The God Without a Beginning (1 of 9) by Jonathan McLeod
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Series: The Beginning
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth (Gen. 1:1).
The word ''genesis'' means ''beginning.'' In the first three chapters of Genesis, we read of the beginning of the universe, the beginning of humanity, the beginning of marriage, the beginning of sin, and the beginning of death.
[Read Gen. 1:1-5.]
BEFORE THE BEGINNING
Recently, there was a post on mentalfloss.com called ''30 Things Turning 30 This Year.'' The list of things that turned 30 in 2013 included the McNugget, Return of the Jedi, the North American minivan, My Little Pony, the Mario Bros. arcade game, country singer Carrie Underwood, and Microsoft Word.
Everything and everyone has a beginning, with one exception: God.
1. When there was NOTHING, there was GOD.
''In the beginning, God….'' There was a beginning to the universe, but there was no beginning to God. God is eternal. He has always existed and will always exist. (Children often ask, ''Where did God come from?'' Our minds can't comprehend eternity.) The psalmist declared, ''Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God'' (Ps. 90:2).
''God'' in Genesis 1:1 is translated from the Hebrew word Elohim. Elohim is a generic word for both the true God and false gods. But God does have a personal name. When Moses asked God, ''What is [your] name?'' (Ex. 3:13), God answered, ''I AM WHO I AM'' (v. 14). In Hebrew, the name ''I AM'' is Yahweh. (It usually appears as ''LORD'' in the OT.) One of the meanings of ''Yahweh'' is ''the self-existent one.'' God is not dependent on anyone or ...
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