I am in my fourth year of teaching through the book of Genesis. I taught one year at Precept and now on my third year at the Academy. Needless to say, I am no scholar on the book of Genesis but I am amazed each year by its foundational truths.
One of the coolest things I am reminded of each year is how the author (most likely Moses with possible editors) structures his first chapter. It opens up with the iconic
‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. ‘ Genesis 1:1
Then this next statement sets the reader up for what God is about to do. It states,
‘Now the earth was formless and empty… ‘ Genesis 1:2a
Just wait…it gets pretty cool.
He goes on to describe what God does each day. Day 1, He creates the light. Day 2, He creates the expanse (sky and sea). Day 3, He creates land and vegetation. Day 4, He creates the sun, moon, and stars. Day 5, He creates the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. Finally (in Chapter 1), He creates animals and, of course, mankind.
Ok. First, notice that it is an even number. So, do this:
- Write out Days 1-3 vertically starting with 1 and write out what God did according to the paragraph above.
- Write out Days 4-6 next to the other days vertically starting with Day 4 and write the descriptions of what God did for each day.
- Write an arrow going from 1 to 4, 2 to 5- and 3 to 6.
So, do you see it?
They correspond to each other.
God created light on Day 1 and the sun, moon, and stars on Day 4. Day 2 He created the sky and the seas and He created the birds and the fish on Day 5. Day 3 He created the land and vegetation and animals and mankind on Day 6.
Pretty cool, huh? Now, let’s go back to the statement that was made in verse 2a.
Remember, the earth was formless and empty BUT…
Days 1-3, He formed it.
Days 4-6, He filled it.
I think God is pretty cool. What are your thoughts?