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And God saw that it was good.

July 13, 2010

In our Bible study this Wednesday we’re going to be taking a look at the “biggie” narratives from the first eleven chapters of the Book of Genesis.  Those stories include two (that’s right, two) different accounts of creation, the Adam/Eve/Serpent/Tree story, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Flood cycle, and the story of the Tower of Babel.  Obviously these are all some pretty important stories that inform our life, our faith, and our culture in different ways.  In preparation for the Bible study and as a way to share our Bible study with others, I wanted to spend some time here thinking particularly about the creation narratives with you.

A unique look at creation.

These narratives, found in Genesis 1:1 – 2:3 and Genesis 2: 4 – 25 are ones that even non-church-goers know something about.  They have drawn controversy from many sectors, the ire of some in the science community, the derision of some among the more liberal minded Christians, and the undying devotion of some among those who adhere to biblical inerrancy.  For the moment, I want to invite us to ignore all that baggage as much as we can.  Instead, and as is probably more appropriate, I would like to invite us to consider how these creation narratives inform our faith and what we know about, or how we relate to, God as Creator.  Borrowing from our resource book for Bible study, I think it is important for us to remember that God delighted in creation and in the act of creating.  After every word of creation, you’ll recall that God thought it what He had done as good.  And when it was all done, he saw that it was very good.  Do you view God’s creation this way?  Do you see it as being good and very good?  How?  What is an example?

Finally, we read in the stories that God did not just create the earth, the heavens, the flora and fauna, but that God created us.  Humankind.  You and me.  One thing that struck me as I was re-reading these seminal stories was that they were all about relationship.  From the very beginning, God wanted to be in relationship with humankind.  In the fullness of time, God desired that relationship to be fulfilled and culminated in God becoming human in Jesus Christ.  What do these stories reveal to you about your relationship with God?  How do you relate to God as creator?

Fr. Ryan+

(Photo credits: By Creative Commons License, “tree-mirror-metaball” by 20after4 found on Flickr.com; “Water drop on the top of leaf” by joka2000 found on Flickr.com)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Allison M. permalink
    July 14, 2010 7:52 am

    In the first line of your commentary, you use the word “biggie” and you are right. Our relation with G-d as creator is really a biggie. I once saw a science fiction show (Twilight Zone – I think) that depicted a small town shrouded in fog around the edges. Of course, if citizens wandered into the fog they never returned. In the end, the townspeople discovered they were an experiment, pets of sort, for some all knowing being(s). When I get to thinking I sometimes wonder how true this could be for humankind. Are we G-d’s weird science project? Are we living in a kind of a human “ant farm”? At that point I usually stop, remind myself of the wonder of G-d’s creation and thank him for allowing me to live in all His/its glory.

  2. Alice permalink
    July 14, 2010 12:34 pm

    As I prepare to teach at St. Mark’s about Godly family, I am reminded that God is Trinity, therefore in relationship within Self. His creation of humankind as male and female within marriage and family structures is a reminder of and invitation to be in relationship with Him. And of course example of how to do it. Sacrificial love that is so intertwining that the lover and loved one are indistinguishable and yet individual. Can we possibly love like that? Ah, but we are too self-centered, even the best of us. And thus, we need the Savior. But that is another biggie narrative for another time!

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