1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
And so began this marvelous world which we all call home. Look around you and marvel in how wonderful this creation is. Take in each and every aspect of this marvel which many of us take for granted. Get out of your house. Get away from the beaten path. Take every opportunity to discover the natural beauty surrounding you.
With the marvel of the internet, it is possible to see just about anything from the comfort of you own home. But that just doesn’t quite measure up to actually having been there. I know most of us can’t go all over the world taking in all the wonderment of it. But you can get out of your house, out of your town or out of your immediate area. Get out and interact with nature if at all possible. Let your physical senses experience the real thing! And from now till the day you stand before the Lord, never take this world for granted again!
The Next Day
6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 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. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
There is much speculation regarding these verses. Suffice it to say that the waters below the firmament is the waters of the earth. The firmament is Heaven as God so called it. The waters above the firmament continue to be a mystery to man as does the extent of the firmament. These things are unknown to man but are known to the Son of Man.
There is much speculation and confusion as to these things. I could speculate and say that the firmament is the expanse of the universe and the waters above the firmament are the boundaries of said universe. And beyond these waters? God’s domain! I’m just a man. There’s no way I could begin to fathom what is within our universe much less what is beyond it.
But let’s examine this a different way. The earth is being referred to as the “waters which were under the firmament”. To use this as a CLUE!, wouldn’t it stand to reason that the waters above the firmament is referring to things of the same nature as the earth? Ergo other planets? All the planets of the universe? Would that not make sense? If the waters under the firmament is earth then the waters above the firmament must be other earth-like objects.
Now, I could be wrong. I’m not claiming to be all knowing. That’s the Lords job. Mine is just speculation until I meet with my Lord and Savior. Upon that day all things will be made clear. Until that day, if the Lord wants me to know something he will let me know or allow me to figure it out.
The Third Day
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. 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. 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. 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. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
What I wouldn’t give to taste of the first fruits of the trees. They would undoubtedly be so full of nutrition that it wouldn’t taste right. I’m sure that an apple tasted much different so very long ago. They would have been bursting with so much flavor as to make your mouth water to excess and your eyes roll back in your head because of the shear exquisiteness of the flavor. Nuts would have been so pungent with aroma and flavor you would think they had been chemically enhanced. I can just imagine the bright colors of all the fruits and vegetables. How green the grasses were. How vibrant all the colors were, how sweet the smells, how pure the sky was and how the only sounds you hear are those of nature.
And yet today we have perverted the very things that God put upon this earth to nurture us. We have altered the chemistry and genetics of just about every living thing on this world. We have corrupted that which we consume. As we consume the corrupted foods, water and air, so to our bodies become corrupted. This is why it is so very important to consume the most natural foods possible. But it has been made next to impossible to do so. The more natural (organic) the food is, the more expensive it has become.
I could go on about why, when they don’t have to use expensive chemical fertilizers, does the organic foods cost so much more, but that is a subject for another post all together. Suffice it to say that the poor are the ones basically being forced to eat the highly processed “cheaper” foods. In the long run these cheaper foods will end up being more expensive due to all the doctor bills brought on by all the medical issues these “processed foods” have caused in your body. But then again that is yet another matter for a different post. This post is for Bible quotes and my take on them. And with that, I will draw to a close.
The Forth Day
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: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 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 stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 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. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
This should clear up much doubt as to where heaven is located! “And God made two great lights;” The SUN and the MOON! “he made the stars also.” Every star in the ENTIRE universe! “And God set them in the firmament of the heaven…”! How can that be questioned? The ENTIRE UNIVERSE is included in the firmament of Heaven! Now don’t be confused. This is the firmament of heaven… we will get into more about Heaven later on. This is a learning experience for us all.
I’m afraid Heaven is more complex than we might first imagine. Most of us will never agree on where Heaven is. Or the “levels” of Heaven. But for this portion, let’s just focus on Creation and leave the semantics for later on. We have an entire Bible to cover.
I’m no expert… so feel free to pipe in at any time! I am learning as I teach. What better way?
The Fifth Day
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. 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. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life.”
Is this not how Darwin’s theory begins?
The Sixth Day
24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. 25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
The Creation Of Man
Male and female created he them. Was it the biggest mistake God ever made or the most amazingly beautiful creation in the history of the universe? I guess you could say a little of both. We could skip ahead and discuss things in the context of how they affect future events, but I prefer to deal with everything in its own right within its own context and time-
frame. So let us deal only with the verses on hand.
God said, “Let us create man ‘in our own image, after our likeness’” Was he speaking in the plural sense or in the third person. Or was it translated into common vernacular used by those who penned the scripture? And if God was speaking in the plurality who are the other entities included within the term? Would it be the Hosts of Heaven? If so, who are the Hosts? The Angels? Let’s postpone this discussion for another time. Let us instead continue with the remaining verses within this passage.
And God blessed them … Be fruitful, and multiply…
We were meant to populate the earth. This was from the very the beginning! So this tells me that Adam and Eve were commanded to populate the earth from day one! Does not “Be fruitful and multiply” mean to make babies? Would this not mean that they were procreating prior to partaking of the fruit of the tree of life? But then I get ahead of myself. We will address this when the time comes. This does, however, raise a question in my mind as to the time-line of God’s command to be fruitful and multiply.
And Subdue It:
“…and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” God granted man absolute dominion over EVERY living creature upon the face of the earth. This was meant so that man could be the good shepherd for the creatures of the earth. This does not give man the right to abuse animals or, in my opinion, to experiment on them. We were meant to be the caretakers of the creatures of the earth, not their destroyers, not their torturers… not their CREATORS!
It is not our place to play God with God’s creation. No matter how well man thinks he can improve upon God’s creation, he is completely wrong! This should be quite evident throughout history. Every time man has attempted to “improve” upon nature, nature has unequivocally rebelled. Things have not become completely apparent as of yet, but the genetic manipulation of nature will return to haunt us.
I Have Given You Every Herb Bearing Seed… And Every Tree…
“…in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. This can be a bit confusing. I realize the scholars of the day worked diligently to translate the scripture as best they could. Was there something lost in translation? The Revised Standard Version of the Bible states this as: “I have given you every plant yielding seed… and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.” Which surely sounds more grammatically correct than “…in the which is the fruit…” But what if the grammatical errors were meant to be there for some secret unknown purpose? But would that purpose have been devised by man or by God? Points to ponder.
31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
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The Seventh Day
2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. 3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
…and all the host of them. And all the host of “them”. The hosts of both the Heavens and the earth were finished. What are the hosts of the Heavens referred to here? Let us further explore the Holy Word and see if it leads us to this answer.
The Day Of Rest
God sanctified the seventh day making it a Holy day. We are not suppose to work on this day. Does this mean we are not to clean our home or do dishes or laundry? This we shall also explore within the Word as we go along in our studies.