Gen. 02 – Not Ashamed.
Genesis Chapter 2 focuses on וַיְכֻלּוּ Vah Yih Coo Loo, meaning and He Finished. After six periods of creating The Lord God stopped Creating, Making and Fashioning. His work was complete! There was nothing more to do.
וַיְכֻלּוּ הַשָּׁמַיִם וְהָאָרֶץ וְכָל־צְבָאָם:ס
Vah Yih Coo Loo
And He finished
And He finished The Heavens and The Earth, and all hosts of them.
I cannot say with any certainty How long a Yom / Day was at the time of creation. A Yom may have been a 24 hour day. A Yom may have been millions of years. I don’t know!! So let’s dwell on the record that we have. The sun. moon, and stars we’re all fashions and placed in the sky on The Fourth Day. Yet Day One Concludes with these Words, ‘ And God called The Light Day, and The darkness He Called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, One Day. However, There was no sun or moon or stars placed in the sky. So how could one determine the day from the night? There was no sunrise or sunset. Neither the moon or the stars illuminated the night sky.
Please note that no living beings were created until after the fourth day. Human life and animal life were created after the fourth day.
Genesis 1.14 – 19
And God Said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years; And let them be for lights in the firmament of the Heavens to give light upon the earth, and it was so. And God Made two great lights; the large light to rule the day, and the small light to rule the night, and he made the stars. And God set them in the firmament of the Heavens to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness, and God Saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
Genesis 2.1 – 5
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day, God ended His work which He had made, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it; because that in it He had rested from all his work which God created and made. 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.
Where does this leave us?
Genesis chapter 1 concluded with a powerful declaration by our Creator. And God Saw everything that He had Made, and, behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. The work of creation was completed. Nothing was left to create, to make to prepare, etc. Everything in the Heavens was 100% completed for every moment of time. Everything on the earth was 100% completed for every moment of time. Nothing was left undone. Even though down through the centuries our world has been broken many times like in Noah’s day. At times humankind has followed a path of brokenness. We have failed God and each other many times with every failure we could conjure up. Every mistake we could ever make was already planned and prepared for. Nothing was excluded.
I am the Lord, and there is no one else, there is no God beside Me; I girded you, though you have not known Me; That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am The Lord, and there is no one else. I form the light, and create darkness; I make peace, and create evil; I the Lord do all these things.
Some of us struggle with the complexities of creation. We do not understand the mixture between creation and science. We have perplexing questions. All of our questions will be answered to our satisfaction in the future. Some of us do not understand our sexual attractions. Some men are attracted to men. Some women are attracted to women. Some are attracted to men and women. Conservatives grappled over what The Holy Scriptures define as sexual deviances. Why does a father desire his daughter? Why does a mother desire her son? Who are we to question what God Has created? Who are we to define what is normal and abnormal? What may be considered normal in Adam’s age might be considered deviance in our age. For example, both Cain and Abel married their sisters. Abraham married his sister. Marrying one’s sister is prohibited to Jews since 2448 F.C. but not to Noachides. However, many societies forbid marriage between close relatives.
Isaiah 45.9 – 10
Woe to him who strives with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him who fashions it, What do you make? or your work, He has no hands? Woe to him who says to his father, What are you begetting? or to the woman, with what are you in labor?
Dear Ones, it has been especially wonderful in learning together this past year. God Willing in the coming year we can share time together in Genesis, The First Book of The Torah. May we stay within Torah’s Guidelines. May we help others, May we bring peace and healing to our world. May this coming Sabbath and every Sabbath be a blessed Day.
Dr Akiva Gamliel Belk