Genesis 1:2 (NLT)
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.
TIME OF DAY:
Any light in this scene comes from the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit.
This is one of my interpretations of what the Holy Spirit hovering above the formless earth might have looked like. The Holy Spirit is vaguely bird-like, reminiscent of a dove, since He is described as looking like a dove when He alighted on Jesus at his baptism (see Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32). There is deep darkness all around, because God hasn’t created any light yet (see Genesis 1:3, 14-17).
In the foreground is the sphere of the formless earth; indistinct & featureless.
There are two versions of this scene:
01) (This page) Genesis 01 – The first 7 days – Scene 01 – Spirit brooding over the waters (Version 01). In which the Holy Spirit is more bird-like, complete with electric feather patterns on the “wings”.
02) (Next page) Genesis 01 – The first 7 days – Scene 01 – Spirit brooding over the waters (Version 02). In this version I have made the Holy Spirit look more like a roiling tornado cloud, with lots of movement & lightning. The background space is darker, as is the formless earth.
Below are some different interpretations/translations of Genesis 1:2, as a comparison. Notice the words “hovering” & “brooding” in some of them.
Genesis 1:2 (MSG)
2 Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.
Genesis 1:2 (AMP)
2 The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:2 (ANIV)
2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Genesis 1:2 (KJV)
2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Genesis 1:2 (ESV)
2 The earth was without form and void, 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 (RSV)
2 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.
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.