“Then God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear’; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:9-10.
For those of you who have been following along during these last two days of God’s re-creation of earth, day three dawns with you still seated in a boat floating on an endless sea, it is beautiful and safe because the sea is completely free of life, microscopic or monstrous. Hang on, things are about to change.
“Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.’ 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.” Genesis 1:6-7.
Without question, this is one of the most difficult passages I have ever read. The words “firmament in the midst of the waters” makes absolutely no sense to anyone who picks up a Bible and tries to read it. Before we are done, we are going to at least have a good understanding of these verses; but first, for those who have read the prior study, “Let There Be Light”, I would like us to return to the little boat that you were seated in.
“Then God said, ‘Let there be Light’; and there was light.” Genesis 1:3.
If you have read the last post, “Without Form and Void”, posted on 4/3/14, you will be aware of the gap theory which says that there is a gap of time between Genesis 1:1 and verse 3. This gap would be stated in this manner, “In the timeless past God created all things, the heavens and the earth (this would include angels) and at some time after creation something happened on the earth to cause God to judge it covering it in a chaotic darkness.”
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1.
As stated in the prior post on 3/31/14, “In the Beginning God”, the sentence above is a reference to the beginning of all things; whether in the heavens or on earth, both physical matter and life, again, everything. It has also been shown that by the use of the name of God, it means that all of the trinity was involved in creation. This is further confirmed by the name used for God in this sentence, Elohim. Elohim along with a number of other names is one of many of God’s titles.
Names such as, El Elyon, the Most High; Shaddi, Almighty; Yahweh, the covenant name of God; Elohim, the Creator, to name a few (all these names are used in Psalm 91:1-2). The name Elohim is plural meaning that the entire trinity was being referred to during creation which undoubtedly is why Elohim also has the meaning of Creator. Before you run with that, be aware that, depending on usage, Elohim also has other meanings.