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1 In the Beginning A Self-Paced Tour of Scripture In Two Parts By Barbara L. Klika, MSW, Personal Life Coach Under shepherd Set Apart Ministries, Inc. February 2010

2 Preparation & Study In the first portion of this presentation, you will find some groundwork for the study of the phrase in the beginning. There will be some links you may choose to follow for further support if you like. You may also just go through both parts and return later for more information. In the first portion of this presentation, you will find some groundwork for the study of the phrase in the beginning. There will be some links you may choose to follow for further support if you like. You may also just go through both parts and return later for more information. The second part will walk through the findings with your participation. Should you decide to use the links, you will be able to get familiar with them for your own research at another time. The second part will walk through the findings with your participation. Should you decide to use the links, you will be able to get familiar with them for your own research at another time.

3 Preparation The best preparation for any study of the Word is to invite our God to be present with us so may we begin with a prayer? The best preparation for any study of the Word is to invite our God to be present with us so may we begin with a prayer? Father, our Abba, we want to know You better. We want to understand what You have provided for us through the Written and the Living Word. We want to understand what You have placed there for us, not what man may read into the text. Father, our Abba, we want to know You better. We want to understand what You have provided for us through the Written and the Living Word. We want to understand what You have placed there for us, not what man may read into the text. Please let Your Spirit be active within us as we begin this exploration of your plans in the beginning. We ask for Your eyes to see and ears to hear, in the Name of our Messiah, Yeshua; Jesus of Nazareth. Please let Your Spirit be active within us as we begin this exploration of your plans in the beginning. We ask for Your eyes to see and ears to hear, in the Name of our Messiah, Yeshua; Jesus of Nazareth. May it be so. May it be so.

4 Part One Many ways to Study Scripture Often our first exposure to Scripture came in the form of childrens stories which were simplified accounts of the people of the Book. Often our first exposure to Scripture came in the form of childrens stories which were simplified accounts of the people of the Book. The stories usually highlighted the The stories usually highlighted the peoples relationship to our peoples relationship to our Creator God through their lives. Creator God through their lives. At some point, we began to understand that these people and their stories were connected to one another. At some point, we began to understand that these people and their stories were connected to one another.

5 As our understanding progressed, we saw that God has had a plan and has been bringing it about through His people over all time. We saw that it involved Jesus Our Messiah, whose Hebrew Name is Yeshua, and His work on our behalf at His first coming and in His long anticipated return.

6 Unfortunately, all too many people stop right about there, and decide that they only need to know His story/History as told in whats called the New Testament losing the opportunity to find the wonderful Truths that have been a part of the Biblical record… Unfortunately, all too many people stop right about there, and decide that they only need to know His story/History as told in whats called the New Testament losing the opportunity to find the wonderful Truths that have been a part of the Biblical record… FROM THE BEGINNING! FROM THE BEGINNING!

7 When we prayerfully delve deeper beyond the people, places, and events, we find some amazing truths and we begin to see the markers of similar phrases and concepts that fill the Scriptural landscape… When we prayerfully delve deeper beyond the people, places, and events, we find some amazing truths and we begin to see the markers of similar phrases and concepts that fill the Scriptural landscape… …the poetry of Scripture. …the poetry of Scripture. This is especially true as we correlate between the Old and New Testaments and see our need for all Scripture from the beginning of our Bible. This is especially true as we correlate between the Old and New Testaments and see our need for all Scripture from the beginning of our Bible.

8 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV) The Scripture referred to here by Paul is from the beginning: the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings. This is what existed when he wrote his letter to Timothy!

9 Torah, Prophets and Writings? In Hebraic understanding Torah has several different levels of meaning. In Hebraic understanding Torah has several different levels of meaning. In our western or Greek way of thinking, there is often just one way to understand a concept-- either this or that. In our western or Greek way of thinking, there is often just one way to understand a concept-- either this or that. In Hebrew it is more common to find a both/and approach, or multiple levels of meaning. In Hebrew it is more common to find a both/and approach, or multiple levels of meaning.

10 In its most narrow definition, Torah refers to the first five books of the Bible, those written by Moses, Genesis through Deuteronomy. In its most narrow definition, Torah refers to the first five books of the Bible, those written by Moses, Genesis through Deuteronomy. A second level of the use of Torah is in reference to what we have called the Old Testament. A second level of the use of Torah is in reference to what we have called the Old Testament.

