Saturday, November 13, 2010

Worship the Creator of the creation

What are the main points of Genesis 1-2? I previously posted about the fact God resting on the seventh day of creation sets the stage for the significance of the Sabbath and the Rest that God offers his people.
I think Genesis 1-2 also sets the stage for the commandments to the Israelites (and us) to turn away from idolatry and the worship of created things such as the sun and moon, animals, people, and carved images. Instead they should worship the Creator of these things, a God whose form they have not seen. This morning I read in Deuteronomy 4,
 15 "Therefore watch yourselves very carefully. Since you saw no form on the day that the LORD spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 16beware lest you act corruptly by making a carved image for yourselves, in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, 17the likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, 18the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth. 19And beware lest you raise your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, you be drawn away and bow down to them and serve them, things that the LORD your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven..... 23 Take care, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God, which he made with you, and make a carved image, the form of anything that the LORD your God has forbidden you
So the text makes clear a profound and practical point: worship the Creator not the creation. This point is independent of any perspectives (and arguments) about science, time scales, historicity, ....
Aside: wikipedia gives a good historical overview of sun worship.

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