Cryptic Studies (Genesis Part II -The Creation)
“In the beginning God created the heaven and earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be Light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:1 – 1:3
At this point in time, the most distant stars to the brightest suns to the most beautiful nebula were created. Entire galaxies were flung from the darkness to illuminate our entire universe. To seek light is to seek knowledge.
Are the books of the bible in order? It is true that the story of creation starts off the show and Revelation closes the curtain. That leaves many to believe that the Bible is written in chronological order. If you thought it was you are in correct.
If the Bible were written in chronological order that would mean that Job would have lived in the days of Abraham, whose story appears in Genesis itself. Rather, the story of Job comes after Esther. Esther wasn’t born for about 1,500 years after Abraham and Job.
Sixty-six books make up the Bible and they cover many genres, lessons, and thousands of years. But why are the books out of order? That is a question many Bible scholars struggle with today.
If we take a look at the Old Testament we will find that the books of the Jewish Bible were placed in several different sections. Law, Prophets, and Writings. Law covers the first five books and seems to place emphasis on what the Jewish people thought were the most important. After which came Prophets and Writings which then include Job, Esther, and Psalms.
The New Testament comes with its own set of time. There are four gospels about Jesus, then Acts, then a bunch of letters that are themselves not in chronological order but in order of longest to shortest. This is why Paul’s letter (16 chapters) to the Romans comes first and then Jude appears last (1 chapter). Then Revelation wraps up the greatest story ever told leaving us to wonder what God in store for our future after he hits the big ol’ reset button.
So then, why are we here? Why do we exist? Boy, you don’t hold back do ya? I get asked this many times. Why would an all-powerful being need to create us mortals?
It’s quite easier to answer that question with other questions spiraling into a rabbit hole. Was God lonely? Perhaps he has the same desire we have. To procreate and raise children? Did he want love? Maybe he just wanted to be loved back?
Genesis does not answer this question however it does provide one whole verse as to perhaps why we are here. Our purpose for life may rest on this one entire verse:
“And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” – Genesis 1:26
I think it would be very arrogant of us to ask God why he bothered with us? Sure we’re curious but I really do not believe we will ever know truly why he pulled us up from the dirt and breathed life into us. But one reason is to take care of his work.
“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” – Genesis 2:15
With those questions asked, perhaps we should delve into the story itself maybe we’ll find some answers. Then again, maybe we won’t.
In seven days.
On day on: “Let there be light,” God had commanded.
On day two: God with a wave of his hand separates the sky from the water on earth.
On day three: God easily separates the land from the water and creates plants.
On day four: God reached up and painted the sun, the moon, and all the stars seen and unseen.
On day five: God walked across the ocean and land and creates fish and birds that fill the ocean and the sky.
On day six: God creates animals to dwell on the land and then human beings.
On day seven: God pats himself on the back and declares that all his hard work is PERFECT!
That’s creation in a nutshell. However, when some people read this passage of scripture people can’t help but wonder if it’s a myth. Others read it like a science book in the search for clues about how our universe came to be Some even insist that the story of creation actually takes place over a period of seven 24-hour long days.
Many experts of the Bible will say that those examples I listed above are a bit out there. To them, the story is no more a myth than God is. The point of the creation story is really just to point out that the universe was created by an all-powerful being in which he created everything. If you read the ancient texts from Summeria, Egypt, Asia, Africa, etc…you will find that every country and every culture has their own version of the creation story attributed to many different types of Gods. However the person who wrote Genesis really wanted to insist that the credit for creation of the cosmos goes to none other than God.
But can you read the creation story as science instead of myth? I suppose you could but there are some inherent problems. First off, the scripture was written more than 2,500 years before our own scientific revolution. In the 1500s Galileo and many other scientist started claiming that the earth revolves around the sun which was a big deal then and could get you executed. But it sparked a need to know more of not just how things worked but also how we came to be. They would begin to ask questions regarding the seven-day theory. After all, technically 24 hour days didn’t start until day four on the creation calendar.
To us a day is 24 hours but to ancient man day could mean 24 hours or longer. The bible gives us evidence to this fact because the bible uses the phrase “In Abraham’s day.” Thus, meaning, God could have taken as long as he wanted to in created in the everything. After all, what is a day to God compared to us mortals?
To most Christians however; it’s much more simpler to accept the literal six-day timeline and they have very valid questions countering that God took eons to create everything. For instance, if God took eons to create plants how could those trees survive if the plants were created on day 3? Eons later God created the insects necessary to pollinate those trees on day 4. How can that be then that those trees survived?
I have the answer to that problem which I’ll hold to end of this article. Keep reading you’re almost done!
At the end of the story of creation we have a big finale! The creation of man!
“Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” – Genesis 1:26
Who is we any way? I dunno, I wasn’t there!
Not only was God pleased with all his handiwork, when he gazed upon us after he created us and grinned from ear to ear. God was very pleased with the creation of man.
“And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” – Genesis 1:31
Some ending to huh? You were apart of the most important story of all time. You were apart of creation!
So how can those trees survived without insects?
Simple. He’s God. 🙂