11 It is made up of three parts in Hebraic thought; It is made up of three parts in Hebraic thought; The Torah, The Prophets and the Writings. The Torah, The Prophets and the Writings. The Hebrew words for these three parts are Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim. The Hebrew words for these three parts are Torah, Neviim, and Ketuvim. These three are often summarized in one word, TaNaKh, like the English concept of an acronym. These three are often summarized in one word, TaNaKh, like the English concept of an acronym.

12 And the most broad definition of Torah… And the most broad definition of Torah… Though it has been translated as Law, through the use of the Greek word for law, nomos a more literal definition is Gods Teachings on Righteousness. Though it has been translated as Law, through the use of the Greek word for law, nomos a more literal definition is Gods Teachings on Righteousness. Hebrew is a very action or function oriented language so there is a good picture of this meaning in the word itself. Hebrew is a very action or function oriented language so there is a good picture of this meaning in the word itself.

13 Torah Translation Literally, the word Torah is from the root word yara which means to hit the mark. The word for sin, hata means to miss the mark.

14 Context will show you what level of Torah is indicated. Any reference to righteousness or Gods teachings is often summarized by calling it Torah. Any reference to righteousness or Gods teachings is often summarized by calling it Torah. These are 3 basic levels of interpretation of the term Torah though there is so much more! These are 3 basic levels of interpretation of the term Torah though there is so much more! The foundation for all sound Scripture study is familiarity with the account given there. The foundation for all sound Scripture study is familiarity with the account given there.

15 Once we know the basic facts, people, places, events… …we complete the first level of study which can be called the literal or historical level. …we complete the first level of study which can be called the literal or historical level. It involves the simple, straightforward meaning of the text which is so important to grasp. It involves the simple, straightforward meaning of the text which is so important to grasp.

16 These basic facts give us a foundation so we can move on to further exploration such as is presented here. We can show ourselves approved as students of the Word; good Bereans! (Acts 17: 10-12)

17 Im confused! Most Believers know that the whole Bible is inspired by our God but in actual practice, the New Testament is often promoted as all that is needed. Most Believers know that the whole Bible is inspired by our God but in actual practice, the New Testament is often promoted as all that is needed. Why do we need to go back to the beginning? Why do we need to go back to the beginning? How do we know that the Old Testament is important for us to know our Messiah? Is He even mentioned in it? How do we know that the Old Testament is important for us to know our Messiah? Is He even mentioned in it? We know because He, Himself, told the disciples how important it is!

18 Did you ever notice what Messiah said on the road to Emmaus? And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. …And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (Luke 24: 27, 44 KJV) And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. …And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. (Luke 24: 27, 44 KJV) You could say this was a walking tour of the Scriptures about Himself!

19 Another Way to Study Scripture Some people focus on the Bible as literature, and believe you can gain from its beauty, whether or not you are a believer. I tend to be wary of this approach; are you? Some people focus on the Bible as literature, and believe you can gain from its beauty, whether or not you are a believer. I tend to be wary of this approach; are you? While there is value, it is not the same thing as seeing the beauty of the Scripture through the eyes of faith! While there is value, it is not the same thing as seeing the beauty of the Scripture through the eyes of faith! But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ( 1 Cor. 2:14 KJV) But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. ( 1 Cor. 2:14 KJV)

20 But if Scripture IS Literature… Wouldnt there be things we could learn from the various aspects such as style, structure, theme and poetry? Wouldnt there be things we could learn from the various aspects such as style, structure, theme and poetry? Is it possible to consider these aspects without losing our eyes of faith? Is it possible to consider these aspects without losing our eyes of faith? Not only is it possible, but many treasures are found in this type of study that we would not see any other way! Not only is it possible, but many treasures are found in this type of study that we would not see any other way!

21 How do we know that Scripture is considered literature? Lets stop here… Take a moment to find an online Bible such as Take a moment to find an online Bible such as or or You can also obtain an excellent Bible study tool free of charge at You can choose one or more translations to search. I usually start with KJV, NKJV, NASB and NIV. Go to the keyword search function, all words, and enter literature.

