My Creation Story
Reposted with corrections and citations.
This text opens with Isaiah saying, God let’s get up and let’s get ready for war and do as you did in the past when you defeated Rahab ( the dragon) also known as Leviatham when you began creation. In v)10 we see a reference to the red sea and how God dried it up (Harper Collins, 2006) .
This is supported by Abingdon who describes a cosmic victory where the Lord defeats the above dragons prior to creation. The reference to God being asleep and dragons are not present in my opinion. I do see a reference in Harper Collins, (2006) about the deep sea and that this could refer to chaos that is indicated in the above Genesis 1:1.
Discusses how Job responds to God and he has a description of God as wise, powerful and over creation. He discusses how God removes mountains, and causes earthquakes.” Earthquakes were thought to be associated with God’s presence”(Harper Collins, p.701,2006). God also gave commands in verses Job 9:6-8 concerning the sun, stars, heavens and walking in the sea. The constellations (Bear, Orion, Pleiades are discussed in v) 9 are created by God and controlled by him. Here God is responsible for the stars as well. In v) 13, 14 we see reference back to mystic sea dragon Rahab. This text shows how even the helpers of Rahab bowed to God as shared by (Abingdon).
Again we see how God was active in creation and created the heaven earth and stars. In Genesis we do see God command the stars, heaven, sun, and sea along with the planets Genesis 1:1-5 Harper Collins, 2006. The reference regarding the mystic sea creatures I do not see in this text but it appears to be implied when darkness is mentioned in 1:2. I have read this many times and yet I never saw this information regarding the dragons. I have looked at the darkness but never saw this text like this before. I do not see this in Genesis 1, and 2 but again in the notes in Abingdon it is indicated.
In v)7 we see how Job response to Bildad and describes the power and majesty of God (Harper Collins,
In doing so Job uses imagery. He describes mountains in the north called (Zaphon) and places of divine governance. I do not see divine governance per say discussed. Genesis 1:9 describes the land and could include mountains.
In v) 11-13 we see how the pillars tremble again (earthquakes) and how God causes the sea to be calm and his breath is the wind heavens were made from.
In other words God’s greatness is unimaginable. References to God’s greatness are implied in his work as the creator of everything. The wind and the sea are made in Genesis 1:9 (Harper, Collins).
Here we see God speak possibly to Elihu. The text indicates he spoke to Job. But later we see how God found Job an upright man (Harper, Collins).
God speaks out of a whirlwind in v)1. This whirlwind is described by Abingdon as a storm and refers to divine anger. He tells Job to man up in v(3 to get ready to answer some questions. Then God asked Job a host of questions that deal with creation and the universe and gives placement to humans as subordinate to God. God is the creator of the universe see Genesis2:1.This is seen in Genesis 1 and 2.
This text continues to talk about humans and their roles and opens with a description of the majesty of Gods names that even infants recognize v)1-2. In v) 3 a question is asked about the value of humans. The answer follows in v) 5-8 with a description of human beings being little gods and crowned with glory and honor (Abingdon, 2003).
God has given humans power over the works of their hands, the birds, the sea, and the air. The section closes with again recognizing God’s Sovereignty ( Abingdon). This text supports God’s greatness, and power. It also discusses how God felt about humans and our importance Genesis 1:26, 27.
This section v)12-13 supports the opening scripture in Isaiah regarding God’s defeat of chaos and putting creation in order. In v)14 the dragon (Leviathan’s) head was crushed. These monsters were destroyed. In v)15-17 we see how the writer shares how God cut open springs, dried up streams, change days to nights, fixed the bounds of the earth and made summer and winter (Harper,Collins 2006).
This text references chaos again and this would reference the deep, darkness in Genesis 1:1 possibly. But the defeat of the monsters does not reflect the text.
This text shares how great God is again. Here again we see God ruling over the sea, storms and the one who destroyed the dragon (Rahab) Harper, Collins,2006.
Again the text does not support the mention of dragons. It does support God’s greatness.
