Follow Me: Let There Be Happiness


Observations as I follow God through the Chronological Bible.

Genesis 1:2-5

My journey to follow God through the Bible began before humanity was created with Angels who rebelled and God’s judgment against them. I saw God as one who judges his creation. My next images of God are his activities on the “first day.”[1] These activities produced questions.

In verse one God created the heaven and the earth. In verse two the earth is desolation, worthless and darkness prevails.[2] This is one reason I believe some of the angels rebelled before humanity was created and the account in Genesis chapter 1 is a restoration of the earth.

Upon this desolation God’s Spirit is moving. I think of pristine clear waters, but referring to the Hebrew words in these first five verses of Genesis imparts another image. The waters were similar to sewage.[3] To my mind darkness means the absence of light, but the author of Genesis used a word that means misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, and wickedness.[4]  The darkness created the sewage that covered the earth.  In the midst of this mess God is moving in a relaxed manner.[5] God, the judge of his creation, is unperturbed by the desolation his creations produced through rebellion. There is none greater than God or any problem impossible for him to fix.

After accessing the devastation created by rebellion God spoke. “Let there be light, and there was light.”[6] What is this light? The sun and stars are created on day four. The Hebrew definition for “light”, as used in this context, reveals an interesting word. In addition to meaning illumination, the Hebrew word means happiness.[7] God said let there be happiness!

Stumbling across that tidbit of information brought to mind a famous statement in America’s Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

The generation who came to America considered life and liberty a right, but not happiness. Happiness is so elusive; in their minds we only had a right to pursue it. I have family and friends, now deceased, who never found happiness. They are the same people who said “No” to God. They were people who wanted things God did not want them to have. They were miserable, lived self-destructive lives and died young.

In Isaiah Chapter 45 God said, “I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”[8] Reading this verse with my western mind, I conclude that God is both good and bad. When I look at the various meanings of the Hebrew words, I come to a different conclusion.

The words “light” and “darkness” in this verse are the same Hebrew words used in Genesis Chapter 1, which means happiness and misery. But God does not form or make darkness and evil. He “creates” darkness and evil. Create also means “to cut down”.[9] God cuts down darkness and evil.

At this point, I can conclude that I am following a God who judges his creation when they rebel against his divine order, and then produces happiness by cutting down the misery and evil they build.

[1] Genesis 1:1-5

[2] Form: H8414, תּהוּ, tôhû, to’-hoo, From an unused root meaning to lie waste; a desolation (of surface), that is, desert; figuratively a worthless thing; adverbially in vain: – confusion, empty place, without form, nothing, (thing of) nought, vain, vanity, waste, wilderness.

[3] Waters: H4325, מים, mayim, mah’-yim, Dual of a primitive noun (but used in a singular sense); water; figuratively juice; by euphemism urine, semen: –  + piss, wasting, water (-ing, [-course, -flood, -spring]).

[4] Darkness: H2822, חשׁך, chôshek, kho-shek’ From H2821; the dark; hence (literally) darkness; figuratively misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness: – dark (-ness), night, obscurity. This word is from H2821, חשׁך, châshak, khaw-shak’. A primitive root; to be dark (as withholding light); transitively to darken: – be black, be (make) dark, darken, cause darkness, be dim, hide.

[5] Moved: H7363, רחף, râchaph, raw-khaf’, A primitive root; to brood; by implication to be relaxed: – flutter, move, shake.

[6] Genesis 1:3

[7] Light: H216, אור, ‘ôr, ore, From H215; illumination or (concretely) luminary (in every sense, including lightning, happiness, etc.): – bright, clear, + day, light (-ning), morning, sun.

[8] Isaiah 45:7, KJV

[9] Create: H1254, בּרא, bârâ’, baw-raw’, A primitive root; (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes): – choose, create (creator), cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat).

About Teena Myers

Teena Myers is the Chairman of Southern Christian Writers, a freelance writer and author of three books.
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