Blogging the Old Testament: Genesis

I read Genesis in January and I’m finally blogging just a couple of thoughts about it.

In the beginning (sound familiar) there is day with light, night with darkness, morning, day etc. “[E]vening passed and morning came, marking the second day.” Later in the Old Testament He tells us to keep the Sabbath day holy.

I never before noticed that it repeats “produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came” twice, “each producing offspring of the same kind” and “God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind”.

He also repeats, “And that is what happened.”

I see some emphaticness here of some sort. Just an observation of what I read, no real conclusion here other than He made specific things happen each day and things that produce the same thing that they are. Worms don’t produce humans etc.

By far the most important thing is God’s sovereignty. Women would say that God closed up their wombs. Then God would say to some that He will open them. People knew God had control over everything and that He is the Sovereign Lord.

I don’t think that they used this language even though He supposedly wasn’t exercising that much control and then humored them anyway by saying things like He would open up a woman’s womb when it was really just chance.

I notice a contrast between this and how most of us think and talk today about God and how much control He has over everything. Colossians 1:15-17 is reality but I don’t think most of us really ponder, understand and believe that enough. It’s a challenge for myself.

(I reserve the right to make up words. Also anyone who happens to say that the Bible isn’t a science book will have their comment deleted. I already know that.)

Also see:
Reading the Old Testament

4 Responses to “Blogging the Old Testament: Genesis”

  1. 1 Nathan Stitt

    I enjoyed your observation about Colossians.

    It is a challenge to be intentional in the way I think and act.

  2. 2 Stan McCullars

    Not a science book…
    …but true!

  3. 3 Stan McCullars

    Oops! My previous comment my be deleted.

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks Nathan.

    Stan and Derek are two people who get a pass.

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