Topic: Genesis 1:1 The Creator

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From Genesis Chapter 1

The “Names” God uses in scripture are indications of His character. In Genesis 1:1 His names are: Elohim and Eth.


Genesis 1:1a “In the beginning God (elohim) created (bara)…”

We know God is ONE
Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God (‘Elohiym), the Lord (Yĕhovah) is ONE!”
Like Deut 6:4 the plural of God, Elohiym, is also used in Genesis 1:1.
If God is ONE why is He a plural noun? It seems to contradict itself

  • ĕlōhîm (strong’s H430) specifically used of the supreme God.
    • elohim is a plural noun used to signify the Godhead, the Trinity
    • the singular form of Elohim is Eloah or El
  • bara: “[He] created/creating”. The word is in the masculine singular form, so that “He” is implied; a peculiarity of this verb is that it used only of God.
  • The trinity; therefore, is masculine singular using a singular verb. (It is similar to saying “They is…” except “They” are also “One”.)
    • Deuteronomy 6:4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) our God (‘ĕlōhîm), the Lord (‘eḥāḏ) is one (‘eḥāḏ)!
    • Ehad: meaning properly, to be united, i.e. (as) ONE

The Godhead is “The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit” acting as one in character and purpose, sharing the same spiritual DNA, all of whom together as “One” “Created” the heavens and the earth.


Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, BUT those things which are revealed belong to us (the Jews) and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

  • One of the secrets was the Son, and Jesus was revealed to the Jews through God’s Word even in the Old Testament.
    • The first “secret” is Jesus, as the Alpha and Omega, revealed in Genesis 1:1

In the Beginning created Elohim, Alef-Tav, the heavens and the earth.


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