(Part 2/3) CHICKEN or EGG – which really came first?
Updated: Nov 6
This article was originally written 1993. First published September 24th, 2011.
Latest update 2021.
Note: Extracts | Emphasis | Comment
What is it in Genesis that “stopped me in my tracks”?
The extracts I reproduce below (with some "highlights and emphasis" of mine own) are from the verses in the King James version of The Bible I read and that relate to my “thought-provoking moment” — or “revelation.”
Genesis: Chapter 1
Verses 1-10 describe how God created the Light; made Day and Night; divided the Waters and the Earth; and ALL was good.
In verses 11 & 12 it is written:
11: And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12: And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
Verses 13-25 then describe how God created the seasons, days, years, the sun and the moon, the waters, all moving creatures that hath life, the fowl that fly, great whales and every living creature — and HE blessed them to be fruitful and multiply so that each would bring forth the living creatures after each kind. And God saw that it was good and this was now the 5th day.
Verses 26 – 29 it is written:
26: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: 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 creapeth upon the earth.
My 1st “stopping-moment” and question: What might the us and our refer to in this context? Could it be that HE (God) was not alone; that there were other life forms with HIM; that other Beings already existed ? How would this change what we have been taught; what impact would that have in our lives?
27: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created He them.
28: And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29: And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
My 2nd moment of consideration: What message might the term “..to you it shall be for meat” be conveying to us? Might the term “… meat” refer to “eating” as opposed to animal products? Is this perhaps telling us to only eat that which grows of the ground or comes from the trees and not (necessarily) animal products?
Moving on to Genesis, Chapter 2.
Genesis: Chapter 2
Thus the Heavens and Earth and all the host of them were finished. And ALL was very good.
My 3rd point of consideration: The term …ALL was very good. is proclaimed several times. Why? What might these words mean and refer to? Do they tell us that everything created was done on our planet Earth — as appears to be confirmed in verse 4, which reads:
4: These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens
My 4th point of contemplation:
After reading a few more verses, I came back to re-consider and question this one above. Had every thing on Earth actually been created?
What if that is not the factual message? What if, in fact, something different had been done due to a missing element, an event, that had not yet occurred?
As I read the next few verses, it occurred to that whilst the words in verse 4 (above) convey the message that appears to indicate that every thing had been created on Earth, there was, in fact, a critical element missing without which Life on Earth in ALL its physical forms could not manifest.
My AHA! moments of “revelation”: Reading verse 5 is what truly “stopped me in my tracks.” Because this so clearly and simply describes the essence, or aspect, of our "creation story" (our Genesis) that I found unbelievable for it to be misunderstood, or overlooked—unless deliberately.
Because, verse 5 states:
5: And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
My whole “Being” stirred, “lit up” from what my eyes and mind were reading and understanding by this verse 5. It clearly tells us that up to this point, there was NO physical life form on Earth, because God had not yet caused it to rain. Nothing, therefore, could have germinated, grown or born any fruit. Nor was there any man (human) to work the soil and reap the harvest. What does all this mean!
Simply that up to the point before God caused it to rain (verse 6 below), God had created everything only in its spiritual form (the “egg”). HE had created the Spiritual Essence, the Soul (the DNA blueprint, so to speak), of every thing in Life that was to exist on this planet and elsewhere in the Universe.
In verses 6 and 7 it is written:
6: But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7: And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
This says clearly that God made Man in a physical form (the “chicken”) only AFTER the coming of the first waters/rains onto Earth. It was only at that point that MAN became a living soul together with everything else as described in verses 8–23 — in which verses 21-23 describe how God created WOMAN from one of Adam’s ribs.
Another stand out point, is the difference between what is written in Chapter 1 verse 27 (above) when God created “..male and female..” in HIS image, versus the creation of physical Man and Woman described in Chapter 2 verses 6-7 and 21-23 (the “egg” having been created before the “chicken”). In the first instance, God created “..male and female..” and only thereafter “... God formed man of the dust of the ground...”
Does that not clearly describe that HE first created the “genders” of male and female (the Spiritual Essence thereof) followed by physical man and woman?
That is perhaps the most profound and telling process of our Creation. Because it very clearly, and simply, says that HE created ALL of us as equals in gender, race, culture and nation. What relevance does any of this have in your/our lives?
In writing that all that God created was very good and in their image, and the references to us and our, this indicates that other Spiritual Essences (Beings) must have been present at the time of our Creation. Life on planet Earth, therefore, would not be God’s only Life Form Creation (as we are taught to believe and accept) as our sciences are now beginning accept.
The phrase And all was very good written time and again must be a clear statement that everything is in perfect form.
If all that God created was very good and in Their image (God and Whomever else HE was referring to), on the understanding, belief and acceptance that GOD is good and perfect, by default this mean that everything HE created must also be PERFECT — it cannot be any other way. From this, therefore, it must follow that each one of us on this Earth are also PERFECT.
What and why then have we fought and continue to destroy and kill one another in the name of God regardless which culture and religion we belong to? That, clearly, is not what God represents nor is it HIS way.
What is PERFECTION? What does it represent?