Coming home to find out you’ve left your keys in your locked house. Maddening and most frustrating isn’t it? At our house, we’ve hidden a set of keys. We are so smart LOL. But where do you suppose we learned that? Did our moms teach us or is there a more ancient significance to hiding a key?
“At the place of entry, the key is often hidden.”
Do you think this is so with the most ancient of books, the Hebrew Bible. If there is a message encoded in the beginning, what would it be? Would it be the Bible’s first and most urgent message to us; the key that opens our understanding to the treasures that lie beyond. The treasures are endlessly bountiful. My finite mind will never come to a full comprehension of the beauty of the gift my Creator has given in His love for us.
The opening words of the Bible set out the first act of Creation. It’s all there in Genesis 1:1. In a world where there seems to be so much failure, so much pain, so much hopelessness and despondency; in a world where human beings fail to honor that most simple commandment – to love one another; these words in Genesis 1 still have mysteries to tell. Could they give us hope? Is there a secret not to be divulged or do they tell us to bring into the open that which is hidden? What is it that we miss in an attempt to grasp the beginning? What is hidden, yet in plain sight?
My quest was to find a key that can lead us to His answers. A key that can break open our hearts to see home in the beginning.
“But a key is concealed for a reason.”
To gain so great a key, how do we search, what must we do and how can we prepare our understanding to grasp its message? Our expectation of what the opening words of Genesis can reveal should be set unreasonably high; so high that they cannot possibly be met by human reason. And that works for me. I want whatever understanding I can come to, to be only the words He wants me to hear. I want His words there in Genesis 1, to be so rich and so full that this incredible thirst I have for understanding will be at least partially quenched. I want to throw human reason totally out the door and simply bask in the revelation and look to the home that I found in the beginning. What is in my heart looking for home in His heart? Why does my heartbeat seek home in His?
These words in Genesis 1:1 speak profoundly if you care to seek; find the key and open the door. The heartbeat of creation lies in those first few words. Genesis – the book of origins. To be fully human is to be both of the dust (Genesis 2:7) AND in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). That is our origin. ‘
There is hidden within these first words His message of trustworthiness and His authority. A voyage through these first words caused me to find myself coming upon a deep puzzle. I knew, or so I thought. There were clues and contradictions that I found I am challenged to resolve. And as I work through this I share the journey…………a journey home to the beginning.