The gathering

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Genesis 1:9-10 World English Bible (WEB) 9. God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10. God called the dry land “earth”, and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas”. God saw that it was good. 

I see in these 2 verses the celebration of a wedding ceremony taking place. I see within the original meaning of the word that has been translated ‘gathered together’ a sense of expectancy, a group of people looking patiently, tarrying, waiting for someone to appear. I see within the original meaning of the word that has been translated ‘let appear’ the sense of looking upon, gazing upon one another joyfully.

The text talks about the waters being literally gathered together, but I see this symbolically representing the wedding party in the wedding ceremony. They are gathered together under the arch, or the Jewish Chuppa, the wedding canopy. They are waiting patiently for the bride to appear, looking in her direction and waiting expectantly. Then the text speaks literally of letting the dry land appear. I see this symbolically representing the bride appearing, as we can almost hear the music change to the wedding march.  

She is a virgin bride, representing the dry land. She in turn looks upon the wedding guests and the wedding party and gazes joyfully upon her bridegroom, representing the waters. I see the gathering together as a collection: the wedding guests, the wedding party, and especially the bridegroom, eagerly anticipating and waiting for the arrival and grand entrance of the bride in all of her glory and splendor.  

God calls the dry land Earth. It is significant that our society has referred to her as Mother Earth. The marriage ceremony will soon culminate in the consummation of the marriage, after which children will be born to the couple, represented by plants, trees, birds, fish, and animals, birds.  

God calls the gathering together of the waters Seas, the original meaning of which is a large body of waters, or people, roaring noisily. I hear and see here the people rejoicing, applauding, and celebrating, with great fervor, the joining together of these two in holy matrimony and blissful marriage. It is then with this grand word picture that God brings His Creation into being with great celebration and fanfare. And God saw that it was good.  

May we look upon that which God has created and see it in this same way and also say that it is good. And may God look upon each one of our marriages, see that they are producing fruit, whether literally or spiritually, or both, and also say, “It is good!” If we happen to be single, for whatever reason, may God see spiritual fruit in our lives and say, “It is good!” Amen!  

Next let there be a bringing forth.

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