When the Beginning began,
God created out of nothing the heavens and the earth,
and the earth was a wasteland and devoid of life,
and darkness covered the surface of the deep,
and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Critical remarks: Gen. 1:1 is not a completed sentence and should not have been given a period by the KJV translators. The grammar and syntax of the Hebrew text has verses 1 &2 as one sentence. The vaw consecutives ["and"] that follow Gen. 1:1 explain the condition of the planet after God spoke it into being.
Several things are clear from the grammar of the original text.
1. God alone existed before the Beginning. This is why Open Theism and all other theologies that teach that Time was not created but is eternal are heresies. It is blasphemous to claim that Time or anything else existed alongside of God from all eternity. After all, Genesis does not begin by saying, “In the beginning God and Time…” but “In the beginning God…”
2. God alone is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. Nothing existed along side of God from all eternity. He alone is the First and the Last in Creation, Providence, Salvation, and Judgment.
3. Defective theologies deny that God alone is the First and the Last of these things. They whine that we “must leave room for man.” But Moses did not leave any room for man in Gen. 1:1-2. God alone is to receive all the glory because He is the beginning and end of everything.
Prayer: Oh God! I acknowledge that you alone are the First and the Last in all things. You alone are eternal, without beginning or end. I am a mere creature of dust that appears for a short season and then my body will return to the dust from whence it came and I will appear before you in heaven for judgment. Today I affirm that You alone are “first place” in all I do and say.