Thought for the Day: Earlier in chapter 1, the writer uses a different verb, to make. It is a different word all together in the original Hebrew language from the word we translate in this verse as created. Here, created, is Bara’. It means to shape or fashion, but it also means: to make yourself fat. I don’t know Biblical Hebrew well at all, and here is an example of why I am so confused when it comes to Hebrew. Maybe, and just maybe, it is how an idea becomes reality, how it becomes three dimensional. In the previous verse, God appears to be speaking to the Heavenly Host as we read, “Let us make humanity in our image…” It was just an idea that God was floating, a brainstorming session with a handful of angels and the Divine Complexity. But then they decided to put some meat on that idea, to plump it up. This is where many of us fall short as we do some of our own dreaming. Too many ideas are never brought to the dinner table to be fattened up. Ok, did I just take the metaphor a step too far?
Prayer: Thank you, Creator God, for taking the idea of humanity and giving us some weight. Amen.
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Rev. Bruce Frogge