I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: THE CREATION STORY – Part 2 (By Janine Mick Wills)
Welcome to part 2 of “I Love to Tell the Story: The Creation Story.” This installment will take you through THE FIRST DAY OF CREATION.* Enjoy learning more about your Creator and His Creation (That includes you, too, ya know! 😉 )
Genesis 1:1 In verse one of the first chapter of Genesis (In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth), we see God mentioned for the first time. His name comes from the Hebrew word ‘elohiym (pronounced el-o-heem’). This word is the plural form of ‘el, which means “the mighty one.” Though the King James Version of the Bible never uses the word “Trinity,” the Hebrew word ‘Elohiym is the first indication of the Trinity in the Bible – God, the Father; God, the Son; and God, the Holy Spirit. All three of these Persons were present and had a part in Creation. They had to. They are all One in the same!
- God, the Father – ordained (ordered) Creation to happen (Ephesians 3:9; Hebrews 1:2)
- God, the Son – made all things (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16)
- God, the Holy Spirit – had His part in the Creation (Job 26:13; Psalm 33:6)
“Created” – is from the Hebrew word bara’ (pronounced baw-raw’). As opposed to an artist creating a sculpture from something that already exists, bara implies creating something from nothing. Remember Hebrews 11:3? (Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.)
When God made heaven, He created space. When God made the earth, He created matter from which everything else would be made.
Genesis 1:2-5 THE FIRST DAY OF CREATION
Vs 2 And the earth was without form, and void (an empty wilderness); and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
It was as though the Holy Spirit was a breath of wind, hovering over the water in anticipation and waiting for the Word (Christ – John 1:1-3) to speak (Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light).
At this time water buried all the land. In comparison, today the earth is covered with approximately 70% water.
Could this be when God created the heavenly host? (Psalm 33:6 By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.) Genesis does not reveal the creation of the angels, but we know they existed (Genesis 2:1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them). Why does the Bible remain mum about the angels’ creation? Could it be because the angels were created to do God’s bidding (Hebrews 1:14) and sing praises to His name (Job 38:7) as opposed to man, who God gave the free choice of whether or not to accept and worship Him?
Some believe there was a gap in time between verse one and verse two of Genesis. The Gap Theory became popular in the early 19th century. Some Christians thought Reverend C.I Scofield’s explanation of this theory in his Scofield Reference Bible was a way to merge Darwin’s theory of evolution with the Bible. This is where Mr. Scofield deviated from being a theologian (One who studies God or religion) to a theorist (One who considers given facts and comes up with a possible explanation).
The Gap Theory claimed that between verse one and verse two of Genesis, God cast Satan out of heaven because of his desire to be like God (Isaiah 14:12-19). This divine judgment brought about a cataclysmic change, which caused the earth to be “without form and void.” Because of this, God recreated the earth. This process took billions of years (Does that sound familiar?).
There are a number of ways to disprove this theory:
- The relationship between plants and animals
- Fossil records
- Death of all living things (i.e. destruction, disease, etc.)
All of these came because of man’s sin (Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned). A need to recreate the earth would have been the result of sin, and sin had not happened yet.
I believe the Gap Theory is also a fallacy because Satan’s rebellion, during this supposed gap of time, contradicts God’s description of His completed Creation on Day 6 as being “very good” (Before that He saw “it was good” 6x). God did say that man (Adam) being alone was “not good.” But had there been a divine judgment before the Genesis 1, 2 account, God would not have deemed His creation good because the earth had been corrupt at one time.
The Gap Theory is one reason you should not believe everything you hear and read. 1 John 4:1 tells us, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” Ask God to help you understand His Word when you read and study it. Then you won’t go wrong! (For more information refuting the Gap Theory see Why the Gap Theory Won’t Work by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D, the father of modern creationism).
Of interesting note: God chose not to relay the inception of darkness. It was either there at the beginning with God, He spoke it into being, or He created it.
Vs 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
God had made day and night before He created the sun (Genesis 1:5). Plants woul need light to grow on the third day of Creation, but God chose not to use the sun as a light source at that time. He didn’t need the sun as a light source (Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof). Did God do this because He wanted to show that Christ is the true Light? (John 1:7-9; 8:12)
Of interesting note: God created the earth before the sun. It was as though the earth, not the sun, was to be the “center” of the universe. Christ was slain for the sins of man before the foundation of the world, not before the foundation of the sun (Revelation 13:8).
Up until the mid-1500s, men believed the earth was the center of the universe (The Ptolemiac Theory). Nicolaus Copernicus, a Polish astronomer, questioned this theory and arrived with heliocentric cosmology (Helio is the Greek word for “sun”; cosmos-universe, ology-study). Galileo Galilei, another Italian astronomer, believed Copernicus, even though the Catholic Church condemned the idea in February 1616 as “false and contrary to Scripture.”
Today we know the sun is at the center of our universe, but you can see from Scripture why at one time men thought the earth was at the center.
Vs 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
The Hebrew word for light here is ‘owr (pronounced ore). It has the idea of something being delightful or pleasant. This gives us a glimpse of God’s personality. He was delighted with what He had created, possibly like a child with a favorite toy.
After God had spoken light into being, He separated it from the darkness. This could have foreshadowed the day He separates the saved (light) from the unsaved (darkness) (Matthew 25:31-33 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left). The sad truth is that one day the unsaved will be cast into “outer darkness” where “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mathew. 25:30). This is why we need to share the Gospel story.
If you are not sure whether you are a sheep (saved) or a goat (unsaved) please see HOW TO KNOW YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.
Vs 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Some claim the word “day” in verse five is not a literal twenty-four-hour period, but instead, it is an extended period of time. Again, this humanistic idea tries to make Creation and evolution fit together.
There are times in the Bible where “day” refers to a period of time rather than a twenty-four-hour period (i.e. Genesis 2:4; Deuteronomy 31:17, Isaiah. 4:2, Zechariah 14:9, et. al.), but verse five of Genesis is not one of them. God used day and night for the basis of time from which the seasons and years (segments of time) would then be determined (Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years). Day and night became a twenty-four-hour period from that time forward.
The Hebrew word translated as day is yowm, which means a single day and night cycle. Also, Exodus 20:11 says “For in six days (yowm) the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day (yowm).” This was referring to twenty-four-hour days.
The fact verse five uses the words “evening” and “morning” shows the creation of a specific time period. Except for the account of God causing the sun to stand still, so Joshua and the Israelites could defeat the Amorites (Joshua 10:5-13), the earth has never experienced anything other than twenty-four-hour days.
“…And the evening and the morning were the first day.” Again, notice the order of events: first there was darkness, and then there was light.
And thus ended THE FIRST DAY OF CREATION!
*Feel free to use any of the above for your study or teaching, but please give due credit. If you are a Sunday school teacher and would like the lesson plan for Creation (Juniors or Primaries) with accompanying songs and verses, please send me a message. I’d love to share!
Start from the beginning: I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: THE CREATION STORY – Part 1