Genesis 1-11: Natural World, Human Identity, Relationships, and Civilization Zoe Saylor
26 January 2015
What does Genesis 1-11 Teach Regarding the Natural World, Human Identity, Human Relationships, and Civilization? Genesis chapters 1-11 explain many different aspects involving the natural world, human identity, relationships, and civilization. All of these aspects help better our understanding as Christians in determining our worldview and how God intended for human kind to go about their lives through His creations and development of the world. Genesis chapter 1 begins with creation. Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (New International Version). God’s creation is the start of the natural world. The world was created within 6 consecutive days, having a new creation each of those days. We know there were six days of creation because The Bible says in Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day” (New International Version). This verse portrays that God was proud with the natural world that He had shaped because he described it as “good”. Through the days of His creations; God gave us instruction on how to manage our weeks. He demonstrated this by the six days of work and resting on the seventh day. Genesis 2:2-3says “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done” (New International Version). Everything that God had created including plants, animals, and humankind developed the natural world in which we live in.
Human identity is clearly laid out for us in Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (New International Version). This verse does not mean that we are gods. This verse means that through our actions and values, we are to be god-like. All of our doings should be a reflection of Jesus Christ. This verse is very important to imprint into our everyday lives. Human identity is a straightforward but powerful characteristic. After the days of the creation of the natural world and the development of human identity, it is apparent that God intended for human relationships. We know this because Genesis 2:18 explains that God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him” (New International Version). So the Lord used man to create woman. Genesis 2:23 continues to say, “The man said, this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman’ for she was taken out of man” (New International Version). We can see that this is the first relationship that took place and that God created man and woman with the intention of marriage, to unite and become one. Just as it explains in Genesis chapter 2 verse 24, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh” (New International Version). God takes marriage very seriously, and it is important to join together and become one in marriage. Adam and Eve had faults in their relationship, which expresses that relationships can bring heartache. A relationship between man and woman is not the only relationship that is discussed in Genesis chapters 1-11. The relationship between brotherhoods also took place throughout these chapters. Genesis chapter 4 describes that Cain and Abel were both sons of Adam and Eve. Cain and Abel both brought offerings to the Lord and the Lord favored Abel’s offering. This made Cain angry and so he acted out and killed his brother Abel (New International Version). These examples demonstrate that relationships are not always easy. God intended for relationships to share love and joy, but through...
References: Holy Bible. New International Version. Genesis 1-11.
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