尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 28
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
28 / 50.
28:1 以撒把雅各叫了来，给他祝福，并且吩咐他，说：“你不可娶迦南的女子为妻。28:2 起来，到巴旦．亚兰你外祖父彼土利的家里去，在那里娶你舅父拉班的一个女儿为妻。28:3 愿全能的 神赐福给你，使你繁衍增多，成为大族。28:4 愿 神把应许给亚伯拉罕的福，赐给你和你的后裔，使你可以得着你寄居的地为业，就是 神赐给亚伯拉罕的。”28:5 于是，以撒打发雅各去了，雅各就往巴旦．亚兰去，到了亚兰人彼土利的儿子拉班那里。拉班就是雅各和以扫的母亲利百加的哥哥。28:6 以扫见以撒给雅各祝福，又打发他到巴旦．亚兰去，在那里娶妻；又见以撒给雅各祝福的时候，吩咐他说：“你不可娶迦南的女子为妻”；28:7 又见雅各听从了他父母的话，到巴旦．亚兰去了；28:8 以扫就看出，他父亲以撒不喜欢迦南的女子。28:9 于是，以扫到以实玛利那里去，在他两个妻子以外，娶了玛哈拉为妻。玛哈拉就是亚伯拉罕的儿子以实玛利的女儿，尼拜约的妹妹。28:10 雅各离开别是巴，到哈兰去。28:11 来到一个地方，就在那里过夜，因为太阳已经落了。他拾起那地方的一块石头，把它放在头底下作枕头，就在那里躺下睡了。28:12 他作了一个梦，梦见一个梯子立在地上，梯顶直通到天， 神的众使者在梯子上下往来。28:13 耶和华站在梯子上，说：“我是耶和华你祖父亚伯拉罕的 神，也是以撒的 神，我要把你现在躺着的这块地赐给你和你的后裔。28:14 你的后裔必像地面的灰尘那么多；你必向东、南、西、北扩展；地上的万族必因你和你的后裔得福。28:15 我与你同在，你无论到哪里去，我必看顾你；我必领你回到这地方来，因为我必不离弃你，直到我实现了我对你所应许的。”28:16 雅各一觉醒来，说：“耶和华确实在这地方，我竟不知道！”28:17 他就惧怕起来，说：“这地方多么可畏啊，这不是别的地方，而是 神的殿，是天的门。”28:18 雅各清早起来，把他曾经放在头底下作枕头的那块石头，立作石柱，在柱上浇了油。28:19 他就给那地方起名叫伯特利，但那城起初名叫路斯。28:20 于是雅各许了一个愿说：“如果 神与我同在，在我所走的路上看顾我，赐我食物吃，给我衣服穿，28:21 使我可以平平安安地回到我的父家，我就必定以耶和华为我的 神，28:22 我立作石柱的那块石头，必作 神的殿；你赐给我的一切，我必把十分之一献给你。”
28:1 So Isaac called for Jacob and blessed him. Then he commanded him: “Do not marry a Canaanite woman.28:2 Go at once to Paddan Aram,(That is, Northwest Mesopotamia; also in verses 5, 6 and 7) to the house of your mother’s father Bethuel. Take a wife for yourself there, from among the daughters of Laban, your mother’s brother.28:3 May God Almighty(Hebrew El-Shaddai) bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples.28:4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a foreigner, the land God gave to Abraham.”28:5 Then Isaac sent Jacob on his way, and he went to Paddan Aram, to Laban son of Bethuel the Aramean, the brother of Rebekah, who was the mother of Jacob and Esau.28:6 Now Esau learned that Isaac had blessed Jacob and had sent him to Paddan Aram to take a wife from there, and that when he blessed him he commanded him, “Do not marry a Canaanite woman,”28:7 and that Jacob had obeyed his father and mother and had gone to Paddan Aram.28:8 Esau then realized how displeasing the Canaanite women were to his father Isaac;28:9 so he went to Ishmael and married Mahalath, the sister of Nebaioth and daughter of Ishmael son of Abraham, in addition to the wives he already had.28:10 Jacob left Beersheba and set out for Harran.28:11 When he reached a certain place, he stopped for the night because the sun had set. Taking one of the stones there, he put it under his head and lay down to sleep.28:12 He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.28:13 There above it(Or There beside him) stood the Lord, and he said: “I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac. I will give you and your descendants the land on which you are lying.28:14 Your descendants will be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east, to the north and to the south. All peoples on earth will be blessed through you and your offspring.(Or will use your name and the name of your offspring in blessings (see 48:20))28:15 I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”28:16 When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I was not aware of it.”28:17 He was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God; this is the gate of heaven.”28:18 Early the next morning Jacob took the stone he had placed under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on top of it.28:19 He called that place Bethel,(Bethel means house of God.) though the city used to be called Luz.28:20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will watch over me on this journey I am taking and will give me food to eat and clothes to wear28:21 so that I return safely to my father’s household, then the Lord(28:20,21 Or Since God… father’s household, the Lord) will be my God28:22 and(28:21,22 Or household, and the Lord will be my God, 22 then) this stone that I have set up as a pillar will be God’s house, and of all that you give me I will give you a tenth.”
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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