After all the wonderful plants and animals were created, God gathered us all around, with a big grin on His face, and said He was saving the best for last.
God said that the very fact the best was being saved for last would be an analogy, for any rebel who questions why God does not give everything they ask exactly when they ask for it.
Good things need preparation, He explained. The better they are, the more preparation they need. But good things are always worth waiting for. Good things, taken before their way is prepared, would only be bad things. And was this next thing going to be good!
Then God scooped up some dust, rearranged its elements into what appeared to be a most beautiful animal, and then breathed into it a Soul which reflected the very Face of God!
Dust contains an amazing mix of all the elements that exist, complex beyond the power of any angel to recreate. And not just dead elements, but plant and animal life. All God needed for the physical body, He found in the dust.
We suddenly understood that those six days of creation glory were all planned around the preparation of this pile of dust.
Not that God needed dust or He could not have found what He needed, but God wanted His new creature to feel at home, walking the ground of Earth, surrounded by the stellar glories which had, by God’s Hand, been used to manufacture this amazing dust out of primordial water.
The creature’s soul, however, was made from the elements of Heaven, so that the soul might always know its home is there.
It was the inside of the Soul which astonished us, more than the body which was amazing enough. We saw that all the physical things God had fashioned out of His Breath faced the possibility of extinction, through accident or design, and re-formation into new creations. But the Soul seems indestructible, eternal, reflecting the very essence of God Himself!
I don’t mean the soul actually is indestructible. I mean rather that it is marked by God for eternal protection from destruction. The really remarkable thing about the soul is what it is about it, that inspired God to mark it for eternal protection.
It has something to do with its power to choose.
God calls the soul and its body “man”, and “Adam”, which means “red in the face”, because of his thin hairless skin that allows the color of his blood to show through.
God created the man out of red earth, and that hue is in the man’s skin. We could see from the manner of construction that Adam’s descendants had the potential for lighter and for darker skin. As red earth is a medium color for earth, Adam’s chromosomes were arranged for the maximum potential for variety of color in his descendants.
How different than all the other animals: the fish with their tough, colorful scales, the mammals with their soft bright hair, the birds with their lovely, delicate feathers, the reptiles with their thick, hard skin!
Man’s physical appearance showcased the grandest miracle of all creation: blood! God had said “it is good” after all He had made, but God really liked blood.
VerseScout: Genesis 1:4 God saw the light, that it was good…. 10…Earth and…seas…was good…12 [plants]…was good… 18 [sun, moon and stars]…was good…. 21 [fish] was good…. 25 [land animals] was good…. 31 [everything, including man]…and, behold, it was very good.
He told us “look at this. This is special. This is special. Life is in the blood. See how universal it is! All living flesh has some form of it, without which it cannot live!”
VerseScout: Leviticus 17:11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. 12 Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood. 13 And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust. 14 For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The preceding Scripture speaks of physical life; the following Scripture speaks of eternal life. Our physical bodies must not consume physical blood without great hazard to our health; but our Souls cannot live without the sustenance of God’s Life poured out for us.
It had to be hard for the Jews, raised by the command of God to never drink blood, to hear the Son of God telling them they had to drink His blood! Not just accept the salvation His blood provides, but drink it!
This is actually the same message we find in Ecclesiastes 1, that all is “vanity and vexation of spirit”, KJV, meaning in Hebrew that the universe is made of the Breath of God, which is sustained, or finds its purpose, through the Holy Spirit.
VerseScout: John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. 48 I am that bread of life. 49 Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. 52 The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? 53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. 54 Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. 56 He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me. 58 This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.
“Blood is different, of course, from one animal to another. Only vertebrates have hemoglobin. But even the life of plants flows through a substance which serves them the way blood serves animals and man.
“Now watch very carefully, as history unfolds, what I do with blood. I have made it a living analogy of how I nourish all souls. Through blood I explain the cost of Love. Through blood I will explain the cost even I must pay, for My love.”
A cost? Of love? A cost even God must pay? If God must pay it, how much more the rest of us? That was a really troubling thing to hear.
