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Note on Genesis 1:1

Today, we will be exploring the meaning of the word "created" in Genesis 1:1. As many of you may know, the first verse in the Bible states, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (NIV). However, you may not know that the Hebrew word for "created" is "bara," which carries a much deeper and richer meaning than its English translation.


In Hebrew, "bara" means to create something from nothing. It implies that God created the universe ex nihilo out of nothingness. This meaning is lost in the English translation, where "created" means bringing something into existence. In fact, the English language lacks a word that accurately conveys the full significance of "bara."

Furthermore, "bara" is used exclusively for God's creative acts. It emphasizes the unique and divine nature of God's creation and His role as the sole Creator of the universe. In contrast, the English word "created" can be used in a much more general sense, such as when we "create" a work of art or a new recipe.

In conclusion, we must understand the Hebrew meaning of "bara" to fully appreciate God's creation's divine nature. Remember that God created the universe out of nothingness and that His creative acts are unique and sacred. May this knowledge inspire us to praise and worship our mighty Creator.


Thank you.

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