The opening statement of the Bible: Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth," is probably the most famous line ever written. But besides famous, it is also perhaps the most profound statement ever made.
- 1 Peter 2:5
The first word of the Bible is (reshit 2097e), first, beginning, best. The meaning of 'best' allows us an insight of how the Hebrews viewed a collection of things. That what came first may be called but just as well whatever comes out on top; that which is best, and leading in the sense of quality rather than chronology. This sheds light on the first line of the Bible, because not only does it state that God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning of everything, but also that He created everything in its finest moment!
The word occurs at the following locations:
The first word of the Bible is an extension of the word (rosh 2097), which denotes pretty much anything that comes first: head, top, upper part, chief, total, sum. And by the usage of 'sum' we learn that a not simply denotes whatever comes first or whatever is highest, but rather that which represents whatever follows. The word contains the entire set of what it is the chief of.
This is highly remarkable because as good as every usage of is in one form or another applied to Christ:
The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone (by Jesus applied to Himself in Mat 21:42).
So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been put upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord in whom you are also being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
Christ [...] is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body.
1 Cor 15:20, 23
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who are asleep.
Isaiah and others speak of the Mountain of the Lord which will exist above and beyond any other mountain. The obvious summit of this Mountain is Jesus Christ.
Another remarkable occurrence of is in Psalm 119:160, where it says, "The of Thy Word is truth."
All things considered it becomes even more profound when Paul writes,
And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation. For by Him all things were created [...]; all things have been created by (or rather through) Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.
- Col 1:15-18 (abridged)