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ASAH and BARA
ASAH and BARA

Now, I would like point out a thing about the use of ASAH and BARA, made and created. When nothing is in existance, God create, BARA, but when material is already there, He ASAH, made.

The word ASAH is more like sets in order, or something about appointment, sets it into function where it is surposed to be.

Verse 1: created the heaven and earth
Verse 7: God made the firmament
Verse 16: God made the two great lights
Verse 21: God created great whales, living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth, and every winged fowl
Verse 27: God created man

We see here that only the heaven and earth, whales, fish, birds, man were created, not the firmament, the lights, so there must be a difference in meaning.

Isa 45:18 For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.

In this verse God says created, not made (well, he did, more about that in a moment), as to ref back to Genesis 1.1 where He created the heaven and earth, the verse says something about that it took effort from God, not that it was hard, but the words describe the work of a potter (made, established) as he works with clay, which He did not do in the six days concerning the heaven and earth, but back when he BARA, created the heaven and earth.

The word BARA is used when no material is in existance, so God has to create them out of nothing, but with ASAH, made, He already have some material existing, which He works with.

Exo 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

In six days the Lord MADE (asah) heaven and earth, not created, bara, if it was poetry it would make sense to say that God just uses these words as he saw himself fit, but the meaning of the two words are not the same, and this is not poetry.

In Isaiah 45.18 it says that He created the heavens and earth, but now He says He made (ASAH) the heaven and earth in six days, so this must be two different situations since He tie it to the six days, and not even bother to use the word BARA, created.

That this split is made between ASAH and BARA is obvious in Genesis 2.4.

Gen 2:4 These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,

First created the heavens and earth, Genesis 1.1, out of nothing, and then the use of preexisting material as the word ASAH (made) is used here to describe that it was already in existance, but look also at the turnaround of the words, Heavens and earth, earth and heavens, as to say, "hey, look here".

The word generations can not be said of six days, but easely about what is prior to the six days, look at the term "in the day" and compare it to "generations", to me is seems most likely that the bible says that "in the day" only can be said of a shorter period of time, compared to generations.

I think this verse says it all, that there is a split of meaning when it comes to what ASAH and BARA means, and that they are not used of the same meaning, but it stands opposite eachother as to say "hey, I am different".
Comments:
You have hit the nail on the head, explaining the difference between the words "made" and "created" in Genesis. Those words have two, distinctive meanings.
 
Exo 20:11 could be better explained like this:

Was the earth present before the the bible says "and there was morning and there was evening the first day"? Yes, it was.

Then what earth and heaven is the above passage speaking about?

Whats the hebrew for heaven and earth in the above passage? its "shamayim" and "erets" respectively.

Lets look if these two words ever appear within the 6 days....

And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." [Heb:SHAMAYIM] And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," [Heb: ERETES] and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.

This is what Exodus 20:11 is speaking about.... earth, sea and the heaven or in other words....land, sea and sky.....and ALL that is contained in it.
 
You can read what I wrote here...Tohu va bohu

Sidharth
 
Hello. We say God CREATED Man, but in Genesis 2:7, it says he formed the man out of the dust of the ground.

I thought to Bara is to create from nothing,
and

Asah is to MAKE from pre-existing material?
 
By "nothing", it does not mean "no thing", it means it simply means that thing didn't exist before it's creation.

Earth was bara....before that earth did not exist.

Earth was asah....there was earth, but God was reforming it.

Man did not exist before he was "bara" from the mud. So he had to be created from nothing.

Sidharth
 
English words translated from bara: Create, creator, choose, make, cut down, dispatch, done, make fat.
English words translated from Asah: do, make, wrought, deal, commit, offer, execute, keep, shew, prepare, work, do so, perform, get, dress, maker, maintain, and 157 misc uses. In the KJV.

Point: both words are translated in many different ways, and one of them is the same: "make". Odd-though that was only for one use.
God creates and makes. Technically, once God had creqated heaven and earth, therein were all the necessary elements to form everything else. So going by your logic here, Goid only CREATED heaven (singular) and earth, and only MADE everything else.


 
Here's a little tidbit, which illustrates how far off the mark the traditional interpretation of the Bible is:

Its a fact that when Adam was created in 4004 BC, the world's population was between 5 and 7 million people.

If you want the interpretation that proves the Bible is true, Google the exact phrase (Does scientific evidence support the existence of a Divine Creator?)

 
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