• Scott Fairbanks

The Big Creative Act

The big act of creation occurred on the second day. On the second day, God spoke repetition into existence. When the reader sees for the second time the words ‘and there was evening, and there was morning,’ a relationship is spoken into existence. There are now two days. They are similar, and the similarities can be enumerated. But they are also different, and one must consider the differences.

Information is implied by the relationship between days. Meaning now emerges in an efficiency not realized from an unstructured text. Meaning is communicated by either satisfying or frustrating an expectation established by a repetitive pattern.

Why is the second day not declared good?

Why do the third and sixth day have two creative acts while the others have one?

Why does God name the night and day, the heavens and the land and sea, but not the big and small light, and the animals?

In a structured text, the words have meaning, the absence of words have meaning and the arrangement of words have meaning.

The creation account is conspicuously structured. This text declares meaning through that structure. We are to continue forward into the rest of the book prepared to find meaning not only in its words, but in its repetitions and its literary patterns. The creation account exposes the method of the author.

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