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Part 6: The Master’s Assistant

September 14, 2012

(This is the sixth in a series of articles entitled DIVINE CREATIVITY that will present a Biblical apologetic and study on why people are creative. This series contains Scripture passages to read and questions to answer.  Recording your insights in a creative journal may be a valuable exercise.)

Back in Eden, when everything was pure—truth and beauty, creation and motive, God and man—all the glory belonged to God.  At the end of six days, after completing the vast array of the heavens and earth, including man “male and female”, He saw that what He had made was “very good”, and He rested.  Finally, at the beginning of the second week, we get a glimpse of why God created.

>>Read Genesis 2 and note reasons why God created the world.  Also make a list of the interactions between God and Adam.

Many aspects of earth suggest it was created just for humanity.[1]  The distance of the sun from earth, gravity, mean temperature, amount of oxygen in the atmosphere, and many other delicately balanced forces and elements are just right for human habitation.  The first two chapters of Genesis confirm God’s intention to create a place for mankind to dwell from the declaration in 1:28 when God gives Adam and Eve dominion over creation, to the specific provision of food for them in 1:29 and 2:16.

Right before and after God gives Adam the plants to eat, however, there are clues as to why God created the earth— reasons far deeper than merely sustaining man’s physical existence.  In Genesis 2:15 God gives Adam the responsibility for caring for His creation.  He brings Adam into His work, into both His creation and the process of creating.

God also brings the animals He made to Adam and lets him name them in 2:19-20, again, bringing him into both the created work and the creative process.  I imagine this event as the first art show—God presenting His works to His assistant.  I can see God leading the horses toward Adam, then standing back, proud of His work, as Adam admires a steed and mare, looks up at God, and smiles as if saying with his eyes, “You made this?  Incredible!”  Each time others are brought— colorful parrots, massive elephants, delicate beta fish, comical penguins—the wonder on Adam’s face and delight in God’s eyes bind them close as they create together, the Master and His assistant.

And finally, when the last animal scampers away, something, or someone, is discovered missing—a suitable helper was not found for Adam.  Was this an unintentional omission, a divine oops— or perhaps an opportunity?  The latter, I think.  In making Eve, God uses a piece of Adam.  He saved the making of Eve until Adam was present, to allow Adam the privilege of giving of himself in her creation.

>>Describe your creative process.  How does creating with God change your process?  What can you do to spend more time with God while you are creating?[2]

Next week: Back to the Garden

[1] The Anthropic Principle is both scientific and controversial.  See Answer 93.

[2] For ideas see Finding Divine Inspiration, by J. Scott McElroy.

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