Sunday, September 28, 2014

Abraham 4:16-18 -- On Order from Chaos

"And the Gods organized the two great lights, the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night; with the lesser light they set the stars also;
And the Gods set them in the expanse of the heavens, to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to cause to divide the light from the darkness.
And the Gods watched those things which they had ordered until they obeyed."
Abraham 4:16-18

I like this version of the creation story a lot.  In this selection, I really like the use of the words "organized" and "ordered" rather than "created."  ... It isn't that the earth and all of us aren't the creations of God in so many ways.  I just like the idea of bringing order out of chaos, and the recognition that everything didn't spring out of nothingness.  It's closer to our comprehension level this way.  We can imagine a tub full of random LEGOs, and sitting together and making a plan, and building something.  Or building a house from raw materials, or cleaning a really messy living room until everything is stored in an appropriate place.  We understand the urge to build things, to organize them, and to bring order to chaos.
I also really like the plural "Gods" being spoken of here.  It makes so much more sense to me to imagine God working with others to accomplish a great work.  Not that he isn't all powerful; we know he is.  But I like the idea of God as the leader rather than all alone... kind of like we might say "the Church," or even "the company." We know when we say those things that a whole organization is moving and accomplishing something, many people striving together towards a goal.  People might even personify it and say that the CEO of the company accomplished all of this.  And, in a way, he did... with the help of all the rest of the people in the organization.
Today, let's learn from God, and organize and order our lives.  And let's also participate happily in whatever company, family, or church organization we are in, to be part of the whole and to accomplish great things together.  Let's also look to God and help him in his great work--to build his kingdom on the earth and to establish Zion.  God will give us the raw materials that we need.  Some of that is us.  We are the LEGOs... the clay... the raw material.  We need to build ourselves into Zion people.  Let's bring order to our chaos. :)

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