The Creation Part 1
|by the Editor
For this article I studied from the King James Version (1611 Edition) and the New World Translation.
To anyone reading. I am not a prophet and I do not speak for God. I am one of his many creations. What I am doing in these articles is trying to spread the message of God's word. If I have published anything wrong about the scriptures, please be assured I have done so in error and would appreciate correction. Please flag it up to me whenever you can show me to have done this as I would never want to misrepresent God's word.
The book of Genesis begins with the account of creation, which is what we will look at below.The First Day
Chapter 1 verse 1 states that God created Heaven and the Earth in the beginning. This tells us we were created by a skilled creator rather than some random explosion known as the big bang.
We then learn from verse 2 that the earth was without form and that it was void. It's like there is now a blank canvas which God is about to make something beautiful upon. The verse continues to tell us that darkness was upon the face of the deep and that the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. So the Spirit of God was there. The Spirit and God and water being mentioned together also brings to mind the later baptism of the Messiah.
Verse 3 demonstrates the power of God. He made light by simply commanding it to be: "Let there be light".
Verse 4 tells us of God dividing he light from darkness. At this point I don't think there has been any specific mention of the sun or moon yet so it is interesting to note light without the sun being mentioned. On that note, daylight is possible before sunrise. I have observed this on several occasions. The sun does add some extra light, but very good daylight has happened in the past year in Craven before sunrise on some occasions.
The next verse, verse 5 that God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night. The verse concludes "and the evening and the morning were the first day". This raises the interesting thought, are our days in sync with how God views a day? To put it plainly, should the day start when night starts and end when the daytime ends? Is our time system right? Should the first hour of the day be when night arrives?
The Second Day
Thoughts that spring to mind here are what are the waters above? Are these the clouds or does some body of water exist above this realm we are in. Some think of Heaven as being in another dimension, but instead is it literally right above us? I myself don't believe we have ever been out of whatever this environment is that we live in (there may be some exceptions we find as we delve further in to scripture, but I'm confident NASA and the like have never been outside of the air of the Earth). Whether it is space or something else above us, I don't believe we can get out of this, at least not at the moment. That's my personal belief and I am not saying this is what the scriptures say as I don't know if it is a topic scripture gives us an answer on.
Verse 8 concludes that the evening and the morning were the second day.
The Third Day
The third day continues in verses 11-13, where we learn that God commanded the Earth to bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed and the fruit tree. Again God sees it is good.
We can see that God is lovingly preparing everything that His living, conscious beings on the Earth and the seas will need before He creates them. We see that food, water and dry land are ready before Adam and the other creatures of the Earth and seas were created.
This is an ordered creation as God is a God of order and not chaos. Contrary to a motto of one group, order does not come out of chaos.
The Fourth Day
Verse 14: And God said, Let there bee lights in the firmament of the heauen, to diuide the day from the night: and let them be for signes and for seasons, and for dayes and yeeres.
Verse 15: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the haeuen, to giue light vpon the earth: and it was so.
Verse 16: And God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the starres also.
Verse 17: And God set them in the firmament of the heauen, to give light vpon the earth:
Verse 18: And to rule ouer the day, and ouer the night, and to diuide the light from the darkenesse: and God saw that it was good
Verse 19: And the euening and the morning were the fourth day.
King James 1611 Version
If the greater light is the sun and the lesser light is the moon, this has huge ramifications, it quite possibly exposes the likes of NASA as lying through their teeth. I am of the opinion that the sun goes round the Earth, which to me seems to make a lot more sense if the sun was created after the Earth. If the Earth went round the sun and the sun was needed for life, it would surely have been created first. As it is we have plant life being created before the sun (that is if the greater light is the sun). I have also seen it be daylight before sunrise. I would not dispute the sun definitely adds something to the day, the daylight you get before the sun is not of the same quality as when the sun is risen, but it is maybe 90% as bright without the sun.
For me the book of Joshua adds further weight to this from these two verses below.
Joshua Chapter 10
Verse 12: Then spake Ioshua to the Lord in the day when the Lord deliuered vp the Amorite before the children of Israel, and hee said in the sight of Israel, Sunne, stand thou still vpon Gibeon, and thou Moone in the valley of Aialon.
Verse 13: And the Sunne stood still, and the Moone stayed, vntill the people has auenged themselues vpo their enemies. Is this not written in the book of Iasher? So the Sunne stood still in the midst of heauen, and hasted not to goe downe, about a whole day.
King James 1611 Version
I appreciate some people offer counter arguments, but this for me in conjunction with the sheer weight of evidence that we have never been outside of this earth system and the hours I have spent researching what the earth actually is have led me to believe the sun goes round the earth and that the earth seems to me to be highly like to be relatively flat (but, that's for another article).
There also seems the possibility that the sun is not a star from verse 16 where God made the stars also, this after creating the 2 great lights.
It is also interesting that the lights above are for signs and season, times and years, it seems we have a giant time piece above us. Perhaps something that could help us work out the season, time etc if we were ever to lose track. Again we see intricate and skilled design. This environment in which we live in isn't the chance result of some big explosion. There's a master artist behind all this. Imagine how great the One is who thought up all of this.
The Fifth Day
"Verse 20: And God said, Let the waters bring foorth aboundantly the mouing creature that hath life and foule that may flie aboue the earth in the open firmament of the heauen.
