尺寸：70.85 x 47.28 cm
Title: Genesis 33
Dimension: 70.85 x 47.28 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
33 / 50.
创世记 33:1 雅各举目观看，见以扫带着四百人来了；他就把孩子分开三队，交给利亚、拉结和两个婢女。33:2 他叫两个婢女和她们的孩子走在前头，利亚和她的孩子跟着，拉结和约瑟走在最后。33:3 他自己却走在他们前面，七次俯伏在地，直到走近他哥哥跟前。33:4 以扫跑来迎接他，拥抱他，伏在他颈项上，与他亲吻；两个人都哭了。33:5 以扫举目观看，看见妇人和孩子，就问：“这些与你同来的人是谁？”雅各回答：“是 神赐给你仆人的孩子。”33:6 于是，两个婢女和她们的孩子上前下拜。33:7 利亚和她的孩子也上前下拜，随后，约瑟和拉结也上前下拜。33:8 以扫又问：“我遇见的这一群牲畜，是甚么意思呢？”雅各回答：“是要讨我主喜悦的。”33:9 以扫说：“弟弟啊，我已经很富有了，你的仍归你吧。”33:10 雅各说：“请不要这样，我若得你的喜悦，就求你从我手里收下这些礼物吧；因为我看见了你的面，就好象见了 神的面；你实在恩待了我。33:11 请你收下我带来给你的礼物，因为 神施恩给我，我甚么都有了。”雅各再三恳求他，他才收下了。33:12 以扫说：“我们起程前行吧，我和你一起走。”33:13 雅各对他说：“我主知道孩子们还年幼娇嫩；牛羊也正在乳养的时候，需要我的照顾；如果要催赶牠们走一天的路，恐怕所有牲畜都要死了。33:14 请我主在仆人前头先行；我要照着在我面前群畜和孩子们的速度，慢慢前行，直走到西珥我主那里去。”33:15 以扫说：“让我把跟随我的人留几个在你这里吧。”雅各说：“为甚么要这样呢？只要我得我主的喜悦就是了。”33:16 于是，以扫在那一天回西珥去了。33:17 雅各却起程到疏割去，在那里为自己建造了一座房子，又为牲畜搭了些草棚，因此给那地方起名叫疏割。33:18 雅各从巴旦．亚兰回来的时候，平平安安地到了迦南地的示剑城，在城的对面支搭了帐棚。33:19 他支搭帐棚的那块地，是他用一百块银子向示剑的父亲哈抹的子孙买来的。33:20 在那里雅各建了一座坛，给它起名叫伊利．伊罗伊．以色列。
33:1 Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants.33:2 He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear.33:3 He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.33:4 But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.33:5 Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked. Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”33:6 Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down.33:7 Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.33:8 Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?” “To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.33:9 But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”33:10 “No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably.33:11 Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.33:12 Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”33:13 But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die.33:14 So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”33:15 Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.” “But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”33:16 So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir.33:17 Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.(Sukkoth means shelters.)33:18 After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,(That is, Northwest Mesopotamia) he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city.33:19 For a hundred pieces of silver,(Hebrew hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value.) he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent.33:20 There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.(El Elohe Israel can mean El is the God of Israel or mighty is the God of Israel.)
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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