This story begins at the end of a brooding and desolate darkness.
The God Elohim hovered over the vast and shapeless abyss. After a long breath, he uttered the first word:
A blinding shaft of light aroused the sleeping void and illuminated the ancient battle scene. Armed with the wisdom of an eternal will, God crushed the head of the watery dragon Chaos, and with his sword, pierced the spirit of the raging flood.
From out of the storm, a blue curtain appeared and shrouded the earth-in-flux like a dome, its four corners meeting to create the axes of a cross. This bright and airy sphere separated the waters of the chaotic underworld from the secret courts of the heavens above.
God etched boundaries into the waterways, creating dry land, and a lush garden sprung in vibrant color from the banks of a crystalline river. Thick vegetation blanketed the ground in every direction, and two large trees, the Life Tree and the Knowledge Tree, flanked the tributary. Their outstretched boughs entangled to form a canopy over the flowing water, dwarfing all the other plants.
“Good,” God said as he hurled the sun, moon, and an array of luminaries across the sky. “This is all good.”
He created sea creatures, land creatures, and sky creatures, engineering each to multiply by instinct across the land and sea. Insects hummed, mammals groaned, and an assembly of new life vibrated a symphony of praise into the outer reaches of space.
Then God made a strange creature like himself and placed him in the middle of the garden beneath the crosshatched shadows of the tree limbs above. Like the animals before him, Adam rose mightily from the mist-moistened clay. But unlike other creatures, he was given a spirit, animated by the very breath of God.
“This is very good.”
God gave His supreme achievement dominion over every realm. Adam named species, cataloged stars, and established order. He had full run of the place, but something was amiss.
Considering Adam’s milieu, God caused him to fall into a deep sleep, seized a portion of clay from his body, and fashioned with it another creature like himself.
Upon waking, the son of God looked upon his new partner with immense pleasure.
“I’ll call her ‘woman’.”
Their embrace satiated Adam’s loneliness, and the first king and queen ruled together without self-awareness, without shame.
God took inventory of everything he had made, and seeing it was perfect, He rested.
Inspiration: Genesis 1-2, Psalm 74:12-17, Isaiah 51:9-10