尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 8
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
8 / 50.
8:1 神顾念挪亚和所有与他一同在方舟里的走兽和牲畜； 神使风吹过大地，水就渐渐退了。8:2 深渊的泉源和天上的窗户，都关闭起来；天降的大雨也止住了。8:3 水从地上不断退去，过了一百五十天，水就消退了。8:4 七月十七日，方舟停在亚拉腊山上。8:5 水继续消退，直到十月；到了十月初一，山顶都露出来了。8:6 过了四十天，挪亚开了他所做的方舟的窗户，8:7 放了一只乌鸦出去。地上的水还没有干，那乌鸦就一直飞来飞去。8:8 他又放了一只鸽子出去，要看看水从地上退了没有。8:9 因为遍地都是水，那鸽子找不着歇脚的地方，就回到挪亚的方舟那里；于是，挪亚伸出手去，把鸽子接进方舟里来。8:10 他再等了七天，又把鸽子从方舟里放出去。8:11 到了黄昏的时候，鸽子回到挪亚那里，嘴里叼着一块新摘下来的橄榄树叶，挪亚就知道地上的水已经退了。8:12 挪亚再等了七天，又把鸽子放出去，鸽子就再没有回到他那里。8:13 到挪亚六百零一岁的时候，就在正月初一，地上的水都干了；挪亚移开方舟的盖看看，见地面已经干了。8:14 到了二月二十七日，大地就都干了。8:15 神告诉挪亚说：8:16 “你要从方舟出来，你和你的妻子、儿子，以及儿媳都要和你一同出来。8:17 所有和你在一起有生命的活物：飞鸟、牲畜和一切在地上爬行的动物，你都要带出来，使牠们可以在地上滋生、繁殖，也可以在地上增多。”8:18 于是，挪亚出来了，他的儿子、妻子和儿媳都与他一同出来了；8:19 各样走兽、牲畜、飞禽和各样在地上爬行的动物，各从自己的族类，都出了方舟。8:20 挪亚给耶和华筑了一座祭坛，拿各样洁净的牲畜和飞禽，献在祭坛上作为燔祭。8:21 耶和华闻了那馨香的气味，就心里说：“我必不再因人的缘故咒诅这地（因为人从小时开始心中所想的都是邪恶的）；我也必不再照着我作过的，击杀各样的活物。8:22 大地尚存之日，播种、收割，寒暑、冬夏、白昼和黑夜必然循环不息。”
8:1 But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.8:2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.8:3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down,8:4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat.8:5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.8:6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark8:7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.8:8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground.8:9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark.8:10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark.8:11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth.8:12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.8:13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry.8:14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.8:15 Then God said to Noah,8:16 “Come out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives.8:17 Bring out every kind of living creature that is with you—the birds, the animals, and all the creatures that move along the ground—so they can multiply on the earth and be fruitful and increase in number on it.”8:18 So Noah came out, together with his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives.8:19 All the animals and all the creatures that move along the ground and all the birds—everything that moves on land—came out of the ark, one kind after another.8:20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it.8:21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though(Or humans, for) every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.8:22 “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
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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