The first time the word hope is used in the Scriptures is in the book of Ruth, but where is the picture of hope first seen in the Scriptures?
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God 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, one day.
In my book Devotions from Genesis I shared how I thought the fall of Satan occurred between Genesis 2 and Genesis 3. Somewhere between God saying, it was very good and reading now the serpent was more crafty…
I still believe his fall to the earth could have happened at that time… but as I have grown in my knowledge of the Word I believe the rebellion in the heavens occurred right here in the beginning.
I also believe here in the beginning is our first picture of hope.
Satan sets himself up as an equal of God, a created being demanding to be worshipped as the Creator. He gathers followers as he stands in this rebellion. This one who thought he himself could ascend above the throne of the Most High and could set himself above the stars of God…
God creates the heavens and the earth.
The word and in Genesis 1:1 is eth.
In the Hebrew this word and is in the accusative case.
The accusative case (abbreviated acc) of a noun is the grammatical case used to mark the direct object of a transitive verb. The same case is used in many languages for the objects of (some or all)prepositions. It is a noun that is having something done to it, usually joined (such as in Latin) with the nominative case. The syntactical functions of the accusative consist of designating the immediate object of an action, the intended result, the goal of a motion, and the extent of an action. (information from wikipedia)
This Hebrew word eth is apparent contracted from ‘owth in the demonstrative sense of entity; properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely)
The Hebrew word owth means sign, mark, miracle and it probably comes from ‘uwth (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc. — mark, miracle, (en)sign, token.
Now why on earth did I just take you down this path of definitions… just hang with me… and know that I am not a scholar, this is just the thoughts of a small town girl living in love with the Word.
Let us just suppose that the great rebellion occurred in the highest heavens and in this rebellion came darkness… the separation of God from His rebelling creation. In this God forms this heaven and this earth. This heaven and earth created as a sign, a monument, a mark, evidence of the rebellion.
Now the Spirit of God hovers over the formless and void and dark earth… the surface of the deep darkness… and God says no. No it will not remain in formless, void, darkness… Let there be light.
Let there be hope!
Can you see it precious one? Can you see the glory of our God, in His omnipotent power, the beautiful workings of His hands of mercy and grace and life and light as He works the wonders of the universe? I am convinced that there is so much more to this story of creation and darkness and light and good and evil than will ever be revealed to us here in this mortality… but something in the depths of my being knows that it is an epic tale of the utmost proportions. One that our finite minds cannot even begin to comprehend and into the ages of the ages we will sit at the feet of our Elohim and hang on His every word as He tells us of the story behind The Story.
God separated the light from the darkness… the word separated here is bayin and it means between, an interval, a space between.
Darkness might be here. This rebellion has occurred, but there would always be a space between the light and the darkness… a chasm so great that the two would never be able to dwell together. The earth would be a sign, a mark, a monument to this separation. This creation, would be an interval of time between the rebellion in the heavens and the complete destruction of the rebels, but the effects of their rebellion would be carried out to completion as would the redemption of the light of all creation.
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Here lies the beautiful picture of hope… let there be light.
We reside here in this interval, this space between. We dwell here today on this earth, this monument, this object of the action of the verb created, the intended result, the goal of a motion, and the extent of an action. The action that the Spirit of God hovers upon calling out for us, those created in His image, to come to the light.
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
Here lies the hope…
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”
Wait there’s more… The Beginning of Hope Part 2