Excerpts from the page: Pulpit Bible Study.
Written from right to left, notice the opening line of Genesis contains at the center Aleph/ Tav: The first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. In Greek it's the Alpha and Omega: The beginning and end of all things.
"In the beginning את created the heaven and earth."
od is because He does. His Plan is already and not yet: Always moving forward, refining and upgrading to better things, leaving behind the old. Sentimental God is not. His thoughts are far ahead of us in ways we cannot comprehend. His works are new each day, surprising us with things unexpected. He broods over the Creation with the temperament of an Artist.
"When will you make an end?" asked the pontiff. "When I'm finished!"
"The Agony and the Ecstasy," by Irving Stone is the story of Michelangelo painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel: The enormous fresco of the Bible, a masterpiece. He was reluctant to take the commission, saying he wasn't a painter but a sculptor. He lay on his back on scaffolding painting into wet plaster before it set. The work was backbreaking and grueling, with a few apprentices to help. Unsatisfied with the initial results, he kept scraping out what he saw as mediocre. Beginning over again, laboring and driven towards perfection- like the Creator Himself.
Michelangelo, "The Creation of Adam." (Detail from the fresco).
From a burning bush the All-Being spoke to Moses, flustered by the daunting task given him. Ex. 3:1-16. Moses answered, "Who am I that should go to Pharaoh and lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt? They will say, the God of our fathers? What is his name?"
"This is my name forever, a memorial unto all generations."
"Know and understand that I am he; before me there was no God, neither shall there be after me." - Isaiah 43:10.
No gender has God. Because I AM is a verb, it is motion- positive, or "male." God is the Light of Intelligence- Eternal Mind: He is Self-Existent and never ceases to Be. He needs nothing, the entire universe is His House. He is the Source of all things manifest. Being unseen and without manifest, the only way to know about Him was through signs and symbols. His desire is to make Himself known to man, created in His Image. The disclosure of the All Being happened gradually, through dispensations and chosen vessels- in due time sending a reproduction of Himself: A Son.
The Bible is basically about one thing: Jesus Christ. Otherwise there is no story to tell, no need for the prophets. In Bible times copies of the scriptures were rare and cherished. The law and prophets were studied by learned rabbis and read orally in synagogues. Following the Babylonian captivity, expectations grew of the coming of a messiah, a great deliverer. The prophets, particularly Isaiah, contained such veiled predictions. But the wait seemed very long, and many are still waiting. Delivered from what exactly? Not from the oppression of the gentiles as was expected, but from ourselves. Our mistakes. The word "sin" literally means, you missed the target. Off-center. No bull's eye.
Elohim. Who is Us? "Let us create man in our image, after our likeness." The Seven Spirits of the Elohim are like powerful projection lenses of creativity: light, sound and color. They are seen again in the Revelation: The Seven Lamps standing before the Throne of God.
Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis. "...male and female created he them."
"The man has become as one of us, he knows." Why does God allow evil? Without polarity nothing can be created; a thing must have its opposite to define it. God separated light from darkness, but once man discovered the difference the genie could not be put back in the bottle. We are given a choice: Right from wrong. It only makes sense that if God dwells in each of us, we are witness, jury and judge of ourselves. Our works follow us and we must learn lessons from our mistakes.
Arkhitekton n. (Greek) ἀρχιτέκτων. The word "architect" comes from ἀρχι- "chief" and τέκτων "builder." The God of the universe is thought of as an architect, the Chief Builder. The design of the Tabernacle was given to Moses with exact specifications, as if from the Mind of an Engineer. In fact, the floor plans of Gothic cathedrals were later designed after this same order- another jump from the original archetype. Beginning in Exodus 25:8, we find the elaborate pattern for the tabernacle, "according to all that I show thee."
The Tables: The unchanging, eternal statutes written by God in solid rock. cf. Ex. 32:16. Rev. 11:18,19. The public display of the stone tables has become a contentious issue by thinking they represent sectarian religion. These laws were given for a good reason, they are imperative for any civil and well ordered society. We have all witnessed the tragic results of man's obstinate disregard for these ten simple commandments. But the ten commandments grew into 613 obscure rabbinical laws. Only the priests knew what they all were, an unfair advantage over the people- bondage imposed by the ecclesiastical class. So Christ consolidated all the laws into just two, which covered everything:
The Shema. Hear, Oh Israel! The Lord thy God is One Lord. Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, all thy soul and all thy strength. - Deuteronomy 6:4,5. "This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like unto the first: thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two hang the law and the prophets." - Mt. 22:37-40.