The Creation Story Unfolded

by Emily Anderson 7 months ago in religion

Reading through the eyes of biblical characters

The Creation Story Unfolded


-Narrative by Emily Anderson-

Chapter 1: Adam and Eve

As he opened his eyes for the first time, he was in utter shock. As God Almighty watched from above, he chuckled as he saw Adam take in his surroundings.

Luscious green grass and strong, burly trees filled with vibrant colors were as far as the eye could see. The sound of cheery, high pitched chirping filled the air, along with the sound of a cool gentle breeze. All kinds of creatures wandered about in this tranquil scene in utmost harmony.

Finally, God spoke in a warm, bellowing voice, “Adam, all I have made is for you to enjoy and it is very good. You may eat of every tree in this garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.” God’s voice became serious and stern as he said, “If you eat of this tree, you shall surely die the day you eat of it.”

Adam did not know where the voice was coming from, but he knew it was filled with authority and power, and he must obey it or else there would be terrible consequences. Adam also sensed that this powerful Being was loving and good and could be trusted.

Adam looked around once more, and began to feel excitement at the thought of living in such a beautiful place. At the same time, also rising within him, was a desire for someone to enjoy this garden with... As if He read his thoughts, God began to bring each animal to him. He told Adam to name them, and see if any of them could serve as his helper and friend.

So, one by one, Adam began to name the animals. He was in awe as he studied each creature that God had created, for each had an incredibly unique design. It took a great deal of time, but it was very enjoyable. When the last animal was named, Adam felt a twinge of disappointment. None of the animals seemed to be the right companion. He could talk to them and knew they would respond, but something was missing.

Again, as if God had known his thoughts, which by now Adam was sure he could, God said, “Wait Adam. I have something better for you.”

In moments Adam was asleep again, and when he woke, he was in more shock than the first time. Behold, standing before him, was the most beautiful creature he had ever laid eyes on, compared to the previous creatures he had seen and named. This creature was glowing in perfection and was a human being, like himself.

Feelings of excitement and nervousness made his stomach churn in knots, and he could not speak. It was as if a magnetic force were drawing him to this beautiful creature.

“Adam,” God said with an infectious, joyous tone in his voice, “meet Eve. I have created her from one of your very own ribs. She is going to be your partner and companion for life.”

Adam smiled big and bright, his countenance beaming with satisfaction.

Finally, when words came to his mind, he said with a loud voice, “This, at last, is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (Gen. 2:23).

And then, a beautiful ceremony took place in the garden, as God united Adam and Eve as husband and wife.

Each day in the garden was an adventure. Their days consisted of talking with God, and learning about His character. They were also filled with getting to know each other, their likes and dislikes, their gifts and abilities, as well as learning how to take care of the garden and the animals that were in it. The best part was trying every delicious fruit God had made, except from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil of course.

“Adam, try this one! This is even better!” Eve said with pure thrill and excitement.

Adam took the colorful, juicy fruit from his wife’s hands and took a big bite.

“Mhm… You’re right Eve! This is really good!”

“I wonder what the fruit tastes like on the forbidden tree,” Eve said, eyeing it curiously.

Adam shrugged, “It probably doesn't taste very good. I told you what God said about that tree.”

Eve sighed. “Yeah, you’re right.”

Conversation turned and they started talking about the animals, and which one was their favorite.

“I love tigers,” Eve said.

“Oh yeah? Why is that?” Adam asked, growing both amused and fond of his wife’s look of fascination.

“The color of their fur is beautiful and I love their stripes,” Eve explained.

“True. I like the bald eagle though. Wouldn’t it be cool to fly over the whole garden?”

“Yeah, that would be pretty cool wouldn’t it?” Eve said.

Eve took a deep breath, closed her eyes, and smiled with deep satisfaction and contentment. She wondered if her life would always be this exhilarating, and so filled with joy. She couldn't wait to see what else God had in store for her. She wondered what else there was to learn.

