|In the first three days God forms the cosmos; during the next three days he fills it.
|The Bible is the place where God has
spoken to man. God meant something
with the text revealed to mankind. We
believe the Bible must be understood
literally, that is, as straightforward and
true according to its literary context. If we
don’t approach the Bible this way, then we
can only come to it with how we feel about
the text, and we decide what is true or
false about the text – making ourselves
greater than the text itself.
|If you believe Genesis 1:1, you really
have no problem believing the rest of the
In the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth.
|Men cannot create in the sense the term is used in
Genesis 1:1. We can only fashion or form things out
of existing material. The closest we come to creating
is in reproducing ourselves sexually. This is
perhaps one reason why Satan wants to pervert
and destroy God’s plan and standard for sexuality;
it is deeply connected to our being made in the
image of God. (enduringword.com)
|“Where did God come from?” and “Who
created God?” The answer is found in the
definition of God - that God is the
uncreated Being, eternal, and without
beginning or end.
||At some time before the beginning, God created the
angels, because they witnessed the creation of the
heavens and the earth (Job 38:7).
1Then the Lord answered Job out
of the whirlwind and said:
2“Who is this that darkens counsel
by words without knowledge?
3Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it
known to me.
4“Where were you when I laid the
foundation of the earth?
Tell me, if you have understanding.
5Who determined its
measurements—surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
6On what were its bases sunk,
or who laid its cornerstone,
7when the morning stars sang
and all the sons of God shouted for
|Thus the "sons of God" shouted for joy at the
creation of the earth (Job 38:7). These "sons of
God" were angels, who like Adam were created
directly by God.
||Are Jesus and Lucifer the "morning stars" in Job
38:7? How and when did Lucifer become Satan?
The term "morning star" has been given to the
planet Venus, which is seen at dawn, even though
Venus isn't really a star. However, once the sun
rises, the light of Venus is overcome by the light of
the sun, the real morning star. That is, Venus' light
lasts only until the true star, the sun, appears with
its extremely bright light. Likewise, when Jesus the
Son returns, His true Light will vanquish the false,
counterfeit light of Satan, who only masquerades as
an angel of light (2 Corinthians 1:14) or "morning
|1st day of Creation
|God created the heavens and the earth and water is present. God then speaks light into existence. He then separates the light from
the dark and names the light “day” and the dark “night.”
|The earth was without form, and void:
Some translate the idea in this verse as
the earth became without form and
void. Their thinking is the earth was
originally created not without form and
void, but it became without form and
void through the destructive work of
Satan. However, this is not the plain
grammatical sense of the ancient Hebrew.
1In the beginning, God created the
heavens and the earth. 2The earth
was without form and void, and
darkness was over the face of the
deep. And the Spirit of God was
hovering over the face of the waters
|In other words, Jesus the Christ will inaugurate the
daylight portion of the Day of the Lord. (The
nighttime portion will be the darkness that
precedes, since the biblical "day" officially starts at
nighttime.) The morning star will be the harbinger,
who will inaugurate the light part of the Day of the
Lord, and therefore he will terminate the darkness
part (which is a time of terrible judgment).
|The “Gap Theory.” It is the idea that there
was a long and indefinite chronological
gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. Most
“Gap Theory” adherents use the theory to
explain the fossil record, assigning old
and extinct fossils to this indefinite gap.
It cannot explain the extinction and
fossilization of ancient animals. The
Bible says plainly death came by Adam
(Romans 5:12), and since fossils are the
result of death, they could not have
happened before Adam’s time.
12Therefore, just as sin came into
the world through one man, and
death through sin, and so death
spread to all men because all sinned
|Darkness was on the face of the deep
This may describe a sense of resistance
to the moving of the Holy Spirit on the
earth. Some speculate this was because
Satan was cast down to the earth and
resisted God’s plan, though his resistance
How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
16In the abundance of your trade
you were filled with violence in your
midst, and you sinned;
so I cast you as a profane thing
from the mountain of God,
and I destroyed you, O guardian
from the midst of the stones of fire.
|The first step from chaos to order is to
bring light. This is also the way God works
in our life
|Let there be light
|God did not have to fashion light with His
hands. It was enough for God to merely
speak the words, “Light be!” and there
Because God created things by speaking
them into existence, some have said we
can operate on the same principle,
speaking things into existence by faith.
|Then God said
||An omnipotent, omniscient Being certainly does not
need faith. He is the object of faith.
|Genesis tells us that light, day, and night
each existed before the sun and the moon
were created on the fourth day (Genesis
1:14-19). This shows us that light is more
than a physical substance; it also has a
supernatural aspect. In the new heavens
and the new earth, there won’t be any sun
or moon. God Himself will be the light
|There was light
5And night will be no more. They will
need no light of lamp or sun, for the
Lord God will be their light, and they
will reign forever and ever.
|Many wonder how the sun, moon, and stars were
created on the fourth day when light (including day
and night) was created on the first day. Many have
suggested the problem is solved by saying these
heavenly bodies were created on the first day, but
were not specifically visible, or not finally formed,
until the fourth. But Revelation tells us of a coming
day when we won’t need the sun, moon, and stars
any longer (Revelation 21:23). There’s no reason
why God couldn’t have started creation in the
same way He will end it.
