The seven days of creation
1. The two-fold account of these days:
a. The flood light account
A general description of the creation account
b. The spotlight account
A specific description of the creation of man
Genesis 1:1 refutes all other philosophies dreamt up by man.
1. Atheism – There is a God
2. Polytheism – There is but one God
3. Evolution – God created all things
4. Pantheism – He is apart from His creation
5. Materialism – There was a beginning to creation
6. Fatalism – There was a purpose to creation
7. The Gap theory – There was not one
8. The 2 creations – There is only one
Let the Bible speak for itself. It means what it says and says what it means.
The heavens and the earth
(1.) Definitions., The phrase “heaven and earth” is used to indicate the whole universe (Gen_1:1; Jer_23:24; Act_17:24). According to the Jewish notion there were three heavens,
2. There are three heavens mentioned in the Bible.
(a) The fist heaven or The firmament, as “fowls of the heaven” (Gen_2:19; Gen_7:3, Gen_7:23; Psa_8:8, etc.), “the eagles of heaven”
This heaven is described as the home of the birds and clouds – Daniel 4:12
(b) The second heaven or The starry heavens (Deu_17:3; Jer_8:2; Mat_24:29).
This heaven is described as the home of the sun, moon, and stars – Psalm 19:1
(c) The third heaven or The heaven of heavens (Deu_10:14; 1Ki_8:27; Psa_115:16; Psa_148:4; 2Co_12:2).
This heaven is described as the home of the angels or departed saints. – 2 Corinth 12:2
The usual Hebrew word for “heavens” is shamayim, a plural form meaning “heights,” “elevations” “Over there”
It simply states that God created “The down here and the up there”
Jer 23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD.
Act 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;
2. The first day.
The creation of light
God brought light into the darkness
He produced physical light. The New Testament records God sending His Son to be the light of the world
John 1:1-9, 8:12
One day there will be no darkness
Why was light created first?
Perhaps it was the first need
3. The second day
The seperation of the waters
(6-8) Atmospheric waters in the form of translucent vapor called the heavens.
“Firmament” means heavens and it literally means “something stretched out”
(9-10) The earth and sea
These are regular land based waters in the form of shallow water, oceans, rivers, and lake heads.
4. The third day
The creation of plant life
There are three natural divisions of plant kingdoms:
God’s purpose for vegetation:
1. To supply food for living creatures
2. For beauty
3. Utility uses (shelters)
5. The fourth day
The creation of the sun,moon,and stars
They were special light sources
God’s three-fold purpose for these special light sources:
1. To distinguish between day and night.
2. To serve as signs for man
Providing man with a calender
3. To serve as permanent repositories of light
“He made the stars” This is a significant statement. In those ancient times, other religions worshipped, deified, and mystified the stars. These pagan nations revered the stars and looked to them for guidance.
The creation account only gives the stars the briefest of mentions and is a direct show of contempt for ancient Babylonian astrology. (Ps29)
We must remember that Moses is writing to Hebrews who had just recently come out of slavery in Egypt. Egyptians had worshipped Re, the sun god or one of their chief deities. The Israelites needed to know that God and Re were not similar gods, but that God, Jehovah, the God of the Hebrews was the sole creator of the universe. This brief mention of the stars also has two other possible intended meanings:1) To show that there was nothing that had not been created by God. 2) To prevent the Hebrews from following the heathen practices of astrology and star worship.
Why was the earth created before the sun?
A. Priority – Because the earth was the most important in His mind. He would soon put His most important creation here – man – and one day His Son would reconcile all this back to Him.
B. Prevention – Almost every ancient civilization has worshipped the sun and through this way God is informing man that life and light existed before the sun and it came through the Son.