Lesson 6

What A Difference A Day Makes

Genesis 1:2-13

“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.”

Introduction
In this lesson we are going to study days 1, 2 and 3 of the Creation week. No apologies are made for accepting that the Bible is factual regarding a literal six-day creation, and that each day 24 hours in duration. Several good books are available which will offer you greater detail if you desire to study this topic at a deeper level. 

Day 1
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:2-5).
‘Without form’ simply means that the earth had no shape. The best way to look at it is by imagining a lump of clay before the potter crafts it into a vessel. God spoke matter into existence and then began to put shape to it. God was about to form the earth into the design He intended.
‘Void’ means that it was empty of everything. No life of any form was on or in the earth until God began to form it. This fact denies the Gap and Pre-Adamite Theories. It was empty until the Holy Spirit filled the void with His energising power. Everything that was created is based upon the energy that the Holy Spirit installed into matter. Scientists speak of radio waves, microwaves and light waves; these waves were created when the Holy Spirit moved (vibrated) across the earth.
Energy produces light. This was the result of the energising power of the Spirit of God. The light that initially illuminated the earth was God’s own light … “For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light” (Psalm 36:9) … “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12) … “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5).
Notice that there was a separation between the light and darkness before the creation of the sun. Notice too that God ordained day and night, and evening and morning before the sun or moon existed. This is means that God set time into motion. The earth’s clock began to tick from this moment. This is the reason why we believe in a literal 24 hour day rather than millions of years with regards to Creation. God’s work was good. The earth and light have never been improved upon!

Day 2
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day” (Genesis 1:6-8).
The word ‘firmament’ comes from the Hebrew word ‘raqia’. It literally means ‘a spreading or stretching out.’ This was named ‘heaven’ by God. This is not to be understood as being God’s habitation, but simply the universe. It is the wide open expanse above our heads that astronomers seek to explore. On this day God created the hydrosphere … “Bodies of water and vapour in the atmosphere” (Merriam-Webster Dictionary) and the atmosphere, the mass of air surrounding the earth. Before God placed the sun, moon and planets in it, the universe was gaseous expanse (i.e. hydrogen). Water was in the form of gas above, but in liquid form on earth. It is also likely that a watery boundary exists at the end of the known universe – something we cannot see at this point. Without question we know that our universe must end somewhere. Isn’t it interesting that Sci-Fi movies make use of watery portals or gateways into other worlds! No doubt Satan has taught them this. Until the Flood a gaseous water canopy protected the earth. We will look at this subject in more detail when we study the Flood. It is of interest that God did not pronounce this part of Creation ‘good.’ Why? Because there is no use having such great empty expanses unless they are filled with life and matter. Day two was 24 hours in duration also.

Day 3
“And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.”
On this day God created the lithosphere (the solid or outer crust of the earth, thought to be about 50 miles thick), and the biosphere (the part of the world in which we can exist).
The earth before the Flood was a single land mass surrounded by a single body of water. It is likely that the earth’s surface was bigger than that of today, but whatever size it was, it was perfectly proportioned. The single body of water theory allows for large inland seas (as are evident today with the Caspian, Black and Dead Sea), and may also refer to water basins. The earth was probably divided into continents at the time of the Flood.
God carpeted the earth with grass, herbs, trees and other plants in fertile soil. These were not only for food but also for purifying the air. Each one was created with the ability to reproduce itself. God created a good and perfect environment for the living creatures and man who would soon inhabit the earth. God probably created each type of plant at various stages of growth, for when man and animals arrived on day six they would need food to eat. It is important to note that nothing that God created grew from seed and developed, they were already producing fruit. What God created on the third day has never been improved upon. Man may adapt, graft, and even clone these things, but he has to begin with what God originally made. 

Conclusion
God planned the environment for man and beast step by step. The events of the first three days of Creation prove that God is concerned about every detail for our welfare. He was working to His perfect plan. He could have completed Creation with a single word and in a moment, but instead chose to spend six literal days to do it. There will be a lesson in this for us at a later date. In our next study we will look at day 4 of Creation.

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