Jul 8, 2006

what if...?

Often we think of humanity as the "pinnacle of God’s creative activity." But... what if it wasn't?

What if what happened on the 7th day was?

You know, that whole Sabbath thing? God and humanity in reflective community, embracing each other without shame.

Sure... I'm just kicking at the definition of what creative activity is. Often when we think of Sabbath we ponder the idea of resting. What if Sabbath is less about rest and more about restoration?

In this sense, it seems to be *the* precursor to any redemptive activity God would put into motion.

Likewise, it also helps us to see that God isn't just about making stuff for the sake of making stuff... he is ultimately about creating community.

Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.

And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done. (Genesis
2:1-3)

4 comments:

bigwhitehat said...

We would all be happier if we stopped to take time and say, "It is Good."

Mark said...

I love this.

Annalisa said...

Wonder why Jesus is clothed in this picture? The Bible definitely says God walked in the garden, so I guess he must've had a body (though whether it was Jesus, or God the father, or the Holy Spirit I don't know), but I wonder whether that body had clothes or not...? Wonder what the theological implications of being a 'naked' God, versus a 'clothed' God are??

Tony Myles said...

Good catch... I think with human art trying to capture eternal issues, we tend to err on the side of recognizable symbols (i.e. a robed Jesus). I like the naked God idea, though. :)