Genesis 2:1 | God is Done, but not Finished

If you have ever created or made something you made it for a purpose. Maybe it was a work of art and you made it to be admired and looked up on. Maybe you made something functional to fix a broken item. Duct tape is a great example of creating a fix for a broken problem. The energy and creativity that goes into shaping duct tape into a form that will then cover something broken is not complete when your creative energy steps away. No that fix or that work will then serve some purpose for a period of time.

My creations are never perfect. I would call them good or agreeable. I made a table with my hands that is not perfect but it looks good and it serves a purpose. When we look at Genesis Chapter 1 God concludes each creative day and proclaims it “good” or agreeable טוֹב (ṭôḇ) but why only agreeable? A creation as vast and amazing as what God has spoken into existence is more than good? Why not perfect? He is God after all. But God leaves the creation at good and then in Chapter 2 God stops.

Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:1-3 ESV

God as we read in Genesis Chapter 1 creates the universe, the sun, the moon, the stars, mankind, animals, and every law of nature including light and time by speaking them into existence. His creativity and power are unlike anything we know. Then on the seventh day (time being his creation as well) God proclaims the work of “heavens and earth” finished. Not only finished כָּלָה (kālâ) “complete” but God also rested שָׁבַת (šāḇaṯ) “cease”. God finished and rested then sold the painting on to the highest bidder. I joke but now what? Why did God make all this? For what purpose? Also why did he leave it only in an agreeable state and not a perfect state?

The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.  Deuteronomy 32:4 ESV

Perfect is the work of God. His creation was made agreeable but his work is perfect תָּמִים (tāmîm) sound, wholesome, unimpaired, innocent, having integrity. God may have rested from creating this world but God’s work in us to make us perfect has only just begun.

31 For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. Plasms 18:31-32 KJV

That is why God has made this world. God made it to provide a way for me to be perfect through him. The creation is agreeable. The creation is an existence where we can work out our perfection of faith. Jesus summarized the sermon on the mount with an impossible demand.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Matthew 5:43-48 ESV

Our faith in Christ is the point of creation. God wants to make you and me perfect. Through Jesus this is possible. We live in a moment of grace in an imperfect world. Jesus not only commands we be perfect but he graciously provides a path for being perfect in him. Jesus lived a perfect life in an imperfect world to provide a rock for anyone who calls on him to be saved from our imperfections.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-3 ESV

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