This text opens talking about the Lord’s greatness and majesty. God creates streams of water, birds to nest in trees, and mountain peaks. His wisdom is unimaginable. God has planned so that living beings are able to flourish and sustain themselves. He brings order out of chaos. (Abingdon, 2003).
We see this in Genesis 1:20, 26.
This text gives praise to God for who he is and that he has done. Praise is given to God as he is the creator, for his wisdom, deliverance and for his love Harper Collins, 2006.
This is supported in the text in Genesis.
Wisdom is described here as being present before the creation of the world. Before mountains, when heaven was shaped it is said to have been present Harper, Collins.
When he assigned the sea, wisdom was present. God’s creativity is unimaginable to us as humans. He is the ultimate creator as he created heaven and earth Genesis 1:1, 2:1.
My Creation Story
God is mighty, sovereign, wise and undefeated rules over the sea and its inhabitants God’s power and authority is acknowledged. (Proverbs 8:22-31, Psalms 74:12-17)
God is recognized as magnificent. He sets up divine governance. His greatness is hard for one to imagine. (Job 26:7-14)
He brings calm to the chaos and destroys the dragons (Rahab and Leviathan) in wind to war (Isaiah 51:9-10).
After destroying the dragons he begins with creation. He breathes and creates the heavens, the sun, stars, and the sea. He sets up the constellations and Bear, Orion, and Pleiades is in place. He places mountains in the north. He speaks and calms the sea. We see here how God also made day and night, summer and winter and could cause the springs to dry up. (Job (:4-14, and Isaiah 51:9-10, Psalms 104:1-9).
Ultimately he is the creator of the foundation of the earth, dimensions of the earth, and the clouds. There is no one like God who is wise beyond measure and had a perfect plan. (Proverbs 8:22-31,
Finally God, created humans and made us a little lower than the God. We were crowned with God’s glory. Then God gave us power over the animals, the sea, the air and over the works of our hands (Psalms 8:5-8). This concludes my creation story from the above text.
The first book of the bible has a convergence of evidence per Bandstra that is the writers looked at the fact and evidence and they came together to get the best most factual story. The books of the bible use prose, poetry and law in their writing. The narrative flow for Genesis continues to tie in creation until the Israelites down fall at the hands of the Babylonians. The first two chapters give two different stories. Bandstra spoke of couplets throughout Genesis as demonstrated. The bible was to help make sense of the reasons the past (Stanley). The creation narrative was probably formulated during the exile time period. It has been suggested the first part of Genesis does not fit with the rest of the bible as this section is not shared anyplace else (Stanley, 2003).
Discusses how the world behind the text differs from the world in the text substantively.
The world behind the text concerning the deuteronomistic narrative had a common editor or thread that was determined to get one message across and this message was to let the people know that God had a plan for their lives and all that they had went through was a part of the plan. Therefore, the world in the text may be missing important information that does not contain in relevance to above.
What makes a cross-cultural experience “authentic” (or does not)? I believe understanding what was happening or is happening in the community of people as well as understanding their issues and or concerns will assist in making the experience authentic. Reading the bible as a cross cultural experience assist with opening up one’s mind to other cultures and experiences. Stanley shares how the bible was written for a set or people who had a certain culture already in place. Many of them came from the same background. Learning as much as you can about one’s background is essential in studying the scripture and will assist with one having a greater understanding.
I mentioned the Black lives matter movement as another way to understand people from different backgrounds who have concerns about what is happening in their communities. I believe it will give a greater understanding to this movement. This would be a way to have a cross cultural experience today. Learning about the reasons for this movement would be a common day cross cultural experience.
Today, many people may not understand the “Black Lives Matters” movement from a large group’s perspective one might be able to understand a 1 on 1 conversation with a mother whose son has been shot or killed. It would give a different perspective to the movement in my opinion.
Bandstra, Barry. Reading the Old Testament: An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing, 2008.
Stanley, Christopher. The Hebrew Bible: A Comparative Approach. Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2009
The Harper Collins Study Bible. San Francisco, California: Harper Collins Publishing, 2006.
The New Interpreter’s Study Bible. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 2003.