Bereshit and the depth of meaning in the first word of Bible

by Pastor Isaac

In Genesis 1:1 the verse reads in Hebrew as this:
בראשׁית ברא אלהים את השׁמים ואת הארץ׃
Bereshit bara Elohim ‘et hashamayim v’et ha’aretz

Upon meditating on the hidden words within the first hebrew word recorded in Scriptures, “Bereshit”, (‘in the beginning’) many truths are discovered and we see God’s whole plan of Salvation is laid out in this one word.

The Word Bereshit (בראשׁית) in Hebrew letters is: Tav, Yud, Shin, Alef, Resh, Beit (Hebrew is read right to left.)

The very first letter beit – ב is a picture of a house in the Hebrew picture language. Notice how in the Torah the first letter is enlarged, showing the foundation of the world is focused on God’s house… and first two letters spell “bar” בר meaning “son” shows the focus is on the kingdom of the Son!
We know that Messiah Yeshua is the “lamb that was slain from the foundation of the world” – Rev. 13:8 and we see this in the other words that make up the first foundational word in the Bible as shown below:

בר Bar means “son”
א The aleph, is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and represents God.
שׁית Sheet means “thorns”
ראשׁ Rosh means “head”
ברש Brosh means “tree

So here in one word, we see multiple words saying, “ The son of God, crowned with thorns upon His head, on a tree” …


שי Shy means “gift”
ת The letter “Tav” represents covenant and originally looked like a small “t” or a cross
So here in sequence we see in the first word “bereshit” that, “The son of God, crowned with thorns upon His head, on a tree, is the gift of the covenant”

This is a very apt description of the “lamb that was slain from the foundation of the word” indeed!

Be blessed!


  1. It’s hard to read this since the page is black. The letters are grey. I want to print this. Hebrew is so wonderful!!! Thank you!

    • Hi Naomi,
      Unfortunately to change the font color on one page will affect everything at once on the website, so we cannot at this time change much. However, it seems to be showing up legibly on our screens, so perhaps it is a matter of your screen brightness, or else you may need to change the contrast in printing settings. If troubleshooting those two areas does not get you better results, please comment again, and we will see what we can do to get you a touched up version of the page in picture form which may print better. Blessings and love!

  2. את = and, with, together – preposition (the Joiner), also: the first and the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet (Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End) 🙂

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