Genesis 1:1-2 (NLT)
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
Or, In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth, … Or, When God began to create the heavens and the earth,…
TIME OF DAY:
I had several ideas for “In the beginning” involving fractal patterns, star fields, odd light sources, etc. I also drew some dark blue & black canvases, one having a Holy Spirit bird shape hovering above the darkness.
But in the end, I have decided to represent the beginning as blackness & blankness. There just isn’t anything to see! But I wanted to represent God’s creativity, hence the wooden palette, paints & paint brush.
This theme of the creativity of God, represented as paints, palette & brush I could use in the other Genesis 01 cartoons of the beginning. It might be nice to have a “Heavenly Blue” paint tube, pouring out space, stars & planets on day 4!
1:1-2 HOLY SPIRIT, Creation (1.32A)
The spirit of God participated in the creation of the universe. Only a few verses associate the Holy Spirit with this first act of creation. He is more often associated with individual persons or specific times in world history. Job 33:4, 34:14-15; Psalm 33:6, 104:30 also refer to the Holy Spirit creating.
1:1 CREATION, Personal Creator (2.11A)
The universe and our world came into being through the will of a personal, self-existing Spirit (John 4:24, “God is Spirit”…). The Hebrew verb word bara only ever refers to God’s acts of creation, never to human or created beings acts of building, manufacture, etc. This divine creation is unique; we human’s can not fully imitate it. The word bara specifies that God creates out of nothing; where God creates out of preexistent matter, a different Hebrew word is used to denote that action. Creation is God’s sovereign act, motivated purely by His will, and without help or hindrance from any created being.
1:1-3 EVIL AND SUFFERING, Divine Origin (2.31A)
God created a good world. He did not create any part of it to be intrinsically evil, but left evil as a possible choice. Human free will requires that we have choice: to pursue good or evil. God wanted us to be free to choose, and hoped we would chose to love, trust and serve Him. God allows evil to exist, but does not act in an evil way, ever. Evil is whatever or whoever disrupts God’s good world. Evil and suffering where not part of the original creation, nor is evil eternal or as powerful as God Himself.
1:2 CREATION, Earth (2.14A)
The Earth was at first formless and empty. God’s Holy Spirit hovered over the waters (Hebrew tehom: frightening, chaotic, powerful waters covered in darkness) in complete control.
1:2 REVELATION, Author of Creation (3.22A)
The act of the creation helps us to recognise God’s nature: He is creative; a God of order and purpose, who moves in creation according to his perfect will. God is like an inventor, hovering over His invention, guiding it towards His ends; shaping it to conform to His designs. The beauty, majesty, diversity and structure of the created universe point towards God’s nature of order, power, design and purpose.