Understatement

Moses does a neat job in understatement in Genesis 1.  You could choose any aspect of creation to come up with astonishing fecundity of imagination but let’s just take the plants as an example, or more specifically the flowers of plants.

Here are some pictures I took this afternoon at Russborough House.  Well worth a visit by the way, and at this time of year you simply must visit the garden of Eden which is their Rhododendron Garden at the back of the house from which the following pictures have been taken.

So God says, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.”

I guess He must have said a lot more also – I think Moses is given to understatement.  But I guess also where do you begin?Magnolia in the Rhododendron Garden at Russborough House

Well here’s a part of the conversation perhaps: “Let’s create a sheltered beauty that, when it appears, will reflect purity and innocence, fragility and perfection all at once.”

Voila! A magnolia (and a lot of other flowers also).

Elsewhere I have written about the amazing stored program that is a seed.  Flowers are part of that amazing idea that is reproduction.  I think God loves that idea a lot, he seems to have reserved some his most Red Rhododendronsbeautiful creations to carry it out.

So God says: “Lets create fire and invitation, embrace and sustenance all at once.” Voila! A rhododendron.

What kind of Mind was it that thought of bees?  They are beautiful in their own right and absolutely indispensable for the reproduction of many plants.  And what a way to do it!  They are looking for something else altogether when they come to a plant (nectar) and only take away the pollen by accident – designed accident that is.  Hence the invitation, embrace and sustenance in these flowers (and in lots of others).

And so we come to the crown of His creation.  For we have been created to appreciate these things.  Evolutionists and atheists would try, if they could, to rob us of that.

God did it all in 6 days and rested on the 7th knowing that from then on His physical creation would run itself.  This leaves Him free to rest and think about getting involved in the creation of each soul.  And relationship with them.  And the cost of that.

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