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"The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things" (Acts 17:24-25 NASB).
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
When Genesis 1:4 and Culture Collide (Part Three)
Okay, this is counting as the real Genesis 1:4 post:
Why the Separation of the Light from the Darkness?
God saw the light, that it was good. AndGodseparated
between the light and between the darkness.”
Why is God separating between the light and the
According to John H. Walton in the Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds
Commentary, this view of separation was common in the ancient world. The
Egyptians associated all existence with some kind of differentiation having
taken place. See John H. Walton, “Genesis,” in Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary, ed. John H.
Walton (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009), 16.
Bruce Waltke offers an interesting perspective on
the literary theme of separation in Scripture more broadly in his commentary on
Genesis: “Just as God commands the light and dark as well as the land and sea
to separate, God calls Israel to separate from the pagan nations. Separation is
a fundamental concept both to creation and to Israel’s existence.” See Bruce Waltke, Genesis: A Commentary (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001), 69.
More on this tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Me Your Thoughts
What do you make of the fact that the theme of
separation was understood elsewhere in the ancient Near East? Does this mean
the Bible is any less inspired, or is that an oversimplification?