The First Verse Of Genesis -- By: L. Franklin Gruber

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 090:358 (Apr 1933)
Article: The First Verse Of Genesis
Author: L. Franklin Gruber

The First Verse Of Genesis

L. Franklin Gruber

In an article on “The Creative Days,” Bibliotheca Sacra, October, 1919, the writer discussed what would seem to be the plausible import of the first verse of Genesis and its relation to the following verses. He now takes pleasure in setting forth still another interpretation of that majestic opening sentence of Scripture.

That first verse may be interpreted as concisely setting forth in its potentiality the entire sweep of creation, from the primal creation of the elements ex nihilo to the completed cosmos, and of course inclusive of our earth.

That opening sentence, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth,” would therefore be true for inhabitants of any world throughout the vast reaches of space, with the simple substitution of the name of that world for the term earth. Thus, if there were rational beings on the planet Mars, that sentence, for them, would read, “In the beginning God created the heavens and Mars,” of course using the name of the planet in a language of the hypothetical Martians. By a similar substitution it would be true of any planet of our solar system, whether inhabited or uninhabited, as well as of any other body, whether coursing sun or star or revolving planet, in God’s universe.

With the second verse the account then confines itself to our little football of a world, and tells us in some detail the story of its preparation as an abode for man and of his appearance thereon as created crown and lord. Moreover, as no two planets or stars throughout the universe are wholly alike in size, rotation, revolution, amount of heat and light, etc., probably no two bodies in space have had exactly the same creative or life history. Hence, the story of the creation of each separate world would almost certainly be somewhat different from the creative

stories of all other worlds. What we might speak of as their creative week may have consisted of perhaps more or less so-called days, and longer or shorter, than ours, according to the nature, primary created condition, and purpose of each particular world.

As the successive creative steps on each individual world might thus have been different from those on all other worlds, it is hardly necessary to add, therefore, that the six-day creative account of our little world would probably not really fit any other heavenly body. Nor need it fit any other world, as it is meant to be the account of the creating and making of our earth.

Now, in the light of this interpretation, the explanation of such apparent difficulties as that of the appearance of the sun on the fourth d...

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