尺寸：47.28 x 70.85 cm
Title: Genesis 40
Dimension: 47.28 x 70.85 cm
The "Genesis" series consists of 50 works, corresponding to the 50 chapters of the Bible's Genesis.
40 / 50.
40:1 这些事以后，埃及王的酒政和膳长，得罪了他们的主人埃及王。40:2 法老就恼怒酒政和膳长这两个臣宰，40:3 把他们关在军长府内的监房里，就是约瑟被囚禁的地方。40:4 军长把他们交给约瑟，约瑟就侍候他们。他们在监房里过了好些日子。40:5 他们二人，就是被关在监里的埃及王的酒政和膳长，同一夜各作了一个梦，二人的梦各有不同的解释。40:6 到了早晨，约瑟进去到他们那里，见他们神色不安，40:7 就问法老的两个臣宰，就是与他一同关在他主人府内的监房里的，说：“今天你们的脸色为甚么这样难看呢？”40:8 他们回答他：“我们各人作了一个梦，但没有人能够解释。”约瑟对他们说：“解梦不是出于 神吗？请把梦告诉我吧。”40:9 酒政就把自己的梦告诉约瑟，对他说：“在梦里我看见我面前有一棵葡萄树。40:10 葡萄树上有三根枝子；树一发芽，就开了花，上头的葡萄都成熟了。40:11 法老的杯在我手里，我拿了葡萄挤在法老的杯中，把杯递在法老的手里。”40:12 约瑟对他说：“这梦的解释是这样：三根枝子就是三天。40:13 三天之内，法老必使你抬起头来，恢复你原来的职位；你仍要把杯递在法老的手里，好象先前作他的酒政时一样。40:14 不过，你一切顺利的时候，求你记念我，施恩给我，在法老面前提拔我，救我脱离这监狱。40:15 我实在是从希伯来人之地被拐来；就是在这里，我也没有作过甚么事该被关在监牢里的。”40:16 膳长见梦解得好，就对约瑟说：“我也作了一个梦，在梦里我看见自己头上有三篮白饼。40:17 最上面的篮子里，有为法老烤的各种食物，但飞鸟来吃我头上篮子里的食物。”40:18 约瑟回答：“这梦的解释是这样：三个篮子就是三天。40:19 三天之内，法老必砍下你的头来，把你挂在木头上，必有飞鸟来吃你身上的肉。”40:20 到了第三日，就是法老的生日，他为臣仆摆设筵席，在他们面前把酒政和膳长提出监来，40:21 恢复了酒政原来的职位，叫他可以把杯递在法老的手中；40:22 法老却把膳长挂起来，正如约瑟给他们的解释一样。40:23 但是酒政并不记念约瑟，竟把他忘记了。
40:1 Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt.40:2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker,40:3 and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined.40:4 The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. After they had been in custody for some time,40:5 each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.40:6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected.40:7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”40:8 “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”40:9 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me,40:10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes.40:11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”40:12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days.40:13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.40:14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.40:15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”40:16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.(Or three wicker baskets)40:17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”40:18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days.40:19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”40:20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials:40:21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand—40:22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.40:23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.
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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