Category Archives: Genesis for the Rest of Us

freedom within limits | genesis 2.16-17

On an immediate level, it is extremely difficult to know what to do with these verses and this story. How literal should we take this story? Why would God not want the man (and later, the woman) to eat fruit … Continue reading

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God rested | genesis 2.1-3

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And “on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”  On the seventh day God ceased his work and took a day off.  Why bother including this detail if not to remind us that even God rested, and so can … Continue reading

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in God’s image | genesis 1.26

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Too often the story of the gospel begins with our sin.  But the Bible begins in a different place.  True, before God speaks the earth is not a “good” place – it is formless, empty and frightening.  But once God … Continue reading

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and it was so | genesis 1.6-8

God spoke it, and it was so. Sometimes God speaks and I am not certain it is so. I don’t always feel provided for and loved by God, but that does not make it any less so. I have had … Continue reading

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when God broods | genesis 1.2

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The Hebrew word translated as “hover” may carry with it the imagery of a mother bird brooding over her young. Even when chaos reigns and order is not yet to be found in what is formless and empty, God broods … Continue reading

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the second day | genesis 1.6-8

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Today, as I read Genesis 1 for the third time, I want to ask why God took six days to create all that is.  Why not simply speak the word and have all of it created on one day, in … Continue reading

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it begins with light | genesis 1.3-5

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Light is where transformation starts in Genesis. Something is already present in the darkness, before light is spoken into existence, and it is in need of transformation. I almost get the impression that if the light switch is not turned … Continue reading

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