Halleluyah - Shabbat is just around the corner again! This week, we get to start all over again, from the beginning, with Genesis 1 where we see God creating the universe from nothing. YHWH created everything there is, including man (and by Chapter Six He's already ready to destroy mankind!). If you haven't done so before, please read the following very carefully and think about what a powerful, awesome ELOHIM we serve - who was able to create the entire universe and everything in it! (Click here to see a synopsis of this weeks Torah portion.)
Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning ELOHIM created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water.
Yes, YHWH created the heavens and the earth and the entire ecosystem! Note in the verse above that the SPIRIT of God hovered over the surface; it doesn't say the "person" of God....He arranged for animals of like kind to find each other and procreate, and for plants to grow to provide both beauty and food; each of which has certain insects to clean, protect and/or pollinate them, and to aerate the ground - the synergy is simply amazing. (For more on these miracles, we recommend a wonderful video series by David Attenborough called "Life in the Undergrowth." Even though Mr. Attenborough, an agnostic, cannot see YHWH in these miracles, the presentation of them in these videos is wonderful.)
Anyway, for those who are new to Torah, I promise you that reading those first five Books of Moses with a “Hebrew mindset” will give you an understanding of God and the Bible like never before! May YHWH richly bless you as you strive to get ever closer to Him!