尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 13
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
13 / 50.
13:1 亚伯兰带着妻子和所有的一切，以及罗得，一同从埃及上到南地去。13:2 亚伯兰有很多牲畜和金银。13:3 他从南地一站一站往前走，到伯特利去；到伯特利和艾城中间，就是他起先支搭帐棚的地方，13:4 也是他筑头一座祭坛的地方，亚伯兰就在那里求告耶和华的名。13:5 和亚伯兰同行的罗得，也有羊群、牛群和帐棚。13:6 那地容不下他们住在一起；因为他们的财物很多，所以他们再也不能住在一起。13:7 牧养亚伯兰牲畜的和牧养罗得牲畜的，起了纷争；当时迦南人和比利洗人还住在那地。13:8 亚伯兰就对罗得说：“你我之间，切不可纷争；你的牧人和我的牧人之间，也不可纷争，因为我们是至亲。13:9 全地不都是在你面前吗？请你离开我吧！你若向左，我就向右；你若向右，我就向左。”13:10 罗得举目，看见约旦河整个平原，直到琐珥，都有水灌溉；在耶和华毁灭所多玛和蛾摩拉之前，这地好象耶和华的园子，也像埃及地一样。13:11 罗得选择了约旦河整个平原，于是向东移动，他们就彼此分开了。13:12 亚伯兰住在迦南地；罗得住在平原的城市中，渐渐挪移帐棚，直到所多玛。13:13 在耶和华看来，所多玛人是罪大恶极的。13:14 罗得离开亚伯兰以后，耶和华对亚伯兰说：“你要举目，从你所在的地方向东南西北观看。13:15 你看见的地方，我都要赐给你和你的后裔，直到永远。13:16 我要使你的后裔好象地上灰尘那么多；若能数算地上的灰尘，才能数算你的后裔。13:17 你起来，纵横走遍这地，因为我必把这地赐给你。”13:18 于是，亚伯兰渐渐挪移帐棚，来到希伯仑幔利的橡树附近，在那里居住，也在那里为耶和华筑了一座祭坛。
13:1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him.13:2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.13:3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier13:4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.13:5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.13:6 But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together.13:7 And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.13:8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are close relatives.13:9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”13:10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.)13:11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company:13:12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.13:13 Now the people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.13:14 The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west.13:15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring(Or seed; also in verse 16) forever.13:16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.13:17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”13:18 So Abram went to live near the great trees of Mamre at Hebron, where he pitched his tents. There he built an altar to the Lord.
宇宙为何以及如何诞生？为何宇宙大爆炸有一个从无到有的“开始”？为何生命会从“无”诞生到“有”？为何会有复杂、精密的生命的存在？为什么人体内的 DNA 和细胞像微观世界一样复杂而精确，却以高度有序的方式完成其工作，就像被设计和编程的另一个宇宙一样？
In an era where science can nearly explain everything, we have become accustomed to everything that happens in this world and everything around us, no matter how incredible it is, or even accustomed to stop thinking about its incredibility.
Why and how did the universe come from? Why does the universe's big bang have a "start" from nothing? Why is life born from "nothing" to "life"? Why is there complex, sophisticated creatures? Why is the DNA and cells in our body as complex and precise as a microcosm, but complete its work in a highly orderly manner, just like another universe designed and programmed?
Whether it is the elliptical orbit of Comet Halley, the romantic heart-shaped function of Descartes, the graceful golden section of the human body, the Six-sided snowflake falling from the sky, or even a leaf falling, all are wonderful function equations. As big as the universe and as small as snowflakes, divine order can be seen in these formulas.
The explosion brought about destruction. Originally, there was nothing, but the "Big Bang" produced time, matter, and space. There was no gradual development, no transitional forms, but a binary flip, from "non-existence" to "existence." The universe is complex and vast, but it can be described by highly ordered mathematical formulas, gave birth to order and even life. This alone is unbelievable enough to let people explore the truth throughout their lives.
What is the evidence for the "abiogenesis", which is "something can come from nothing"? How to get life from non-life? Why do we still not know how to actually create life from dead stuff, but frankly assume that life can be born from non-life?
The truth behind the universe is so incredible and mysterious, life is so incredible, we are so accustomed to it, we are no longer lamenting the incredibility of all this.
"For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Romans 1:20
"The end of science is theology." I believe that although science has its limitations and theology provides the answer, theology is not to explain the deficiency of science, and science alone cannot reach the core of theology. However, science and theology are not opposites, and they do not prevent us from remaining awed on the road to exploring knowledge.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Psalm 19:1
The magnificent scenery of nature can easily make people awe-inspiring, but I find that even the most slight sceneries that are most overlooked in daily life are also part of the "skies". You can think of "big" naturally from "big", but if you can also see "big" from "small", "big" is even more glorious.
In this series, I am not trying to answer the above questions or to express my views and positions on the above questions. I just saw the "traces" and "majesty" left by the "creator" in some slight scenes that we are accustomed to and even ignore.
Therefore, I created a rule: trying to see "big" from "small" - with awe and curiosity, through daily neglected slight scenes, with “small scale” as the window, to explore and think about the relationship between the universe, life, eternity and creation.
- Boshan Zhou
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