1:28 Blessing is in the intensive, intentional Hebrew verb form (Piel). Our God is the One Who Loves to Bless (see Genesis 12). All we have to do is be in a place where He can bless us.
What does this passage reveal about God?
- What does it reveal about myself?
- What does it tell me about the relationship between the two (God and me)?
- What can I expect of God?
- What does He expect of me?
Genesis 1:1 Contrary to what some baseball fans believe, "In the beginning" cannot be translated "In the big inning."
- “Answers in Genesis” has some great research (although their apologetics is a little too presuppositional for me).
- “Creation and Blessing” by Allen Ross (my former Hebrew professor) is my favorite commentary on Genesis. Ross wrote the Genesis Section of the concise and accessible “Bible Knowledge Commentary”.
- Gerald Schroeder, former MIT physicist, will give you a big-brain-bang as he looks at Genesis 1 from a pre-Renaissance rabbinical perspective. See “The Age of the Universe” and “The Hidden Face of God”.
- This quote from Schroeder is too good to miss: "How do we have a concept of evening and morning for the first three days if the sun is only mentioned on Day Four? There is a purpose for the sun appearing only on Day Four, so that as time goes by and people understand more about the universe, you can dig deeper into the text. Nachmanides says the text uses the words "Vayehi Erev" ― but it doesn't mean "there was evening." He explains that the Hebrew letters Ayin, Resh, Bet ― the root of "erev" ― is chaos. Mixture, disorder. That's why evening is called "erev", because when the sun goes down, vision becomes blurry. The literal meaning is "there was disorder." The Torah's word for "morning" ― "boker" ― is the absolute opposite. When the sun rises, the world becomes "bikoret", orderly, able to be discerned. That's why the sun needn't be mentioned until Day Four. Because from erev to boker is a flow from disorder to order, from chaos to cosmos. That's something any scientist will testify never happens in an unguided system. Order never arises from disorder spontaneously and remains orderly. Order always degrades to chaos unless the environment recognizes the order and locks it in to preserve it. There must be a guide to the system. That's an unequivocal statement. The Torah wants us to be amazed by this flow, starting from a chaotic plasma and ending up with a symphony of life. Day-by-day the world progresses to higher and higher levels. Order out of disorder. It's pure thermodynamics. And it's stated in terminology of 3000 years ago." (source of quote)
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