Let’s propose that creation is the making of meaningful things. There are two ways to go about creating a meaningful thing: either make the thing, or make the meaning.
Say you’re a potter and you make a cup. A cup is a physical thing whose meaning is already defined: it’s a thing for drinking out of. Now say you take a cup, hold it up, and announce, “This is the cup of the new covenant.” You’ve embedded an already-existing thing and assigned a different meaning to it.
Which is the more creative act: the making of new objects, or the making of new meanings?