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Part VI: A Translation of Genesis
1:1 - 2:4
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 the earth when they were created, in the day that
the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.
An interpretative rendering:
THUS THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH
WERE FINISHED WITH ALL THINGS NECESSARY TO THEM.
ON THE SEVENTH DAY GOD COMPLETED
THE WORK WHICH HE HAD BEEN ENGAGED IN, SO HE RESTED ON THE SEVENTH
DAY FROM SETTING EVERYTHING IN ORDER.
AND GOD BLESSED THE SEVENTH DAY
AND SET IT APART: BECAUSE THAT ON THIS DAY HE HAD RESTED FROM
THE WORK INVOLVED IN CREATING AND APPOINTING EVERYTHING.
SUCH IS THE HISTORY OF THE HEAVENS
AND THE EEARTH WHEN THEY WERE CREATED, WHEN THE LORD GOD PREPARED
then, what I believe these verses in Genesis are telling us is
that God deliberately planned a world peculiarly suited for man,
over which he was to be given dominion. For reasons which are
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elsewhere in Scripture,
when the earth was just about ready for man's introduction, it
came under judgment and was desolated.
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The six days of Genesis were, I
believe, days of re-creation and re-appointment, at what was
clearly an enormously accelerated rate. For all we know, only
the area comprising the Garden of Eden need have been completely
furnished when man was created and placed in it. The rest of
the world outside the Garden may still have been partially disorganized.
The command that man should multiply
and fill the earth in order to have dominion over it may be the
reason why the earth was designedly left unsubdued. Man's duty
was, perhaps, to extend the boundaries of the Garden until the
earth became a paradise. This was to be the means whereby he
would grow to maturity and turn innocence into virtue. But man
failed in the first great test, and with his failure the whole
world of nature suffered by default. In this sense what disruption
still remains is due to the fall of man and his consequent failure
to be lord of the earth. We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ,
as the Last Adam, will yet complete the purposes of God in this
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