The Gathered Waters – Genesis 1:10

In our current verse, we see when God gathered the waters. From a pictogram standpoint, we also have something very important. We created a new pictogram to represent water, land and sky in juxtaposition. This has some implications for the project that we’ll discuss at the end of the article. For now, let’s look at the verse.

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Genesis 1:10 (NIV) God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

This verse starts with God naming the dry ground and the gathered waters. We see the pictogram for God, and the speech bubble. These are two pictograms you’ve become very familiar with over the last few verses. What’s next is something new.

At the top left of God’s speech bubble, we see part of the pictogram that was used to show dry ground arising from the gathered waters. This pictogram fragment stands on it’s own, equated to a new pictogram. This new pictogram depicts water, land and sky in juxtaposition. We focus on the highlighted ground/land section of the pictogram. The other two are present because dry land is only comprehensible in the context of it’s relationship to the other two.

God’s statement equates the dry ground to land, and then the gathered water to the seas. God looks upon what he has created. It’s a treat to see the smiling God pictogram again. I think we can all agree with Him, this creation is good!

Gathered Waters and Gathered Thoughts

We considered the creation of the new pictogram that shows land, sky and sea for a long time. It seemed to be duplicative in some ways, and it probably is. We have three different pictograms for large bodies of water. Why? At first we thought we would need to go back and revise our earlier works.

Upon further reflection, though, we are in fact discussing three different things. Clearly, the primal waters are not the same as the waters that were divided above and below the firmament (vault!). Likewise, the waters that were gathered to become the sea are a different entity as well. In conclusion, we think the different pictograms for each are justified. We’ll keep an eye on it as we work to bring your our next verse!

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