January 1st

Elohim

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

(Genesis 1:1) ESV

Welcome to WHY? A year-long daily devotional. We’ll use the testimony of scripture, physical evidence and empirical observations to solve the riddle: WHY did God create the universe?

We’re going to go down several rabbit holes and off the deep end to show you how the Holy Bible and science are in perfect harmony. However, we’re not using science to replace God. The gospel is still the gospel: believe in Jesus Christ and you will have everlasting life


We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

We’ll find the purpose of creation, and the reason for creation. We’re also going to learn about the character and nature of God. In the passage above the word God is translated from the Hebrew אֱלֹהִ֑ים – elohim.

God: אֱלֹהִ֑ים – elohim is plural. This means more than one. However neither Judaism, Christianity nor Islam, three religions which worship this God, are polytheistic. If our fundamental belief is in a monotheistic God, why does he refer to himself in the plural? This is where we incorporate a fundamental doctrine of Christianity: the Holy Trinity.

Simply put, the Trinity consists of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Getting more technical, and this is what you will find a lot of in WHY?, we can draw a direct line from the Holy Trinity to particle physics. However, physics can’t save you, the gospel remains the same: salvation is a gift of grace through faith in Jesus Christ.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

(Ephesians 2:8-9) ESV

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

Part of any evangelical outreach has to be a clear statement of our fallen nature as humans and our need for salvation. We’re sinners. We’ve fallen short of the glory of God.

for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

(Romans 3:23) ESV

There is a remedy to this malady, a solution to our dilemma. Jesus Christ is our savior.

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

(Romans 10:9-10) ESV

Elohim – Navigation

SectionTitleScripture
1ElohimGenesis 1:1
God: אֱלֹהִ֑ים – elohimGenesis 1:1-2
Off the Deep End1 John 5:7
2WHY?Genesis 1:1-2
SalvationRomans 10:9-10
– Navigate your way around Elohim.

Read through the Bible in a year

Reading planJanuary 1
LinearGenesis 1-3
ChronologicalGenesis 1-3
– Keep up with your daily Bible reading


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