Genesis 1

  • 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.[a] 2 The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
  • 3 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Genesis 1

  • 4 And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.

Genesis 1

  • 24 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. 25 God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1

  • 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”

Genesis 1

  • 27 So God created human beings[d] in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
  • 28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”

The gospel according to animals

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The intrusion of heaven, part 2

Rick Wright

Trinity Sunday (A)

Beanie Boos?!?

  • Two different Beanie Boos?!? My daughter can only eat one Happy Meal each day!
  • Beanie Boos = very small Beanie Baby toys
  • 15 different animals
  • Wait - you can buy only the toy???

Genesis 1

  • 26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings[b] in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth,[c] and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
  • What is our role in creation?
  • Helps us understand the gospel = good news of God about Jesus

Purpose and power

  • God… Spirit… Word
  • Turns chaos into light + life + harmony
  • Days 1-3 = space and resources
  • Days 4-6 = creatures
  • Responsibility and power
  • Stories of creation present a vision that calls all creation - including the household of God - to worship (Samuel Balentine)

Day 6b = Human beings

  • “Let us make humankind in our image according to our likeness”
  • Image = role in creation
  • Kings are “image” of their god (Nahum Sarna)
  • Bible = all human beings image creator God!
  • Reflect + represent God within the world
  • “Let them manage” for + with God

Animals and communion

  • What about animals?
  • We represent God even to animals
  • Created for communion with God
  • God is communion!
  • Father <> Son <> Holy Spirit
  • Created for communion with creation + creatures

The day we adopted Skippy

What happened

  • Human beings turned + turn against God
  • Wholeness of creation broken + torn apart
  • The saints (holy men and women in Christ) saw animals as creatures of God… Created as gifts of God’s love (Abbot Tryphon)
  • Birds + bears!?!

Fragrance of Adam

  • The humble man approaches wild animals, when they see him they became calm. They come and cling to him as their Master, wag their tails and lick hands and feet. They smell from him the same fragrance that came from Adam before the rebellion. That smell was taken from us - and Christ has renewed it and given it to us at his coming (Saint Isaac of Syria)
  • Communion with animals -> good news of Jesus
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