I’m going to be interested in receiving feedback on this post. I’ve not read of this anywhere else but simply God impressing this on my heart. So please, let me know what you think.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:1-2 ESV)
From my understanding of Genesis 1, God creates the heavens and the earth at an unknown time before Genesis 1:3 begins. But before God makes light and life, earth was chaotic, dark, and empty. It had no purpose and could not sustain life.
In God’s judgment upon Israel, the prophet Jeremiah declares this:
“For my people are foolish;
they know me not;
they are stupid children;
they have no understanding.
They are ‘wise’—in doing evil!
But how to do good they know not.”
I looked on the earth, and behold, it was without form and void;
and to the heavens, and they had no light.
I looked on the mountains, and behold, they were quaking,
and all the hills moved to and fro.
I looked, and behold, there was no man,
and all the birds of the air had fled.
I looked, and behold, the fruitful land was a desert,
and all its cities were laid in ruins
before the Lord, before his fierce anger.
Notice that the Bible illustrates sin and death by referring to the heavens and earth of Genesis 1:1-2.
But we see the Spirit of God hovering or moving above this formless and chaotic water. This to me is huge proof that God already had planned redemption for mankind long before he declared “Let there be light.”
Then out of this chaotic creation, God speaks into it and light shines forth, life springs up.
Eventually, mankind became so corrupt and filled with violence and every intention of the thoughts of their hearts were evil continually, that God decided to put an end to them. He would destroy the earth with a cataclysmic flood.
Noah and his family are saved by the ark. And after the earth was uprooted by water, everything tossed and turned, and all living creatures outside the ark destroyed, the storm ceased and the waters began to recede.
Noah eventually released a dove who soared over the waters and returned to him with an olive leaf. A sign of life and a sign of peace from judgement.
Though God had not obliterated mankind completely in his grace and long-suffering, we still continued to rebel against his authority. But instead of destroying the world once again, he comes to us as a man named Jesus.
As Jesus begins his ministry, he is baptized by John the Baptist. As the Son of God is raised from the water, this is recorded:
And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Jesus was born into a world of darkness and chaos.
The way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know over what they stumble. (Proverbs 4:19 ESV)
The Spirit (dove) moved above the waters of darkness and descended on the Christ who is called the Light of the world, the Life, and the Prince of Peace.
In these instances, the Spirit is seen moving above chaos and darkness as a promise of life and light to come. The ultimate source of light and life being the person of Jesus Christ in whom we find eternal life and light.
The accounts in Genesis, though real events, being prophecy, and the account in Matthew as the reality.
As the Spirit moves in the first book of the Old Testament, Jesus declares, “Let there be light.”
As the Spirit moves in the first book of the New Testament, the Father declares, “This is my beloved Son.”