The Face of the Waters: The Book of Genesis & the Heaven Within Us

I. Introduction

The Bible is, at once – the most popular book of all time (according to the Guinness Book of World Records it has sold more than five billion copies), and unfortunately, it is also the most misunderstood book of all time.

The scope of this misunderstanding is profound. Think about it, 500 years ago people were being burned at the stake for translating this book into English. Now: there is a disregarded Bible in the nightstand drawer of every hotel in America.

Because of this misunderstanding and subsequent disregard – many people often associate the words on these pages with their most vocal champions, as if the two are actually in agreement.

Just because someone yells the loudest does not mean that they deserve to be heard.

It is time for this misunderstanding to be cleared up.

It is my privilege to be able to let you in on what is actually happening beneath these covers, in these sheets.

I invite you to continue reading this if you are interested in the real meaning of the Bible, that is to say, if you are interested in discovering the truth about mystery of the Word of God. The only requirements of you are your time and an open mind.

I must warn you though – this essay is much different than other Bible essays you may have read in the past – meaning, if you think I am going to try to explain away the reality of human life with some lofty, illogical notion of God with no basis in fact then you are in the wrong place; or if you are looking for me to dismiss this book as just another man made book, then you, too, are in the wrong place – because it is not just another man made book. I am going to show you why it is so much more.

This is the Word of God. {*He said, holding the Bible}

It is my intention to let the words on these pages tell their own story. God does not need me speaking for him. I am not a prophet. However the writers of these books were. There is a palpable power in these words. So stick around if you want to know how this power works.

II. Preamble

The preeminent prophet of the Old Testament is Moses – a Hebrew man who was raised in Egypt. He is the author of the first five books of the Bible. The first book, Genesis, will be the primary focus of this essay. It is in this book that we are provided with a comprehensive blueprint of how we are to understand the Bible as a whole – Heaven and Earth are distinct yet connected (seems simple enough – well, this is the thesis of the entire book and there is an important meaning behind it.)

Before we even open our Bibles to see how this central theme works, there are couple of things I want us to be aware of. The first is the cover itself. What is the name of this book? The Holy Bible. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but this book has encapsulated its entire theme/story in these words.

Let us break it down, we have Holy which means “Hallowed” and this is the Heavenly, and we have the word Bible which means “Book” and this is the Earthly.

So like I said, Heaven and Earth are distinct, yet connected.

Also, before we open our Bible we must also understand what is meant by the concept of “The Word of God.” Like the title, it too has the heavenly meaning and the earthly meaning. Starting with the latter, the earthly is the literal word of God (i.e. the book itself, scripture, the material), but “the Word of God” also has its metaphorical, heavenly interpretation, which is God’s promise. That is to say, when someone gives you their word, so to speak, they are making you a promise. This Book is God’s Word to man.

What is important to note here is that the Bible is broken down into two parts: the Old and the New Testament. “Testament” is another word for promise. In other words, these “Testaments” are the Word of God, literally and metaphorically, earthly and heavenly.

Also interesting to note here, Jesus who is said to be the fulfillment of God’s promise(s) is also called his “Word.” (I will return to that momentarily)

But for now what is important to understand is that “The Word of God,” or “The Holy Bible” have two layers of meaning. There is the literal, earthly interpretation, and the metaphorical, heavenly interpretation. Like I said, Heaven and Earth are distinct, yet connected.

And the ramification of this understanding – although it seems simple -- is spiritually profound.

III. In the Beginning

Now let us finally open our Bibles:

The first two lines of Genesis lay the groundwork for everything that is to follow.

“In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2).

So we see here, what we have been talking about. Right in the first line: Heaven and Earth are distinct (created separately) yet connected (created together).

I have made a very rudimentary diagram to describe what is happening.

The spirit of God was moving over the face of the waters. The waters are the earthly part, and the spirit of God is the Heavenly part moving upon it. Again, Heaven and earth are distinct yet connected.

Moving ahead to line 6, “And God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ And God made the firmament and separated the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament. And it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven” (Genesis 1:6-8).

So the firmament is Heaven.