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Week Four: Creation
What is God’s aim in telling the creation narrative the way He does? It is correcting the understanding of His people, so they know that there is ONE TRUE GOD who made everything. God telling the story in Genesis makes some important distinctions from the other stories His people may have been indoctrinated to in Egypt. Other creation stories all portray the gods as violent deities who fight with each other; they don’t care about human beings at all. Genesis tells of a God who is entirely unlike any other gods:
1. There is ONE single God who has made relational promises to be with His people.
2. The God in the Genesis narrative doesn’t need ANYONE ELSE to help in creation.
3. God creates mankind in His IMAGE, meaning they have dignity and worth. He doesn’t NEED us to provide for Him, He provides for us.
4. The God of ALL creation entrusted His image bearers with the task of caring for the creation rather than creating them to serve His whims.