I LOVE TO TELL THE STORY: THE CREATION STORY – Part 4 (By Janine Mick Wills)
Welcome to part 4 of “I Love to Tell the Story: The Creation Story.”* This installment will take you through THE FOURTH AND FIFTH DAY OF CREATION.* Enjoy learning more about your Creator and His Creation (That includes you, too, ya know! 😉 )
Genesis 1:14-19 The Fourth Day of Creation
Vs 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:
Though God had already spoken light into being on Day 1, He now assigned definite entities to divide the day from the night. These lights were to designate specific periods of time (days, seasons, and years). God did this for man’s sake as time holds no significance for Him (2 Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day).
Throughout history and even today, people have and do worship the sun, moon, and stars. This was not God’s purpose for making them as “signs.” Instead, they are to declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1-3), so man might eventually be saved.
The sun not only became a source of light but also a source of heat. This would sustain the living creatures God planned to create in the next two days.
⇒”…for seasons” – Because of the tilt of the earth’s rotational axis toward or away from the sun, we have seasons.
⇒”…and for days” – Because of the earth’s rotation on its axis, we have days.
⇒”…and years” – Because of the earth’s complete rotation around the sun, we have years.
Vs 15, 16 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
Again, we see God’s bent toward geocentricism (The earth is the center of the universe). He created the lights in the firmament “to give light upon the earth,” not to give light to the other planets.
In this case, God both spoke and made the sun, moon, and stars. Could this mean God first spoke an array of lights into the universe in verse 14, He organized the light into specific heavenly bodies in verse 15, and then He placed them in the firmament of the heaven in verse 17?
Jeremiah 31:35a adds that the stars as well as the moon were given for light at night (Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night…).
There are billions and billions of stars (It is estimated the number is 1021 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000), but God knows each of them by name (Psalm 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names). How much more important are we than stars?
Did God create that many stars to be a sign for Abraham in Genesis 15:5? (And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.)
You might think the Jewish race, from its inception until present day, would not equal the number of stars in the sky. But Gentiles, who have accepted God’s promise to the Jewish nation, are also the seed of Abraham (Romans 4:16 Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all). That totals a lot of people throughout the history of man.
Vs 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
While we know the moon does not produce light, it does reflect the “greater light,” the sun, which then gives earth some light at night.
Vs 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
Again, God’s Creation was good.
Vs 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Day four came to an end.
Genesis 1:20-23 The Fifth Day of Creation
Vs 20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
On the fifth day of Creation, God created the first living creatures. These were not land mammals (A mammal is an animal that feeds its young with milk secreted from mammary glands and has hair on its skin) but rather sea mammals (i.e. whales, dolphins, and possibly seals, walruses, manatees, et. al.), and aquatic life and the birds of the air (This might lead one to think that non-flying birds such as ostriches, emus, penguins, kiwis, rheas, et. al. were not created on Day 5 but instead on Day 6. But verse 21 clarifies that “every winged” fowl was created on Day 5). Amphibians might also have been created at this time as nearly all of them begin life as eggs in water, eventually develop and make their way to land, and then return to the water to reproduce.
Vs 21 And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
As with the creation of plant life, each of these creatures came fully developed (“great whales” as opposed to baby whales) and ready to produce “after their kind”. So, if anyone asks you, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”, you can answer, “The chicken.”
Vs 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
God did not create the fish and birds to just live and then die. If that were the case, there would not be any fish or birds today. Instead, God commanded the first aquatic creatures and birds to reproduce. He did this after He saw His Creation “was good” (vs 21).
Vs 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Thus ended the fifth 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!