God’s Spirit brooded over the empty darkness. Then the first words, a simple command, vibrated the air.
Light ignited the darkness, illuminating the vast and shapeless nothing.
God fashioned the skies out of the welling fountains below. This great atmospheric complex, not yet pregnant with its first rains, separated the earth from the outer heavens.
God formed lands and seas, and he caused fruits, vegetables, and other seed-bearing plant life to sprout from the ground. In the east, a lush garden called Eden flanked both sides of a rushing river. This river divided into the Pishon toward gold-laden Havilah, the Gihon of Cush, the Tigris around Assyria, and the Euphrates. Two large trees stood on either side in the middle of Eden, dwarfing all other vegetation. These were the Life Tree and the Knowledge Tree.
God made the sun, moon, and stars. He created sea creatures, land creatures, sky creatures, and he caused them to multiply across the earth. God then made a peculiar creature like himself and placed him in the garden. Like the animals before them, Adam, “Man From Dirt,” rose out of the earth. But unlike other creatures, he was given a spirit, animated by the very breath of God.
God gifted his crowning achievement with the freedom and directive to rule over the kingdoms of earth and all their inhabitants. Adam named the animals, counted the stars, tilled the land, and established order, but something was still missing. Noticing this, God caused him to fall into a deep sleep, took material from Adam’s body, and fashioned with it a suitable helper.
Upon waking, the man delighted in God’s gift. “You’ve taken from my own flesh and breathed life into another. I’ll call her woman.” For this reason, those who follow the Way of the Promise customarily join themselves in marriage, so that two rule together as one.
God blessed everything he created, and then he rested. For this reason, those who follow the Way of the Promise observe a day of rest and worship on the weekend.
Inspiration: Genesis 1-2