I need to get back to this, since I set a goal of getting it down by heart, well, I want to keep that goal. The first parts are coming together — and I am even remembering more often than not to say the blessing as well.
So really what is stalling me up are verses 26 through 31 — when humans come into the story.
–Because we are over-fruitful and very bad at dominion and the earth, the beautiful earth, is in serious trouble.
–Because the word “dominion” just makes me mad.
–Because the word “subdue” just makes me mad.
So I am sitting down and confessing this, and praying for wisdom. What is swimming up in my mind is to zero into structure. If I find a grid or pattern or structure, then it will be easier to learn by heart, just as all the previous parts were when I realized it was light, water, water, light, water. What is this 6th day?
It is creatures for the land. We’ve got cattle, and creeping things, and wild animals. And then in verse 26 — God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according our likeness; and then them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
Then the bit of poetry:
“So God created humankind in his image
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.”
The structure so far is really: God tells us what is going to happen, then God does the actual creating.
And then the blessing — and the big question for any human who reads/hears this, what’s for dinner.
I just started laughing. Maybe I don’t like the word “subdue” and “dominion”. But there is no one who is a mother who doesn’t dread that question every. single. day.
What’s for dinner?
And it is lovely that God says all the plants and fruit are for all the creatures to eat and just immediately took that worry right off the table.
Here’s how I want verse 28 to go:
“God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and enjoy it; and have care over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.”
I think since dominion and subdue are making me uncomfortable, I’ll need to really press into that next week.
Structure: what God is going to do; God does it; God blesses; God tells us what’s for dinner.
And it was very good.