Creation narrative

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Bible Project, the tree of life

  • It creates the task that we are called to protect creation
  • God creates us as Image bearers, calling us to represent him
  • The image of Chaotic Waters (Image) is introduced

We see God at work

God is drawing joy from his labour

God saw it was good. After a day of full work, God saw what he accomplished, he sits back in his chair and draws joy from his creation. It is the sense of fulfillment you get from something that you love and that you’re good at.

The biblical perspective of work is unique from other creation stories

In most ancient creation stories, humans were created to outsource the work of gods. In the “Euma Elish” creation story from Babylon, the gods are tired of work and complain to Marduk, the king of the gods. This is his plan:

I will establish a savage “Man” shall be his name … He shall be charged with the service of the gods, that they might be at ease.

In most stories work is a burden, something below the gods. In the biblical creation narrative, the Creator God actually enjoys work. Humans aren’t created to be cheap servants, providing the work but are called into a special partnership with God as Image bearers.


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