Read: John 1:1-14
In an earlier WISH post I noted that scholars believe that Genesis ch.1 and 2 are two accounts of creation; Genesis 1 is a prose poem, and Genesis 2 is the Adam and Eve narrative. While that’s interesting, the Bible has two more passages that retell the creation story. Where? I’ll tell you, but you have to promise to read them in your Bible.
The Bible begins with the words, “In the beginning …” (Old Testament, Genesis 1). In the New Testament, John begins his gospel by paralleling Genesis, writing, “In the beginning was the Word.” John says that everything was created through (the pre-incarnational) Christ. John’s “Word” motif plays off the Genesis’ theme that as God spoke the Word, creation came into being. The opening chapter of John’s gospel tells us much about Christ, and is among my favorite passages of scripture.
The fourth creation story in the Bible is mind-blowing! It’s hidden so deep in the pages of the Bible that many people of faith don’t know it’s there. It’s beautiful and poetic. You promised to look it up and to read it, remember? It’s too long to quote here, so I’m counting on you. It’s in the Old Testament book of Proverbs, in the middle of your Bible, right after the Psalms. Proverbs 8:22-31. Pause now and read it …
So who is speaking these grand words? It’s WISDOM, personified. This creation story poetically describes how God created everything with wisdom. SHE (yes, in both Hebrew and Greek “wisdom” is female) is working with God to create all the wondrous beauty that we see. I am envisioning a liturgical dance in worship to this dramatic reading with, the music, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” (2001 Space Odyssey). And I love how the passage ends, “then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight, rejoicing before him always, rejoicing in his inhabited world and delighting in the human race.” Wow, God, through wisdom, delights in God’s creation and in the human race. Let that sink in a bit. That understated truth is so important to understanding Who God is.
Pastor Rob Nystrom