Friday, September 19, 2008

Genesis 1: And there was evening and there was morning...

Chewing over Genesis 1 this morning with new CU Staff member Hannah we found ourselves recalling this...

Dan Hames:
"Also, of course the darkness of night is always a picture of evil or distress in the Bible; yet according to the creation account, even in the night there are stars created to bring light: little versions of the sun that see us through the darkness until morning comes. And there are no little darknesses in the daytime! The sun rules during the daytime!
Notice as well the way Genesis records the passage of the days. We usually tend to think in terms of the day fading into night- working from light to darkness, but Genesis 1v5 records ‘there was evening and morning’; the Bible suggests that reality is really about moving from darkness into light. Far from our assumption about starting the day in light and giving way to darkness, the Bible holds-up each of our days as a little model of all reality- a reality where light conquers darkness. As 1 John 2v8 says, ‘the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining’.
So sunrise every morning is structured to make us remember that the shape of reality is that darkness and evil are temporary afflictions for us. Creation shows us the truth that light will finally conquer darkness and the seventh day of God's promised rest will come to us at long last."
Hard-wired into creation is the overcoming of darkness by light pointing to the Father, Son and Holy Spirit's before-creation plan-of-salvation... Furthermore, there is the ruling over Day and Night by light, which points againt to the victory of light, but also the presence of one who rules. The ruler who comissions Sun and Moon to rule on his behalf... who comissions birds and fish to multiply - he fills the earth with their kinds. They're sent to fill the world. The world is resplendent with examples of the ruling, forming and filling hand of God. All of them feint echoes of the glory of God that Man is created to manifest to creation as the divine image-bearer. Shining forth the glory of the God who calls his people out of darkness into the light so we can see. The God who sent The Son into the darkness to overcome it

Through this year I plan to continue working through the Book of Genesis with Matt (Relay) and Hannah (Staff). The more time I spend there the more I see how the foundational categories of reality are established in this first book setting the stage in creation for the planned new creation - with layer upon layer of promises woven into the fabric of space and time, all building towards the explicit manifestation of God's salvation in Jesus.

We do well to be "listening to creation's sermons about it's creator".

1 comment:

  1. Great stuff!
    On stars and night to day, I've been thinking about the fact that the very last name Christ calls himself in his revelation to John is the "Bright Morning Star" and all that that means. Trajectory-wise what you've pointed out here seems to find it telos in Christ on that day when, “there will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.”

    Until then we look to Christ, our Bright Morning Star - the sure sign of hope in the tension of the now and not yet.