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The Divine Order of Creation

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August 28, 2023

The creation account presented in the first chapter of Genesis offers profound insights into the order and purpose behind the universe’s formation. Delving into the sequence of events, questions naturally arise, such as the arrangement of aquatic animals preceding terrestrial animals and the creation of the sun and moon on the fourth day, which makes us wonder what kind of light was created on the first day. Contemplating these inquiries unveils a deeper understanding of the wisdom inherent in the divine orchestration of creation and how its principles resonate within our contemporary times.

The entirety of creation, it seems, resembles a journey — a voyage from Light to Man, an expedition I prefer to describe as the Journey from Enlightenment to Management. Commencing with the inception of light (Genesis 1:3), a closer examination of the light speakers of Enlightenment makes it very different from the body of lights revealed in verse 14 or the fourth day, the luminaries — Sun, Moon, and Star. This distinction lies in the fact that the light described in verse 3 is “Enlightenment,” which signifies a profound awareness both internally and externally.

In contrast, the luminaries were designed to provide illumination (and also more, which we will see as we read on), akin to focusing the beams of enlightenment onto specific subjects or contexts—a parallel to how a torchlight is enlightened, but the art of its application brings about illumination.

Progressing along this journey, the necessity for separation becomes apparent—a separation that begets new identities and definitions. This is evident in the separation of waters above and below, giving rise to the celestial “sky” and the terrestrial “earth.” Further division of the waters below generates the distinct domains of land and sea. This concept of separation, establishing unique identities, serves to underscore their essence and importance. As witnessed in creation, the seas foster aquatic life, the skies accommodate avian life, and the earth becomes the habitat for terrestrial life.

Inevitably, essence propels the eruption of results—results that can multiply and expand. This multiplication and expansion introduces the need for regulation to uphold order and balance. In the framework of creation, this balance manifests as seasons — a purpose that elucidates the importance of the Sun, Moon, and Stars’ creation as one of their major roles is to govern seasons and times. For the perpetuation of these intricate processes, ensuring they don’t succumb to just a single cycle, effective management emerges as a requisite.

This brings us to the role of man in this grand journey. Just as the divine order of creation demands meticulous management, our world thrives when we engage in thoughtful and considerate stewardship. The journey, from enlightenment to management, mirrors creation’s journey — understanding leads to purpose, and purpose demands responsibility.

In conclusion, the creation narrative presented in the book of Genesis unravels a profound journey — an odyssey spanning from enlightenment to management. Each facet, from the initial command of light to the meticulous arrangement of elements, from the emergence of essence to the establishment of regulation, echoes not only the divine design of creation but also the principles that guide our contemporary existence when applied in various contexts.

As we reflect upon this journey, let us recognize our role as stewards of this world, entrusted with the vital task of perpetuating the divine order through thoughtful and conscientious management of all the processes we are privileged by God to oversee

Nonso Orji


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