The next morning when Eve was going about her usual chores of tending the garden and preparing food for the evening meal, she heard a gentle voice beckoning her to the middle of the garden, toward the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Eve was half tempted to ignore it since she was in the middle of an important task, but the voice got a little louder, and her curiosity began to pull her in that direction.

Looking around, she tried to discern where the voice was coming from and from whom. Adam was busy tending to the animals at the moment, and she had no idea who was speaking.

Finally she caught a glimpse of movement on a low branch of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. It was a snake. It was staring intently at her with a pleasant look in its eye.

Eve smiled and said, “Hello. Was that your voice that I heard just now?”

“Perhaps,” the voice replied nonchalantly.

There was a small pause, and the snake began to speak again.

“While you are over here, would you like to eat some of this fruit with me and chat for a while?”

Eve heard warning bells ring off in her head, and her heart began thumping. What had God said about this tree? Now she couldn't remember. That they shouldn't eat the tree? Why? It tasted bad?

Eve tried to find her voice and had to clear her throat to speak.

“Well, no I haven't. I was told not to eat this.”

The snake appeared to be confused.

“Now, why wouldn't you be allowed to eat this? Didn't God say you could eat the fruit of any of the trees in the garden?”

Suddenly Eve remembered what Adam had told her about the tree.

“Actually, God said we could the fruit of the trees in the garden, but He told us not to eat of this tree, neither should we touch it, or else we will die.”

Eve tried to be confident in her answer, but now she wasn't so sure anymore of the truth. Why would God tell them they could eat of the trees of the garden except this one? What made this one so different? Surely they were all the same. Was God holding back from her?

The serpent seemed to let her think for a long time before he said, “You know, you are not going to die if you eat this. It's just a piece of fruit, like all the other fruit in the garden.”

Eve felt her heart lurch to a stop. She wouldn't? Would Adam really lie to her about what God said? Or did God lie to Adam? Who should she believe? God, Adam, or the serpent? He must have tried it and nothing bad happened. The snake kept talking in a matter-of-a-fact tone of voice.

“God knows that when you eat of this tree, your eyes will be opened and you will be like Him, knowing both good and evil. He doesn't want you to eat this tree, because He obviously doesn't want you to be like Him. This tree has magical powers, you know. Don't you want to have these magical powers and be like God?”

Eve suddenly felt that she had been blind and now she could see. She felt betrayed and offended. Why would God keep these powers from her, and this knowledge? Why would He be so selfish and keep her from these things? Hadn't he told her He would show and teach her about all things?

Eve began to realize she had a choice to make, and she felt excited about a newly discovered freedom to make this choice of her own volition. She was tired of listening to someone else’s instructions. Why not make her own choices, and abide by her own rules? She could live how she wanted. Why obey someone who will just hold her back? She could decide for herself what was best, couldn’t she? She was a smart, capable individual.

Eve looked at the tree and the colorful fruit that hung from its branches. It looked so innocent and pleasing to the eye. What would a little bite do? Maybe she could just taste it, and no one would know. Then she could have both freedom and a good relationship with those who were above her.

Sounding like a pretty good and innocent plan, Eve reached out her hand, and gently pulled the dripping fruit off the branch. Then taking a deep breath, she closed her eyes and took a big bite. The fruit was juicy and sweet. It was even better than she dreamed it to be!

She then felt someone coming up beside her, and she almost jumped in fright.

“Adam! You startled me!”

Eve suddenly became nervous. How long was he standing there? Most of all, what did he think of what she had just done? Pretty soon this strange feeling that she had never felt before invaded all her senses, and she didn't like how it felt, one that brought knots to her stomach and caused her literal physical pain.

A moment passed and Eve decided that she would feel better if Adam tried it. After all, it was delicious and he would like it too. The uneasy feeling in the pit of her stomach started to ease some at the idea.

“Adam, this is really good. It is better than all the fruit in the garden. You really should try it. I don't think anything bad will come of eating it.”

Adam looked hesitant, but he took it in his hands and eventually gave in and took a bite as well. A look of surprise and pleasure came across his face. Eve smiled. She knew he would like it.

