I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Day one: Genesis 1-3

Just about everyone knows what goes down in the earlier chapters of Genesis. God makes the earth and humans, humans sin, humans flee from the garden and go on leading their sinfilled lives...

But as I read through the creation account, I am struck with a question I've never asked before. At the end of each creation day, it says "there was evening and there was morning" which marked a "day". But half of these "days" occurred before God put the sun and moon in the sky as markers for us to keep track of day and night. I just think it is very interesting that it is described as evening and morning before there was even a sun and moon...very interesting.

In Chapter 2, you learn a little more about the detail that went into creating Adam and Eve. I wonder why God made Adam and then waited a little while before creating Eve. He says no suitable helper could be found, but if he already knew there wasn't going to be a helper, why not just make her at the same time?

I cannot even imagine how scared they were after being approached by God after eating of the fruit. I imagine these two little mice being blasted away by a lion's breathy roar.

1 comment:

  1. Because God saved the best for last! Of course, there's always the issue of procreation - when we are created (i.e. sperm meets egg...) we all begin as female eggs and then later become a male - hence the reason why men have useless nipples. So there are a few options here:
    (1) God knew he was going to have to create woman and already had her in mind but had to create man first to prove to the man how important women are.

    (2) God actually had to change man (i.e. make him start out first as a female in a womb...with nipples) when he created woman to make procreation work. This is kind of a cool option because it shows just how dependent each sex is on the other and how divine that dependence is.

    (3) Some element to this is more figurative than literal - much of the Bible is political and a product of its' day like letters to the Corinthians. It's quite possible this part of the Bible was politically influenced as well.