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January 4, 2021

Genesis 1:14-25 (CEB)

14 God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will mark events, sacred seasons, days, and years. 15 They will be lights in the dome of the sky to shine on the earth.” And that’s what happened. 16 God made the stars and two great lights: the larger light to rule over the day and the smaller light to rule over the night. 17 God put them in the dome of the sky to shine on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw how good it was.

19 There was evening and there was morning: the fourth day.

20 God said, “Let the waters swarm with living things, and let birds fly above the earth up in the dome of the sky.” 21 God created the great sea animals and all the tiny living things that swarm in the waters, each according to its kind, and all the winged birds, each according to its kind. God saw how good it was. 22 Then God blessed them: “Be fertile and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”

23 There was evening and there was morning: the fifth day.

24 God said, “Let the earth produce every kind of living thing: livestock, crawling things, and wildlife.” And that’s what happened. 25 God made every kind of wildlife, every kind of livestock, and every kind of creature that crawls on the ground. God saw how good it was. 

 

Now God begins the work of inhabiting the world that has been created.  Day four - the stars inhabit the sky; day five - the creatures of the water and the air emerge with a blessing from their Creator.  This is something new.  Heretofore God declared the creative work of each day good - now there is a blessing that comes alongside the command to be fruitful and multiply. 

 

What strikes me is the logical order of creation - the 'science' if you will in this telling of the beginning of the world.  I don't know about you, but I have absolutely no problem accepting both science and God; understanding the logical order of biological life and the absolute holiness and wonder of being.  I just believe it does not need to be an either/or type of thing, and I am grateful to be part of a tradition that understands this.  I wonder if a deeper understanding of creation requires a similar understanding of the relationship of all life to the patterns of light and dark; rain and dessert; hot and cold; life and death.  What do you think?

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