Verse 21: And God created great whales, and euery liuing creature that moueth, which the waters brought forth aboundantly after their kinde, and every winged foule after his kinde : and God saw that it was good"
King James 1611 Version
Sea creatures and fowl have been created. The fowl may fly in the open firmament of the heauen. I presume the open firmament is referring to the open skies, but if anyone knows for certain that it means this or something else, please let me know.
One opposing view would come from the Hebrew words which can be rendered "face of the firmament of heaven". Some may say this lends credence to the idea of a dome being over us. Please note I am relying on someone else's translation here as I cannot read the language of the original manuscripts.
Verse 21 continues on to tell us of God creating great whales, and every living creature which moves which the waters brought forth abundantly. Also every winged fowl after his kind. Again God sees that His creation is good.
I would like to quote verses 22-23 below:
"Verse 22: And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitfull, and multiply, and fill the waters in the Seas, and let foule multiply in the earth.
Verse 23: And the euening and the morning were the fift day."
King James 1611 Version
God's love is shown here in that He blesses His creations. How must that have felt for those first sea creatures and fowl to be blessed by the living God? We also see God's first recorded command that we have towards His conscious earthly creations. He tells them to be fruitful and multiply, to fill the waters in the sea and for the fowl to multiply in the earth. Today we are often told the world is overpopulated. This is not true. We can see God wants His creation full of life. The problem we have now is that we have so much space, but we cram into little areas. That as well as the resources not being shared out correctly. This is a consequence of sin and had we not gone down the road of sin, things would have worked out perfectly for us. Praise be that God decided to offer a redemption to us.
The Sixth Day
In verse 24 it seems to me that God announces what is to be created and in verse 25, He makes the creations and sees that it was good. There is some sadness that the word is was as it should still be good.
God has made almost everything now, but what is left for Him to create? He is going to create man and then later a woman from the man. We should take note of what God has set up ready for man's arrival; a beautiful home with plant life, birds, animals, sea life, food, water, the sun, the moon and stars. He could have put man on a somewhat empty canvas straight away, but He didn't do that. He made everything right like a loving Father does in preparation for the birth of His child.
Verse 26 begins with "And God said let us make man in our Image, after our likeness". The use of the word "us" is interesting as this indicates that at least one other is there with God. A lot of people think that the Messiah was with God during creation. I don't know if that can be absolutely proved from what we have in scripture, but it seems a possibility.
Also of note here is that we are made in the image of God and whoever He was talking to. How honoured are we to be based on our creator.
Not only that, but God goes on to say "let them haue dominion ouer the fish of the sea, and ouer the foule of the aire, and ouer the cattell, and ouer all the earth, and ouer euery creeping thing that creepeth vpon the earth".
God put us in a position of authority. He gave us purpose as well as life. He gave us a beautiful home and a fulfilling lifestyle. God gave man a privileged position.
Verse 27 in the King James 1611 version says: "So God created man in his owne Image, in the Image of God created hee him; male and female created hee them.
Note from this, there are two genders. In this now fallen world due to corruptions introduced into food and by medical treatments and just by general corruption caused by sin we do now rarely get some people born mutated with their genitals a mixture, but those people if they had developed correctly would have been either male or female. We see a lot of androgenous and LGBT propaganda pushed out about gender. According to some scientists gender is fluid. Of course any right minded person knows gender is not fluid and is against the natural order of the Father's creation.
In verse 28 we see one of the earliest and perhaps the first interactions between God to man. What does our loving God do? He blesses them and tells them to be fruitful and replenish the earth and subdue it. In modern language we may think of replenish as meaning refill, but according to some reading I have done it used to mean to fill up rather than to refill. I couldn't say 100% what it means here, but given the context and that this takes place during the creation account it seems to me more likely that it means to fill up rather than refill.
Verse 29 details God giving us every herb bearing seed which is upon the dace of the earth and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed. These are given to us for meat. Meat it would seem meaning food rather than things such as beef as it does in today's language..
What we can see here is God didn't give us a bland life. He gave us a grand variety of plant life to eat. Man didn't have to labour hard for this, Father God had provided it like a loving father does for their child. It is evident God gave man an enjoyable life.
God also provided abundantly for his other creations as verse 30 shows where God states that He has given every green herb for meat to every beast of the earth, every fowl of the air and everything that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life. Fruit isn't mentioned so it seems the fruit may have been a special treat for man.
Verse 31 in the King James 1611 version reads: "And God saw euery thing that hee had made : and behold, it was very good. And the euening and the morning weer the sixth day.".
God's creation is very good, perfectly made. No sin was in the earthly creation. All was well on the earth at least. I don't know at what point Satan's rebellion started and if that may have been going on in Heaven already at this point.
Throughout Genesis so far we have seen quotes like "It was so" or "And it was so". God's command is enough for something to happen. This is the vast power that the creator holds.
So a loving God has created the perfect earth. At this point I would like to ask why anyone would derail this? He didn't burden us like our banking and political systems do. Quite the opposite, He gave us everything and more besides, an abundance. We see God's care, His brilliance and the master artistry design in creation. His intellect and artistic talents to create this earth are immense. Look at the hills that surround us in Craven. He created all this.
The Seventh Day
Verse 1 tells us the heavens, the earth and all the host of them were finished. The work of creation was complete.
Verse 2 tells us that God ended His work on the seventh day ad He rested.
Verse 3 tells us God blessed and sanctified the 7th day because in that day He had rested from all his work that He had made.
We already see that the seventh day is special, a time of rest. The word "Sabbath" does not yet seem to have been mentioned, but this seems an opportune point to end this first part of our study into creation.
In the concluding part of this creation series we will look at a little bit more about creation and mans' fall.