22 If your search is like mine, you will find literature used only twice. It is found in Daniel 1; in connection with the four young boys brought into the Kings court and only If your search is like mine, you will find literature used only twice. It is found in Daniel 1; in connection with the four young boys brought into the Kings court and only in 3 newer translationsNKJV, NASB and ESV. in 3 newer translationsNKJV, NASB and ESV. Literature is listed as Strongs #5612; Literature is listed as Strongs #5612; the Hebrew word sephera writing, a letter, the Hebrew word sephera writing, a letter, a document, a bill, a register, a book, a scroll. a document, a bill, a register, a book, a scroll.

23 Now lets check the dictionary for its current meaning in English, especially since only the newer translations chose literature for sepher. Now lets check the dictionary for its current meaning in English, especially since only the newer translations chose literature for sepher. Writings in prose or verse; especially : writings having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest Writings in prose or verse; especially : writings having excellence of form or expression and expressing ideas of permanent or universal interest ( First Entry--Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary; February 2, 2010)

24 What about a Bible Dictionary? Literature as found in these three translations is not found in Vines Expository Dictionary of the Old and New Testaments. Literature as found in these three translations is not found in Vines Expository Dictionary of the Old and New Testaments. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament has a lengthy entry for sepher. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament has a lengthy entry for sepher. To summarize: writing, book, scribal art and legal document. There is also note of To summarize: writing, book, scribal art and legal document. There is also note of training in literary forms for the training in literary forms for the scribes who recorded the important scribes who recorded the important events of the kingdoms of the ages. events of the kingdoms of the ages.

25 The Bible as Literature The Scriptures certainly are a historical account and they do have elements of legal documents– covenants – as well as prophetic visions and majestic poetry. The Scriptures certainly are a historical account and they do have elements of legal documents– covenants – as well as prophetic visions and majestic poetry. Clearly, we would also understand them to have universal importance and Clearly, we would also understand them to have universal importance and excellence of expression as well! excellence of expression as well! Most importantly, we know Most importantly, we know that they were inspired by our God! that they were inspired by our God!

26 Should we be surprised that He filled it with buried treasures? We know that He is the Living Word and the written Word as well, unchanging and inseparable. We know that He is the Living Word and the written Word as well, unchanging and inseparable. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1: 1-2 NKJV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1: 1-2 NKJV) For if you believed Moses you would believe me, for he wrote about me. (John 5:46 NKJV) How do we find these treasures?

27 Thematic Analysis One of the in-depth ways to study literature, and Scripture, is to examine the structure and style of the writing. This includes many aspects; among them, evaluation of the themes and the language used, sometimes called either parallelisms or chiastic study. One of the in-depth ways to study literature, and Scripture, is to examine the structure and style of the writing. This includes many aspects; among them, evaluation of the themes and the language used, sometimes called either parallelisms or chiastic study. Hebrew poetry involves repeating concepts and images rather than the rhyming words or rhythm English speakers are accustomed to reading. Hebrew poetry involves repeating concepts and images rather than the rhyming words or rhythm English speakers are accustomed to reading. It is important to consider translation issues because it is often difficult to completely or accurately convey concepts in the second language. It is important to consider translation issues because it is often difficult to completely or accurately convey concepts in the second language.

28 Some concepts were just transliterated and not translated, i.e., Amen and Halleluyah are transliterations (sounds represented in known alphabet), not translations (defined meaning.) Amen means may it be so and Halleluyah means Praise to Yah. Some concepts were just transliterated and not translated, i.e., Amen and Halleluyah are transliterations (sounds represented in known alphabet), not translations (defined meaning.) Amen means may it be so and Halleluyah means Praise to Yah. Transliterations do not always use exactly the same letters for a word as people hear the sounds differently. Since it is not the original language, this is not really a problem but it underlines the importance of considering the original language in study. Transliterations do not always use exactly the same letters for a word as people hear the sounds differently. Since it is not the original language, this is not really a problem but it underlines the importance of considering the original language in study. Translation vs. Transliteration

29 On the other hand, the Hebrew alphabet has added depth because the specific letters are important. Each of its letters were originally in the form of pictographs and have meanings of their own before the modern script came into common use. On the other hand, the Hebrew alphabet has added depth because the specific letters are important. Each of its letters were originally in the form of pictographs and have meanings of their own before the modern script came into common use. The study of these ancient meanings has become more accessible in recent years as researchers are publishing their findings. The study of these ancient meanings has become more accessible in recent years as researchers are publishing their findings.

30 There are Hebraic understandings for concepts, colors, places, things, directions, and numbers which are derived by their context and sometimes by their pictographic meaning in ancient Hebrew.

