I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: THE CREATION STORY – Part 3 (By Janine Mick Wills)
Welcome to part 3 of “I Love to Tell the Story: The Creation Story.”* This installment will take you through THE SECOND AND THIRD DAY OF CREATION.* Enjoy learning more about your Creator and His Creation (That includes you, too, ya know! 😉 )
Genesis 1:6-8 The Second Day of Creation
Vs 6, 7 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.
On the second day of Creation, God divided the water on the face of the earth, so that part of it became what we call the sky. Isaiah 40:22 said God stretched “out the heavens as a curtain.” This is not the sky as we know now (with rain clouds) because we read in Genesis 2:5, 6 that God “watered the whole face of the ground “ with “a mist from the earth.” Instead, some believe a great expanse of water formed a canopy over the earth, causing a greenhouse effect. This paradise of perfect conditions allowed the great dinosaurs** to flourish over the entire earth (Dinosaur fossils have been found in both the Artic and Antarctic regions). Not only that, even after the Fall and until God caused the canopy of water to collapse (Genesis 7:11 …the windows of heaven were opened), this optimum environment allowed man to live hundreds of years (Genesis 5).
Vs 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
The Jews referred to three heavens. Because of the description of God creating it, the heaven in verse eight is the firmament in which the birds fly and clouds reside. This is different from the second heaven in which the sun, moon, and stars are located. We can read about the third heaven in 2 Corinthians 12:2. The Apostle Paul was “caught up to the third heaven.” Verse four of that same book and chapter refer to it as “paradise.”
Upon naming the firmament “Heaven,” God finished His work of the second day.
Of interesting note: Though after God created all things and saw that everything “was very good” (Genesis 1:31), His making of the firmament and His creating of man were the only two parts of His Creation that did not receive a specific “it was good” commendation (Compare to Genesis 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25).
Genesis 1:9-13 The Third Day of Creation
Vs 9 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.
God’s words gathered all the water upon the face of the earth and contained it so that land might appear. Psalms 33:7 poetically describes it, “He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.”
Not only did God gather the waters, He also commanded them to not pass back over the boundaries He had established (Job 26:10; 38:8; Psalm 104:9; Proverbs 8:29; Jeremiah 5:22). The waters obeyed this command until “…the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up…” (Genesis 7:11). This was the Flood of Noah’s day.
Vs 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
God called the dry land “Earth” and the gathered waters “Seas.” He was pleased with what He had done.
Vs 11 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.
Rather than make vegetation, God commanded the earth to grow that which would provide sustenance for the land animals and man He would create on Day 6. Each grass, herb, and tree grew as an adult specimen, containing the seeds (DNA) which would perpetuate the exact, same species. In other words, an apple tree would only produce an apple tree (“after his kind”), grass would only produce more grass, etc. This runs contrary to the evolutionist who believes genetic material can change from one generation to another. These mutations cause lesser entities, not better ones, which negates the “survival of the fittest” theory. Evolution is wrought with many such “holes.”
Vs 12 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.
The earth obeyed God’s command, whereby God “saw that it was good.”
Vs 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Thus ended day three of Creation.
Of interesting note: The events of Day 3 parallel Day 1. In both cases, God spoke light and plant life into existence (as opposed to His creating, dividing, making, and setting the other things).
* 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!
** Dinosaurs did-and some believe still do-exist. It’s well documented that their tracks, eggs, and entire skeletons have been discovered all over the world. The word “dinosaur,” like the word “Trinity,” is not found in our KJV Bible, as it did not come into being until 1842 at the hand of Sir Richard Owen, an English biologist. In actuality, deinos in the Greek language means “fearfully great” and sauros means “lizard.” This leads one to surmise that Sir Richard Owen just took two already existing Greek words and gave them an English name. The Bible does refer to great beasts that could have been dinosaurs (ex. dragon-Isa. 51:9; leviathan-Job 41:1; behemoth-Job 40:15).