At that moment, there was a loud sound of another presence in the garden. The wind whistled and rustled through the trees with extreme intensity, indicating that it was God Almighty who was coming towards them! Heart racing Eve looked at Adam, and they both scurried behind the first thing they could see; a tall bush. Eve's mind jumped to her appearance and she suddenly felt the need to be covered. She quickly grabbed some leaves and began to wrap them around her body. When she looked up, Adam was doing the same.

What was he thinking right now? And what would they say to God? Trying to still her quickened heart rate, Eve took a deep breath, and took hold of Adam's hand. His hand felt stiff and clammy. And when Eve took a glance at his face, he looked angry. Afraid, she slipped her hand back and began to fiddle with the leaves wrapped around herself.

After waiting and waiting, for what seemed like an eternity, they finally heard God speak.

“Adam? Eve? Where are you?” He said.

The voice was gentle, and it pained Eve's heart. God loved them and wanted to be with them. If He learned what had happened, he'd be very sad and disappointed. On the other hand, maybe He would understand, and wouldn't be angry. Maybe they could just talk through it, and everything would be fine.

Somewhat timidly, Adam stepped out from the bush and Eve followed.

Adam spoke with a shaky voice, “We're over here, behind the bush. I heard you coming and I was afraid. I hid because I didn't want you to see me like this, so exposed.”

“Who told you that you were naked? Did you eat of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat from?” God said, his voice cloaked with a tone of disappointment.

Eve saw Adam's face heat with embarrassment. Then it flashed to anger.

“This woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me the fruit, so I ate. It's not my fault.”

Eve felt both remorse and irritation welling up inside her. How dare he accuse her! He was watching her the whole time, and did nothing! He could have stopped her! How dare he make her look like a fool in front of their Maker!

Adam sighed with relief when God turned his attention away from him to address his wife. Adam was furious with Eve for giving him the fruit! What was she thinking? Didn't she think anything through? She should have obeyed God and most of all him! She was showing clear disrespect to God, and to him. He would not tolerate it. He was glad God was going to talk some sense into her.

If he was honest with himself, he had been curious too about what the fruit taste like. And when he noticed she was talking to the serpent about the tree, he listened in to see what would happen when she ate from it. When nothing happened, he felt he had a right to see what was going on, and to discern what they should do.

His mind zoned back into the conversation between his wife and God. She was blaming the serpent. He almost laughed. Surely God wouldn't believe it was the serpent’s fault! Obviously Eve was in the wrong.

God was now talking to the serpent. He couldn't believe his ears. Great. God fell for it. Now Eve is going to get away with this.

“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock, and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head and you shall bruise his heel”

Although Adam felt God was being harsh, he was relieved that he wasn't being punished. He did feel Eve should have been dealt with a little more though. Perhaps he could deal with her later.

Surprisingly, God wasn't finished.

His attention turned to Eve and He said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you”

Oh good. He did deal with her. Saves me from having to do it. Sounds like I will still be in charge though around here. I will need to keep an eye on her, and make sure she doesn't do anything stupid again.

God then turned to Adam. Adam expected a word of praise for pointing out the guilty party, and for explaining what happened.

Instead, God's voice rumbled so loud that the ground shook. Adam felt instant terror. The presence of God got so bright Adam had to shield his eyes by closing them tight, and even covering them with both hands. Why was God so angry? He didn't do anything!

Adam's mind went back to when he and Eve were standing by the tree. He had sat by and done nothing, and then went ahead and ate of the tree too, the tree God clearly said not to eat from. Guilt and shame fell over Adam like a thick blanket and weighed so heavily upon him, he could hardly breathe and his knees hit the dusty ground. What had he done?

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face, you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken, and to dust you shall return.”

Then everything was silent. You couldn't even hear the sound of the birds chirping. Everything was still as if life itself had stopped. The wind, once warm and gentle, now sent a cold chill to his skin.

Adam and Eve watched silently as God slaughtered an animal, and prepared new clothing for their cold bodies. Adam wanted to shout and stop God from doing it. He loved each animal in the garden, and it pained his heart greatly to see such an innocent animal die on his behalf. But after being cursed for disobedience, Adam knew he had no right to question God, so he continued to watch in silence, at the brink of tears at the sight of the blood.

