“…Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My Name.” (Yahweh speaking, 1 Kings 11: 36)
The Creation: Genesis 2: 4
Genesis 2: 4 is a very important verse of Scripture. Most people have no idea how important it is because they do not know Hebrew. Thus they rely on English translations that hide the true meaning of the verse.
The NASB translates Genesis 2: 4 this way:
“This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made earth and heaven.”
These five words in the NASB translation hide the true meaning of the verse: LORD, God, account, created, and made.
- Yahweh is the Hebrew word that’s translated as “LORD”. It’s the proper Name of our Creator. As He explained to Moses, “This is My Name forever. It’s the Name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation.” (Exodus 3: 15) That explanation needs no clarification. Genesis 2: 4 is particularly important because it’s the first verse in the Bible where the Name Yahweh is used.
- Elohim is the Hebrew word that’s translated as “God”. It’s a plural Hebrew word. It means that our Creator has more than one form. We call one of them the Father; we call one of them the Holy Spirit—Ruach Yahweh; and we call one of them the Son. The Son is the physical manifestation of Yahweh—i.e., His human form. Ruach Yahweh is a Spirit and so is the Father, but they are different. All three of them are called Yahweh.
- Toledah is the Hebrew word that’s translated as “account”. It means “generations”, and it refers to a literal record of events in order.
- Bara is the Hebrew word that’s translated as “created”. It means to create something out of nothing. It happened first.
- Asah is the Hebrew word that’s translated as “made”. It means “created”, too, but it doesn’t mean to create something out of nothing. Instead, it refers to refashioning something that is already in existence into something else. Asah would be the correct word to describe someone making a pot from clay.
In a nutshell, this is what Genesis 2: 4 tells us: Yahweh took things that He made earlier and fashioned them into something different.
Why is this important? It’s because this account of creation has to do with the creation of Adam and Eve—i.e., mankind. There is a gap, so to speak, between the creation (bara) presented in Genesis 1: 1 and the creation (asah) presented in Genesis 2. We have no idea how long that gap was.
Like most of the deeper things in the Bible, this is a controversial topic. If it interests you, I suggest that you look into it for yourself. Before you do, consider this question: why would Yahweh present two accounts of creation—one in Genesis chapter 1 and another in Genesis chapter 2?
The answer should be obvious. The two accounts don’t refer to the same thing.
My discussion should cause this verse to come alive:
“Then Elohim said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness….’” (Genesis 1: 26)
Don’t worry. There is plenty of controversy surrounding Genesis 1: 26, too. There has to be because it’s so important. Even so, the straightforward meaning of the verse is perfectly clear.
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“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.