And the LORD said unto Moses,
Stretch out thine hand toward
heaven, that there may be darkness
over the land of Egypt, even
darkness which may be felt.
|The darkness God sent upon the Egyptians
(Exodus 10:21) had a tangible quality to it, far
beyond what we usually think of as being
associated with darkness; it could be felt. This
demonstrates a certain supernatural element, which
can be related to light and darkness.
|2nd day of creation
|God creates the sky. The sky forms a barrier between water upon the surface and the moisture in the air.
|The waters of the land are separated from
the water vapor in the sky.
|Let there be a firmament
|God called the firmament Heaven.
God creates the sky. The sky forms a
barrier between water upon the surface
and the moisture in the air. At this point
earth would have an atmosphere.
And God called the firmament
|i. It would serve as a global greenhouse,
maintaining an essentially uniformly
pleasant temperature all over the world.
ii. Without great temperature
variations, there would be no
significant winds, and the water-rain
cycle could not form. There would be
no rain as we know it today.
iii. There would be lush, tropical-like
vegetation, all over the world, fed not by
rain, but by a rich evaporation and
condensation cycle, resulting in heavy
dew or ground-fog.
iv. The vapor blanket would filter out
ultraviolet radiation, cosmic rays, and
other destructive energies bombarding
the planet. These are known to be the
cause of mutations, which decrease
human longevity. Human and animal life
spans would be greatly increased.
v. A vapor blanket would provide the
necessary reservoir for a potential
|1:6 - 7
And God said, Let there be a
firmament in the midst of the waters,
and let it divide the waters from the
And God made the firmament and
divided the waters which were under
the firmament from the waters which
were above the firmament: and it
|Such a vapor blanket would greatly change the
ecology of the earth, with several effects of a vapor
|3rd day of Creation
|the land is divided from the sea; plants and all types of vegetation are created
God creates dry land. Continents and islands are above the water. The large bodies of water are named “seas” and the ground is
|It means God allows variation within a
kind, but something of one kind will
never develop into something of another
|According to its kind
||Even though plant life was created before animal
life, animal life was not created out of plant life.
|4th day of Creation
|God creates all the stars and heavenly bodies, the sun, moon, and stars. The movement of these will help man track time.
Two great heavenly bodies are made in relation to the earth. The first is the sun which is the primary source of light and the moon
which reflects the light of the sun. The movement of these bodies will distinguish day from night.
|God made the sun and the moon and
stars to mark and measure time and
|Let them be for signs and
|God knew exactly how far to set the sun from the
earth. A few million miles more or less and life as we
know it would be impossible.
|5th day of Creation
|birds and sea creatures are created
|6th day of Creation
|God makes land animals and the Creation of Man
|Man is different from every other order of
created being because He has a created
consistency with God.
i. This means there is an unbridgeable
gap between human life and animal
life. Though we are biologically similar to
certain animals, we are distinct in our
moral, intellectual, and spiritual
ii. This means there is also an
unbridgeable gap between human life
and angelic life. Nowhere are we told
the angels are made in the image of God.
Angels cannot have the same kind of
relationship of love and fellowship with
God we can have.
iii. This means the incarnation was
truly possible. God (in the Second
Person of the Trinity) could really
become man, because although deity
and humanity are not the same, they
|Let Us make man in Our image
||The use of the plural (Let Us…in Our image,
according to Our likeness) is consistent with the
idea that there is One God in three Persons, what
we know as the Trinity.
|Though God does not have a physical
body, He designed man so man’s physical
body could do many of the things God
does: see, hear, smell, touch, speak,
think, plan, and so forth
God is a Spirit: and they that
worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth.
|In this sense, it is sin if man does not use
this dominion responsibly, in the sense of
a proper regard for stewardship on this
|Let them have dominion
|To God, the differences between men and
women are not accidents.
|Male and female He created
|Men are not women, and women are not men.
When a man tries to be a woman or a woman tries
to be a man, you have something inferior.
|Only vegetation is specifically mentioned
as being for food. Seemingly, before the
flood, the human race was vegetarian, but
after the flood, man was given permission
to eat the flesh of animals.
|Then God blessed them
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.
|7th day of Creation
|God rests. This in no way indicates He was weary from His creative efforts, but denotes that the creation is complete. Further, God is
establishing a pattern of one day in seven to rest.
|When God pronounced the creation
good, He really meant it. At the time, it
was entirely good; there was no death or
decay on earth at all.