Myth Series 5

The young of the firstlings were always so curious that they began to look at  animals as play things for sexual satisfaction.  When the wizened of the clan  saw this happening they were deeply disturbed.. They rememberd an old story they learned in their youth so they gathered the clan around the campfire and related to them this story that has become the second myth of the beginning.

Jehovah Elohym is the diety in this myth.  (The Old Fool understands that Jehovah  is singular, and Elohym is plural.) This god of gods is the diety who created the earth and the heavens.

 No specific creation days are noted in this story told by the wizened.  Greens were scarce because the god of gods did not send rain.  Instead, water from springs welled up to water the earth.

The wizened declared that something more was lacking. There was no one to work the soil. So, the “god of gods” made “first one” of us from dust to rule over other living beings in whom the “god of gods” had breathed the breath of life.

The “god of gods” planted a garden for “first one” and caused all kinds of trees to grow in the garden. The trees were beautiful and the fruit was nutricious and tasty. Two trees grew in the middle of the garden; the tree of life and the tree to make known mysteries.  A river watered the garden and supplied other rivers with water to flow through the land.

The “god of gods” put “first one” in the garden to take care of it and said,  “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  but you must not eat from the tree of all mysteries.. It will surely be the end of you if you eat from that tree..”

The “god of gods” and “first one” were sad because they saw that it was not good for “first one” to live alone. “First one” must have “second one” to be happy. The “god of gods” brought other beings made from dust and in whom the breath of life had been breathed to see how “first one” reacted to them. “First one” liked them and named them according to their unique characteristics, but “first one” found none that suited as a “second one.”  “First one” was still alone.

So the”god of gods” put “first one” into a deep sleep and took a rib and from it made  a suitable “second one” for “first one.” The “god of gods” brought “second one”  to “first one,” and “first one” said, Wonderful!  This “second one” is just like me.

The wisened smiled thin smiles as they concluded the story, that is why a one leaves his father and mother and is united to another one and the two ones become a one.

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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