Genesis 1 – The food light account. A general description of the creation of the universe.
A chronological account
Genesis 2 – The spotlight account. A specific description of the creation of mankind.
A topical account.
1:1 Tells us what God did…summary statement
1:2-2:25 Tells us how God did it.
No Gap theory – No mosaic Darwinian process!
Genesis 1:1-2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
1 – birds, clouds
2 – sun, moon stars
3 – Where God is and departed Saints
Gen 1:1 refutes 6 isms
Atheism – There is a God;
Polytheism – There is but one God;
Evolution – He created all things;
Pantheism – He is apart from his creation;
Materialism – There was a beginning to creation;
Fatalism – There was a purpose to creation.
Day 1 – Creation of light
Genesis 1:3-5 Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
God is the source and resource for all life….His glory/light sustained life until Day 4.
Day 2 – Space and water
Genesis 1:6-8 Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
Second day: the separating of the waters (1:6-8). This water was in two forms:
- regular land-based water in shallow ocean, river, and lake beds
- atmospheric water—in the form of invisible translucent vapor
Day 3 – Plant life
Genesis 1:9-13 Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit…And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.
Third day: the creation of plant life (1:9-13). Lush green vegetation and exotic flowers now grace the newly emerged dry ground.
These verses alone totally refute the harmful doctrine of theistic evolution which says life began aeons ago from a glob of scum floating on some remote ocean surface. But to the contrary, Moses tells us life was supernaturally created on the third day of Creation and began on dry ground.
Day 4 – Sun, Moon & Stars
Genesis 1:14-19 Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened….And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.
Fourth day: the creation of the sun, moon, and stars (1:14-19). On the first day God created physical light. He now creates special light sources. These heavenly bodies were to function in a threefold manner:
- As signs—they teach and remind men of God’s creative work.
- As seasons—they function as a calendar, dividing seasons, days, and years, enabling men to accurately plan their work.
- As lights—they replace the temporary light source of the early days.
It may be asked why God created the earth on the first day, but waited until the fourth day before establishing the sun, stars, and moon. Two possible reasons are suggested for this, one dealing with priority, the other with prevention.
- That of priority. God created the earth first because it was the most important in his mind. It was upon planetearth that he planned to create on the sixth day a creature made in his own image. This creature, man, would live on earth, and not the moon. Then, plans had already been made in the fullness of time for the second person in the Trinity to wrap human flesh and bone about him and come to planet earth. Finally, it will be upon the earth, not Pluto or Venus, that the King of kings shall someday touch down upon the Mount of Olives to establish his millennial Kingdom.
- That of prevention. Almost without exception every ancient civilization has worshiped the sun. But God wanted his people to worship its Creator, namely, himself. Thus, he informs us that life and light existed before the sun, and that “every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights…” (Jas. 1:17).
Day 5 – Fish & Fowl
Genesis 1:20-23 Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.”…Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day.
Fifth day: the creation of fish and fowl (1:20-23). What a contrast is seen here, from the tiny hummingbird to the massive blue sperm whale. It is not generally known, but the blue sperm whale is longer and heavier than a modern 737 Boeing jet passenger plane. It can reach a length of 110 feet, and weigh 150 tons.
Day 6 – Animals & People
Genesis 1:24-31 Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. …Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply….Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! And evening passed and morning came, marking the sixth day. (Trinity)
Sixth day: the creation of land creatures and man (1:24-31). Man immediately becomes the highlight of this day and of the entire creation week.
Note the divine account of this act. “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness...” (Gen. 1:26). This is the first strong evidence of the Trinity in the Old Testament. (See also Gen. 11:7; Ps. 2:7; 45:7; 110:1; Isa. 48:16.)
- He was made in the image of God and possessed the highest kind of life.
- Plant life possessed unconscious life.
- Animal life possessed conscious life.
- Man alone possessed self-conscious life.
Thus, here was a creature who could not only eat of Eden’s delicious food, but would glance heavenward first and thank that One who created both eater and food. No dandelion or dinosaur could do this.
- He was to subdue the earth and fill it (1:28).
- He was encouraged to enjoy the Tree of Life and all other trees of creation except one (2:9, 16).
- He was forbidden to partake of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (2:17).
- He was to name all the animals (2:19).
- He was given a wife (2:18-25). Here is the first of three great institutions given by God to man, that of marriage,human government (Gen. 9), and the church (Mt. 16).
This records the second of four methods used by God to bring human beings into this world.
- a man without mother or father (Adam)
- a woman without a mother (Eve)
- a man without a father (Christ)
- individuals having both mothers and fathers (all other human beings)
Day 7 – God rests
Genesis 2:1-3 So the creation of the heavens and the earth and everything in them was completed. On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.
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