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Creation, In the beginning

Q4:Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God engineered ...

�"bara" - The Home HEAD Strong� Strong�s 1254.

Many Christians assume the Hebrew word �bara� means to create. And than they assume "bara" means to �create� out of nothing.

The Hebrew meaning of �bara� is to �fill� or �fatten� or "engineer". Notice the verses in different contexts that use the Hebrew word �bara� :-

Numbers 16:30 But if the LORD make �bara�( engineer ) a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up,

Notice KJV makes �create� into �make� a hole in the ground�.�engineer a hole in the ground is more consistent across all 46 verses using �bara�.

Joshua 17:18 But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood, and thou shalt cut it down �bara�( engineer ): and the outgoings of it shall be thine:

Joshua gives order to go into the forest and engineer siege machines for battle.

1Sa 2:29 Wherefore kick ye at my sacrifice and at mine offering, which I have commanded in my habitation; and honourest thy sons above me, to make yourselves fat �bara�( engineer ) with the chiefest of all the offerings of Israel my people?

The priests were falsely engineering offerings so they could eat them selfishly.

Ps 51:10 Create �bara�( engineer ) in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

David prays for GOD to engineer a renewed spirit in his mind.

All these examples show Create in the sense of engineering something from pre-existing matter, a hole from the ground, a siege weapon from timber, a fatter piece of meat offering, and a more spiritual heart. Any Mathematician will tell you cannot get something from nothing. However in God�s hand comes forth the hiding of His power, showing that hidden energy is as close to nothing as you can get and still be something. Scientists say quantum moves in string like energy patterns and as you get closer to the particles, they simply cease to exist, and you are left with the principle of uncertainty as to where they are in space, if at all.

So while God did not create the universe from pre-existing matter, it wasn't nothing. The hiding power "chebyown" that came from His hand became visible and formed into matter.
While man is able to engineer little things of complexity, we must stand in awe of the fantaskic ability of Jesus to engineer things far greater in complexity than mankind could ever hope to achieve. Shalom

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