31 All Scripture is God-Breathed! We can be comfortable that there is a reason for every specific word in its place throughout all of Scripture. We can be comfortable that there is a reason for every specific word in its place throughout all of Scripture. Though this is not always clear in English or other languages the Bible has been translated into, it becomes wonderfully clear as we examine the Hebrew roots of the text. Though this is not always clear in English or other languages the Bible has been translated into, it becomes wonderfully clear as we examine the Hebrew roots of the text.

32 The choice of words used in the Greek translation of the original Hebrew Torah (the Septuagint) became the basis for the specific words chosen to convey the same concepts in the New Testament. The choice of words used in the Greek translation of the original Hebrew Torah (the Septuagint) became the basis for the specific words chosen to convey the same concepts in the New Testament. All that is written in the New Testament confirms and is fulfillment of all that was written in the Torah originally. All that is written in the New Testament confirms and is fulfillment of all that was written in the Torah originally. We can allow Scripture to interpret Scripture with boldness and confidence in the Author. We can allow Scripture to interpret Scripture with boldness and confidence in the Author.

33 Greek or Hebrew? There is no argument that what we call the Old Testament was written in Hebrew with some Aramaic. The debate may go on as to whether the New Testament Scriptures were originally written in Greek or in Hebrew, but most scholars will agree There is no argument that what we call the Old Testament was written in Hebrew with some Aramaic. The debate may go on as to whether the New Testament Scriptures were originally written in Greek or in Hebrew, but most scholars will agree that the worldview, thought content, that the worldview, thought content, and imagery used is purely Hebraic! and imagery used is purely Hebraic! Whatever the language, the imagery doesnt change! Whatever the language, the imagery doesnt change!

34 Now with that background… Lets move on to our study of what is related to In The Beginning!

35 In The Beginning This is a powerful and well recognized phrase. Most people know that it is the first phrase in the Bible. This is a powerful and well recognized phrase. Most people know that it is the first phrase in the Bible. What they may not know is how thoroughly this concept permeates ALL of Scripture. What they may not know is how thoroughly this concept permeates ALL of Scripture.

36 Genesis We are accustomed to seeing this word as the title of the first book of the Bible. We are accustomed to seeing this word as the title of the first book of the Bible. It refers to the beginning It refers to the beginning of things, coming from of things, coming from the Greek language: the Greek language: as in similar words such as in similar words such as genes, generations, as genes, generations, generate. generate. The Greek gen originated from the Hebrew gan which means garden, as in the First Garden, Eden. The Greek gen originated from the Hebrew gan which means garden, as in the First Garden, Eden.

37 The English translation uses this concept as a title for the book. In Hebrew, the titles of each portion of Scripture are generally the opening words of that section. The English translation uses this concept as a title for the book. In Hebrew, the titles of each portion of Scripture are generally the opening words of that section. Underneath Genesis our familiar English title there is the Hebrew Name by which it is known. Underneath Genesis our familiar English title there is the Hebrew Name by which it is known.Beresheit

38 Stop here… Take a moment to find your online Bible keyword search page again: Take a moment to find your online Bible keyword search page again: Search the phrase: in the beginning & are both good resources to learn more about Hebrew, too! & are both good resources to learn more about Hebrew, too! Come back for Part 2 when you have done so, or continue on.

39 Part Two The Study If your search is like mine, you found many responses incorporating beginning.

40 Save the lists of Scripture references you have found and we will move back and forth now between them and this presentation. Save the lists of Scripture references you have found and we will move back and forth now between them and this presentation. Some people prefer to save as a Word document and some people like printed copies. Experiment to find out what works best for you. Some people prefer to save as a Word document and some people like printed copies. Experiment to find out what works best for you.

41 How do we know they are not just random uses of the same phrase? This might be our conclusion, knowing that many different people wrote the Books of Scripture. This might be our conclusion, knowing that many different people wrote the Books of Scripture. We will look for the imprint of the same Source of inspiration or Author throughout Scripture. We will look for the imprint of the same Source of inspiration or Author throughout Scripture. In the beginning is one word in the Hebrew: In the beginning is one word in the Hebrew: Beresheit Beresheit

42 Translation vs. Transliteration Beresheit as written here in English letters is a transliteration : use of known alphabet to attempt to recreate the sounds of a word from another language. It is also transliterated as Bresheit and Breshiyt. Beresheit as written here in English letters is a transliteration : use of known alphabet to attempt to recreate the sounds of a word from another language. It is also transliterated as Bresheit and Breshiyt. In the beginning is a translation of the meaning of the word. In the beginning is a translation of the meaning of the word.

