Genesis 2 – Amazement

If chapter 1 was all about beauty, poetry, structure, and order, then overall chapter 2 is about amazement.

First off, i honestly think that the first three verses of ch. 2 belong at the end of ch. 1. The first three verses are the day of rest, and they belong at the end of the poetic structure of chapter 1.  And, since the chapter and verse numberings were added much, much later than the original scriptures were given to Moses to be written, they are much more recommendations than decisive and definitive lines in the sand.

I call chapter 2 Amazement because of God’s work in this chapter.  He turns around, takes the very dirt / ground / earth of His creation and forms something completely different from it.  Like a sculptor creating from the clay.  Only He doesn’t stop there!  He breaths His own breath / life into this sculpture!  He forms this thing, then whooooshhhh!  It’s alive!  It’s a creation who’s very life comes from the very breath of its creator!  If that’s not amazing, then i don’t know what is.

But it does not end there.  Man is created in God’s image, and it seems almost immediately that God recognizes that he needs more than just himself.  In fact, he needs more than just himself and God!  If that’s not enough to blow your mind, than maybe you’re just not catching it.  So lets look at that again.  The absolutely perfect and complete creator, created something in His own image, with His own breath, that needs something more than Him!  So what does he do?  He brings the beasts and birds to the man and the man names them.  Still not enough (i tell ya, some people are just never satisfied 😛 )!

So what does God do?  He solves the problem.  He takes from the man a rib / part / side, and uses that to create what the man needs!  Wow, i mean WOW!  What’s man’s response?  Pure poetry.  “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh;  (i was smiling hugely while copying that down in my notebook).  Then, joy of joys, the reuniting of what was torn asunder.  I think that this truly is the most beautiful and amazing ending to such an amazing chapter.  “And the man and his wife were both naked, and were not ashamed”… enough said 😀

John C.

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