); that the entire creation shall always continue to exist in time (Revelation 22:2-5); and that three-dimensional time runs       from the past through the present to the future, thus reflecting the Triune God Himself (cf. Genesis 2:4cd & Romans 11:33-36).