43 Reishith, as it is transliterated in Zodhiates Lexical Aid, Strongs #7225, is said to mean first in place, time, order, or rank; first with regard to dignity; the first of its kind and first fruits. The connection is made between Genesis 49: 3 and Revelation 3:14. Take a moment to look these up and confirm the similar meaning. (The Blue Letter Bible program offers the Strongs numbers and definitions online.) Take a moment to look these up and confirm the similar meaning. (The Blue Letter Bible program offers the Strongs numbers and definitions online.)

44 The root word of reishith is Rosh, which is Strongs #7218. The root word of reishith is Rosh, which is Strongs #7218. Rosh is said to mean the head, person, chief, leader; whether appointed, elected or self-appointed. There are many additional connotations. Rosh is said to mean the head, person, chief, leader; whether appointed, elected or self-appointed. There are many additional connotations. For this study, we note that: For this study, we note that: Rosh can also refer to the headstone of the corner which was carried over into the NT and quoted by Jesus. (Matt. 21:42, Luke 20:17, Eph. 2:20, 1 Peter 2:7)Rosh can also refer to the headstone of the corner which was carried over into the NT and quoted by Jesus. (Matt. 21:42, Luke 20:17, Eph. 2:20, 1 Peter 2:7) Jesus is the head of the church. (Eph.5:23) Jesus is the head of the church. (Eph.5:23) (Vines Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words)

45 And there is so much more! Since Hebrew words work from a root system of consonants, all words from a similar root will carry various related meanings. Since Hebrew words work from a root system of consonants, all words from a similar root will carry various related meanings. Putting them together helps us understand the pictures that are under the surface. Putting them together helps us understand the pictures that are under the surface. Here you will begin to find some of the buried treasures of His Word! Here you will begin to find some of the buried treasures of His Word!

46 We can consider the translation of the meaning of the word AND the meaning of each of the letters. We can consider the translation of the meaning of the word AND the meaning of each of the letters. We can then consider the meaning of various combinations of the letters, remembering Hebrew reads from right to left. We can then consider the meaning of various combinations of the letters, remembering Hebrew reads from right to left. There is no limitation to internal comparisons such as there is for English compound words. There is no limitation to internal comparisons such as there is for English compound words.

47 tyeXaer B Here is the word in Modern Hebrew script, such as you would find in most Torah scrolls. Here is an interpretation of the word.

48 The beit or B is symbolic of a house or a tent The beit or B is symbolic of a house or a tent In this place in the Torah, the first word, it is drawn larger than the other letters, as it is shown here. You might say THE house! In this place in the Torah, the first word, it is drawn larger than the other letters, as it is shown here. You might say THE house! In a grammatical, literal sense, it conveys in the while the remaining letters represent reisheit meaning beginning. In a grammatical, literal sense, it conveys in the while the remaining letters represent reisheit meaning beginning.

49 This is a resch or R. This is a resch or R. In ancient or paleo-Hebrew, it represents the head of a man. In ancient or paleo-Hebrew, it represents the head of a man. Taken together, they form rb or bar which means son. The first two letters alone then carry the idea of the son of the house along with their grammatical meaning of in the beginning.

50 The last letter is a tav or T. This letter carries the meaning of a mark or signature. The last letter is a tav or T. This letter carries the meaning of a mark or signature. When put together with the first two letters, we find trb or transliterated as brit which means covenant. Now we have the sense of a covenant with the son of the house from the beginning.

51 And the heart of the word…. This letter is a shin. This letter is a shin. It is commonly recognized as a reference to our All Sufficient God, Who is called El Shaddai. Now we can understand Beresheit more fully: A covenant between El Shaddai and the Son of the House from the beginning! A covenant between El Shaddai and the Son of the House from the beginning!