VerseScout: Matthew 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he be as his master, and the servant as his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more shall they call them of his household?
John 15:20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
“It is the key to a Heaven from which no soul will ever again depart!”
What a glorious purpose! A guarantee that men would never leave Heaven, as angels did! But men are on Earth. Does this mean men will never rebel on Earth, either?
There had been so much intelligence packed into every cell of all the plants and the animals, that I had forgotten they lacked Souls. But when I saw the Man, and saw him talk with God, I realized he was special.
God announced that through Man he would fill heaven with His Children. We were ecstatic with joy, for God’s sake as well as our own, at this news. But not so ecstatic as we were when he next said “I have made you to be Ministering Spirits, and now I send you forth to serve Man, who shall be my Heir, and who shall inherit Salvation. I will be sure to praise you before men. I will tell men of the wonderful service you give them.”
VerseScout: Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Psalm 103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels [messengers, whether human or Heavenly], that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. 22 Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.
It was not long before we saw what Adam could do, which no animal could do. He was able to imagine possibilities.
Adam longed for fellowship with a creature of his own kind, as he saw the animals had. While each animal had many of its own kind with which to frolic – flocks of birds, schools of fish, herds of grazing animals, a congress of baboons, etc. – Adam had not one single creature of his own kind!
Why, Adam wondered?
VerseScout: Gen 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The verse does not explicitly tell us who noticed Adam had no mate – maybe it was only God and the lack never occurred to Adam. Except that “there was not found” implies that the one who noticed had been looking. Neither God nor angels needed to look; they already knew. It must have been Adam. And the strong desire for mates among humans today suggests Adam had it too, and was deeply disappointed that there was none. It even suggests that during that long work of naming animals, with their mates, (remember that male and female animals have distinct names, so all animals must have had mates as they appeared before him) all Adam could think about was “where’s mine?”
The very fact that Adam had the capacity to wonder was a clue to us that God had something special in mind for Adam – the ability to love! We understood how the capacity to wonder was a requisite for the ability to love. The capacity to wonder was, in turn, an element of another Gift we now perceived manifesting before our eyes, a Gift God had not given to any other earthly creature. A Gift confined until now to angels.
Indeed, we quickly understood this Gift was to become our link to all Creation. Until now, all God had created was beautiful, entertaining, and awesome. But now, upon the giving of this Gift to Adam, there was, for the first time, a Creature, a Created Being, with whom we could have Fellowship!
This Gift was the ability of Adam to visualize something that did not already exist, and then to desire it, and then to ask God for it. We coined a new word for this Gift: Prayer.
VerseScout: Matthew 8:28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time? 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32 And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters.
VerseScout Relevance Report: This shows that demons had the power to visualize possibilities not already realized, and to pray for them; it even shows Jesus was willing to answer the prayer of demons! How much more must the angels of God have this capacity, and Jesus the desire to satisfy them!
We saw how much more beneficial this was to Adam, to have less than he needed but then to have the capacity to Pray for it, than had God made him with all he needed in the first place, with nothing more to imagine or pray for, the way God had made the animals.
We saw that through Prayer, Adam was actually Creating in the same manner as God, and with the same power – God’s, though without direct control over it. This process of creating, we saw to be a source of satisfaction in itself, a key even to meaning in life.
VerseScout: John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
We saw also how this process of asking of God, and receiving, depended on God’s willingness to sacrifice the effort and energy to rearrange the rest of the Universe to accommodate this request. Such sacrifice constituted evidence of God’s Love, which inspired reciprocal love in Adam.
No animal could visualize an alternative to reality, and decide the alternative would have been better, or wonder why God had not made it so. That capacity not only to visualize an alternative to reality, but to prefer it, is the beginning of the ability to tell right (what is preferred) from wrong, or good from evil. And without all these capacities, there can be no capacity to love, we realized as we cataloged Adam’s potentials.
An animal can only return “love”, which is not real love. An animal has to capacity to love, or do good for, its enemies.
