CREATION AND COVENANT
by Roger Wyatt| 3rd June 2021 | more posts on 'Covenant'
The concept of covenant is introduced early in the book of Genesis, although the word is not used until Genesis 9. After Noah and his sons, along with their unnamed wives, emerge from the ark, God blesses the surviving remnant of humanity with words much like those spoken to Adam and Eve nine generations before: ‘Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth”’ (Genesis 9:1). Nowhere however, in the opening chapter of Genesis, is it explicitly stated that God was instituting a covenant with the first humans.
by Roger Wyatt| 9th June 2021 | more posts on 'Chronology and the Bible'
‘This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground.’ (Genesis 2:4-5 NIV)
It is often argued that there are two conflicting accounts of creation in the opening chapters of Genesis. In Genesis 1, after the heavens and earth are created, a seven day process begins in which the created order is fashioned and filled with life. However, the account in Genesis 2, ostensibly, reads very differently.
SEPARATED BUT NOT DIVIDED
by Roger Wyatt| 16th June 2021 | more posts on 'Covenant'
The theme of separation features heavily in Genesis 1. After the introduction of light into the world, verse two records that ‘God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness’ (Genesis 1:4), וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים (wayyaḇdel Elohim lit. separated Elohim). Then, in day two, God separates the waters to create the firmament: ‘So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so’ (Genesis 1:7) - וַיַּבְדֵּל בֵּין הַמַּיִם (wayyaḇdel ben hammayim lit. divided between the waters).
DID THE SERPENT LIE?
by Roger Wyatt| 22nd October 2021 | more posts on 'Beginnings'
The famous encounter between Eve and the serpent is a foundational moment in the story of God’s creation. The question, ‘did the serpent lie?’, seems to demand a quick and obvious answer, “yes”. But the craftiness of the serpent ensures that Eve was not tricked into disobedience by an obvious untruth, and the words of God’s adversary are laced with half-truths that would prove to be a permanent characteristic of the one Jesus referred to as ‘the father of lies’ (John 8:44).