Genesis 1:1, 2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
This morning I want to bring up something many of you probably may have never heard anything about. But then again, many of you may have as you're big students of the Bible. But it's something for us to ponder, and I wouldn't bring it up except that it leads us to deeper truth that is exploding in my spirit this morning as I was opening my heart to hear the Lord. There is a Bible that was put together by a man named Finis Jennings Dake. The actual Bible is our King James Version of the Old and New Testaments, nothing different. But Mr. Dake has filled Dake's Annotated Reference Bible with exhaustive notes from beginning to end. The thing I like about it, is that it uses scripture to explain and understand scripture. And this morning, I'd like to mention briefly his notes concerning these first two verses of Genesis. Actually, what he brings forth is that there was a great period of time between verse 1 and verse 2. According to Mr. Dake, there was "another earth" before this "re-created earth" about which we have an account in Genesis. According to him, the prior earth existed during a period of the Dispensation of Angels and angels ruled the various planets. According to him, this was the time we find the rebellion of Lucifer, which brought about the chaotic state in which we find the earth in verse 2. Now, if you're interested in studying more about this, I would suggest that you get this Bible and research more. But let's not get caught up in this possibility. Let's look a little further at the truth to which this may give testimony. In reality, we probably don't even need this testimony to realize this truth, but it does give another possible witness. And please, don't turn me off at this point. Like I said, I just want to look at this possibility briefly. You can decide for yourself what credence you give to his hypothesis.
The point I'm getting to in all this is powerful, I believe. First of all, in verse 1, we are taken to the beginning and there we find God. In the beginning we find that God is. In this sense, God is a mystery. He is the I AM THAT I AM. Then, in verse 2, we read about how the earth was formless and empty or the NIV also notes in the margin, "or possibly became" formless and empty. Now as God creates the earth in the Genesis account, continually throughout this creating, God observes that all that He has created is good or very good. The only thing we see that is not good is when man is alone. And so God continues His work of creating and brings forth the woman from the man, taking from his very being and giving back to him in experience in relationship. And so, God has created this perfect earth.
Now, we know that this perfect world was again "wrecked." And, what caused it? Rebellion. What is rebellion? According to Webster, to rebel is "to resist the authority of one's government by force." Rebellion is an "open resistance to authority." But I believe this rebellion goes much deeper. It doesn't just have to do with disobeying an authority, in this case, God. But it goes against the state of being that we were created by, in, and for. God is good. And God was, is, and is to come. He continues to be because He continues to live in the parameter of His goodness. Each time, the earth has become chaotic, formless, empty, it has been because of rebellion. God had shown the man the boundaries of staying in this perfect world. And man had resisted, revolted, chosen another state into which he thrust himself. When we choose to resist God, we turn away from who He created us to be and move into a place of disrepair, of chaos, if you will.
Let's look at Romans 8 to help us understand this further. Romans 8 shows us the difference of living in Christ by His Spirit who has given us hope for coming out of the chaos and emptiness of this earth. Rebellion puts us in shackles. God gives us freedom from those shackles, freedom to become those whom He created us to be. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. God desires to lead us away from temptation in leading us to His way, Christ in us, the hope of glory. He is the God of all hope. He is. And we can be in Him. He is our perfect existence. We'll never be who we were intended to be apart from Him. We came from Him. And to Him we must return.