The skin of the animal was indeed much warmer, and much more comfortable than the fig leaves he was wearing. Once again, Eve's idea was a bad one. The fig leaves were itchy, and they scraped against his skin leaving scars. God's clothing would feel much better against his skin. Adam began to feel thankful that God had provided some better coverings from them, even though it did take the life of a precious animal.

Before Adam could understand what was happening, God was pushing them out of the garden of Eden.

Heart pounding, he cried out, “Wait God! I'm sorry! I promise it won't happen again! Please God, don't kick us out of this place. It's our home.”

God remained silent, and Adam knew that his words wouldn't change God's mind. There was no use in wasting his breath. God told him there were consequences, and He was in the process of carrying those consequences out.

Once out of the garden, God sent a mighty angel to guard the door. There was no going back.


Chapter 2: Cain and Abel

Finally, the day came to have a child. Eve screamed in pain as the labor hit.

“Adam! Come quick!” Eve could barely get the words out of her mouth before she screamed again.

When Adam heard the screams of his wife, he immediately sprinted to her side, and tried not to panic. What should he do? He'd never done this before! How could he help his wife when neither of them had any idea how the whole process of birth was supposed to be like?

“Ok, breathe honey, breathe,” Adam said, trying his best to breathe himself.

He was excited, but mostly nervous. What if they lost the baby? What if he lost Eve? He couldn't bear the thought. He tried to think of different thoughts. He led Eve to a soft patch of grass and leaned her next to a tree. Heart pounding, he stared into his wife's eyes and took a hold of both of her small, fragile hands.

Eve writhed in pain once more and squeezed Adam's hands, Adam almost cried out in pain, and took his hands back. But instead, he clenched his teeth and thought it would be a bad idea to cry out in pain when his wife was obviously in much more pain.

After several hours of pushing and screaming, and pushing and screaming, the most miraculous thing happened. A baby boy had pushed his way out into the world, and instantly began crying. Before they knew what was happening, Eve cried out as another baby boy was trying to do the same! They had not just one child, but two! Two beautiful baby boys!

What a strange but beautiful sight!

Adam first took his eldest child, and cleaned him up with water from the nearby stream. Once the child was all clean, Adam wrapped him in clothes, and cradled him in his arms in an attempt to soothe his cries. Then, placing the eldest in Eve's loving, gentle arms, Adam took the youngest son, and cleaned him up too.

Adam picked up the eldest once more, thought for a moment and said, “This one shall be called Cain, and his youngest brother shall be called Abel.”

Eve, looking very tired and worn, simply smiled.

Adam took each of his sons, and laid him in a bed he had made for them. Then he proceeded to lead his wife to bed as well. It wasn't long before all three of his precious family members were fast asleep.

Filled with joy and thankfulness, he returned to work, sticking close by so as to hear if one of his sons awakened and cried.

“Give me that. I had that first!” Four-year old Abel cried angrily.

If you want it, come and get it!” Abel's twin brother Cain challenged, dangling the wooden toy that their father had made for them.

Abel stuck out his lip and then said, “I'm telling Mom!”

Abel turned abruptly, running into his mother in the process.

“Boys that's enough fighting! You know that’s not how we treat each other. Both of you, to your tree. Sit there silently until I tell you to get up. While you're there, think about what you've done. We'll discuss it over dinner with your father,” Eve said exasperated.

Boys were such a handful! Eve looked down on her enlarged belly, hoping the next child was a girl. The boys looked at each other angrily, again at their mother, and then walked shamefully toward their individual tree, their usual time-out spot. Eve sighed as she sat in the wooden chair Adam built for her when she was pregnant with the twins. Finally, some peace and quiet for a while. She set her head back on the seat back, and closed her eyes to enjoy the moment.

Growing up, Cain and Abel made everything a competition. Most of the time Abel won, which consequently planted a seed of bitterness in Cain's heart, along with the fear of never measuring up. He resented Abel's accomplishments, and Abel's growing pride and confidence.

