Chapter 1

GENESIS CHAPTER 1

The Creation:

Genesis 1:1- In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

* Ok, we’re barely 10 words in and we already have a MAJOR theological split for a lot of Christians. This debate centers around the age of the earth and there are a few different theories. If you are interested in learning about these you can check out my blog post titled What Happened Between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2? If you wonder why it even matters anyway, you can check out my personal testimony in my blog post Young Earth vs Old Earth: Does it really even matter? If you aren’t interested, that’s fine too.

    • The earth was dark, covered with water, had no form and was empty.

    • The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.

    • Then God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. He called the light “day” and the darkness “night”.

      • Note here that light, day, and night existed BEFORE the sun or moon. Many early ancient religions worshiped the sun. This verse makes clear that we should be worshiping the Creator not the creation. Revelation 22:5 tells us that in the new heavens and new earth there will be no sun or moon- God Himself will be the light.

    • Evening came, then the morning- this was the first day.

    • Then God said, “Let there be an expanse to separate the waters above from the waters below.” He called this expanse “sky”. Evening came, then morning- this was the second day.

      • I find Henry Morris’ insight regarding this verse and its implications for the ecology of the new earth fascinating. Morris says, “The waters above the firmament thus probably constituted a vast blanket of water vapor above the troposphere and possibly above the stratosphere as well, in the high temperature region now known as the ionosphere, and extending far into space.” Morris suggests these following effects on earth’s ecology:

        1. Acting as a global greenhouse, it would maintain a pleasant, uniform temperature over all the earth.

        2. Without temperature variation, the water/rain cycle wouldn’t exist. There would be no rain.

        3. This would have resulted in a lush, tropical like climate. In the place of rain, a condensation/evaporation cycle would exist resulting in something like a ground fog.

        4. This vapor blanket would have filtered out known causes of mutations such as UV radiation, cosmic rays, etc., which would have the effect of increasing human and animal longevity.

        5. This vapor would have provided the water reservoir necessary for the flood.

    • Then God said, “Let the water gather into one place and dry land appear.” God called the dry land “earth” and the water “seas”. God saw that this was good.

    • Then God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation, seed bearing plants and fruit trees according to their kinds.” God saw that this was good. Evening came, then morning- this was the third day.

      • Note, we still have no sun at this point. God’s light is sufficient to grow all vegetation.

      • Also noted in David Guzik’s commentary on Genesis, “The phrase ‘according to its kind’ appears ten times in Genesis chapter 1. It means God allows variation within a kind, but something of one kind will never develop into something of another kind.” Basically, the initial refutation of evolution.

      • Interestingly, Darwin himself knew that the fossil record testified against him due to the absence of the existence of transitional forms of life. Evolutionists today are still grasping at straws to provide this evidence, which- if evolution were true- should be bountiful in the fossil record. Instead, the very few “evidences” presented have been debunked.

    • Then God said, “Let there lights in the sky to separate day and night and to serve as signs for festivals and for days and years.” (Sun, moon, and stars) God saw that it was good. Evening came, then morning. This was the fourth day.

    • Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with living creatures, and birds fly in the sky.” He created these water creatures and birds according to their kinds. God saw that this was good. Evening came, then morning. This was the fifth day.

    • Then God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures according to their kinds, livestock, crawling creatures, and wildlife.” God saw that it was good.

    • Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image to rule the fish, birds, livestock, all the earth and the creatures that crawl on it.”

      • This article from compellingtruth.org offers a good discussion on the use of the plural “Us” in this verse. The article points out that the use of the plural “Us” could be a reference to the triune nature of God- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Other verses that point to the trinity are Matthew 28:19, I Corinthians 12:4-6, and Matthew 3:16-17.

    • So God created man in His own image. He created them male and female.

      • Guzik plainly describes the significance of man being created in God’s image and I’ll quote him here, “An understanding of who man is begins with knowing we are made in the image of God. Man is different from every other order of created being because He has a created consistency with God. This means there is an unbridgeable gap between human life and animal life. Though we are biologically similar to certain animals, we are distinct in our moral, intellectual, and spiritual capabilities. This means there is also an unbridgeable gap between human life and angelic life. Nowhere are we told the angels are made in the image of God…This means the incarnation was truly possible. God (in the Second Person of the Trinity) could really become man, because although deity and humanity are not the same, they are compatible. This means human life has intrinsic value, quite apart from the “quality of life” experienced by any individual, because human life is made in the image of God.

    • He told them to be fruitful, multiply, fill, and subdue the earth. He told them to rule the creatures on the earth.

    • God told them He had given both man and all animals green plants for food.

      • Note here that only vegetation is specifically mentioned as food for both man and animals. So, presumably, at this point we were all vegetarians. It isn’t until after the flood (Genesis 9:3) that we are given permission to eat animals.

    • God saw all that He had made was good. Evening came, then morning. This was the sixth day.

CREATION DAYS 1-6

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