In Genesis 1 we see that each step of the Creation concludes with the same refrain:
God saw that it was good (see Gen. 1:4, Gen. 1:10, Gen. 1:12, Gen. 1:18, Gen. 1:21, Gen. 1:25, Gen. 1:31). The last step (Genesis 1:31) goes even further:
It was very good. The Hebrew word for
good contains the idea of enjoyment, and it also implies relationship. At the end of the whole Creation week God pauses to fully enjoy His creation (Gen. 2:1–3). The time of this pause, the Sabbath, is blessed. Likewise our poem concludes with wisdom enjoying the Creation.
Read Proverbs 8:30-31. Why was wisdom rejoicing?
Wisdom’s rejoicing reflects God’s rejoicing at Creation. This rejoicing not only happens
daily,at each step of Creation, but also crowns the work of creation, when the Creation (of life on earth) itself was completed.
In Proverbs 8, we find the reason for wisdom’s rejoicing:
My delight was with the sons of men(Proverbs 8:31, NKJV). At the end of the Creation week, on Sabbath, God entered into a relationship with humans. The immediate application of this divine pause and rejoicing, after the work of the week, has implications for the human experience of Sabbath:
Following the pattern of the Creator, he too may look back upon his finished work with joy, pleasure, and satisfaction. In this way man may rejoice not only in God’s creation but also in his responsible rulership, not exploitation, over creation. — Gerhard F. Hasel, in Kenneth A. Strand, The Sabbath in Scripture and History (Review and Herald Publishing Association, 1982), p. 23.
Read Colossians 1:15–17, Colossians 2:3, Revelation 3:14, and John 1:1–14. What do these verses tell us about Jesus’ role in the Creation itself? Why is His role as Creator so important in understanding His role as our Redeemer?