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"And God said."


The entire creation of the world was accomplished within six days, as is related in the first chapter of the book of Genesis. The separate acts are expressed in three words: "And God said." Clearly, the word "said," repeated nine times, symbolizes the will of God and its unhindered and absolute fulfillment. The first time it is said, according to the text, the dead masses are filled with life-giving light, necessary for the existence of future living elements. In the following short Godly statements something like "seeds or rays of life," are sent into the world. They are not purely physical, but possessing spiritual, weightless, instrumentally immeasurable properties. Such grains of life will attract and enliven the parts of matter and earthly energy, thus filling the world with living beings. The man in this earthly sphere is Godís highest creation, his soul carrying the "breath of God into his face."

"And God saidÖ and (there was) the evening and the morningÖ" These words were first said about the third day, and were repeated consequently. Each evening and morning were the beginning and end of the "nightly period," when in each living being on earth, including each of us, the invisible and intangible process of growth is occuring, when strength is regained, and all the powers are refreshed and renewed. In the morning we arise and see something new in nature: a flower has opened, or a new being has appeared. Is this not the process we find in the Biblical narrative? After each verse, "and it was so," - we read a confirmation: "and God saw that it was good." This perception is very much alike to that of a human being.

Moses wrote his narrative for the people of the earth, for his nation, for their and our spiritual instruction. For this reason it is limited to the theme of earth and mankind. We are not forbidden to consider the possibility that somewhere in other places in the universe conditions similar to those we see on Earth might also exist.

Our thought is struck by something else: the loftiness of spirit and thought of the prophet Moses, his daring, by human measure, but God-inspired, by its indications, acceptance of the following task: to give a general image of the Earthís creation, the appearance of humanity on earth; its first history; the history of his nation, as Godís chosen one; to affirm monotheism in this people and begin the history of Godís Church in the Old Testament. His national language was primitive, and abstract ideas were foreign to it. The writing abilities were primitive, too. But the task was accomplished, and this four and a half thousand years ago!

If the principle of "result" clearly acts in the sphere of our world, if harmony in coordination with the laws of its inanimate nature is expressed in its most vital parts, the former inanimate elment being of service to the latter, if we see profound intelligence and order in all of this, ó from this we are filled with a consciousness of Godís blessing and goodness, ó we can only rejoice in the greatness of the creation of the universe and our earth; to think and act so as to be worthy of Godís goodness and Godís gifts, inimitably recorded in the words of the Apostle Paul to the Romans:

"O, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of GodFor of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." (Rom. 11:33, 36).

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