52 Is there any doubt in your mind as to the identity of the Son of The House? When we remember that Yeshua Messiah was slain from before the foundation of the world, in obedience, as part of our El Shaddais plan to redeem sinful mankind, how can we help but rejoice to see this message right in the first Word alone! (Rev. 13:8) When we remember that Yeshua Messiah was slain from before the foundation of the world, in obedience, as part of our El Shaddais plan to redeem sinful mankind, how can we help but rejoice to see this message right in the first Word alone! (Rev. 13:8)

53 The Alpha and the Omega We are familiar with this phrase from Revelation and most people know it refers to the first and last letters of the alphabet in the Greek language. We are familiar with this phrase from Revelation and most people know it refers to the first and last letters of the alphabet in the Greek language. It is a metaphor to include everything from A to Z. Our Messiah used this to describe Himself. It is a metaphor to include everything from A to Z. Our Messiah used this to describe Himself. In Hebrew, it is Alef and Tav. Reference to this is found in the first seven words of Scripture, the fourth word after Beresheit! In Hebrew, it is Alef and Tav. Reference to this is found in the first seven words of Scripture, the fourth word after Beresheit!

54 It looks like this… It is not translated from Hebrew and is a grammatical form, but those of us who know Messiah Yeshua see the connection with how He described Himself. It is not translated from Hebrew and is a grammatical form, but those of us who know Messiah Yeshua see the connection with how He described Himself. And He came on the Fourth Day if you consider a day as a thousand years of our time on earth. (2 Peter 3:8) And He came on the Fourth Day if you consider a day as a thousand years of our time on earth. (2 Peter 3:8)

55 Now go back to those listings of in the beginning Strongs # 7225 is Resheit or Beginning. Strongs # 7225 is Resheit or Beginning. You will probably need to sort out some of them as having just the word beginning and not the entire phrase. Some of these will be pregnant with meaning, too, though not directly related to our study here. You will probably need to sort out some of them as having just the word beginning and not the entire phrase. Some of these will be pregnant with meaning, too, though not directly related to our study here. Where there is the in the beginning or from the beginning phrase in the text, consider this more full meaning of the phrase in context with the subject. Where there is the in the beginning or from the beginning phrase in the text, consider this more full meaning of the phrase in context with the subject.

56 Watch for the Twos As is so often the case in Scripture, you will find two aspects of beginning. Some will be in relation to our Messiah but some will be in reference to the evil one and those who serve him. As is so often the case in Scripture, you will find two aspects of beginning. Some will be in relation to our Messiah but some will be in reference to the evil one and those who serve him. They have beginnings, too! They have beginnings, too! The number 2 carries the meanings The number 2 carries the meanings of both witness and division. of both witness and division. Other 2s are: Other 2s are: Lion of Judah/Prowling lion; Tree of Life/Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil Godly Kings/Kings of the earth. It takes two to agree on something as a witness, but two can disagree and create division as well. It takes two to agree on something as a witness, but two can disagree and create division as well.

57 A beginning example: The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom… ( Psalm 111:10 KJV) The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom… ( Psalm 111:10 KJV) Beginning is reisheit Strongs #7225. Beginning is reisheit Strongs #7225. Fear is yirah, Strongs # 3374, which refers to reverence and awe. There is reason to understand that this concept really does include a healthy fear of the power and position of our God, not just awe. Fear is yirah, Strongs # 3374, which refers to reverence and awe. There is reason to understand that this concept really does include a healthy fear of the power and position of our God, not just awe.

58 Check this link to hebrew.org/56_home.html for further information on yirah. It is right at the top of the page. (If the hyperlink doesnt work, just cut & paste into your browser.) Check this link to hebrew.org/56_home.html for further information on yirah. It is right at the top of the page. (If the hyperlink doesnt work, just cut & paste into your browser.)www.ancient- hebrew.org/56_home.html hebrew.org/56_home.html Might we not have fear when we realize that our El Shaddai made a covenant with the Son of the House from the beginning of time as He created all things? Wouldnt this give us wisdom as we understand more about our own place in all of His plan? Might we not have fear when we realize that our El Shaddai made a covenant with the Son of the House from the beginning of time as He created all things? Wouldnt this give us wisdom as we understand more about our own place in all of His plan?

