way of Banishment ------ The
way of Return
Comprehension of the Lord is unachievable for human mind. But as man
is developing spiritually and receives the better understanding of the
world, the Lord gives him chance to comprehend the Truth anew, which is
contained in the Holy Scripture. This assistance is manifested in comprehension
of new meaning comprised by the Holy Scripture and in revelations proving
the constancy of the main provisions, the one of which is:
THE LORD IS SINGLE!
But it should not be interpreted too conventionally, as the Lord represents
the unique multilevel system, while the names of individual divine manifestations
with regard to creation (of the world and man) are known to people from
Revelations. These Manifestations are demonstrated in the Scripture and
feature individual properties. These levels show hierarchy with regards
to creation tasks, while the direction is from general tasks to specific.
It's proved by the fact of initial creation of spiritual world, which
was followed by the creation of material world and the sequence of more
specific creative deeds.
Similarity is one of the Creation concepts. It is manifested in sophisticated
multilevel nature of living structure and in the presence of collective
mind, which is attributive to any living being: vegetation, animals and
people. The collective mind is similar to the Lord, it is characterized
by multilevel nature, while the upper levels show personal qualities.
It is manifested in human society in the form of family and tribal structures,
which further develop into peoples and nations.
The most complete embodiment of the Lord similarity is given on His will
to man: man has multilevel mind, the levels of which get personal qualities
in the course of development, while the unity and integrity of mind is
not to be ruined. Man holds the seed of the Holy Spirit and – it's natural
– he is striving to comprehend the Creator and knowingly or unwittingly
he is shaping the image of the Lord. It should be noted that images of
the Lord which were revealed to prophets at various times were defined
basically by the level of spiritual stance of people and by the level
of the task those people faced. We have to understand precisely that no
image no shape available to human mind can represent the Lord entirely
and uniquely, and should be regarded as unallowable misrepresentation.
The First Day – The Light
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of
the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God
saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness.
God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night."
And there was evening, and there was morning-the first day. (Gen. 1, 1-5)
The creation of heavens and earth is comprehended as the creation of
spiritual and material worlds, and both worlds are not independent: all
the events of spiritual world are reflected in developments of material
world and vice versa. As mankind is developing the impact of such development
upon spiritual and material world is increasing and as a result mankind
faces more sophisticated requirements for spiritual stance of mankind.
So, God created light as light is the Truth and God is creating in Truth.
God separated light from the darkness and named the light "day"
and then God was creating only in day time. If we believe that God created
the most important at the beginning – the basis of the further creation,
than the Truth is this basis, which ties into integral unity spiritual
and material worlds. God is giving names to the creation, securing the
creation. So, the day was named as the first and the night was the second.
The Second Day – The Sky
And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters
to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated
the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God
called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was
morning-the second day. (Gen. 1, 6-8)
God created the sky and abyss – a portion of waters, which was under
the air. The sky was named as the third. We'll note that during the flood
all the three sources of waters were used: rain from the sky was followed
by the waters flooding from the sky and then the underground waters came
The Third Day – Land and Seed-bearing Plants
And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered
to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called
the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas."
And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "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." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants
bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed
in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there
was evening, and there was morning-the third day. (Gen. 1, 9-13)
Further on the land created by God is participating in further creation
according to wishes of God. There is no Sun yet, but God has already created
vegetation, seed-bearing and fruit-bearing plants. Thus Sun plays not
the main part in vegetation world. We may recollect that light was created
in the first day. Vegetation, seed-bearing plants and trees are the first
products of earth according to God wish. Land was the fourth and seas
were the fifth.
The Fourth Day – The Sun, The Moon and Stars
And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the
sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to
mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse
of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two
great lights-the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light
to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse
of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night,
and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And
there was evening, and there was morning-the fourth day. (Gen. 1, 14-19)
The Fifth Day – Birds And Fish
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures,
and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky."
So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving
thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every
winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed
them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water
in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there
was evening, and there was morning-the fifth day. (Gen. 1, 20-23)
Water takes part in creation of living creatures, meanwhile water plays
the key role in creation of the world: light and water are direct basis
of anything living on earth, these elements are the basis of spiritual
life as they are the symbols of spiritual truth and spiritual life.
The Sixth Day – Living Creatures On Land And People
And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according
to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild
animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the
wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their
kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their
kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and
let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over
the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move
along the ground." So God created man in his own image, in the image
of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them
and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth
and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air
and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God
said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole
earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours
for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the
air and all the creatures that move on the ground-everything that has
the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food." And
it was so. God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there
was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day.
(Gen. 1, 24-31)
The second creation of earth on wish of God – the plenty of animals.
The earth gave them animal souls and since that time God ordered to give
the blood of animals, which keeps animal souls, to land. God created people
– male and female – and he gave them the power to role all the fish, birds
and beast of the earth, he gave them seed-plants and fruit for food and
land to rule. The ruling of man over animal world and land given to man
by God would be distorted in the time of heathenism and as a result would
lead to creation of various magic cults. But now the created world is
characterized by spiritual unity and God is the basis of this unity.
The Seventh Day – The Rest
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast
array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing;
so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the
seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work
of creating that he had done.
(Gen. 2, 1-3)
The seventh day, the day of rest is the day of unity of the Creator and
His creation. On this exact day God commanded the people of Israel to
convene holy congregations and to devote this day to God, revering and
trying to comprehend Him.