Read: 2 Peter 3:8 “8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”
We are slowly leaving the first family and Eden. But before we leave the creation stories far behind I want to tie up some loose ends; interesting facts that I didn’t develop into full WISH posts. Consider this a buffet of miscellaneous facts, insights, and possible wisdom.
- “Adam” means “human” or “man”, and is related to the word for dirt or dust. It is used BOTH as a noun and proper noun in Genesis. A good nickname for Adam would be “Dusty”.
- “Eve” means “life, lively, reviving”, it can also mean, “queen”.
- “Eden” means “luxury or delight”.
- The word “day” in Hebrew, “Yom”, is used in the six day creation story but can also mean “an age or era”, which is an undefined length of time. However, the particular grammar used in Genesis implies that a 24 hour day is meant. So among our choices is: 1) That God created over timeless ages (billions of years), and improper grammar was used, or 2) God created over billions of years and poetic license is used in telling the story, or 3) God created the universe in a literal 24 hr. day, in six days. We don’t need to be Biblical literalists to be faithful Christians. I like #2 personally.
- God originally intended people to be vegetarians (Genesis 1:29-30). Sorry.
(Question, could Eden really be paradise without steak or BBQ? Asking for a friend)
- Psalm 104 is yet another poetic creation account. In it God has clear control of the forces of water, which in Hebrew is related to the word for “chaos”. The word for water is also closely related to the name of an ancient pagan water goddess, Tiamat, who was quite terrifying in pagan folklore. The implication is that the God of the Hebrew people is supreme over everything.
Pastor Rob Nystrom