And Wisdom Cheered God On…

This week’s Intro to Old Testament assignment:

“Read the following passages and make a list of the things that they say happened at the time when God created the universe. When you are done, go back over the list and mark which items seem to agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories, and which ones differ. Then see if you can construct an alternate story of the creation from the events that do not appear in the Genesis creation stories.”

Isa 51:9
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God destroys the dragon “Rahab”
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: None

Job 9:4-14
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God shakes the earth and controls the sun, the stars, the sea and the helpers of dragon “Rahab.”
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: Controlling the sun, stars and sea.

Job 26:7-14
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: He hangs the earth – no mention of creating it, and there is reference again to controlling the waters and the skies. The sky trembles, and the thunder demonstrates his power.
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: God’s power is demonstrated and God controls the water and sky.

Job 38:1-11
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God lays the foundations of the earth, and demonstrates Gods power and sovereignty over man
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: God has power over man.

Psalms 8:1-9
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God is over all, on earth and above in the Heavens. God made man to have power over the things God made.
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: God gave man dominion above all living things.

Psalms 74:12-17
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God divides the sea, killing the dragons and Leviathan. God owns the day and the nights, and established the stars and the sun. God made the seasons, and organized all of creation
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: God establishes the sea, day and night and organizes creation as he goes.

Psalms 89:8-10
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God rules the sea and kills Rahab the dragon
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: None.

Psalms 104:1-9
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God is majestic and controls all of creation. God organizes creation so that it is sustainable
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: Majestic and all powerful God organizes all that God creates.

Psalms 136:1-9
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God spread the earth on the waters, and made the sun to rule over the day, and the moon and stars to rule over the night.
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: The designation of moon and stars ruling over their respective times of the day.

Proverbs 8:22-31
Description of God’s activities during the creation of the universe: God created Wisdom before the water, mountains, earth and fields. Wisdom was there from the very beginning – even before God established the heavens. Wisdom witnessed God assigning limits to God’s creation, and basically cheered God on as creation happened.
Elements that agree with the Genesis 1-2 creation stories: None.

The 3rd Creation Story…by Jenny
In the beginning, was God and Wisdom. Wisdom was God’s very first creation. Wisdom was with God from the very beginning. They both looked upon the heavens and earth saw that the mighty dragon, Rahab and his helpers were evil and destructive. God shook the earth and heavens and killed both Rahab and those who were seeking to do evil with him – and thus, God destroyed all that was bad, so that God could create all that is good. And Wisdom cheered God on. On the first day after the slaying of Rahab, God controlled the waters and set the sun to rule the day, and the moon to rule the night. And Wisdom cheered God on. God organized the seasons and all of the boundaries of the water and earth, so that God’s creation would be sustained. And Wisdom cheered God on. God created man so that man could help and assure that all of God’s creation would be cared for. And God saw all that he had made, and Wisdom said, “This is very good.”

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One thought on “And Wisdom Cheered God On…

  1. I loved reading your beautiful post. It was very concise. You made it very simple and easy to understand and put it in a very good lay out.

    In your alternate story of creation, it seems that you focused on Wisdom whose function was to cheer God on in his creation of the physical universe and in dealing with his evil forces: the Dragon (Rahab) and his helpers. Wisdom was first created in the beginning and then was with God all through his creation. I found it interesting in regard to God’s dealing with his evil adversaries. You had so strong and radical hand on God’s side: with Wisdom, God destroyed all evil and established all good through God’s creation.

    However, I wonder if Rahab and his evil cohort could be killed. For me, it would be safe to say God defeated/subdued his Rahab and his helpers and established order from chaos and disorder; God would use this evil forces for his purpose later. I guess that’s why we will still see the evil forces continue to interfere with his divine plan for humanity on earth throughout the Bible and our history. First attempt was with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden for instance.

    Thank you for your wonderful post.

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