I personally love consistency and harmony when it comes to the scriptures. I look for these two things whenever I am reading because finding links and tying things together helps to see the bigger picture.
I am going to quote a bunch of quick passages from the book of Genesis. I hope you will take into account the word "generations" in each passage. I hope that you will also see how each time it is used, it's being used in reference to people. There will be a bunch of them but please stay until the end to see it come together....
"This is the book of the generations of Adam." Gen 5:1
"These are the generations of Noah" Gen 6:9
"Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth" Gen 10:1
"These are the generations of Shem" Gen 11:10
"Now these are the generations of Terah" Gen 11:27
"Now these are the generations of Ishmael" Gen 25:12
"And these are the generations of Isaac" Gen 25:19
"Now these are the generations of Esau" Gen 36:1
"These are the generations of Jacob" Gen 37:2
Now I did not quote all of the passages that use this word "generations" to speak of people in Genesis. There are many more. In fact EVERY single time the word is used (towledah), it is in reference to people.
So we can see exactly what this book Genesis is about can we not?
Is it not all about the generations of people?
The generations of God's first Covenant people all throughout the lineage leading up to Moses? It sure is.
Now consider the opening introductory passage in Genesis, just prior to when we see Adam brought into God's presence. We read....
"These are the generations of the HEAVENS AND THE EARTH when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens." Genesis 2:4
Does it make any sense whatsoever, that God here is speaking of generations of literal dirt and literal oceans, and literal grass, and literal sky? When immediately after this passage we start getting into the generations of Adam, Eve, Abel, Seth, Noah, and on and on.....
No it does not.
The "generations of the heaven and earth" means the generations of God's Covenant Order and it's people.
It was how "heaven" connected with "earth" throughout those generations.
Now, if that made sense to you which I am hoping it did, let's consider what the first passage of the entire bible states. It reads...
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
So are we looking at the literal creation of a literal heaven and a literal earth there?
We are not.
We are looking at God establishing a new order. He was bringing order and establishing a connection of sorts between Himself and "earth" (a people).
So when we see the creation of "heaven and earth" we are seeing God give light to a people and call them into a new order that He was creating. He was putting function to already existing things. Separating his people "light" from the rest "darkness". Separating his people "dry land" from the rest "waters".
The 6 days of Creation show the order being laid out within this new "heaven and earth".
Imagery is used heavily within this describing of the order.
But when we understand this concept, once we get to chapter 2 where we see that the Heavens and Earth were finished....we are then taken to the "generations of that heaven and earth".
We are taken to the generations of the new order. Which of course center around the PEOPLE of that new order. The Covenant people.
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