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CreationAfter “God said,” what did God do?

“God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness he called ‘night.’”

Is there something important about God naming His creation? Of course there is! In the ancient world not having a name was synonymous with nonexistence. An Egyptian text describes the period prior to the creation of the universe as the time

“When no name of anything had yet been named.”

The giving of a name was associated with the creation of, and by extension, power over the thing being named. So in Creation, who names what?

What does God name? Day and night, the sky, the earth and sea, and man are all named by God. What is the picture here? God is sovereign over both heavens and earth.

What does God leave for the man to name? The animals and woman.

Do men and women live in the roles God designed as God designed? As we all know, they often do not. It was the same situation in the apostle Paul’s day. He provided some further instruction on how these roles are to be lived out.

“Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body.

‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.”
(Ephesians 5:21–33)