Genesis 1:1-2:3 – Perspective, Coherence, Gaps, Foretelling and Double Causality

Perspective, Coherence, Gaps, Foretelling and Double Causality

  • Perspective – Remains always as God’s perspective.  Even in address to man, there is no change in perspective.
  • Coherence – The creation of the great lights after the vegetation seems unusual.  Movement of creation is occurring from larger to smaller, from broader to specific, from remote to local. However, vegetation seems much more local than the sun and moon.
    • Explanation could be the parallel to man and the delegation of roles.
    • This ambiguity is later revealed in the 1:29-30 closing statements of provision. God has created vegetation as part of the objects of provision for life.
  • Gaps – Deviations from the creation cycles
    • Initial break in the first day. Creation of light has no review and approval.  Also, no declaration of sovereignty (“it was so”); however, abrupt and immediate appearance of light infers the same conclusion.
  • Gaps – Blessing of reproduction not given to living creatures.  Must be implied.
  • Gaps – Sun, Moon, and stars are only unnamed heavenly bodies.  Stars are an afterthought.
  • Foretelling – Intentional specification of the formless void and darkness of the abyss indicates these are the characteristics to be changed.
  • Double Causality – There is none.  God is the only active agent in this narrative.

 

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