The creation narrative.
“God saw all that he made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day. Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” Genesis 1:31; 2:1, NIV. God made everything “very good” because He was creating a place where humankind He planned to create could have a long and enjoyable life. God even planted a garden and filled it with all possible kinds of fruit trees, so that humankind could enjoy it. “The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being…The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” Genesis 2”7, 15, NIV.
The statement “and it was very good” above, included the mankind that God created. However, the first man, the representative of the entire humanity, did not remain good. The first man – Adam, disobeyed God’s command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. “When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom she took some of it and ate it. She also gave some of it to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.” Genesis 3:6, NIV. By making a deliberate and a voluntary decision, the humankind, in the first man Adam, joined God’s enemy, the adversary – Satan, in rebellion against God. Thus the entire future humankind became the sinner by nature and a slave in the kingdom of sin and darkness. Therefore, the “Let there be light” was plunged into darkness. Accordingly, the creation narrative introduces readers to the tension between the light and darkness; and, between the good and evil.
God, because He loves his creation, determined that His good creation shall not remain in the darkness. Therefore, God brought light into the world, in the Son of the promise, the seed of the woman. He defeated the darkness and set the helpless humanity free. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heal.” Genesis 3:15, NIV. Accordingly, throughout the Old Covenant Scriptures and in various ways, God reminded the helpless humankind, His enemies, of what He will do to crush the kingdom of sin and darkness and replace it with the kingdom of light and righteousness.
The consequence of Adam’s decision is next blog.