THis part of the story of the Creation seriously puzzles me: G-d looking at His creation and checking/judging/evaluating it. Examples:

וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־הָאוֹר כִּי־טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ׃
God saw that the light was good, and God separated the light from the darkness.

וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים לַיַּבָּשָׁה אֶרֶץ וּלְמִקְוֵה הַמַּיִם קָרָא יַמִּים וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים כִּי־טוֹב׃
God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering of waters He called Seas. And God saw that this was good.

וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת־כָּל־אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה וְהִנֵּה־טוֹב מְאֹד וַיְהִי־עֶרֶב וַיְהִי־בֹקֶר יוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי׃
And God saw all that He had made, and found it very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.

Doesn't G-d know what He creates and how it comes out? That would be especially weird to the approach (Rashi) that nothing was actually created in the 6 days but in theory.

So, why did G-d look at His Creation?

  • You ask too many questions that I cannot fully assess each one and articulate them. : ) In short, G-d does not "look". As Ralbag says, G-d knows things are as the Bible exclaims "Very good." When the Bible applies human attributes to G-d, it is not meant to be taken literally.
    – Turk Hill
    Oct 26 '19 at 22:10
  • @TurkHill Please go ahead and explain it metaphorically. Nobody else sees it that way IIRC.
    – Al Berko
    Oct 26 '19 at 22:15
  • The Bible explains G-d with emotions. However, Rambam sees these as people's reactions [emotions] to natural law. It is worthy to note here that Rabbi Levi ben Gershom felt that G-d only knows the universal and not the particular. Thus, G-d is not involved in the daily governance of the world. In the same time, G-d does not walk, speak, or hear, for example, G-d did not walk in the garden asking where was Adam after he sinned.
    – Turk Hill
    Oct 26 '19 at 22:48
  • It was a metaphor.
    – Turk Hill
    Oct 26 '19 at 22:49
  • Look at the Ramban
    – robev
    Oct 27 '19 at 0:21

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