Chapter 24: Creation Comparisons, Days Six and Seven

Chapter 24: Creation Comparisons, Days Six and Seven

            The creation of the earth proceeded in a logical step-by-step process, becoming more and more complex from the creation of an environment conducive to life to one-celled creatures to the creation of Eve, God’s final creation. God’s crowning achievement, however, is the “multiply and replenish” aspect that makes both man and woman equally critical to God’s glorious, self-perpetuating plan: “Whose seed should be in itself, after his kind” (Moses 2:12). 
Mark Twain, in The Diaries of Adam and Eve, demonstrates, in his comic and insightful way, how their love grew midst adversity and hardship through hundreds of years of marriage. (Adam died when he was 930 years old.) Twain’s sketch concludes as Adam stands alone at Eve’s gravesite and utters the words, “Wherever she was, there was Eden.” Adam’s abiding love for Eve is the love God grants to His children who keep His commandments and choose to participate in marriage and procreation. Although the Creation accounts do not say God married Adam and Eve, I believe He did marry them: “And God blessed [or married] them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Genesis 1:28). 

DAY SIX OF CREATION
Genesis 1
Moses 2
Abraham 4
26   And God said, Let us make man in our image,   after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 





27  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.



28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.


29  And God said,   Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 



30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 



31  And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. 
26   And I, God, said unto mine Only Begotten, which was with me from the beginning: Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and it was so. And I, God, said: Let them have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 

27  And I, God, created man in mine own image, in the image of mine Only Begotten created I him; male and female created I them. 

28  And I, God, blessed them, and said unto them: Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 



29  And I, God, said unto man: Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree in the which shall be the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 




30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein I grant life, there shall be given every clean herb for meat; and it was so, even as I spake. 



31  And I, God, saw everything that I had made, and, behold, all things which I had made were very good; and the evening and the morning were the sixth day. 
26   And the Gods took counsel among themselves and said: Let us go down and form man in our image, after our likeness; and we will give them dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 



27  So the Gods went down to organize man in their own image, in the image of the Gods to form they him, male and female to form they them. 

28  And the Gods said: We will bless them. And the Gods said: We will cause them to be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it, and to have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 

29  And the Gods said: Behold, we will give them every herb bearing seed that shall come upon the face of all the earth, and every tree which shall have fruit upon it; yea, the   fruit of the tree yielding seed to them we will give it; it shall be for their meat.

30  And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, behold, we will give them life, and also we will give to them every green herb for meat, and all these things shall be thus organized.

31  And the Gods saidWe will do everything that we have saidand organize them; and behold, they shall be very obedient. And it came to pass that it was from evening until morning they called night; and it came to pass that it was frommorning until evening that they called day; and they numbered the sixth time

·      For twenty-five verses, the Genesis account speaks of one God creating the earth, then suddenly the pronoun changes. Verse 26 reads: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (emphasis added). This is the first time us is found in the Old Testament. 
·      Perhaps God our Eternal Father was speaking not only to His Only Begotten or to other Gods, but also to His Eve, and that together they organized man and woman in their images, in their likenesses. 
·      The word us is used again after Adam and Eve have partaken of the forbidden fruit. “And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil” (Genesis 3:22), which speaks in evidence of the plan of salvation. 
·      The Creation accounts that follow are continued in Genesis 2, Moses 3, and Abraham 5. 
·      There is one verse of summary before proceeding to day seven. Verse 1 is very similar in all three accounts. The heavens and earth are finished or will be finished “and all the host of them.” “Hosts” is an interesting concept, meaning multitudes, masses, hordes. God has many, many children—hosts of them.

DAY SEVEN
Genesis 2
Moses 3
Abraham 5
 2   And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which   he had made. 




3   And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. 











4   These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, 



5   And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. 

2   And on the seventh day I, God, ended my work, and all things which I had made; and I rested on the seventh day from all my work, all these things shall be thus organized, and I, God, saw that they were good; 

3   And I, God, blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it I had rested from all my work which God, had created and made. 













