Posts Tagged ‘creation’

Genesis 1- Genesis 2:1

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

In this statement, I see a … a “being” for an utter lack of a better, more appropriate term.  We will come, in time, to discover that this being, called God, is a complete and perfect One- and as the only “being” like that, worth veneration.  But for now, the first statement- the first thing to be said, is that God created the heavens and the earth.

It raises a question though- how?  How did God create the heavens and the earth?  And another question- why?  Why would God create the heavens and the earth?

Answer these questions, and we discover something about God.  Answer these questions and we discover something about ourselves too.

God speaks.  He communicates.  It is an act of power.  He creates by speaking.  When God speaks, amazing things happen.  He even seems to amaze himself!  He tells the scribe (Moses, by tradition) that when He looked at what He had made, he was impressed!  He affirms.  He gives praise.  He says, “this is GOOD.”

I notice something else: God is generous and creative.  He commands that the dry land will “produce vegetation and seed bearing plants.”  I find this interesting because he’s creating something and then implants in it the ability to itself create.  He is generous.  The prospect of giving power to things does not diminish his sense of himself!  So often, I notice in myself the unwillingness to give away my power.  I feel like if I do I will lose standing, or lose credibility, or worse, lose identity.  God is unafraid, where I am.

He is careful and nuanced- creating things that we still haven’t discovered!  He creates many, many different forms of one thing- LIFE.  His creativity still amazes us- as we discover new species with each passing year.

He is generous!  He chooses now as he nears the completion of his work of creating, to create one last creature- but this one, he says, will be “in our image, in our likeness,”  and then, taking his generosity even further, endows them with power and authority!  He  desires to create this divinely pleasing world, and then gives it away!

“Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them     rule over the fish of the sean, and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all     the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

How amazing!  We have been made for a special purpose and with a special and unique design!  And what’s more is that God believes that we can fulfill a unique role as being a peer, offering Him community and pleasure as a neighbor.  Are we equals?  No.  No, only God can be Creator.  But I think it speaks volumes about the amazingness of our race, of our species- that we have been made in God’s image, after himself, like a child which bears such strong resemblance to our parent, that everywhere we go, creatures look twice, mistaking us for God himself, walking in the Garden, much as you might see an old, old friend in faces of their adult children.  I think that is part of our role on earth- to act as God’s viceroy on the earth, an agent of His kingdom in the sphere of our own.

Thus the heavens and the earth were created in all their vast array.