VerseScout: John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
VerseScout Relevance Report: Animals sometimes lay down their lives for their young, for each other, and humans. But there is no clear evidence that conscious individual choice enters into it; in fact the very predictability of “animal altruism” by certain animals in certain situations points to their “programming” as the cause. Loving their enemies is a level of love never observed among animals.
Humans are able to love even their enemies, and even to lay down their lives for their enemies. The fact that humans do not do so consistently or predictably proves the act is by individual choice.
The degree of affection of which animals are capable, is described by Jesus as the limit of affection shown by the worst of men.
Jesus said the greatest love is to die for one’s friends, but then his act was far greater: He died for all His enemies!
God responded to Adam’s unspoken prayer for companionship by fully satisfying him! We expected God would create an instant civilization of men, as He had of animals. But no, God has planned something better, we soon realized.
In the first place, Adam did not pray for an entire civilization. He desired just one female, with whom he could not only have fellowship but children. Even before God responded we figured out that Adam desired this so much, that one female would so satisfy his desire for love, that he would not care about an entire civilization buzzing around him.
In the second place, this desire of Adam was an opportunity God had used to strengthen Human Love. The animals may have enjoyed instant fellowship, but they could not say they were all related to each other. Only a few animals of any given kind would in the future be able to claim common ancestry, and even those few lacked the intelligence to grasp the concept.
But if things proceeded as they were beginning, we realized all future humans would be able to say they came from the same common ancestor! That they were all “brothers and sisters”! We saw this as a great incentive to Love, because it is always easiest to understand that which is most like oneself. We saw how that would make it easier for humans to love each other.
God was giving humans a tool for developing love which He had not even given angels!
VerseScout: Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
VerseScout Relevance Report: The fact that angels do not marry strongly suggests they do not have babies, which in turn suggests that they were all created at the same time, and are not related in the physical sense that humans are.
But God was doing something even more to unite all humans in one common ancestry. Not only would all future humankind proceed from the union of the same male and female, but even the female would proceed from the male!
VerseScout: Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 19 And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. 20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; 22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. 12 For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.
We discussed all these possibilities as God sedated Adam and cut flesh from his side to make a woman. God told us, “notice the bond that will now exist between man and woman. Adam shed his own blood so that his bride might exist. This will make the man love the woman, seeing how much of himself is in her; this will make the woman love the man, seeing how her existence is owed to him. Love leads the lover to sacrifice, and the recipient of the sacrifice is led to love.”
VerseScout: John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. 12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Luke 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. ….50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
God continued, “See how Adam’s sacrifice, from out of his side, makes the existence of his bride possible? I, too, seek a bride: a congregation of souls who will live in Heaven with me, for all eternity, and never repent of love. I love these two souls, and I will love their children, so much that I, too, am willing to cut open My own side, if that is what is necessary to make the existence of my bride possible! I am even willing, should it be required, to face the surgery without the anesthetic.”
We wondered at such strange words! God, cut open? God, in pain? How could such a thing be? Such a thing obviously could be, since God told us it could.
We tried to imagine what sort of “bride” God visualized.
VerseScout: John 19:34 But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. 35 And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.
Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Isaiah 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Isaiah 49:18 Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
Isaiah 61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
We had noticed how carefully God had removed Adam’s rib, leaving intact the periosteum – the membrane surrounding the bone, and peeling out the rib. Soon we understood why, as we saw the rib begin to grow back. We learned that the periosteam contains cells that can manufacture new bone, and rib bones are the easiest to grow back because the attached intercostal muscles provide a rich blood supply.
God said, “In the same way that Adam’s rib was taken from him, and yet is being replaced by a new rib, a part of me will be removed and yet will be quickly restored.”
We couldn’t even react to this statement. It was so far beyond us. I just wrote it down, and turned down the corner of the page so I can find it again, if more explanation comes later.
God taught all the animals how to procreate, as well as quite a number of amazing things, such as how to navigate annually to distant parts of the Continent, despite brains and sense organs far from adequately equipped for the task. God made them dependent on Him to guide each of them throughout their lives. God did not give animals the capacity to question or disobey. Rather, their obedience was so “automatic” that each animal in each species, from the greatest to the least, behaved uniformly.
