The epic Biblical story opens with “In the beginning God…” But can we understand the beginning by only considering the beginning? Of course we need to start somewhere. But didn’t Jesus teach that the first will be last and the last will be first? Therefore, shouldn’t an exploration on Genesis be tackled only after properly wrestling with the book of Revelation? Clearly, we cannot comprehend the first, Genesis, without grasping the last, the book of Revelation.
In the book of Revelation we see the fullness of God’s revelation to man—Jesus. We also discover the end goal of all creation: Jesus’ glorification and his restoration of all things. And so we must begin exploring Genesis in retrospect, looking back with unveiled eyes, opened through the revelation of Christ given by God the Father. Through gazing from the future we see God is the same yesterday, today and forever. The gospel is not a novel invention; neither is Jesus Christ merely a two-thousand-year-old historical figure. Instead, Jesus was with God in the beginning—the eternal Word of God (John 1:1-3). Jesus himself said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” (Rev. 22:13).
Prayer: Jesus, you are the fullness of God’s revelation to mankind. Help me to read the Old Testament with a new perspective, with unveiled eyes. I want to see your glory in your Word. I don’t want to miss out on the treasures you have hidden in your Torah.