I have heard from a few bible teachers that the first 7 words of the bible "contain" all the revelation to understand the entire Old and New Testaments. I personally do not know that to be true, but it certainly provokes my curiosity. I do personally know one teacher who has spent over a year studying those first words:
Bereshis 1:1 Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
1 In the beginning Elohim created hashomayim (the heavens) and haaretz (the earth).
It seems His first focus was a dwelling place. He made a place within Himself for us to dwell. He is our dwelling place (read Psalm 91). We are invited to follow His Lead and prepare a 'bet' within ourselves for Him to abide.
Psalm 91:1-2 (AMP)
1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, My God, in whom I trust [with great confidence, and on whom I rely]!”
In the first book of the Torah, Genesis, the King seems to mention three distinct locations:
(1) A place called "Beginning";
(2) A territory called "Eden"; and
(3) A "Garden" located in the east of that territory.
Let's explore these three locations and see what they have to offer us. The first word of the seven is bereshit. This study will also start 'in the beginning'.
Another rabbinical tradition teaches us that; that during the reign of King Ptolemy, he brought together 72 elders, placed them in 72 separate rooms without telling them why, and then directed each of them to translate the Torah. It seems that YHVH led them each to translate Genesis 1:1 as "God created in the beginning" instead of, "In the beginning, God created,…" So these 72 translators, support my understanding of "beginning" being a 'location'. The location of Abba's creativity was a place called, beginning. At that unique location, He created.
The classical interpretation of bereshit is "in the beginning”. Many of us think of "in the beginning" (bereshit) in linear, chronological terms. I believe, we should think again. "In the beginning" can also be comprehended spatially and locally. Everything has its beginning in Him. Let's let the New Testament reveal some truths in the Old Testament:
Colossians 1:17-18 AMP
 And He Himself existed before all things, and in Him all things consist (cohere, are held together).
 He also is the Head of His body, the church; seeing He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from among the dead, so that He alone in everything and in every respect might occupy the chief place stand first and be preeminent.
He is the beginning!
"For in Him we live and move and have our being…"
He is the beginning!
The 2nd location is first recorded in the following translations of Genesis chapter 2 verse 8:
KJ21 - And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.
ASV - And Jehovah God planted a garden eastward, in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
AMP - And the Lord God planted a garden (oasis) in the east, in Eden (delight, land of happiness); and He put the man whom He had formed (created) there.
AMPC - And the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden [delight]; and there He put the man whom He had formed (framed, constituted).
BRG - And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
CEB -The Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east and put there the human he had formed.
CJB - Adonai, God, planted a garden toward the east, in ‘Eden, and there he put the person whom he had formed.
CEV - The Lord made a garden in a place called Eden, which was in the east, and he put the man there.
DARBY - And Jehovah Elohim planted a garden in Eden eastward, and there put Man whom he had formed.
DRA - And the Lord God had planted a paradise of pleasure from the beginning: wherein he placed man whom he had formed.
WYC - Forsooth the Lord God planted at the beginning (the) paradise of liking, wherein he set man whom he had formed. (And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and he put the man there whom he had formed.)
YLT - And Jehovah God planteth a garden in Eden, at the east, and He setteth there the man whom He hath formed;
I believe "Eden" is the description of a location. Could Eden be an "adjective" a describing 'His Insides'. I found this interesting: "Eden is a transliteration of the Hebrew word, 'eden'." (Yep, the translators did NOT translate the Hebrew word. Why, did they not? That is a conversation you should have with them, just another reason to spend time in the heavenlies.) I can only speculate that 'eden' and many other words are just beyond man's ability to fathom. I believe this word falls into that book that is being opened in the last days. His timing is perfect; He is amazing. Now, is the time that sons know. The more we know; the easier it is to be. I believe we have been redeemed to know the Complete, Unfiltered, Unadulterated, Unbelievable, Awesome, King of kings. There is no King like our King; no god like our God! Jesus provided the way back to the glory. The glory is the goodness of God.
The Hebrew word 'eden' is translated as "delicate, delight, or pleasure". Beth Eden is translated as "house of pleasure". Not only were we were created for His Pleasure, but we were created in His Pleasure and fashioned/designed to live in His Pleasure. That statement is worthy of meditation: "we were created in His Pleasure and fashioned to live in His pleasure. Selah"
"The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying him forever." - John Piper
The 3rd location is also first recorded in Genesis chapter 2 verse 8.
The Hebrew word "gan" is translated as "garden, or an enclosure". The pleasure principle was instituted in when man was placed in the garden eastward in Eden. Man's greatest pleasure and satisfaction will only be found IN the beginning, the enclosure, (may I say a divine womb). But I believe there was at least another reason why Abba placed man in the garden. Eden was not only the reference point for the garden, but a river from Eden flowed into the garden. A garden where the adam (man) was place. Remember, it's always a good thing, a purposeful thing to placed by Abba. We are also placed with purpose. We are essential to His plan. Your placement is strategic. You have purpose. All creation is in need of you. If you will yield your self to His pleasure, He will place you in His desire.
Genesis 2:10-14 Young's Literal Translation (YLT)
10 And a river is going out from Eden to water the garden, and from thence it is parted, and hath become four chief [rivers];
11 the name of the one [is] Pison, it [is] that which is surrounding the whole land of the Havilah where the gold [is],
12 and the gold of that land [is] good, there [is] the bdolach and the shoham stone;
13 and the name of the second river [is] Gibon, it [is] that which is surrounding the whole land of Cush;
14 and the name of the third river [is] Hiddekel, it [is] that which is going east of Asshur; and the fourth river is Phrat.
I believe man was the catalyst to cause the river from Eden to become four rivers. "Freely receive and freely give." I believe the New Testament gives clarity; it is written, "That out of a man's belly (innermost being) will flow rivers…" (John 7:38). These four rivers represent:
(1) Administration (governmental ruling);
(2) Life (value & worth);
(3) Authority (dominion); and
(4) Peace (shalom)
This is the season of revealed mysteries. The mystery of the garden is revealed. The mystery hidden for ages in God is exactly that (in Him)!
Ephesians 3:9-10 KJV
 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,
All creation is in God. Just as the garden is in Eden, all creation (this and billions of other galaxies) abide in Him. What we receive from Abba (the river from Eden); we need to freely give (pour the rivers). All creation is in need of those four rivers from our inner most being.
- Will you do your part as you abide in the His House of pleasure?
- Will you receive His life and manifest that (new) life through you to and for the rest creation?