The Hebrew has three words for create, and what we see is that one of
them, bara', has important signifigance. It is here that when technically
used it means to create out of nothing. In these instances SCIENCE HAS A
MISSING LINK IT IS TRYING TO EXPLAIN, this includes the creation of the
universe, earth, animals, and man. In the other cases where we have the
word create, the correct word should be made (the material is already in
existance or the method does not need to be explained). These science has
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CREATE: bara' (baw-raw)
"to create, make." This verb is of profound theological
significance, since it has only God as its subject. Only God
can "create" in the sense implied by bara'. The verb expresses
creation out of nothing, an idea seen clearly in passages
having to do with creation on a cosmic scale: "In the
beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Gen. 1:1; cf.
Gen. 2:3; Isa. 40:26; 42:5).
All other verbs for "creating" allow a much broader range of
meaning; they have both divine and human subjects, and are used
in contexts where bringing something or someone into existence is
not the issue.
Bara is frequently found in parallel to these other verbs, such
as 'asah, "to make" (Isa. 41:20; 43:7; 45:7, 12; Amos 4:13),
yasar, "to form" (Isa. 43:1, 7; 45:7; Amos 4:13), and kun,
A verse that illustrates all of these words together is Isa. 45:18:
"For thus saith the Lord that created [bara] the heavens; God himself
that formed [yasar] the earth and made [asah] it; he hath established
[kun] it, he created [bara] it not in vain, he formed [yasar] it to be
inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else."
A careful study of the passages where bara occurs shows that in the
few nonpoetic uses (primarily in Genesis), the writer uses
scientifically precise language to demonstrate that God brought the
object or concept into being from previously nonexistent material.
Especially striking is the use of bara in Isaiah 40-65. Out of 49
occurences of the verb in the Old Testament, 20 are in these chapters.
Because Isaiah writes prophetically to the Jews in Exile, he speaks
words of comfort based upon God's past benefits and blessings to His
people. Isaiah especially wants to show that, since Yahweh (God's
literal name) is the Creator, He is able to deliver His people from
captivity. The God of Israel has created all things: "I have made
[asah] the earth, and created [bara] man upon it: I, even, my hands,
have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded"
Though a precisely correct technical term to suggest cosmic, material
creation from nothing, bara is a rich theological vehicle for
communicating the sovereign power of God, who originates and regulates
all things to His glory.