Greetings my fellow Christians!
I must ask of those who live in the U.S., how was your Thanksgiving last week? I pray it was a blessed day for all of you. I had a great time with family and even driving a portion of this vast country for two days (in one direction) didn’t take away my joy. I love the Lord so much! Now, onto Christmas!
Like these two holidays, there are two separate accounts of creation in Genesis. What? Yes, from Genesis 1:1 to Genesis 2:3 God has given a description of creation. The scripture records the ending of that segment by stating; “These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,”. A quick note, back in those days often a summery of events was terminated by stating “These are the generations of…” Basically it's a signature. The rest of Genesis chapter 2 and chapter 3 is the second account of creation. BUT it is NOT an account of a second creation, merely a more descriptive detail of the previous account. The scripture continues on to document Adam’s dependents and ends with his signature, “This is the book of the generations Adam.” (Genesis 5:1).
“Critics claim that the two accounts are contradictory. Actually they are complementary, the second merely giving more details of the events of the fifth and sixth days of the creation week. The Lord Jesus (Who was there as the Creator!) used them both, quoting from each (Matthew 19:4-6) at the same time in the same context. Note also that ‘create’ (Hebrew Bara) is used seven times in Genesis 1, never in Genesis 2-4. In that second account, ‘made’ and ‘formed’ (Hebrew asah, yatsar) are the words used. Genesis 2:3 stresses the fact that ‘create’ and ‘make’ are different when it tells us that God rested ‘from all His work which God created and made.’ Evidently the verb ‘create’ which always has the Creator as its subject, refers to His work in calling entities into existence; ‘make’ refers to systems constructed (by either God or men) out of the previously created ‘made’.”1
Explaining something in greater detail after we give the mainstatement is something we all do. For example we might say; Father is in the hospital, or my son joined the Army, or my daughter went to her friends. All of these scenarios would follow with more details. And this is just a few examples. We speak like this all the time yet no one criticizes us for it. And now that you understand, you can give this gift of understanding to others…
Until next time, God bless and take care,
Morris, Henry, Days of Praise; Created and Made, Institute for Creation Research, Copyright 2008