Genesis 1:1-2:3

Ecclesiastes 3:11 teaches us that there is within the heart of every human an awareness of eternity.  There is a desire for someone greater then self.  We observe that the process of creation resulted in order which requires as input of energy.  The opposite is chance and that produces chaos.

Age of Earth Beliefs:

  • There is a young earth belief.  It is based in part on the idea that the six days of creation were literal 24 hour days as we know them.  The Jewish calendar list 2021 as year 5768; years since creation.

  • There is an old earth belief.  It is based in part on the idea that the six days of creation were not literal 24 hour days.  Each day could have represented thousands of years.

  • There is are miscellanies beliefs.  These beliefs encompasses anything else

Genesis verse notations:

  • 1:1 - is simple and straight forward.  It answers the questions of when, who, and what.

  • 1:2 - there was disorder present.

  • 1:3 - creation was the result of God speaking.  The result was there was light.

  • 1:4-5 - God separates the light from darkness and names the light day and the darkness night.  We also have a time unit, day one.

  • 1:6-8 - the waters were separated; those above the expanse and those below.  Those above are referred to as heaven.

  • 1:9 - the waters below were gathered together and there was land and water.

  • 1:10 - God called the land earth and the waters seas.

  • 1:11-13 - God said and it resulted in all kinds of vegetation, plants, and tree.  The seeds reproduces like kind.  This is day three.

  • 1:14-19 - Day four resulted in the two light we call sun and moon.  There were also the stars.  Each had their purpose and function.

  • 1:20-23 - On day five God created sea creatures for the seas and birds to fly above the earth.  Each was endowed to reproduce after its kind.

  • 1:24-25 - God now creates livestock, creeping things and beasts.  Again each is endowed to reproduce after its kind.

  • 1:26-27 - Continuing day six, God creates man in his own image, both male and female.

  • 1:28-31 - God instructs the man and women he created be fruitful and multiple and fill the earth.  He gave them dominion over the fish, the birds, and every living thing that moves on the earth.  He included purpose.  Everything done was very good and thus completes day six.

  • 2:1-3 - God rests on the seventh day.  The seventh day is called holy because He rested from all that he had done.

It is interest to note that in God's order of creation He created water before sea creatures. The air above the earth before the birds, and plants before land cattle.  Our God is an awesome God.

Some comments regarding science.  Science is rarely settled.  Pluto was a planet and now it isn't.  Salt was thought to be bad We now know its good qualities.  Thus you have to sort out the difference between science and scientism.  Culture does have an effect.  

"The chief aim of all investigations of the external world should be to discover the rational order and harmony which has been imposed on it by God and which He revealed to us in the language of mathematics."

Johannes Kepler astronomer and mathematician


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