Bereshit     Week ending October 6, 2018
Torah – Genesis 1:1-6:8
Bereshit (in the beginning) marks the start of a new year of Torah studies, as well as, the
beginning of a new year on G-d’s calendar. There is such a massive amount of ideas and
topics to explore and study contained within these few chapters. In fact, we go from creation
itself all the way through the first ten generations of man on the earth! That is quite a bit to say
the least.
So where to begin? I’m going to take you through three ideas to get you started as you study
for yourself this amazing parasha (portion.) Not only are we going to look at three ideas, but
two of the three topics here contain repetition of “three” to get you thinking.
First, let’s look at a concept that carries over from last week’s study, V’zot Haberakhah, the
final study of Deuteronomy. I showed you last week that we ended with the death of Moshe
(Moses) and immediately we go forward into Bereshit, the very account of creation itself. I
shared how death is an illusion and our departure from this earth is simply a new birth into our
forever home in glory with G-d! Even within the first two verses you see this idea of re-creation or rebirth.
Genesis 1:1-2, “In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was
without form, and void; and darkness [was] on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of G-d was
hovering over the face of the waters.” (NKJV)
We see in verse one that G-d created the heavens and the earth. Then suddenly everything
looks as though it is in a state of chaos. Then we are taken through the six days of creation or
re-creation from that point forward.
Looking at only one level and one possible explanation, this being a continuation from the
death of Moshe and showing us that Torah is circular, not linear we are being shown not only a
literal account of what happened, albeit with a lot of information being left out between verses
1 and 2, we see rebirth indicating the end is really not the end!
Now, let’s take a look at the second of our three ideas this week. You may notice as you read
through this first chapter of Genesis that within the first four days of creation we see a division
of light and darkness a total of three times! Of course, you’ll recall that repetition in the Word is
a clue that there is something deeper, waiting to be discovered beneath the surface!
Genesis 1:4-18, “And G-d saw the light, that [it was] good; and G-d divided the light from the
darkness. 5 G-d called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the
morning were the first day. 6 Then G-d said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the
waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus G-d made the firmament, and
divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the
firmament; and it was so. 8 And G-d called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the
morning were the second day. 9 Then G-d said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered
together into one place, and let the dry [land] appear”; and it was so. 10 And G-d called the dry
[land] Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And G-d saw that [it was]
good. 11 Then G-d said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb [that] yields seed, [and] the
fruit tree [that] yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed [is] in itself, on the earth”; and it
was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb [that] yields seed according to its kind,
and the tree [that] yields fruit, whose seed [is] in itself according to its kind. And G-d saw that [it
was] good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day. 14 Then G-d said, “Let there
be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for
signs and seasons, and for days and years; 15 “and let them be for lights in the firmament of
the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. 16 Then G-d made two great lights: the
greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. [He made] the stars also. 17
God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 and to rule over the
day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And G-d saw that [it was]
good.”
Three times you see light and darkness being divided. You will find it in verses 4, 14, and 18.
On the pashat (surface level), what you see is what you get. G-d is giving us details as to the
creation of time, days and so on. This involves the reckoning of time and the division of days
and nights, light and darkness. G-d could have described this any way He chose, even using
fewer words or describing the events in different ways altogether. But He did not.
This is not to say this is the complete answer by any means! One idea is to show us that G-d
intends of light and darkness to be separated. There is not to be a mingling of the two. This is
true in the physical creation, but it also can easily be applied to our lives. Remember, we are
created in G-d’s image or likeness. Just as He is a triune being (Father, Son, Spirit) so are we,
(Spirit, Mind and body.)
Could it be illustrating for us that we ought to walk in His glorious life on every level of our
existence? Spiritually we ought to study His Torah and walk in His Way. We should do so with
no deviation to the left or the right as Scripture so often explains. As parasha Shoftim (Judges)
explains, we can apply this separation to our minds as well. We ought to center or focus our
minds on the light. We ought to refrain from entertaining thoughts or intellectual pursuits that
are of the darkness.
Finally, we ought to rule over our mortal physical bodies and keep it walking in the light as well.
As we abstain from all manner of sin, we keep our physical self in the light and out of darkness.
Finally look at this verse…
Genesis 1:27, “So G-d created man in His [own] image; in the image of G-d He created him;
male and female He created them.”
Here in one single verse the whole act of creating man is repeated three times! Why? We
know G-d does not waste words; He is not trying to fill space and occupy our time by reading
unnecessary words. Every word is important and cannot be removed. This is what Messiah
Himself taught us that not one letter or tiniest part of a single letter could be removed!
In years past, I taught this idea and remind you this year that one idea is that it points to our
triune nature. He created us indeed, spirit, mind and body. This is showing that His creation is
complete and perfect.
Shalom!