GENESIS 1: 1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
The dateless past [Pr. 8:22-23 [show/hide]Proverbs 8:22-23
"The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.
Ages ago I was set up,
at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
; Jn. 1:1 [show/hide]John 1:1 The Word Became Flesh [1:1]In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (ESV)
; Acts 15:18 [show/hide]Acts 15:18 known from of old.'
; Eph.3:9; Col. 1:18 [show/hide]Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. (ESV)
; Heb.1:10; 11:3; 1 Jn. 1:1 [show/hide]1 John 1:1 The Word of Life [1:1]That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life-- (ESV)
; Rev.1:6; 3:14].
Verse 1 is the introduction to the whole Bible and all history, for it marks the boundary between TIME and ETERNITY.
It is not a summarized statement of what is to follow, for it mentions heaven first, while the following verses mention the earth first.
Job 38:4-7 [show/hide]Job 38:4-7
"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements--surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
makes it clear that the heavens were created first else the STARS could not have rejoiced when the earth was created.
This proves that v 1 refers to prior acts of God and the verses which follow refer to the earth under a flood and judgment, and then restored to a second habitable state, as before the curse of v 2.
- Dake A.R. Bible: page 51
GOD IN THE ETERNAL PAST
That God existed from all eternity is very clear in Scripture [Ps. 90 [show/hide]Psalm 90
From Everlasting to Everlasting
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
[90:1]Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
You return man to dust
and say, "Return, O children of man!"
For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
For we are brought to an end by your anger;
by your wrath we are dismayed.
You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands!
: 2; 93:2; Pr. 8:22-31 [show/hide]Proverbs 8:22-31 "The LORD possessed me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, when there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth, before he had made the earth with its fields, or the first of the dust of the world. When he established the heavens, I was there; when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, when he made firm the skies above, when he established the fountains of the deep, when he assigned to the sea its limit, so that the waters might not transgress his command, when he marked out the foundations of the earth, then I was beside him, like a master workman, and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the children of man.
; Mic. 5:2 [show/hide]Micah 5:2  But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
; Jn. 1:1-3 [show/hide]John 1:1-3 The Word Became Flesh [1:1]In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (ESV)
; Heb. 9:14 [show/hide]Hebrews 9:14 how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God. (ESV)
; Rev.1:4-8; 4:8; 22:5, 13].
What He did in all the dateless past, besides create the spiritual, moral and material universes, is not revealed [Dt. 29:29].
- Dake A.R. Bible: Page 53.