Dr. Jon Kulaga – “God’s Call to Creation”
“God saw all that He had created – and behold, it was very good.” -- Genesis 1:31
The book of Genesis begins with the assertion – taken as fact – that the God whom Israel worshipped was the Creator of all things. As a result of their God being the Creator of all things, it was further implied that none of the idolatrous practices to which Israel was exposed, either in the Promised Land or in exile, were to be imitated. The God of all creation was unique, different – holy “other” – and so should His people be.
As a result, it is not surprising that a very important part of the Creation narrative is also the Sabbath narrative. As Wesleyan scholar Michael Lodahl observes in the Genesis narrative, not only does God issue an invitation for the land to produce abundantly, and the seas to swarm with life, there is the further element that at each step in the process of creation – God steps back no less than seven times and calls what he has created “good.”
God calls to creation in invitation and creation responds with fitting activity. The same is true today. God calls to his people, in invitation to care for and steward all that he has made – and we are to respond with fitting activity.
- Dr. Jon Kulaga, Provost