Sunday, August 9, 2015
Sunday Sermon 11th Hour On Short Notice!
Sorry, what? Eat what? Eat what raw? Oh yes, Yay team! Rah Rah Rah!
So I shall proceed with...what? Who do I think I am? I'm sorry, it's just this roar --like an ocean or something exacerbating my hearing problems-- oh? Oh really, I got it right? Well, I think I am a descendant of an old Portuguese athlete who was invited to this country long ago to play professional baseball. What do I mean? No? Oh, what team? Well, he immigrated in the 1840s so there was only one team, if that many. I forget what it was called.
He played 7th base and was considered peerless. When he retired, 7th base --now called 2nd assistantshortstop-- and his jersey were retired with him. Eh? Yes they wore jerseys and a new one had to be made for his replacement which is how New Jersey got its name. But now to my sermon which, I must say, was prepared at scant notice and suffers from brevity. Eh? Yes. Yay. Yay team! Let us now open our Bibles to Genesis 1:25-27 then Genesis 2:18-19 and discuss which came first.
Yes yes, I know. One comes before the other but I'm talking about whether animals were created before humans. It's a theological conundrum that bugs the heck out of some people. Animals are created, then the human, then animals are either created in duplicate or later or summoned to parade before Adam to see what he calls them. Now I don't know whom I'm subbing for but hope to end the controversy on this sunny beach. What? No, I said beach and it is not my progenitress.
You'd have to be writing copy pretty early on to make the press deadline for Genesis. The world --with the exception of Arizona and Utah, which could use topsoil-- had only just got finished. In written language, understandably, there were present and future tenses. Nobody was nervous about past tense because there wasn't any past yet, hence the ambiguity of the two chapters. Other explanation is humankind numbers among the animals. You're welcome to consider either or both solutions to the enigma.