That is, of course there were varieties of personalities, to make them interesting. But there was nothing like the range from very good to very evil which exists among angels because of the choices they have made.
Only Man, of all on Earth, was given the capacity to Obey. To man alone, God said, “be fruitful and multiply” with conscious words, with the desire for but not the certainty of man’s conscious, willful obedience.
There are other differences. We saw God’s design for human reproduction. All other animals will nurture their young for a very brief time: from no time at all to a few minutes, to a few months. Man, alone, will be required to nurture their young for ten years or more before they will be self sufficient!
What love God is requiring man to perfect, as a condition of his own survival! God has special plans for man!
God made animals with little capacity to teach their children, beyond a few months at most. Nor do animals have much capacity for learning with age. An animal one year old and the same kind of animal 10 years old will not only have about the same level of skill, but will have about the same skills. Not so man! God created man with capacity to learn, and to teach, and to choose areas of learning, for his entire life!
Not only is this a blessing in itself, but it will be a powerful incentive to an even greater blessing: monogamous, lifetime relationships between husband and wife. “Marriages”, we call them. Commitments for life, which are conscious choices in a manner beyond the capacity of animals, and beyond the experience of angels.
VerseScout: Matthew 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
The reason the capacity to learn and teach for life will encourage lifetime marriages is that children will require parental instruction for many years, and will greatly benefit from parental instruction for many more years; while parents will greatly benefit from the joy of their children when they are young, and the wisdom of their children when they are mature. Man has so much capacity to continue teaching and learning, that even grandchildren will suffer without stable relationships with their grandparents.
The greatest blessing of all, to which all this will lead, is the preparation for Heaven!
Animals, by contrast, mate with whomever is available, which may vary from year to year, or even day to day. What little capacity they have to teach their young is exhausted quickly.
In fact, God made man so dependent on monogamy that if man were ever to even try to be as polygamous as animals, their very bodies would disintegrate with corruption and disease. Man was made dependent on monogamy for his very health!
No animal could honestly have said, as Adam said, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” (God liked that, and said He would be sure to put it in His book.)
Before Adam said that, he acknowledged the special way God made Adam’s mate, or rather, wife, the woman: by taking flesh from Adam’s side rather than dust from the ground from which He had fashioned all other life. He said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Wo-man, because she was taken from man.”
VerseScout: Genesis 2:22 And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. 23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. 24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
As wonderful as it was that God had given Adam the power to visualize, which Adam had used to co-create his wife with God, we marveled at the irony of his ability to want anything he did not already have, when he had only begun to taste the delights of what he already had!
Thousands of fruits yet to taste! Beauty in unnoticed clouds, sunrises, flowers, animals – more beauty than could ever fit in a thousand years of study, thrills, joy, and thanks to God!
Not only is it impossible for Adam to see more than a fraction of all the beauty around him – for example, while he is looking at flowers he cannot also look at clouds – but with his powers of imagination he is able to see little or nothing at all of what he has while he is creating what he has not! In that sense he is far less aware of his surroundings than animals, although he of course interacts with his environment far more.
Yet God still faithfully created beauty just to wait for Adam’s glance, so that wherever a man might happen to look, there it is!
But why did God take such care to create beauty even where Adam could not look? Beauty under water, or in a microscopic world too small for him to see, or on distant planets, or star formations too faint for his weak eyes (compared with ours), or in the infrared spectrum, or the ultraviolet spectrum, or the spectrum in which the Light from God’s Face shines, or even in such more familiar worlds as the world of smells known to Adam’s dog?
Yet one more world of beauty worthy of note here: the world of dreams. What magnificent colors, shapes, images, sounds, stories, and adventures await Adam’s first night of sleep, almost none of which will he remember even if he tries hard!
When I asked God about these things, He answered, “That beauty which man cannot or chooses not to see, will not you see it?”
