Original Blessing

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
— Genesis 1:1–2

The story of creation is familiar to us.  We heard it growing up, and continue to hear people arguing that it should be taken literally.  They are missing the point.  What is important about the story of creation is what was before creation, and what the nature of creation is.

In the beginning the earth was formless, void and covered in darkness.  What happened next was the Spirit of God moving over the surface of the waters.  This is the first mystery, we are presented.  We see the God who is everything, the one "in whom we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17: 28)," on the verge of creation.

There was nothingness, that which was formless, void, and covered in darkness; and there was being, the waters.

Yesh (Being) is that manifestation of God, that appears to us as separate entities. — physical, psychological, and spiritual. Ayin (Emptiness) is the manifestation of God that reveals all separation to be illusory: everything is simply God in different forms.
— Rabbi Shapiro, Minyan, page 27

So we might read Genesis 1 as saying, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.  There was ayin and the spirit of God was moving over Yesh."  Or, "There was nothingness and the spirit of God was moving over being."  From this came all things.  "God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31)."

In the beginning God created nothing and everything, and looking out over all of it, saw that it was good.  The universe was made good.  It was not a mistake, not an error, not something so fragile that a mere human could destroy it.  This is our Original Blessing.

The No-thingness of God (Ayin)

Then spoke Solomon, Yahweh has said that he would dwell in the thick darkness.
— 1 Kings 8:12; cf 2 Chronicles 6:1

Many are surprised when they 

dwell: Shakan, 

thick darkness: araphel, cloud, heavy or dark cloud, darkness, gross darkness, thick darkness 

He made darkness his hiding-place, his pavilion around him, Darkness of waters, thick clouds of the skies.
— Psalm 18:11

made: stationed, appointed, fixed

darkness, obscurity, secret place

hiding-place: covering, shelter, hiding place, secrecy 

pavilion: thicket, covert, booth 

Clouds and darkness are around him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
— Psalm 97:2
Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out!
”For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?”
”Or who has first given to him, And it will be repaid to him again?”
For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen.
— Paul, Romans 11:33-36

The Being of God (Yesh)

which in its own times he will show, who is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light; whom no man has seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and eternal power. Amen.
— Pseudo-Paul, 1 Timothy 6:15-16
Can any hide himself in secret places so that I shall not see him? says Yahweh. Don’t I fill heaven and earth? says Yahweh.
— Jeremiah 23:24
Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus, and said, “You men of Athens, I perceive that you are very religious in all things.
For as I passed along, and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription: ‘TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.’ What therefore you worship in ignorance, this I announce to you.
The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands, neither is he served by men’s hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things.
He made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the surface of the earth, having determined appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation, that they should seek the Lord, if perhaps they might reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.
‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also his offspring.’
— Acts 17:22-28
He is before all things, and in him all things are held together.
— Paul, Colossians 1:17

Some would say they were now almost at the point where the plot shifts, and a mere human eats a piece of fruit after being tempted by a talking snake, and the whole of the universe is corrupted.

Have faith in God, my sisters and brothers, that the One who made the universe, and sustains it; who created the world in Original Blessing, continues to create the world that he knows to be good.

So what about that business with the talking snake anyway.