Genesis 1:2 – 2:25

Back to creation. Oh hey look, it’s the Spirit. And John 1:3 tells us the Word (that is, the Son, who is Jesus) made everything, so we’ve already completed our allusion from the last verse and see the whole Trinity here. Nice!

So, creation is created. Light; sky; land; plants; stars, sun, and moon; sea creatures and birds; land animals; man. Humanity is made in God’s image, and is in charge of the Earth (a somewhat large responsibility). And it was very good.

And then God demonstrated rest.

So…humanity is going to be pretty important. So the Bible gives us a more focused retelling of its creation. God makes a man (Adam). And He makes a garden (Eden), somewhere vaguely Mesopotamia-ish. Incidentally, I just recently learned why the ‘fertile crescent’ is so desert-like. Long ago, Central Asia through Turkey and Greece were all forested. But it was arid, and vulnerable to ecological disruption. Like deforestation for agriculture. And irrigation increasing the salinity of the soil. And Mongols destroying the irrigation. After all that, not so fertile. Anyways. God makes all kinds of food. Popcorn trees (http://jimlepage.com/blog/word-leftovers-genesis-2/ ), perhaps. Oh, and one tree to not eat from. And then God made a female, because it was NOT good (gasp!) for Adam to be alone. And the first marriage began.

Yay creation! Everything is awesome!

Genesis 1:1

“In the beginning, God created the Heavens and the Earth.”

C.S. Lewis pointed out that this is fundamentally different from other creation stories. In many, creation is caused by the destruction of a god, it’s body becoming creation. In others gods are one of the things created. But to the Christians (and the Jews, I assume) there is a fundamental separation between what is uncreated (God) and what is created (everything and everyone else).

Chris Wienand often points out that the first time something is mentioned in the Bible, it is of special significance. He goes on to point out the first time we see God mentioned, He’s creating. Our God is a creative one. Both JRR Tolkien and George MacDonald have essays that link human creativity to the fact that we are created in the image of a creator. So our creative endeavors are some of the most important things we do.

Some world religion classes point out that the word for God here (Elohim) is plural in hebrew. They then argue that the Hebrews were initially polytheistic. In the next breath, they’ll claim that most of the Old Testament was edited together post-exile and all kinds of alternate beliefs edited out. Except for little ‘clues’ like this. The editors must be both skilled and inept. Or something else is going on.

A better source (that I cannot recall, unfortunately) points out that while the name of God is plural, the verbs are in the singular form. The other word parts display a confusion between singular and plural. This is likely our first Spirit-inspired glimpse of important doctrines.

So, with this post, I’m one verse in. I’ll pick up the pace after this.

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