In The Beginning

It’s a new year, and once again, I have undertaken the daunting endeavor of reading the bible through at least once this year, and hopefully twice. So, every now and again, I might be posting a random amalgam of thoughts from some of the readings. Today I will make some observations from the first chapter of Genesis.

  • Every time I read the first creation account, I find myself wondering just what the light is that God speaks into being on the first day, because it’s not until the fourth day that the sun and the moon are created. Nonetheless, from this first day of creation, we read that God deems light to be good. Maybe this light is simply God filling the formless void and darkness. Or maybe it’s a foreshadowing to Christ on the very first day of creation.
  • In Genesis 1:22, God calls the animals to be ‘fruitful and multiply’ and to ‘fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth’. This calls seems eerily similar to the one issued to the commission God gives to Adam in verse 28: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.’ So all flesh is called to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. A couple things to ponder: At what point does the earth become full? And what does having dominion over all the animals connote?
  • In Jewish thought, the creation narrative is always moving forward. It’s always getting one step better. Thus,in contemporary Christian circles, we see the apex of the creation story to be the creation of humans. However, in the Jewish mindset, the culmination of the creation story is the Sabbath on day 7. This was and is the icing on the cake.
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