In this world we envisage all happenings to be planned. The Divine Maker of all things, the Only One True God above all gods also had a plan with His creation.
The message of the Bible (or God’s message) is no timeless ethics, and the relationship between the God of the Bible and its creation is not static. The Bible describes us a creation that is not finished, and a God who is engaged in the completion thereof.
According to the Bible, God has a plan, which He performs consistently. A plan with a purpose and therefore with a beginning and an end. A plan for the world as a whole, and not just for the individual. Who remembers what was discussed in previous chapters, will understand that here God’s position as Creator plays a role: He is busy with his creation. Even the Bible as his revelation plays a role. For it is precisely this revelation makes known to us with that plan, and tells us what our place in it; things we would not otherwise have known.
The first chapter of the Bible tells us how God not only created the earth, but also how He subsequently also made habitable step by step. That means the earth as a creation, yet was not immediately perfect, but further attention, processing, was needed. That should make us suspicious of the possibility that this will prove to be God‘s method elsewhere. We think that whatsoever.
When the earth was made habitable, and “padded” with plants and animals, followed finally the creation of man. That man has to go through a trial period to see if he can do his lofty task (which then turns out not to be so). The writer of Hebrews also rightly notes that God has nothing that man would not be subject. But now we see not yet all things put under him.
Hebrews 2:8 The Scriptures 1998+ (8) “You have put all in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left none that is not subjected to him. But now we do not yet see all subjected to him.
We also find this principle elsewhere proclaimed in the Bible. Between the exodus of the Israelites from their bondage of Egypt and their entry into the promised land of Canaan*, they wandered for forty years as nomads in the desert of Sinai. And before Christ began his preaching work, he was “led by the Spirit into the wilderness” for forty days, tempted there to be put to the test (Matthew 4; Luke 4). Unlike Adam in the garden, he failed not.
* Note: Territory, the same as ancient Palestine, lying between the Jordan, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean and sometimes including Transjordan, where the Israelites conquered and occupied this region during the latter part of the 2nd millennium BCE.
Flemish and Dutch readers may find two Dutch articles discussing this matter:
- How Long Were The Israelites In Egypt? (ncrenegade.com)
- Fear and the Greatest Commandment, the Shema (Deuteronomy 5:23 – 6:9) (gregsloop.com)
- [#07] Genesis 1:9 – Let the Waters Be Gathered Together (redeeminggod.com)
- Old Testament Provides Examples of What Not To Do (christianity201.wordpress.com)
- How Hebrew teaches us something about ourselves, Part 3 (madamasr.com)
- The Bible and its Translators (freebeacon.com)
- The Bible and its Translators (conservativeangle.com)
- Mad About You (thebaldtheologian.com)
- Obstacles and Opportunities in the Red Sea of Transition (Ex. 14) (gatheringinlight.com)
- Sacrifices for Holiness (christinegoodnough.com)