Bible Study: The World in 7 Days (Part 1)

Bible Study

Scripture:

In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters.

Day 1: God said, “Let there be light..” and there was light and God separated the light from the darkness. And there was evening, and there was morning.

Day 2: God said, “Let there be a dome in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And there was evening, and there was morning.

Day 3: On the 3rd day, God separated the Land and the Seas. Then God created vegetation and every growing plants. And there was evening, and there was morning.

Day 4: Then on the 4th day, God created two lights, one to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. This is to be the signs for the seasons, and for days and years. And there was evening, and there was morning.

Explanation:

Genesis 1 to 3 is made up of Hebrew poetry. Hebrew poetry uses figurative (symbolic) language. Meaning, the creation story is made up of language that figuratively tells ACTUAL events that took place during the beginning, or the primeval period. So sorry to disappoint you, you won’t find any dinosaur in the creation story. For the author, telling you that dinosaurs exist before is NOT that important. That part is the job of Science.

So how do we read Genesis 1 to 3? When reading the creation story, unconsciously, the primary question in our mind is the question “how was the world created.” But we have to change that. Rather than asking “how,” the question should be “why.”

Day 1: In day one God created, Time.

Day 2: In day two, God created, Space.

Day 3: In day three, God fills up the void/emptiness of space, and He separated the land and the seas. Why? Because He’ll be creating vegetation/plants next on that same day.

Day 4: God created the Sun (greater light), the moon (lesser light), and the stars.

Notice that at the end of each day, Scripture says, “there was evening, and there was morning..” However, notice that it is only in day 4 that God created the sun, the moon & the stars. So even if there’s a shift from day to night in days 1 to 3, it does not mean that it’s happening on a 24-hour period.

Reflection:

God loves man very much. And one way of showing this is creating a habitat for man to live in. He is also a God of order, creating everything in sequence. He also takes time in doing things; He does not rush, and create things perfectly.

Are you waiting for that dream or a promise from God that has not yet materialized? God is doing something. God could have created everything in a day. But He did not, He has patience. For us, we should learn that good things take time.

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