59 An in the beginning example The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. (Proverbs 8:22 NKJV) The LORD possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His works of old. (Proverbs 8:22 NKJV) Me refers to wisdom from vs. 12 and in the beginning is again reisheit. This is the first of the Seven Spirits of God that rest on Messiah, with His Holy Spirit at the center. Me refers to wisdom from vs. 12 and in the beginning is again reisheit. This is the first of the Seven Spirits of God that rest on Messiah, with His Holy Spirit at the center. (Isaiah 11: 1-2, Rev. 1 & 2) (Isaiah 11: 1-2, Rev. 1 & 2)

60 We know from Isaiah 11:1-2 that the Spirit of Wisdom is the first in the list of seven that rest on the Branch, Who is commonly understood to refer to Messiah in Judaism; and specifically, Yeshua Messiah for Believers. We know from Isaiah 11:1-2 that the Spirit of Wisdom is the first in the list of seven that rest on the Branch, Who is commonly understood to refer to Messiah in Judaism; and specifically, Yeshua Messiah for Believers. The menorah is a type of the Tree of Life, and its middle stem has a name that means Servant. Messiah stood in the middle as He spoke to John. The menorah is a type of the Tree of Life, and its middle stem has a name that means Servant. Messiah stood in the middle as He spoke to John.

61 Who came to bring us Life, and is referred to as a Branch? Who came to bring us Life, and is referred to as a Branch? Who is referred to as a Servant King? Who is referred to as a Servant King? Who was present at the beginning? Who was present at the beginning? Now lets go to the New Testament, to confirm what John said about Him. Now lets go to the New Testament, to confirm what John said about Him.

62 Beginning in Hebrew and in Greek? In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. ( John 1: 1-4 KJV)

63 Arche This word translated as beginning in John is from the Greek word, arche Strongs # 746. This word translated as beginning in John is from the Greek word, arche Strongs # 746. A passive beginning or an active cause A passive beginning or an active cause (Col. 1:18, Rev. 3:4, Rev. 1:8, 21:6, 22:13) (Col. 1:18, Rev. 3:4, Rev. 1:8, 21:6, 22:13) Christ is called the beginning because He is the efficient cause of the creation; the head because He is before all things and all things were created by Him and for Him. (Strongs Lexical Aids) Christ is called the beginning because He is the efficient cause of the creation; the head because He is before all things and all things were created by Him and for Him. (Strongs Lexical Aids)

64 Beresheit, Rosh & Arche Did you see the same terms used here? Did you see the same terms used here? The Beginning, The Head, Cornerstone The Beginning, The Head, Cornerstone This word arche, translated as beginning, is used no less than nine times in 1 and 2 John alone! (Check your keyword search here!) This word arche, translated as beginning, is used no less than nine times in 1 and 2 John alone! (Check your keyword search here!)

65 Before the Beginning? Interesting, too, to note that both ancient Rabbis and Greek scholars have commented and debated that these words really indicate a beginning that was BEFORE the creation of the heavens and the earth. Interesting, too, to note that both ancient Rabbis and Greek scholars have commented and debated that these words really indicate a beginning that was BEFORE the creation of the heavens and the earth. This confirms the eternal nature of our Messiah and El Shaddai! This confirms the eternal nature of our Messiah and El Shaddai!

66 But didnt Messiah BEGIN with His ministry here on earth? Didnt our faith BEGIN with the Holy Spirits appearance at Pentecost?

67 The Holy Spirit Did you know that the Hebrew phrase for the Holy Spirit, Ruach ha Kodesh includes the picture of the Spirit as being a breath or a wind as well as fire? Did you know that the Hebrew phrase for the Holy Spirit, Ruach ha Kodesh includes the picture of the Spirit as being a breath or a wind as well as fire? Go to your online Strongs and check a reference to the Holy Spirit to confirm this! Go to your online Strongs and check a reference to the Holy Spirit to confirm this! You will also find a nice description of Ruach from the ancient Hebrew at hebrew.org/56_home.html if you click here and scroll nearly to the bottom of the page… You will also find a nice description of Ruach from the ancient Hebrew at hebrew.org/56_home.html if you click here and scroll nearly to the bottom of the page…http://www.ancient- hebrew.org/56_home.html hebrew.org/56_home.html

68 Breath, Wind and Fire Watch for wind which is transliterated ruach Strongs # 7307 and holy which is transliterated qadosh Strongs # Watch for wind which is transliterated ruach Strongs # 7307 and holy which is transliterated qadosh Strongs # The Hebrew word translated as heaven is fromshamayim which carries the concept of fire water! The Hebrew word translated as heaven is fromshamayim which carries the concept of fire water! This information should give you a better picture of the presence and nature of what we call The Holy Spirt. This information should give you a better picture of the presence and nature of what we call The Holy Spirt.

