Genesis One & Two Reflection
Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Everyone knows this quote, and everyone understands the creation story, and how Genesis 1 explains it. But what the typical person might not know so well is Genesis 2, the second creation story. Or, the second account of creation. There is debate over why there are two separate creation stories that seem quite different.
There are not actually two creation stories, just two accounts of the same creation. They are told from different perspectives to give readers a better grasp on who God is and what He is like. The ancient Israelites used both accounts to shape how they saw God. The first account explains creation in a very methodical, almost mathematic way. God creates something, sees that it is good, and retires for the day. Next day, same thing, and so on and so forth, until He has created the world. He seems almost distant in this account. The second account shows Him making something, and then realizing it needs to be changed, or something else needs to be there. He is almost tinkering with His creation, as opposed to the first account in which He went day by day, knowing everything before-hand. The second is more personal, shows how God really does care for us. The first story shows the side of God that omnipotent, omniscient, and meticulous. The second shows the side of Him that is creative, unconventional, and passionate. These are all characteristics of God, but for humans, it is hard to imagine all of those qualities at one time, so they are split up for better comprehension. Just because there are two accounts of one story that slightly vary, does not mean that they are not true.
In Genesis one God creates man in His image, and the purpose of man is to, “have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”...
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