Science is slowly catching up to the Bible. Water was present at the beginning of creation. The book of Genesis shows that God began creation with water and the earth. It wasn’t until day 4 that the sun and solar system were brought into existence.
“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 2 Peter 3:8
Day 1 (Genesis 1:1-5):
- God creates the heavens and the earth.
- “The heavens” refers to everything beyond the earth, outer space.
- The earth is made but not formed in any specific way, although water is present.
- Then God speaks light into existence, and separates the light from the darkness.
Day 2 (Genesis 1:6-8):
- God creates the sky (dividing the waters)
- The sky forms a barrier between water upon the surface and the moisture in the air.
- At this point earth would have an atmosphere.
Day 3 (Genesis 1:9-13):
- God creates dry land. Continents and islands are above the water.
- The large bodies of water are named “seas” and the ground is named “land.”
- God creates all plant life both large and small.
- He creates this life to be self-sustaining; plants have the ability to reproduce.
- The plants were created in great diversity (many “kinds”).
Day 4 (Genesis 1:14-19)
- God creates all the stars and heavenly bodies. The movement of these will help man track time.
- Two great heavenly bodies are made in relation to the earth.
- The first is the sun which is the primary source of light and the moon which reflects the light of the sun. The movement of these bodies will distinguish day from night.
Day 5 (Genesis 1:20-23)
- God creates all life that lives in the water.
- God also makes all the birds. The language allows that this may be the time God made flying insects as well (or, if not, they were made on day six).
- All of these creatures are made with the ability to perpetuate their species by reproduction. The creatures made on Day 5 are the first creatures blessed by God.
Day 6 (Genesis 1:24-31)
- God creates all the creatures that live on dry land (This includes every type of creature not included on previous days, and man).
- God then takes counsel with Himself, “God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness’” (Genesis 1:26).
- This is not an explicit revelation of the trinity but is part of the foundation for such, as God reveals an “us” within the Godhead.
- God makes man, and man is made in the image of God (men and women both bear this image) and is special above all other creatures.
- To emphasize this, God places man in authority over the earth and over all the other creatures. God blesses man and commands him to reproduce, fill the earth and subdue it (bring it under the rightful stewardship of man as authorized by God).
- God announces that man and all other creatures are to eat plants alone. God will not rescind this dietary restriction until Genesis 9:3-4.
Creation Day 7 (Genesis 2:1-3)
- God rests.
- This in no way indicates He was weary from His creative efforts, but denotes that the creation is complete.
- Further, God is establishing a pattern of one day in seven to rest.
- The keeping of this day will eventually be a distinguishing trait of the God’s chosen people (Exodus 20:8-11).
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