Thursday, July 12, 2012

When Genesis 1:4 and Culture Collide (Part One)

Today we’re onto Genesis 1:4! Here we go!

Genesis 1:4: “Dividing Between the Light and Darkness”

וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאוֹר כִּי־טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ׃

“Then God saw the light, that it was good. And God divided between the light and between the darkness.”

In this particular passage, I find two things curious:

·         It is here that we are first told that God saw that what he had created was “good” (טוֹב, tōv). This becomes a constant refrain throughout Genesis 1. God speaks something into existence (which John 1, mentioned in yesterday’s post, also picks up with oJ lovgoV) and sees that it is good.

·         There is some “separating” going on here. What do you think the nature of this separating is?

SStay tuned for part 2 tomorrow...

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