69 At the beginning… as we often think of it: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. ( Acts 2:1 KJV) Many people think the church began at Pentecost. Pentecost is Strongs #4005. It is the Greek word for 50 th. Many people think the church began at Pentecost. Pentecost is Strongs #4005. It is the Greek word for 50 th. It is the 50 th day from the Passover season, which is also the same Feast the Israelites call Shavuot…the day they first stood at Mt. Sinai to meet the God of their Fathers as well as the day Messiah sent His Spirit to those waiting in Jerusalem many years later. It is the 50 th day from the Passover season, which is also the same Feast the Israelites call Shavuot…the day they first stood at Mt. Sinai to meet the God of their Fathers as well as the day Messiah sent His Spirit to those waiting in Jerusalem many years later.

70 And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit. And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit. ( Acts 11: KJV) ( Acts 11: KJV) #746 arche Greek #7218 rosh Hebrew #7225 reisheit Hebrew

71 What happened at Pentecost? And suddenly there came And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, … filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, … (Acts 2: 2-4a KJV) (Acts 2: 2-4a KJV)

72 What happened at Shavuot? And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. And Mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly… and the whole mount quaked greatly… so the people stood afar off but Moses so the people stood afar off but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was. drew near the thick darkness where God was. ( Exodus/Shemot 19:17-18, 21) ( Exodus/Shemot 19:17-18, 21)

73 Can there be more than one beginning? Here is the example of the concept of beginning being used in comparison, a poetic parallelism or a theme. Here is the example of the concept of beginning being used in comparison, a poetic parallelism or a theme. When John said it was as on us at the beginning he drew the metaphorical connection with this pattern of our Gods ways. When John said it was as on us at the beginning he drew the metaphorical connection with this pattern of our Gods ways. Where else do we see the Spirit of Messiah at work Where else do we see the Spirit of Messiah at work at the beginning? at the beginning?

74 What happened at Creation? What happened at Creation? And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis/Beresheit 1:2 KJV) And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Genesis/Beresheit 1:2 KJV) The Hebrew word for darkness is the same as the word for thick darkness when Moses approached the mountain as the Spirit descended on it. The Hebrew word for darkness is the same as the word for thick darkness when Moses approached the mountain as the Spirit descended on it. The Spirit breathed or moved over the waters. The Spirit breathed or moved over the waters. The waters are from the heavens. The waters are from the heavens. Do you see the same picture?

75 The Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of Wisdom in particular as we have followed in this study, which is on Messiah Yeshua was present The Holy Spirit, and the Spirit of Wisdom in particular as we have followed in this study, which is on Messiah Yeshua was present at Creation… at Creation… at Mount Sinai….. at Mount Sinai….. at Jerusalem…. at Jerusalem…. And will be with us at the end as He was …FROM THE BEGINNING. And will be with us at the end as He was …FROM THE BEGINNING.

76 Our Messiah said: I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may commandments, that they may have the right to, and may enter in through the gates into the city. have the right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. ( Revelation 22: KJV) ( Revelation 22: KJV) Back to the Garden….In the beginning!

77 Dont stop here! Please, keep right on checking what is presented here and pursue the depths that our all-knowing God has placed there for us! Please, keep right on checking what is presented here and pursue the depths that our all-knowing God has placed there for us! Check out the poetry, themes, and the parallels described all the way from the beginning to the end of His Word. Check out the poetry, themes, and the parallels described all the way from the beginning to the end of His Word. Genesis/Beresheit to Revelation/Hitgalut! Genesis/Beresheit to Revelation/Hitgalut! He IS coming again soon! Praise Yeshua, the Beginning and the End!

78 Resources The Complete Word Study Old Testament The Complete Word Study Old Testament Zodhiates, AMG Publishers Zodhiates, AMG Publishers The Complete Word Study New Testament The Complete Word Study New Testament Zodhiates, AMG Publishers Zodhiates, AMG Publishers Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible & Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible & Jeff A. Benner, VBW Publishing Jeff A. Benner, VBW Publishing A Study of Beresheit: The Book of Beginnings A Study of Beresheit: The Book of Beginnings Bradford Scott, Audio & notes, Wildbranch Ministries Bradford Scott, Audio & notes, Wildbranch Ministries online Scripture resource online Scripture resource online Scripture resource online Scripture resource Vines Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words Vines Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words W.E. Vine, Nelson Publishers W.E. Vine, Nelson Publishers Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament Harris, Archer, Waltke; Moody Press Harris, Archer, Waltke; Moody Press

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