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Genesis 1:6-8

6 Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” 7 Thus 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. So the evening and the morning were the second day.

Firmament dividing waters from waters

On the second day, God separated the waters upon the earth and created the atmosphere and the ozone. There is still no land, so it’s just one big ocean covering the entire globe. It’s interesting to note that there is enough water, even after separating some into the atmosphere, to cover the whole earth. This means that the flood in Noah’s time can and did cover all the land.

But why does it have to be on another day that God does this one thing. Does it take Him a whole day just to do separate some water? Of course not, we are told that He said and it was so. He is an infinite God, with infinite power, He doesn’t even need to say it really, just think it and it’s done.

So, then why did He choose to create everything in six days? We find the answer in Exodus when God spoke the Ten Commandments to the people of Israel, “For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:11. God set a pattern for us to follow during the creation week. He did work on the first six days and rested on the seventh day, this seven day pattern is still in existence today, actually, most of us only work five days and rest for 2 days, but it is still the same seven day week.

It is also interesting that He didn’t work the whole 24 hours, He didn’t even work during the whole daylight time, He only spoke and the atmosphere is created, that probably took like 10 seconds at most. Again, this is just the pattern, it doesn’t mean we can just speak and have things done or only work 10 seconds a day, but I do think that we are not suppose to work all day every day, we need to take time to rest even on the work days. And definitely rest on one of the days of the week.

Read more on the creation days and why God took six days to create everything here.

Jesus is the Creator

Genesis 1:2-5

Jesus Powered - Light over waters

2 The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.

It is interesting to note that the first thing God created right after creating time, space, and the earth was something to keep track of what day it was. He could have created everything in the same instant, but He chose to do it in seven days and to help us keep track of the time He just created, He create light so that there will be light and darkness or day and night. “So the evening and the morning were the first day.” Right away, this light and darkness was used to denote one literal, 24 hour day.

Day and night was created to help us keep track of time and to know the days and the seasons. Every person knows what a day means, they live it every day of their lives, so “the evening and the morning” image be used as a reference when we are reading Genesis 1 to know that it means a literal day. All the references to night and day passing shows us that “the first day,” “the second day,” and so on really is just that, one day. There should be no reason why we would interpret these days to be day ages or eras except to incorporate humanistic and evolutionary ideas into the Creation.

If you believe the inerrancy of the Word, why would you try to change the meaning of the words in it to fit your world view?

Further reading for literal 24-hour days:
Six Literal Days
24 Hours – Plain as Day


Jesus is Light

Genesis 1:1

Jesus Powered - Time and SpaceThe first book in the Bible; the word genesis means beginning, and the book of Genesis is in the beginning of the Bible and talks about our beginning. It is not just the beginning of Jewish people and the genealogy of Jesus, and it is not even just about the beginning of human history, but it tells us about the beginning of time itself.

“…the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity…” — Isaiah 57:15

God lives outside of time, in eternity, nobody created God, He has always been and will always be, He just is. From eternity, He create time and space, He created the beginning. He created time for us to perceive the progression of events that led from the fall of Adam to the death of Jesus and our way to salvation. With this perception, we can see the cause and effect of our sins and the way to redemption.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

In the beginning of what, in the beginning of time and space. But if God was in that time and space, how can He create the heavens and the earth? It must be that He is outside of time and space to be able to create it. This is what eternity must be, that it is not just an infinitely long time, but that there is no time at all. There is no end because there was no beginning, eternity, just is. Eternal life with Jesus is just that, we will be with Him forever and ever, but without time, we will just be with Him.

This article, The Most Important Verse in the Bible?, by Henry M. Morris, Ph.D. explains this verse much better than I could.

Jesus is Eternal