I just love the book of Genesis. It is our introduction to Yahweh and literally the beginning of His story. I want to point out that our Adonai is 100 percent trustworthy because He is the Creator of the Universe and all that it contains and because His Word is His gift to us so that we may know Him and His Way, it is also 100 percent reliable and a firm and immovable foundation, no matter what snake comes to say otherwise. Also, at least in my opinion, the study of Genesis is the key to understanding the rest of scripture.
So the goal here is not necessarily to get through the whole Bible, but at least give some tips on how to study the rest of it for yourself. I do plan to work through all of Genesis. What in incredible journey it is. The best and simplest way to study is to read through the whole Bible and begin again when you finish. Take advantage of the side references (most Bibles have them) to other parts of scripture.
As you study, always ask the Ruach Ha Kodesh, Holy Spirit to give you wisdom and understanding and remember that this is not the only way to hear from God, but it is the main way that God speaks to anyone. Any other way must always be consistent with scripture. It is very important to know what God really did say as we will see in Genesis.
Some helpful study tools that I like include interlinear Greek and Hebrew verse by verse on biblehub.com and a parallel feature on biblegateway.com which allows you to see at up to 4 versions of the same passage side by side.
Here We Go
B-re'shiyt (In the beginning) bara (created) Elohim (God) et (aleph-tav) hashamayim (the heavens) v'et ha'aretz (and the earth). ~Genesis 1:1 - Hebrew transliteration
I want to point out a little Hebrew word, et, which is usually left out of English translations because they do not know how to translate it, but it packs a mighty punch. The Hebrew letters are Aleph Tav, the first and last letters of the alphabet. In Greek they are Alpha and Omega. Sound familiar?
"I Am the Alpha and the Omega (the Aleph and the Tav), the Beginning (B-re'shiyt) and the End," says the LORD, "Who Is and Who Was and Who Is to come, the Almighty." ~Revelation 1:8
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
I so love seeing Yeshua in the Old Testament, yes, from the beginning.
The earth was without form and void, tohu wa bohu, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. ~Genesis 1:2
In the first two verses we have the Elohim (plural); the Abba Father, the Son- the light, the beginning/end, The One, and the Ruach- Holy Spirit which hovered over the face of the waters. Yahweh created light, Shalom, which is perfect order, to overcome darkness, ra or tohu wa bohu, which is utter disorder, chaos and confusion. The mystery is where did the disorder of verse 2 come from? Some speculate that it was the time when Lucifer fell from grace.
Day one is Yom Echad in verse 5. The Hebrew word, echad has a fuller meaning than just number one, it means a single entity made up of more than one part (plural) which is different from the word, yachid, which is singular.
Extended dry land, raquia was formed, then the sky, shamayim (heavens), grass, herbs and fruit trees according to their kind. lights, greater and lesser to divide the day from the night and for signs, seasons - moadim (divine appointments, rehearsals), days and years. It can be difficult to grasp that God exists outside of time and that He actually created it. Then animals were made according to their kind.
I will mention that the moadim are the feast days which Yahweh gave to the Israelites which includes Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Shavuot/Pentecost, Yom Teruah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot. I didn't get to write about them all this season, but I am blessed to have celebrated them.
And He made humans in His likeness which means that they have greater abilities than other creatures to think, create and to have compassion. All were commanded to multiply and to fill the earth and the humans were given dominion to manage it. Notice there was never meant to be a limit to this. God called it all good.
All things were made through Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~John 1:3-5
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. ~John 1:14
Other helpful links include:
YouTube - Inspiring Philosophy - Genesis 1a: And God Said! and Genesis 1:b: And It Was Good