1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Before the Earth, and before the heavens (plural, meaning the atmosphere, space, and the supernatural heaven) God existed fully capable with plans to do something.
He preceded all things such as time, light, science, religion, and matter. He can be expected to at times surpass the laws of science because He is not confined by them since He preceded them, He made them for us not it for Him.
2And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
God changed the gloomy flooded planet into a beautifully balanced ecosystem with a variety of life and design. His first recorded act in the Word is salvation of a dark and chaotic planet. The Holy Spirit of God is used to bring life. In Adam’s creation God breathed (the word for breathed means spirit or wind) in to Adam the breathe of life. Also with Mary’s supernatural pregnancy the angel told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her. And again at Pentecost in the Upper room God’s Spirit came in to believers with a mighty gust of wind in the room.
God turned the chaotic mess in to something pleasing to Him, this is a principle of God’s character – His redemptive nature. Some things He does instantly and others in the process of time.
3And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
There was (and is) wonder working power in God’s commands and words, they have authority because they are from God. What He speaks causes things to change and be created no matter what (this displays His absolute power), nothing He speaks will return void or be spoken in vain. What God sets in to motion no man can stop.
4And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
This shows that there are certain things that God likes and others as lacking His approval. It may seem here that darkness is not pleasing to God but what is darkness but the absence of light. Evil(sin) is not pleasing to God because there is no good in it, it is the absence of good.
In God’s eyes there is a separation between pleasing things and displeasing things, the things that He likes – He sustains. Also the things He loves He separates from the things that do not please Him so as to sustain the things He loves. This explains, in part, heaven and hell.
5And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Here God makes a distinction and name for the Earth’s time cycle. Thus the cosmic motions for day and night as we know them had to been working and creating 24 hour cycles. There ARE absolute truths that God has defined, things that are right and things that are wrong no matter what time period you are in, or what culture; they are absolute.
6And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7And 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.
8And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.
Still God is the author of separation and order and unity. The firmament is not the solid land or a solid sphere above the Earth but the expanse that is stretched out and what now consider the atmosphere and sky. Holiness is separation, we know that God alone is perfect and holy and this separates Him from His fallen creation.
11And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12And 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.
God first made the Earth and then He made the Earth bring forth grass, herb, and tree. This is the delegation of God to His primary created things to create on their own. God did not literally create you in your mother womb, He gave your mother everything she needed in her womb to create you. This can be called sub-creation and it is a principle that applies to many areas of the faith filled life. We are given the ability to “bring forth” fruit and seed in our lives. Fruit is the result of what resides within us and seed is the investment in something greater than ourselves.
14And 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:
15And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
What is one main difference between day and night? Stars. During the day the star we call the Sun over powers the light being given from more distant stars. However at night the opposite happens. God did not leave night to be totally dark; He provided light even for the darkest of time. We are lights in the darkness of this age and God has provided us, for the world’s sake, that we should shine even in the darkest of times. The stars are also helpful in finding seasons (the physical position of the Earth in relationship with the sun) and for reading signs (messages of supernatural origin). God never leaves us without a way back home or a map to navigate through life. He does not abandon us but He has given His Word, His Son, and His Spirit to assist us in life.
16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
God works in authority and assigns tasks and varying jobs to each person.
Ever noticed how man and woman are different (how can you not) it is because God made us differently, the woman was made to help Adam in the garden with aspects and abilities that He lacked. We all have an authority to submit to so that there is no chaos and confusion. When the authority is broken things go wrong.