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

bereshit in hebrew

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” as seen in Strong’s H1247, H1248 (primarily in Aramaic, but also in Hebrew, see Mishlei 31:2 saying, “What, my son? and what, the son (bar) of my womb? and what, the son (bar) of my vows?”) This is the language of the time in which the “son” would be born and also means “grain” and “pure” and “possessor of” as “bar-samkha” means “possessor of authority”.
א Aleph, is the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet and represents Elohim as seen in Strong’s H430 starting with the aleph אֱלהִים.  The word Elohim is the plural of El (or possibly of Eloah) and is the first name for God given in the Torah.
שׁית Shayit has many meanings.  Shayit can mean “thorns” as seen in Strong’s H7898; meaning a wild growth of briers (as if put on the field): — “thorns” as used also in Isaiah 5:6.  Shayit is also used to mean “appointed” as the Son is “appointed” for this purpose (see Gen. 41:33).  As well as “to lay down” as used in Ruth 4:16 (And Naomi took the child, and laid H7896 it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it.)
ראשׁ Rosh means “head” as seen in Strong’s H7218 and used in Genesis 40:16
ברש Brosh בְּרוֹשׁ means “tree” or “timber” as seen in Strong’s H1265 and refrenced as big timber (either fir or cyress) as mentioned in 1Ki 5:10  (5:24 in the Jewish Tanakh) “So Hiram gave Solomon timber of cedar and timber of cypress according to all his desire.”

So here in one word, we see multiple words saying,

The son of God, crowned with thorns upon His head, on a tree” …


שי Shay means a “gift” (offered as homage) as seen in Strong’s H7862 and used in Isaiah 18:7
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, a gift of the covenant”

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

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  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!

  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) 🙂

      • What a wonderful thing….that Elohim should reveal the plan of salvation in Yeshua in the very first word of His Word! If anyone should ever doubt that the entirety of Scripture, from Gen thru Rev, points us to Yeshua, this is the proof!

  3. Thanks for this hidden treasures in Gen.1:1-4
    It really reveals the truth of God’s word right from the beginning. His purpose and plans for human kind.

  4. Shalom!
    Would love to get any updates or emails. I definitely want to learn more Hebrew. It is the beautiful language of Yah.

  5. Bar: means (1) son (2) heir (3) clean or pure
    Because of the Son of God, Yeshua, we have become sons and daughters of God; join heir with the Messiah (Christ) and sins forgiven (cleansed by His blood/ sacrifice .

  6. He is the Aleph Beit.
    To the worlds utter shock and dismay Hebrew will be the language
    of the millennial reign. So lets study, study, study!

  7. Just wanted to thank you so much Issac,you are an amazing teacher my prayers were answered when I found assembly of called out believers I’ve been truly drawn to the torah,I don’t really want to ask for anything personal cause you are such a great teacher,but,is there any tips or direction you could lead me in to learning hebrew faster? If so I would love your insight and help! Thank you,David

    • Shalom brother David, thank you for your comment and interest in learning Hebrew! The books I recommend are by Linda Motzkin… the first one is called “Aleph ins’t Tough” and the second is called “Aleph isn’t Enough”… both of which focus on teaching Hebrew while teaching you Hebrew prayers, blessings and scripture. May you be blessed and may Heavenly Father anoint your tongue to speak the lashon qodesh for His glory!

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