The Multiple Creation Accounts: Chaos-to-Fruit
Recently I have been blogging about the creation of our heavens and earth. God fashioned them in a specific order for the purpose of foreshadowing the future deliverance(s) of mankind. Within the framework of creation, God reveals the way in which He shows a full hand of compassion, love, mercy… and favor, and even judgment.
I am fully confident the language of creation is repeated throughout the Torah and the prophets for a reason – that God has shown His plan for mankind from the very beginning:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth (‘aretz) was formless (tohu) and empty (bohu), and darkness (choshek) on the face (panayim) of the deep (t’hom). And the Spirit (ruach) of God (elohim) fluttered (rachaph) over the face of the water (mayim). And God said, “Light (ohr) become” and light became…
Then God brings order and beauty to our world: its orbit, skies, the appearance of land, heavenly lights, grasses, trees, fruit, and the entire animal kingdom. In short, God made the earth fruitful after beginning with a complete mess.
When God’s creation of the earth was finished, it was “exceedingly good” before He left it to the dominion of human beings as a gift of love (see Gen. 1:28, 31). However, as with most things left in the care of men, exceedingly good things are easily corrupted. This is what happened prior to the Great Flood “every imagination of the thoughts of man’s heart was continually only evil” (see Genesis 6:1-7). After only 1500 years, the earth needed a “reset” …and was judged. However, the language used to describe this reset – when the earth was AGAIN covered with water – matches that of the chaotic earth of Genesis 1:2:
“God (elohim) made a wind (ruach) to pass over the earth (‘aretz). The waters (mayim) subsided. The deep’s (t’hom) fountains and the sky’s windows were also stopped, and the rain from the sky was restrained…” (Genesis 8:1-2)
Just as in the Beginning, the earth regains its order. In fact, after the waters are stopped, the biblical account describes the recession of water in almost the same order as Genesis! The sky normalizes. The tops of the mountains appear. Noah sees a green olive tree branch. Then the animals reappear on the earth from the ark. Once again, God restores the earth from a second complete mess and makes it “fruitful” again, and culminates with familiar language (“Be fruitful, and multiply…”).
The chaos-into-fruitfulness principle is not just confined to just the physical earth, it applies to humans as well! The same construct appears again within Torah. The familiar language of Genesis 1:2 and the pre-creation earth appears again to describe the deliverance of Israel from Egypt:
“[YHVH] found [Yaakov] in a wilderness land (‘aretz), in a void (tohu), a howling desert. He marched him about, He instructed him, He kept Him as the apple of his eye. As an eagle stirs up her nest, fluttering (rachaph) over her young… (Deut. 32:10-11)
Just as in Genesis, a “fruitful earth” is next prepared for Yisrael: “He ate the increase of the field. He caused him to suck honey out of the rock, oil out of the flinty rock; butter from the herd, and milk from the flock, with fat of lambs, rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, with the finest of the wheat. From the blood of the grape, you drank wine.” (Deuteronomy 32:13-14)
In other words, God found Israel in a “formless” state like He found the earth in the Beginning. He came down, He fluttered over all the confusion, and gave Israel order. He instructed them with Torah like he gave light to the earth, causing them to be fruitful, until the end state was not-so-formless, ultimately calling them “Yeshurun” (v.15), literally meaning “Straight One”.
However, the story doesn’t end there. Sadly, Moshe (Moses) begins to prophesy about Israel’s latter days. “Oh that they would consider their latter end!” he says (v.29). More details emerge throughout this song:
- Yeshurun the “Straight one” becomes just the opposite; he becomes “perverse” (tapukah) (v.20).
- Israel also becomes a nation without any faith (emunah), so they become tapukah-with-no-emunah. (v.20) These two terms are connected in a synonymous parallel; here, God determines it is impossible to trust Him while being perverse. This is far fallen from where Avraham Israel’s patriarch stood with YHVH, who accounted faith (lit. trust) with righteousness. (Gen. 15:6).
