Friday, May 16, 2008

Names

11 The name of the one is Phison: that is it which compasseth all the land of Hevilath, where gold groweth. 12 And the gold of that land is very good: there is found bdellium, and the onyx stone. 13 And the name of the second river is Gehon: the same is it that compasseth all the land of Ethiopia. 14 And the name of the third river is Tigris: the same passeth along by the Assyrians. And the fourth river is Euphrates. 15 And the Lord God took man, and put him into the paradise of pleasure, to dress it, and to keep it.

16 And he commanded him, saying: Of every tree of paradise thou shalt eat: 17 But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat. For in what day soever thou shalt eat of it, thou shalt die the death. 18 And the Lord God said: It is not good for man to be alone: let us make him a help like unto himself. 19 And the Lord God having formed out of the ground all the beasts of the earth, and all the fowls of the air, brought them to Adam to see what he would call them: for whatsoever Adam called any living creature the same is its name. 20 And Adam called all the beasts by their names, and all the fowls of the air, and all the cattle of the field: but for Adam there was not found a helper like himself.

Genesis 2:11-20

Adam was commanded not to eat of a certain tree, else he would die a certain death. We too are commanded to not sin else we will most certainly die alone. Sin separates us from God. He made animals and Adam named them. Look how far we too have come since the beginning. Occasionally we will find a creature not known to us and we too will name it, just as Adam did. We continue to name many things in this life, including those who are born. We have learned from Adam to give a name to what we create, to what we discover and have no known clue as to what it is. We have formed a foundation since Adam in the discovery of a vast world. Look how far we have come since the beginning and still we discover continually what was old and what is new. We preserve what has long since gone, but we refuse to honor and cherish life. And we name it progress.

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