Bible Society of South Africa

40 DAYS – Time with God – Day 16

Born to Flourish

by Kuzipa Nalwamba

Bible text(s)

27So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, 28blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals. 29I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat; 30but for all the wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food” — and it was done. 31God looked at everything he had made, and he was very pleased. Evening passed and morning came — that was the sixth day.

Genesis 1:27-31GNBOpen in Bible reader

In the book of Genesis, we find a portrayal of God’s act of creation. The two creation narratives of Genesis 1 and 2 depict the goodness in creation and the harmonious existence between human beings and the rest of creation. The Spirit of God that hovered over the waters (1:2) breathed life into all that God created.

God made light and darkness and separated water from the sky and land from water. God then created vegetation, the sun and moon to govern day and night, living creatures on the land and in the sea and humans. God summed up each phase of creation as ‘good’.

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