- Moshe prophesies that God would provoke Israel to jealously with a foolish nation (goy).
- The end state is for the Gentiles (literally the “nations”-goyim) to rejoice with God’s people, Israel.
Therefore, Moshe prophesies and tells us the nation of Israel, like the originally created earth, would eventually become full of evil and likewise “reset”… also in about 1500 years! Like the earth, Israel would be left in the rule of men, and something exceedingly good named “Yeshurun” would betray its own honorific title, and turn corrupt. In other words, The Torah prophesies that Israel will become a complete mess.
Now, we might expect another ‘creation-esque’ chaos-to-fruitfulness story in the Prophets which shows us how God will make this nation of Israel “reset”. As it turns out, we have several, for this chaos-to-fruit principle is openly broadcast by several prophets. I detailed this extensively in “Let there be Light of the World” but a brief synopsis are these two words:
Behold, my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delights— I have put my Spirit (ruach) on him. He will bring justice to the nations (goyim). He will not fail nor be discouraged, until he has set justice in the earth, and the islands will wait for his law (torah).” Thus says God the LORD, he who created the heavens and stretched them out, he who spread out the earth and that which comes out of it, he who gives breath to its people and spirit to those who walk in it. “I, the LORD, have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand, and will keep you, and make you a covenant for the people, as a light (ohr) for the nations (goyim); to open the blind eyes, to bring the prisoners out of the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness (choshek) out of the prison. (Isaiah 42:1-7)
The Brit Chadashah (New Testament) also sums up this second allegory of creation: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him… In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness hasn’t overcome it… The true light that enlightens everyone was coming into the world.” (John 1:1-9)
This light, of course, is Messiah Yeshua. He was the one who “reset” Israel to make it acceptable again to YHVH according to all that Moshe and the Prophets had spoken. As it happens, it is impossible to worship YHVH by rejecting Messiah – because He is in YHVH, and YHVH is in Him. He becomes a stumbling block to Israel because the whole nation would be redefined in how they thought of Him. For those who see Him for who He is, Yeshua leads people from their own darkness so that they may bear the fruit of good works: chaos-to-fruit.
In Yeshua, God fulfills the main prophecies of Deuteronomy 32 as I noted above:
- Israel had become perverse. Like “Yeshurun” the Prushim (Pharisees) and Tzadukkim (Sadducees) had become leavened and prideful, and tried to overtake Yeshua (the Light) by putting him to death.
- The fact that Israel lost its faith is the whole crux of the new covenant. Even Yeshua’s closest disciples were called “faithless and perverse generation”- the same language used by Moshe.
- God incorporated the nations into the commonwealth of Israel first through faith in God, knowledge of atonement through Messiah, and finally by writing of the Torah on their hearts. The fruits of the kingdom in the hands of Gentiles were designed to provoke Israel to jealousy. This is in accordance with the Torah and the Prophets, and the chief realization of the Brit Chadashah.
- The Good News of salvation is to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile, that there might be “one new man” consisting of both rejoicing in the kingdom of God. This is also the message of the Torah, Prophets, and Brit Chadashah.
In conclusion, the creation principle is rehashed again and again throughout God’s word. The word uses the same language to bring a realization of core principles that are the center of God’s redemptive plan. God finds human beings in a chaotic state, and desires to bring order to them, to help them, so that they might know him and rest as “Yeshurun”- an upright nation in Him. He has had to reset that principle time and time again due to the faithlessness of men, but is able to restore his nation back to fruitfulness.
Now, John 1:9 says that Yeshua is “the true light that enlightens everyone coming into the world.” This is true, and everyone that will be delivered from this world through trust in Yeshua has begun that faith through initially seeing His light. In other words, there is a parallel to believers seeing the true light of Messiah to the “Let there be light!” event at the beginning of time. I am going to show how this takes shape in our lives, and the rest of the parallels of the creation week to our own maturation process, from chaos-to-fruitfulness- in my next posts.