Cain spend his time growing and tilling crops, and cooking. He poured out his frustrations getting his hands dirty by pulling weeds out of the garden. He also distracted himself by spending countless hours experimenting, and learning new and better ways to make and prepare food.

Abel, on the other hand loved working with the animals. He raised cows, horses, bulls, oxen, sheep, and more. It was a lot of work! Each animal proved to be a special friend to Abel. He talked to them for hours about the deepest desires of his heart, and his struggles. They were good listeners. Especially his horse, Gray.

It was hard to hunt for food, to kill precious innocent animals, but Abel learned, and was very skilled at it. It was especially hard to offer some of those animals as sacrifices to God. Abel's gut wrenched every time at the sight of an animal being slaughtered. Most often it was the best of the flock or herd that was offered. His father said it was because we must give our very best to God. Abel took that to heart, realizing that no matter how painful, God is our Creator, and deserves our very best.

One day, out in the garden, eighteen year old Cain was preparing for the weekly offering to God.

Grumbling to himself, he said, “Why do we have to do this every single week? It's just another painful reminder that Mom and Dad love Abel more, and that he is better than me at everything. I make and prepare the very food they eat! They should be grateful! I'm sick and tired of hearing 'Abel, you're so good at this. You’re so good at that. I am so proud of the man you are becoming. God has surely blessed you my son.' I have gifts and abilities too but they treat me like I'm worthless.”

Just as he expected, when the time of the offering came, Abel came with the most perfect, generous offering, making Cain's food offering look ridiculous.

Humpf. Showoff! Cain thought.

Cain's anger grew when he heard chuckles from his parents and younger siblings when they saw his plate of food, the scraps and leftovers of his crop. It was a large and full plate, but was filled with things he didn’t care about. Cain thought he was being generous by how much he gave. He didn’t have to give anything. Why should he?

As always, Abel's offering was immediately accepted by God Almighty, which was always indicated by the holy fire that came down from heaven to consume the sacrifice.

He held his breath as he dropped his offering plate of food at the family stone altar. It was met by continued silence. No fire came. God had not accepted his offering.

Cain took his platter of food, and smashed it on the ground and turned to run back to the garden and finish pulling weeds. He was rushed after first by his father, who had a serious talk with him about his attitude. Then his mother came to try and console him, but as always, her words didn't help.

Back in his garden—his safe haven—he began to work harder than ever before in his life, hacking away at the branches of trees, and at the roots of weeds. After several minutes of this, he realized the damage he was doing to his garden, and realized how much it resembled his broken, damaged heart. He put down his tools and wept bitterly. What was wrong with him? Why did he feel so alone?

Suddenly, Cain heard that all too familiar thundering voice coming from above, and he was jolted out of his kneeling position. He tried to ignore the rising fear that always came in these interactions, but this fear struck him to his core and caused him to plant his face in the dirt and cower.

“Cain, why are you angry?”

Cain was speechless for a moment.

Trembling, he finally said in a shaky voice, “I'm a failure and everyone is disappointed in me. I can never do anything right! Why didn't you accept my offering? I am not a herdsman like Abel, but at least I brought something!”

“If you do right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door, it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”

With that said, the presence of God left as quickly as it came, and Cain sighed in relief.

Cain's father had always told him, “it's not just about the offering Cain. It's the attitude in which you give to God. You must give God your very best. It is not a competition with Abel.”

Yeah right, not a competition. I doubt that is what Abel thinks, Dad. And if I have to, I will beat him one day. You'll see. Everyone will see.

For several days a thought nagged him. What if Abel had never been born? What if he never had to compete for the favor of others? If he was out of the picture, would he then gain the favor of his parents? Would Cain then get the respect and the love he had always wanted?

Abel’s voice jolted him out of his thoughts.

“I’m trying to help you Cain. Let me help you, and God will accept your sacrifice.”

They were arguing again, about how to present sacrifices to God.

“I don't need your help Abel! I need you to stop telling me what to do.”

“It's not about what you do, it’s about the attitude in how you do it.”

