A second creation storya human created first – Downtown – Church of the Resurrection

Daily ScriptureGenesis 2:4-25

4 This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

On the day the LORD God made earth and sky 5 before any wild plants appeared on the earth, and before any field crops grew, because the LORD God hadnt yet sent rain on the earth and there was still no human being [or man, Hebrew adam] to farm the fertile land, 6 though a stream rose from the earth and watered all of the fertile land 7 the LORD God formed the human from the topsoil of the fertile land and blew lifes breath into his nostrils. The human came to life. 8 The LORD God planted a garden in Eden in the east and put there the human he had formed. 9 In the fertile land, the LORD God grew every beautiful tree with edible fruit, and also he grew the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

10 A river flows from Eden to water the garden, and from there it divides into four headwaters. 11 The name of the first river is the Pishon. It flows around the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 That lands gold is pure, and the land also has sweet-smelling resins and gemstones. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It flows around the entire land of Cush. 14 The name of the third river is the Tigris, flowing east of Assyria; and the name of the fourth river is the Euphrates.

15 The LORD God took the human and settled him in the garden of Eden to farm it and to take care of it. 16 The LORD God commanded the human, Eat your fill from all of the gardens trees; 17 but dont eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, because on the day you eat from it, you will die! 18 Then the LORD God said, Its not good that the human is alone. I will make him a helper that is perfect for him. 19 So the LORD God formed from the fertile land all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky and brought them to the human to see what he would name them. The human gave each living being its name. 20 The human named all the livestock, all the birds in the sky, and all the wild animals. But a helper perfect for him was nowhere to be found.

21 So the LORD God put the human into a deep and heavy sleep, and took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh over it. 22 With the rib taken from the human, the LORD God fashioned a woman and brought her to the human being. 23 The human said,

This one finally is bone from my bonesand flesh from my flesh.She will be called a woman [Or wifeHebrew ishshah]because from a man [Or husbandHebrew ish] she was taken.

24 This is the reason that a man leaves his father and mother and embraces his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 The two of them were naked, the man and his wife, but they werent embarrassed.

In yesterdays GPS passage (Genesis 1:1-2:3), God created humans last. In todays reading God made a human first, then put a garden and animal life around him. Two creation storiestwo nearly opposite orders of creation. Neither creation story was literal science or history. They were archetypal stories, told by different people (note the different styles) and/or editors for a spiritual purpose: to affirm that one good God created everything. Genesis 1 and 2 both point us toward Gods goodness in creating the earth, humanity, animals, and the heavens.

Lord Jesus, give us faith to know that God is the creator of all that is, while at the same time helping us to honor the beauty of science. Thank you for the world you have created for us to enjoy. Amen.

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