The name for God here is "Elohim." The first part of that name, El, means "strong." The wording of Moses tells us that before the beginning of the creation story, God was. And God was strong.

We also read that the earth was formless and void. This means it was in confusion and not inhabitable.

Isaiah 45:18 reads:

For this is what the LORD says -  
he who created the heavens,
he is God;
he who fashioned and made the earth,
he founded it;
he did not create it to be empty,
but formed it to be inhabited-
he says:
"I am the LORD,
and there is no other.

It is important for Moses to express the vast confusion because it is the antithesis of God. God sees the darkness (again, an antithesis of God) and as a first step to bringing order, says, "Let there be light."

Here's where the creation story gets really interesting.

And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.  God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning - the first day.  - Genesis 1: 3-5

And why is that so interesting? Because, you see, the sun has not yet been created. That happens on the fourth day. But right at that moment, God chose to extend light.

I love to picture this with my mind's eye. I see a great shaft of light, filled with prisms of color. But, without the sun, where does that light come from? Why, from God, of course, and in my mental picture, it is being shot from God's hand to the heavens below Him.

Look with me at what John writes at the very beginning of his gospel: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.  - John 1: 1-5

It is important to again note the name of God in the creation story. Elohim. Elohim is a plural intensive with a singular meaning. One God...but plural in nature.

In the very beginning of the creation story you'll see the trinity of God.

In the beginning God...
...and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters...
...And God said, "Let there be light, and there was light. And God saw that the light was good."

Isn't it wonderful to know that the One in whom you believe has that kind of power?


Award-winning national speaker, Eva Marie Everson is a recent graduate of Andersonville Theological Seminary. Her work includes Intimate Moments with God and Intimate Encounters with God (Cook). She is the author of Shadow of Dreams, Summon the Shadows and Shadow of Light. (Barbour Fiction) She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at