This article was originally written September 24th, 2011
Note: Extracts | Emphasis | Comment
So what was it in Genesis that “stopped me in my tracks”?
The extracts I reproduce below from the Bible (King James) are those which I consider pertinent to the message of my thought-provoking moment.
Genesis: Chapter 1
In versus 1 – 10, it is written 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.
In versus 13-25 it is written 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.
In 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.
What might the us and our refer to in this context? Could it be that HE was not alone; that there already existed other life forms with HIM? … What effect could this have on what we have been taught?
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.
What message might be in this? Could the term “..to you it shall be for meat” mean that we should only eat that which grows of the ground or comes from the trees and not necessarily animal products?
… at this point I move 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.
What do the words And ALL was very good refer to? Do they mean that everything on our planet Earth had been created 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
But, had every thing on Earth really been created?
What if that actually was not the case? What if in fact something very fundamental was still missing?
As I read the next verses, I realised and noted that whilst the words in verse 4 above seem to convey the message that every thing had been created, up to this point there was, in fact, a critical element missing - without which Life in its physical form could not manifest on Earth.
As I read verse 5, I was stopped in my tracks. This to me describes the essence or aspect of “our story” of our creation – our Genesis. For in verse 5 it is written:
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.
What captured my attention and “lit up” my understanding is that verse 5 tells us that up to this point, there was NO physical life form because God had not yet caused it to rain; nothing had or could have grown or born any fruit. Nor was there anyone to work the soil and reap the harvest. So what does this mean?
That up to this point, God had created everything only in its spiritual form (the “egg”). What HE created was the Spiritual Essence (The Blueprint, so to speak), the Soul, of every living thing that was to exist in Life – on this planet and wherever.
Then 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 tells us that God only made Man in a physical form (the “chicken”) AFTER the coming of the first waters/rains onto Earth. It is only at this point that MAN became a living soul together with everything else as is written from verses 8–23. And in which verses 21-23 describe how God created woman from one of Adam’s ribs.
Another point of consideration is the difference between what is written in Chapter 1 verse 27 (above) which states that God created “..male and female..” in HIS image, versus the creation of physical Man and Woman as written in Chapter 2 verses 6-7 and 21-23 - the “egg” being created before the “chicken”. Furthermore, the creation of “..male and female..” and "... God formed man of the dust of the ground..." also does not speak of or make reference to different races and cultures. Which means that we are ALL created EQUAL. So why have we and do we continue to destroy, fight and kill one another in the name of God? It can only be to uphold, defend and promote the interests of our respective religious ideological righteousness regardless that it is clearly written that that is not God's way.
The profoundness for me about verse 27 in Chapter 1 is also that this verse tells how GOD created only the spiritual essence of the male and female genders. At this point HE had not yet created the physical male and female beings. They were only created later as written in Chapter 2 verses 6 and 7.
What relevance does any of this have on your/our lives?
It is written that all that God created was very good and in their image – by the references to “us” and “our.” That being so, this appears to indicate that at the time, the spiritual essences (Souls) of other “beings” may already also have existed - perhaps life on planet Earth was not necessarily His first Creation as we have been taught to believe.
The phrase And all was very good is written time and again after HE had created something. What might this mean?
If all HE created was very good and in THEIR image, then, on the understanding that GOD is good and perfect as we have been taught, by default it must mean that everything “HE” created must also have been created in PERFECTION – how could it be any other way?
But what is PERFECTION? What does it mean?
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