Right off the bat there are several points that catch my attention. For example, I always thought the three parts of God were a New Testament thing. But in only the second verse of the Old Testament, clear as day, it mentions the Spirit of God. I don’t know about you, but I find it fascinating that the Holy Trinity was involved in the great creation. I’m not sure why I always just assumed it was God the Father who did the whole creating thing while I was growing up. I suppose I didn’t really give it much of a thought one way or another.

Talk about a powerful God. All he had to do was say the word and BAM! There it was. “God said let there be light and there was light.” “God said,” fill in the blank, “and it was so.” I’ve tried this approach at home with little to no luck. “Jen said,” empty the dishwasher / dust the living room / let the dog in / get your feet off the coffee table / pick up your mess, etcetera, etcetera and so forth, but just saying it never seems to make it so. I usually have to throw in a dirty look to get anything accomplished and even then there’s usually whining.

Verses 20 through 25 mention all the creatures God created: water creatures, winged birds, livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals. I see nothing in here about flying insects. Where do mosquitoes and other buzzing pests fit in?

Going back to the subject of the Trinity, have you ever noticed in verse 26 it says, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness…”?

This next part I really like, undoubtedly because I’m a woman and I think this scripture has been twisted over the centuries to elevate men above women. God says, “Let us make man in our image,” etc., but he’s not talking about a male. He’s talking about mankind. How do I know this? Because the verse goes on to say, “and let them rule over (all the animals and such)”. And verse 27 says, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”

In the beginning of chapter two, God’s wonderful handiwork was finally completed and he rested on the seventh day. I picture him kicked back in his Lazy Boy (‘cause you know he could have spoken one into existence) watching over his exquisite creation. As much loveliness as I’ve been witness to in this life, it’s difficult, maybe even impossible, to fathom perfection. But think about it. There was no crime, no war, no litter, no smog, no rude people, no political campaigns, no infomercials – only peace and joy and pristine beauty. Of course he rested. But it wasn’t like when I finish painting a room or laying tile or any other type of project and I rest from exhaustion. God is tireless. There was simply nothing left to create so he rested and enjoyed his work.

Chapter one and the first couple verses of chapter two serve as a summary with a timeline of creation. But as we get into chapter two we’re given a bit more detail and things really start getting good. You’re not going to want to miss it!

 

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4 Comments

  1. Wendy on March 11, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    I agree about the insects, they are only food for the birds, I think…probably came after the fruit was eaten, to be annoying. & pollination

    • Jen on March 14, 2021 at 6:24 pm

      I guess they are important to the whole ecosystem thing. And yes, God is so much smarter than we are and His ways are perfect… But I still find the annoying insects questionable. 🙂

  2. Laura on March 14, 2021 at 9:26 pm

    Couple of years ago it struck that God created “livestock” and wild animals. Maybe the mosquitoes came after the flood —- lots of standing water and all😉

    • Jen on March 14, 2021 at 10:29 pm

      Good point! And really, how could Noah have figured out which mosquitos were male and which were female as he was coaxing them onto the ark anyway? 🙂

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