4   And now, behold, I say unto you, that these are the generations of the heaven and of the earth, when they were created, in the day that I, the Lord God, made the heaven and the earth, 

5   And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew. For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth. For I, the Lord God, had not caused it to rain upon the face of the earth. And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them; and there was not yet flesh upon the earth, neither in the water, neither in the air;

6   But I, the Lord God, spake, and there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 

7   And I, the Lord God, formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul, the first flesh upon the earth, the first man also; nevertheless, all things were before created; but spiritually were they created and made according to my word.
 2   And the Gods said among themselves: On the seventh time we will end our work, which we have counseled; and we will rest on the seventh time from all our work which we have counseled.

3   And the Gods concluded upon the seventh time, because that on the seventh time they would rest from all their works which they (the Gods) counseled among   themselves to form; and sanctified it. And thus were their decisions at the time that they counseled among   themselves to form the heavens and the earth.

4   And the Gods came down and formed these the generations of the heavens and of the earth, when they were formed in the day that the Gods formed the earth and the heavens, 


5   According to all that which they had said concerning every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew; for the Gods had not caused it to rain upon the earth when they counseled to do them, and had not formed a man to till the ground. 















6   But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. 


7   And the Gods formed man from the dust of the ground, and took his spirit (that is, the man's spirit), and put it into him; and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.

·      I used to think of the Creation as six days of creating and one day of resting. But now I wonder: “What did He create by resting on the seventh day?” “What constitutes “resting” to God? Does He need renewal or is He referencing something far greater? Four verses in Alma speak of entering into “the rest of the Lord.” “Now they, after being sanctified by the Holy Ghost, having their garments made white, being pure and spotless before God, could not look upon sin save it were with abhorrence; and there were many, exceedingly great many, who were made pure and entered into the rest of the Lord their God” (Alma 13:12). 
·      The Moses account provides the best information delineating both a spiritual and a physical creation. God organizes and plans; He does not just throw worlds together helter-skelter. He creates spiritually and then physically. “For I, the Lord God, created all things, of which I have spoken, spiritually, before they were naturally upon the face of the earth” (Moses 3:5). He initiates planning and development stages. The architect does his work before the builder begins. The farmer plows before he plants.
·      One aspect of the Creation ties in with one of God’s names—Man of Counsel. “And the Gods took counsel among themselves” (Abraham 4:26; italics added). “And the Gods said among themselves: On the seventh time we will end our work, which we have counseled; and we will rest on the seventh time from all our work which we have counseled” (Abraham 5:2; italics added). 
·      They make decisions in these councils: “And the Gods concluded upon the seventh time, because that on the seventh time they would rest from all their works which they (the Gods) counseled among themselves. . . . And thus were their decisions at the time that they counseled among themselves to form the heavens and the earth” (Abraham 5:3; italics added). They declare the work finished, acknowledge their work was good, and adjourn to rest on the seventh day. All this was accomplished “according to that which was ordained in the midst of the Council of the Eternal God of all other gods before this world was” (D&C 121:32).
·      Elder M. Russell Ballard taught the principle and pattern of councils and counseling in two general conference talks: “Counseling with Our Councils” (April general conference 1994) and “Family Councils” (April general conference 2016).  The prophet Jeremiah taught: “Therefore hear ye the counsel of the Lord” (Jeremiah 50:45). And as Alma taught his son Helaman: “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good” (Alma 37:37). Human beings counsel with the Lord in prayer and receive his wisdom. The Lord “doth counsel in wisdom over all his works, and his paths are straight” (Alma 37:12; see also Alma 29:8). 
Postscript: The word good is predominant in the Genesis and Moses accounts—seven and eight times respectively. One time God even uses “very good.” “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31; italics added). Good is in Abraham’s account as a summary: “And the Gods saw that . . . their plan was good” (Abraham 4:21; italics added). For me, this validates the idea that it is appropriate to feel good about your accomplishments. However, the Savior’s words in Matthew caution not to attribute goodness to oneself. When a man addressed him as “Good Master,” Jesus rebutted him with a question and a statement: “Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments” (Matthew 19:17). 

(c) Marilynne Todd Linford, 2017

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