The story of creation is familiar to us. We heard it growing up, and continue to hear people arguing that it should be taken literally. They are missing the point. What is important about the story of creation is what was before creation, and what the nature of creation is.
In the beginning the earth was formless, void and covered in darkness. What happened next was the Spirit of God moving over the surface of the waters. This is the first mystery, we are presented. We see the God who is everything, the one "in whom we live, move, and have our being (Acts 17: 28)," on the verge of creation.
There was nothingness, that which was formless, void, and covered in darkness; and there was being, the waters.
So we might read Genesis 1 as saying, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. There was ayin and the spirit of God was moving over Yesh." Or, "There was nothingness and the spirit of God was moving over being." From this came all things. "God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good (Genesis 1:31)."
In the beginning God created nothing and everything, and looking out over all of it, saw that it was good. The universe was made good. It was not a mistake, not an error, not something so fragile that a mere human could destroy it. This is our Original Blessing.
The No-thingness of God (Ayin)
Many are surprised when they
thick darkness: araphel, cloud, heavy or dark cloud, darkness, gross darkness, thick darkness
made: stationed, appointed, fixed
darkness, obscurity, secret place
hiding-place: covering, shelter, hiding place, secrecy
pavilion: thicket, covert, booth
The Being of God (Yesh)
Some would say they were now almost at the point where the plot shifts, and a mere human eats a piece of fruit after being tempted by a talking snake, and the whole of the universe is corrupted.
Have faith in God, my sisters and brothers, that the One who made the universe, and sustains it; who created the world in Original Blessing, continues to create the world that he knows to be good.
So what about that business with the talking snake anyway.