“Yes, but”, I asked, “am I wrong in perceiving that all this that You have just created, was not for us, since we already had a wonderful universe, but for man? If so, then is it not ironic that only the thinnest slice of all this beauty You have created for him can possibly be appreciated by him?”
“When I was alone, before I created angels,” God pointed out, “not even the thinnest slice of the beauty I created was appreciated by anyone! And even now you have the capacity to see only the thinnest slice.”
I felt sorry for God, that there was a time when there was no one to praise Him. Then just as quickly, I felt ashamed of myself for elevating sentient life so highly in my estimation, that I imagined its acknowledgment of God could be of such value to God that its absence would disappoint Him!
But God was gracious beyond imagination.
“Although I do not need your praise to know joy, it is my greatest treasure when you and your brothers give it.”
I wept at God’s humility in assuring me that His greatness did not lessen His appreciation of my poor gifts!
He continued, “But when no one appreciates what I have done and created, I still appreciate it. I find great personal satisfaction in making all things excellent. I pack quality and intelligence into everything I do, because it pleases Me.
“I have made Adam in Our Image. He, too, will take great pleasure in doing all things well, even when there is no other man to understand or appreciate it, although he will take even greater pleasure in giving to others.
“One day Adam will build a house. And in a time when he has many descendants, he will reserve to his own eyes a room so personal that he will invite no one in. He will even drive out insects, so that even they will be denied a glimpse of its beauty. (Translator’s note: apparently this description is of a “Man Cave”.) Even Wo-man will avoid it, because the concept women have of beauty includes being clean. Yet Adam will delight in making it beautiful, for his eyes alone.”
VerseScout: Mark 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
I marveled. Not only was it beyond human capacity to see all the beauty God had created for man, but it stretched human capacity to remain ever conscious of appreciating it – or in other words, of acknowledging its source – or in other words, of thanking God for it. But since thanksgiving is the doorway to happiness for man, there is every reason for confidence that man will always stretch his capacity to give it.
Day seven – God is resting from His labor. He ceased working.
VerseScout: Genesis 2:2 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. 3 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.
I would understand if the reason God is resting is because He is tired. It wore me out just watching Him work! But the only reason I am sure of is that He is done. Creation is finished.
That is, at least this stage of it. God has already said there will be more to be done, later, regarding this “blood”.
VerseScout: John 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
I have no idea whether all the First Week’s work actually tired God, but I can tell you this: the degree of intelligence God packed into the creation of the universe, the Earth, and all its life, is as far beyond my comprehension as is God Himself! Not to mention the future planning that went into designing everything from hatching an egg to however God is going to turn Adam and Wo-man into His Children! That is, into souls eternally committed, as if in marriage, to God’s Love in Heaven, so that never again will souls choose to abandon Heaven! Not to mention this “blood” thing, about which I have no clue.
Still, the idea that anything could tire God is difficult to swallow. He certainly doesn’t look or act tired. But I know He rested, because He said so. And normally it is difficult to rest if you are not at least a little bit tired.
VerseScout: Psalm 121:1 A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. 3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. 4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
VerseScout Relevance Report: “Slumber” and “sleep” translate the Hebrew words ivn num and jwy yashen. Num (slumber) is defined as “to slumber from drowsiness, figuratively it can mean inactivity or laziness.” Yashen (sleep) means to be slack (“lacking due diligence; slack in duty or service”) or languid (“drooping, feeble, weak, indisposed to exertion, ‘the body is languid after excessive action, which exhausts its powers’”). By implication, the word can mean to sleep, to die, or to grow old, stale, or inveterate (established, set in its ways, inflexible).
In other words, God neither gets careless from the temporary stupor of exhaustion-caused sleep, or from the permanent physical debility of old age.
For some reason not one English translation draws a distinct difference between the two words.
God certainly didn’t go to sleep, of course, the way we do. He did not retire from consciousness. He did not cease watching over us all. God only rested.
This is very important to us, that God never ceases watching over us, and it will surely be very reassuring to the man too.
Chapter Thirteen: The Tree of Grace