God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
And there it was:
wild animals of every kind,
Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
God saw that it was good.
26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
29-30 Then God said, “I’ve given you
every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
given them to you for food.
To all animals and all birds,
everything that moves and breathes,
I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
And there it was.
31 God looked over everything he had made;
it was so good, so very good!
What is clearly evident here is that the Creator of our world moves the world like a verb. Full of vibrancy and every move is filled with glorious purpose, as a certain Marvel villain might say. But unlike Loki, destruction was not to be his goal.
He spoke. And He then acts.
And like a miracle, words allowed worlds to be separated and created. Void and meaningless black holes shudder and stepped aside at Elohim’s proclamation. Flowers blooms, fields were rolling into vast greenery and critters of all kinds roam the earth. And finally, the most glorious of His inventions – Man. Who was blessed and called to rule.
Oh how far I have strayed from this imagination. A glimpse of a world that we could hardly recall, once built into the consciousness of our ancestors. And today, I don’t see life coming out of our speaking. And since when did we ever called forth destiny through our naming? We are more prone to labelling and putting everyone down so that we could feel stronger that way. No, we don’t see things as very good. Not even close.
Suzuki talks about the alarming problem of overpopulation and overconsumption that plagued our earth. But it always stemmed from an underlying problem of evil. Our calamities today is caused by a way of speaking and naming that causes death. I know when I’m pressed hard enough, my words crushes the fragile hopes of people who could hardly hold it together. If only I could remember the old Jewish poem – “The Beginning”. A tale to reframe the way I speak, act and see.
Speaking life. Giving names that calls forth destiny. Pronounce blessings that wills man into his purpose.
And see that whatever grows out of that void, is very very good.