The funny thing about those who say that the "creation" in Genesis is literal material creation, is that they overlook some crucial evidence which proves otherwise.
For instance "creation groaning".
In Romans 8 we see Paul write the following...
"For we know that the WHOLE CREATION has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now." Romans 8:22
Now couple things to note...
First we see the term "whole creation".
Second we see the link to the garden with the term "childbirth".
Remember the childbirth curse given in the garden?
So we must notice that the "creation" that was groaning was groaning in CHILDBIRTH PAINS...
Where do we see those pains begin?
Adam and Eve!
Now, where is Paul getting this "creation groaning" language from?
Exodus chapter 2...
"Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out" Exodus 2:23
So Paul is drawing from that.
In Romans 8 Paul says...
The "whole creation" "groans".
Exodus says the same thing but words it as...
"the children of Israel" "groan".
See the link?
Children of Israel are groaning = Creation groaning
The Children of Israel are the Creation.
Genesis Creation was the creation of a people set apart for God.
Israel was Adam.
We begin with the "Adam" as the people of God at the start of the story. As we transition through the generations of the Old Heaven and Earth, we see that Israel actually comes out from the lineage of Adam. So the Covenant continued on through that lineage. Through the generations of the Heaven and Earth.
When Paul said that the WHOLE CREATION groans UNTIL NOW in Romans 8, he was not just speaking of the people who literally had the name "Israel".
Paul was speaking of everyone from Adam onward.
Bondage did not begin with the forming of the people Israel. That bondage was around since Adam. The curse brought the bondage. As Paul says, the bondage was the curse of the law. The ministry of death.
So the "WHOLE CREATION" that was groaning was Adam all the way through the entire Old Heaven and Earth generations.
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