In the Beginning, God - Part 4
- In the Beginning, God - Part 3
The Gap Theory - what's it all about?
The book of beginnings contains the first spoken words. And who else but God should speak them. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.”
The formless and void darkness took on a new feature, that of light. Truly, light is a most gracious gift of God. It is light that allows us to see, both in a physical sense as well as a spiritual sense.
There is a price to pay for manmade light. Light bulbs cost money. The electricity used to light the bulb costs money. The electrician must be paid. God’s light, both physical and spiritual, is free. We do not deserve it. We cannot pay for it. We cannot earn it. Both are a free gift of God.
I remember several years ago standing inside a cave with no light. I could see nothing. I held my hand in front of my eyes, but I could not see it. Had it not been for a flashlight, I would not have been able to find my way out. Light is necessary for us to function. Neither can we function in the Spirit without Light.
This light that God spoke into existence, of course, was not the sun. It, along with the moon and stars, was not created until day four of the creation week.
I believe the light was the very essence of God Himself. It is interesting to note that in John 8:12, Jesus announces He is the Light of the World. Further, He states “. . . he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
If we follow Christ, we are promised to have light, and this light brings life. It was from God calling light into existence that life flows. The light was created before life on earth was possible. Light enveloped darkness all because God said, “Let there be light.” Light entered the universe at God’s bidding. “And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
Remember that darkness was upon the face of the deep, that surging ball of water. “And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 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.”
It was at this point that God created the atmosphere as He divided the waters from the waters. That surging ball of water, the earth was now encircled by a ring of air which was further encircled by another layer of water. We will see more about that other layer of water when we study Genesis 7.
There was now a place for the birds to fly, a place prepared for the sun, moon, and stars yet to come, a place for puffy, white clouds to dot the beautiful blue expanse.
Consider this. The atmosphere of the large planet Jupiter consists mainly of hydrogen and helium, but it also contains ammonia, methane, and hydrogen sulfide.
The Venusian atmosphere is largely carbon dioxide. Clouds of sulfuric acid cover the planet.
What about the planet Pluto? Pluto’s atmosphere consists of nitrogen mixed with smaller amounts of methane and carbon monoxide.
Earth is the only planet that has an atmosphere conducive to human life. The atmosphere of earth, that which we call air, and is bound by earth’s gravitational pull is made up of roughly 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, 1% argon, 0.04% carbon dioxide, and small amounts of other gases. This is the perfect blend for human life.
So “. . . the evening and the morning were the second day.”
“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.”
Now, a place was needed for vegetation to grow and a place for cattle and beasts of the field to roam. God caused the land to rise above the waters while maintaining areas of waters elsewhere. It is said, “. . . God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas:”
As of the present, land covers about 29% of the earth’s surface. Genesis 1;12 tells us, “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.” Again, God spoke in Genesis 1:29, “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.”
There was a purpose to all of God’s creation. Creating the lands and seas was not an end in itself, but a means whereby God’s future creation of animals and man might be sustained. Certain creatures would be sustained by the land and others by the great oceans, streams, and lakes.
The grass God is referring to is not necessarily lawn grass as we might think. Although that kind of grass may not kill you, it is not recommended that you eat it. Human stomachs were not created to digest it, but cattle on the hand can handle it easily. A cow, in particular, was created with four separate stomachs allowing the grass to be digested.
Grass actually refers to grain. There are several grains recognized today by the food industry. The six main varieties of natural grains are barley, rice, wheat, oats, rye, and corn.
These sustainable plants can also be milled for flour or pressed for oil. The hardiness of these plants makes them exceptional for harvesting by mechanical means, and shipping and storage for long periods of time are possible.
“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:”
Day Four brings the creation of the sun, moon, and stars, the filling of the universe. We are told in Colossians 1:16, “For by him [Jesus] were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth . . . .“ Jesus Christ, God the Son, is responsible along with the Father and Holy Spirit for the filling of the universe. “And God said,” and it was so.
I am overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of the universe. The closest star, our sun is 92.7 million miles away from earth and has an area of 196.9 million mi².
Alpha Centauri to the left - Beta Centauri to the right
The second closest star to earth is Alpha Centauri. It is a mere 4.3 light-years from earth. Light, the fastest moving object in the universe, travels at a speed of 186,000 miles per second or 671 million miles an hour. A light-year is the distance light travels in a year – roughly 5.5 trillion miles. Incredible, isn’t it!
We see the purpose of all of this in Genesis 1:13 - 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.”
What does God mean when He says, “. . . let them be for signs” . . .? The Hebrew word for signs, 'ôth, means a signal, an omen, a miracle. Not only were the sun, moon, and stars given for light but also for communication. Much has been made about heavenly signs – blood-moons, comets, total eclipses of the sun, etc. We will save that discussion for another time, but please realize the purpose of God’s heavenly creation was more than just light. He would use His creation to communicate to mankind through signs.
The Lord tells Moses in Exodus 4:17, “And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.” The same Hebrew word is used here for the English word, signs. Moses was to do miracles, to pronounce omens with his rod. God placed His rod in the heavens.
Another interesting thought is to consider the meaning of the word seasons. In the original Hebrew, the word actually means an appointed time, an appointment. God keeps His Day-Timer by the seasons of the heavens.
The Jewish feasts have their beginning according to the heavens, Jewish nights are proclaimed according to the stars. God said, “. . . And the evening and the morning were the . . . day.” According to Jewish tradition, the evening begins when three medium-sized stars appear in the night sky.
The heavens are as dramatic as the God who created them.
- In the Beginning, God - Part 5
God's creation continues as He approaches his crowning work.
© 2018 William Kovacic