Lectionary Reflection for the First Sunday after Epiphany

From Genesis (BTCB) by R. R. Reno, commenting on Genesis 1: 1-5

The days of creation certainly move forward in a temporal sequence. One day follows another, culminating in the seventh day, the Sabbath. But in spite of this apparent focus on when things happen, the dominant rhetorical theme of the first chapters of Genesis concerns how God creates. Each day is introduced with the refrain “and God said.” This forceful rhetorical pattern is echoed elsewhere. Recalling the angels and the heavens, Ps. 148:5 gives all praise to God, “for he commanded and they were created.” From this picture of God’s voice as the instrument of creation, it is a very short step to something like the interpretation of Gen. 1:1 found in John 1:1: “In the beginning”—that is, in his all-powerful word—“God created the heavens and the earth.”

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