Thoughts on the creation stories.

First, I love that the very beginning of the Bible shares two different stories of creation. In the first (Priestly) story, God simply speaks creation into existence. Creation is spoken in a beautiful rhythm of poetry. How amazingly simple and telling of the sovereignty and cosmic power of God! This view doesn’t allow us to confine creation to our human understanding.

In the second story, written in Old Epic style (which is a lively narrative centered around human interest), God is a God of relationship. God breathes life into humankind (I love this metaphor!) and then walks alongside and has dialogue with them.

The fact that there are two different stories, written it two completely different ways allows us to envision a God that is bigger than our differences. The compilers of the Torah, whoever they may have been, obviously deemed it appropriate to include two separate creation stories that would connect with different people.

What? Are we saying that there is room for interpretation without changing the overall narrative of God? What a novel idea!

I want to take a closer look at the second story, which takes place in the garden of Eden.

A quick synopsis: God creates man, then creates woman from man and gives them a perfect place to live. God tells man and woman that they can eat anything, except from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Serpent tricks woman and man into eating from said tree and they instantly become aware of their nakedness. They are ashamed and attempt to hide from God.

This is where the story became really interesting to me. God calls out to woman and man and asks them questions to which God surely already knows the answers.

The question that really hit me was when God said, “What is this that you have done?”

God clearly knew that woman listened to the serpent and ate of the tree. This question, to me, is similar to a question that a parent asks a child when this parent realizes that the child has done something harmful to him or herself.

I imagine the sheer disappointment, sorrow and pity that God feels in knowing that God’s perfect, beautiful creations, of whom God so loves, have done something that will cause trouble, pain and strife for them forevermore.

God is heart-broken. So then, “What is this that have you done?” makes perfect sense in explaining God’s unrelenting love for creation.

I believe that’s why sin is so displeasing to God. Not because God is angry or even jealous. But because it hurts God so incredibly much to see God’s beautiful creation suffering due to their own choices.

What an amazing, definitive way to begin the narrative of God’s unwavering love for creation!

One thought on “Thoughts on the creation stories.

  1. I never understood why the fruit was such a big deal. Why did taking and eating fruit cause devastation forever for humanity? Why even make a fruit that is tempting and will corrupt humanity?

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