Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Sunday Seven - Episode #300

It’s really hard to believe that there have been 300 editions of the Sunday Seven. I hope you’ve been reading since the very first one, but even if you haven’t, I’m grateful to you for being here today.

This week’s question involves an interesting list: the seven days of creation told in the Book of Genesis. Before I get to the question, here, from Wikipedia, is the day-by-day listing of what God did during “creation week;”

  • First Day: God creates light: the first divine command, “Let there be light.” Light is divided from darkness, and “day” and “night” are named.
  • Second Day: God creates a firmament to divide the waters above from the waters below. This firmament is named “skies.”
  • Third Day: God commands the oceans to gather together so that dry land can appear; God commands the earth to bring forth grass, plants and fruit-bearing trees.
  • Fourth Day: God creates lights in the firmament to separate light from darkness and to mark days, seasons and years. The stars are made.
  • Fifth Day: God commands the sea to “teem with living creatures” and for birds to fly across the heavens; He commands them to be fruitful and multiply.
  • Sixth Day: God commands the land to bring forth living creatures, makes wild beasts, livestock and reptiles. He then creates humanity, which He commands to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.
  • Seventh Day: God rests from His work, blessing and sanctifying the seventh day.

You could argue that God actually did all of the creating in six days, but the notion of a seven-day week in which the seventh day is held as sacred and a day intended for rest was important enough to be included in the Ten Commandments, so in that respect, it isn’t exactly reasonable to write off that seventh day and the importance of rest in today’s world.

So having said all of that, we have seven days to work with. Your challenge is to imagine having the opportunity to be there as God did all of the creation: to watch it all happen as it happened. Which days would you be most interested in witnessing in the presence of God as He created everything?

Keep that in mind, and you’re ready for this week’s challenge.

  • Be sure to check back this week and click on the links of bloggers who play along in the comments below! It’s a great way to find blogs you may not have visited and to keep the conversation going!

Here is this week’s “Sunday Seven” question. Either answer in a comment here, or put the answers in an entry on your blog (with a link here), and then comment here with a link back to your blog so that everyone else can visit! Permission is not granted to copy the questions to message boards for the purpose of having members answer and play along there. Enjoy!

THIS WEEK’S QUESTION:

Name the seven days of creation week that you’d like to witness in person, in the order of your interest, with item #1 being the day you’d most like to witness.

First, happy 300th Anniversary!

1. Fourth Day: God creates lights in the firmament to separate light from darkness and to mark days, seasons and years. The stars are made.

2. Third Day: God commands the oceans to gather together so that dry land can appear; God commands the earth to bring forth grass, plants and fruit-bearing trees.

3. Second Day: God creates a firmament to divide the waters above from the waters below. This firmament is named “skies.”

4. First Day: God creates light: the first divine command, “Let there be light.” Light is divided from darkness, and “day” and “night” are named.

5. Fifth Day: God commands the sea to “teem with living creatures” and for birds to fly across the heavens; He commands them to be fruitful and multiply.

6. Sixth Day: God commands the land to bring forth living creatures, makes wild beasts, livestock and reptiles. He then creates humanity, which He commands to be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it.

7. Seventh Day: God rests from His work, blessing and sanctifying the seventh day.

This was admittedly difficult for me at first; I'm strictly a believer in evolution. However, my husband, who is much more able to look at this objectively, feels that both evolution and creationism don't conflict with one another. So I stepped back to look at it that way, and came up with the order that most closely resembles evolution. So it was really rather interesting.

Thank you again! As always, your memes really do inspire thinking.

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