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It’s a Creation do-over as man takes precedence in take two

Australian fires. African locusts. Worldwide plague. Do we live in Biblical times or what? If the world really is ending, we thought it was time to prepare properly for Armageddon. By, you know, reading the damn thing. The Bible, that is. (Go back to the beginning here.)

After six days of constant work, let’s see what the Big Guy does next…

Genesis 2 King James Version (KJV)


2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. 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, 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. 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.

Genesis 2 New International Version (NIV)

2 Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. 2 By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. 4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 5 Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 6 but streams came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 7 Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Take a load off, God, you deserve a rest. But hang on, what’s this about retelling the creation story all over again? What the hell?

We were actually enjoying things in Genesis 1, with the light and dark, sun and moon, fruit showing up very early, then fish and fowl, trees and shrubs, and then eventually land animals and mankind.

It’s like some other narrator entirely takes over now and tells the same story in a much less poetical way. There’s dirt, some rain, and God blows up the nostrils of a clay figure he’s fashioned and boom, man appears before any other animals or fruit or trees.

We’re only two chapters into this thing and already this narrator — or narrators — is proving very unreliable. What gives?


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Posted by Tony Ortega on March 30, 2020 at 12:00


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