” In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So, God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the fourth day. And God said, Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” So, God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So, God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. Thus, the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made”, Genesis 1:1-2:2
The very first book of the most sold piece of literature tells us that God created the heavens and the earth. Can this book be wrong?
(Hebrews 11:3), (Colossians 1:16), (John 1:1-3)
The first five verses of this extraordinary book tell us that God created the heavens and the earth. Heavens is a place regarded in various religions as the abode of God and the angels, and of the good after death, often traditionally depicted as being above the sky.
The earth is made which includes land and water. Then there is light which is separated from the dark creating day and night.
Next, God creates the sky and separates the water from the sky creating a horizon. The water and the sky contributes to God creating moisture and an atmosphere.
More creations are brought to us by God when he created the dry land which consists of continents and island separate and apart from the water.
God continued to create plant life that will not only reproduce but both big and small. There were many different types of plants.
We are now way past half way through the creation. God creates the stars and heavenly bodies which with the movement of these helps us track time. The sun being the primary source of light which creates day and the stars, moon or lack of translate into what we know as night.
The next creation is of water life, bird life and insect life. All these creatures can reproduce. These were the first creatures made by God.
The final section of creation divinely gives us all the creatures that live on dry land. This includes any creature that was not created on any of the previous days.
God created Man by creating Adam and stated, “Let us make man in the image of God”.
This statement is to refer to both man and woman and to signify that we are special above all other creatures. To demonstrate this, Man is given authority over the earth and all the other creatures. God blesses man and commands him to reproduce, fill the earth and 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.
The final stage of creation is the seventh day which is designated as a day of rest. For most, the seventh day today we know as Sunday which is a day we attend church, fellowship with family & friends and recuperate from the previous week.
Although we use the seventh day as recuperation, this in no way infers that God was tired from all of the creation but just a point in time to let us know creation is complete such as a period at the end of a sentence.
This was also God’s way of creating a day out of seven to rest. Most of us work Mondays to Fridays, Saturdays are errand days and Sunday is our day to rest. In God’s eyes, rest not only refers to our body but we need to refill our spiritual tank as well.
We learn from God in this scenario that not only did he created heavens and earth and all within in it but that he is a very powerful divinity. He controls the earth and everything in it although he does designate human authority.
This scenario should make us realize not only how powerful God is but exactly what he wants us to do. We need to understand that when he created man he wanted to make a likeness of him.
Apart from the creation theory, I also managed to correlate how the week of seven days came to creation. Till preparing for this I never gave any real thought to how the week came about.
This leaves the following questions:
- What do we learn about God in this story?
- What do we learn about man/ourselves in this story?
- What new did we learn?
- What changes do we need to make?