corner graphic   Hi,    
Facebook image
Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Go to

Voice of the Lord

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (John 1:1).

Jewish Date


The above Scripture quotes Genesis 1:1 and intentionally takes us back to the very beginning of the world, as Yochanan's (John's) readers clearly understood.When we return to the beginning, we find the Word himself there "face to face with God" (as the Greek indicates). This is a phrase that indicates the intimacy between the Word and God.

Yochanan uses the term "Word," the Greek translation of an Aramaic concept (Memra), found in the Targums (Aramaic paraphrases of Scripture) and familiar to his readers. The Targums consistently use Memra (Word) when speaking of God. So, in Genesis, it is the Memra who creates all things! In fact, when Yochanan says, "All things came to be through him" (John 1:3), he not only reinforces Yeshua's role as Creator, he also reaffirms that he is God.

The amazing truth here is that the Creator chose to become part of his creation, invading planet earth and entering human history as a baby. So Yochanan reminds us, using other Targumic terms to describe God, "The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh'khinah [Glory]" (John 1:14). Earlier,Yochanan described Yeshua as "the true light" who "gives light to everyone entering the world" (John 1:9), a process that began at his birth (Luke 1:79; 2:32).

As Yeshua sheds light on us, let us reflect his light to others (Matthew 5:14-16).

...enjoy Yeshua's light and gratefully share his light with others


Copyright Statement
The Voice of the Lord, Copyright © 1998 by the Lewis and Harriet Lederer Foundation, Inc. Published by Messianic Jewish Publishers, Distributed by Messianic Jewish Resources, All rights reserved. Used by permission. No part of this article may be reproduced in print or on the web, or transmitted in any form, without the written permission of the publisher.

Lectionary Calendar
Friday, February 24th, 2017
the Seventh Week after Epiphany
There are 51 days til Easter!
Buy the Book!
If you have enjoyed the devotional, why not purchase the book. Click on the book cover to visit Messianic Jewish Publishers and find out how you can own this wonderful resource including additional material not available through the online version. 
Subscribe …
Receive the newest article each week in your inbox by joining the "Voice of the Lord" subscription list. Enter your email address below, click "Go!" and we will send you a confirmation email. Follow the instructions in the email to confirm your addition to this list.
To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient contact form
Powered by Lightspeed Technology