“You sound just like Dad. Just shut up, ok? I don't need to change. I'm fine the way I am. I wish people would love me and accept me for who I am!”

Abel finally stopped his talking and sighed.

He turned to walk away, and then turned back around and said in a quiet, hushed tone, “You're wrong you know. We do love you. Mom, Dad, the rest of our siblings, we do care about you more than you know. We may be disappointed in your choices, but we would never change who you are.”

“Fine, let’s go into the field so you can show me how to do it,” Cain asked, wanting to bite back every word.

He didn't mean it of course. But, Cain needed to do something to get rid of this situation. There was only one way that made sense to him at that moment. Cain walked towards to field, heart pounding with nervousness, and was pleased when Abel following close behind.

Abel talked the whole way and Cain just simply nodded, pretending to be in agreement. Finally, when they reached a clearing, Cain let loose all the anger that felt bottled up inside of him. He grabbed Abel’s neck, and strangled his brother, making it so that Abel could not breathe. Cain felt so much power and strength, and thought maybe he was in fact stronger than his brother. Abel tried to wrestle free, but Cain grabbed a nearby rock and struck Abel in the head with it. Then, with a hard, angry shove, Cain pushed Abel to the ground, and walked away to tend to his garden once more.

The cold bitter wind howled, and the leaves whispered that there was an uninvited and unwelcome presence in his garden. Then, the deep, bellowing voice followed.

“Where is your brother Abel?”

“I don't know,” Cain replied, harshly, “Am I my brother's keeper?”

The wind picked up and shook the trees so intensely and dark, luminous clouds formed instantaneously. Loud thunder clapped, and God's voice boomed so loud it was deafening his ear drums.

“What have you done? Your brother's blood cries out to Me from the ground! So now you are cursed, alienated, from the ground that opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood you have shed. When you cultivate the ground, it will no longer yield its fruit to you. You will be a restless wanderer the rest of your life on earth.”

Cain’s thoughts immediately went to his mother and father, who would reject him forever, and he knew his siblings would likely want to kill him in revenge for killing their beloved brother.

Fear welled up in Cain's heart and he answered, “This punishment is too great to bear! Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me!”

But the Lord God said to Cain, “Not so! Anyone who kills you will suffer vengeance seven times over.”

Then God put on Cain's forehead a sign of this promise to assure Cain that even if he was found by his younger brothers, God would not allow anyone to kill him.

Cain then fled from the Lord's presence, away from his family, leaving everything behind. He didn't stop running until he came to the land of Nod, east of Eden


Chapter 3

Noah took in the sight around him as he leaned against the wall on his roof. What a world it has became. In this moment, feeling the cool evening air, and seeing the beautiful colors of the sky as the sun sank lower in the horizon, it was as if the world was well and good. But Noah knew that despite nature’s beauty, his world was falling apart around him. Anger, greed, jealousy, lust, and hatred hung over the city like a thick blanket, and a dark rain cloud. He was exhausted from dealing with the sins of others, and filled with shame toward the sinful attitudes and thoughts that had filled his heart lately.

He knelt down on his knees and confessed his sin to God Almighty, and asked for God to act in a powerful way to bring justice to the broken world around him. He confessed to God that he was tired of waiting for good to come. Noah just wished God would make everything new again. He didn’t realize that making things new was exactly what God had intended to do, in His timing.

One night, God came to him in a dream saying, “Noah, I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it, and coat it with pitch inside and out. This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high. Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark, and make lower, middle, and upper decks. I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you will enter the ark—you, and your sons, and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. You are to bring into the ark two of all living creatures, male and female, to keep them alive with you. Two of every kind of bird, of every kind of animal, and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive. You are to take every kind of food that is to be eaten, and store it away as food for you and for them.”

When Noah woke, he immediately went to search for the materials he needed to build the boat. As he searched, Noah’s joy grew in gratitude that God was finally going to make the world new again. He was also filled with grief, because he knew that in order to make things new, many things and many people were going to have die. Death and pain were inevitable in order for justice and restoration to occur.

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