“Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.” (Genesis 1:3-4 NKJV)
“Let there be light…” is the first declaration of God’s will in Scripture, but He could not have spoke it without first creating a language to communicate His thoughts. The human need to formulate thoughts in language, with letters being the language’s building blocks, only emulates how the Lord spoke in the beginning. Before God could speak the universe into existence, He had to first create the language to speak forth His will. “…Thou didst create all things, and because of Thy will they existed, and were created” (Revelation 4:11).
A fundamental concept for Jewish mystics is that the letters of the Hebrew Alef-Bet were created first of all out of nothing but God’s desire – His divine will. They say, “By use of the letters, the Holy One, Blessed is He, created all the worlds.” Notice the hidden meaning behind the first verse in the Bible, “In the beginning God created alef- tav the heavens and the earth.” Alef being the first letter of the Hebrew Alef-Bet while tav is the last of twenty-two.
Throughout Scripture there are random references to alef-tav that have been largely disregarded when Jews read their Bible, or when Scripture has been translated into other languages, including English. So far it seems that mainly Jewish mystics have tried to delve into the reason why those random alef-tavs exist in the written word. Perhaps these scholars have overlooked the Messianic reference in Isaiah 44:6 “Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: I am the first (alef) and I am the last (tav), and there is no God besides Me.” Yeshua (Jesus) declares in Revelation 1:8, “I am the Alpha and the Omega… who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Yeshua is the alef-tav or as He says, I AM the alef-tav, and there is no God besides Me.
The spiritual realm, where the Almighty dwells, is composed of perfection – pure thoughts and concepts – not needing to be clothed in words and letters. When Yeshua created the Hebrew Alef-Bet, He ordered spiritual forces of creation through its twenty-two sacred letters before there was even one other act of creation. The existence of everything created from people to pebbles depends upon the spiritual content with which it was created. By uttering the famous “Let there be…” words, the Word Yeshua created all of what can be classified as Creation:
“He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of all creation, for in Him all things were created, both in heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, … all things have been created through Him and for Him. And He has existed before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:15-17)
It has been a mystery to me how Yeshua “existed before all things” and was “the first born of all creation” at the same time. When one understands that the array of individual spiritual forces ordered via the Hebrew Alef-Bet were resident in Yeshua before those letters or that language was created, one can get a glimpse into the mystery of Jesus being the first born of all creation.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Word is made up of letters. “In the beginning God created alef-tav…” (Genesis 1:1) The letters — these individual spiritual forces – inherent in Christ were birthed from His essential, intrinsic essence, which was originally included wholly in the Word. The first born of all creation is the very thing that constitutes every living substance. It is the protoplasm of the universe. It is the individual spiritual forces that originally belonged, and still belong, to the nature of Christ. The first born of all creation is the letters of the Word – the Hebrew Alef-Bet. Basically, Jesus’ spoken words marshaled spiritual forces that facilitated Creation according to His divine will.
Like some sort of excellent, exalted scientist, Yeshua spoke the perfect blend of spiritual forces that produces light (Genesis 1:3). Another blend produces heaven and all its fullness (Genesis 1:6) Yet another blend produces vegetation yielding seed (Genesis 1:11), and so on ad infinitum. With the words, “Let there be…” creation came into existence in a time-space continuum at that primeval instant. The words that brought creation into being remain within in them and with us every instant. He “upholds all things by the word of His power” (Hebrews 1:3). Everything continues to exist because not an instant goes by without God continuing to say, in effect, “Let there be…” in the sense that the Divine will of the original six days remain in force.
~ Robin Main
CHANUKAH DEVOTION FOR NIGHT 3:
“In the beginning God created alef- tav the heavens and the earth” (Gen 1:1). If we don’t leave out one jot or one tittle, the literal translation of Genesis 1:1 speaks of “in the beginning God created” the Hebrew Alef-Bet first.
Given the fact that the Hebrew Alef-Bet is the protoplasm of creation. Given the fact that it pre-dated the rest of creation and is the first born of all creation, the letters and their order is vitally important. The Bible says that we are the letters of the Messiah written with the Spirit of the living God on tablets of human hearts (1 Corinthians 3:2-3). Christ in us the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27) is THE source of all true light and revelation, and He resides in the heart of every believer. He is the one that enlightens a person’s heart with a message from God.
As we eagerly await His coming, Let there be light! “Arise, My people! Let your light shine for all the nations to see! For the glory of the Lord is streaming from you. All nations will come to your light” (Isaiah 60:1-3)
DISCUSSION: Please select how you’d like to involve others (there’s freedom to do whatever the Spirit leads):
 Share an experience of being connected to the Light and any revelation that came with it.
 What is written on the tablet of your heart? What do you cherish?
 What does the phrase “Let there be light” mean to you personally?
CHANUKAH LIGHTING CEREMONY – http://www.santa-tizing.com/H2H_-_Blessing_for_Lighting_the_Candles.pdf