Genesis One – Day Two – Separating the waters from the waters – Genesis 1:6-8 – December 15th 2015
Genesis 1:6 (ESV) And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
This article is designed to be a slightly more in depth article than I did in the “creation series” elsewhere on this website, Lord willing I hope to look at the full creation week and examine the case for a Biblical creation from the mindset that the bible is accurate and a honest and truthful source of history in how we came to be here. I am not here to attack other mindsets as I appreciate that not everyone shares my view of a biblical history and I do welcome lively debate on the subject regardless of your thoughts or beliefs on how the earth was made.
In order to look at this from a biblical context we must first look at the text in question starting in verse six…
V6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.”
If you remember our last article we spoke on how the earth at that point was formless and void and completely water based and we see further confirmation of this in verse six where we see the first idea that the waters would in fact be parted. I say this because God was very ordered in how the world was created, there was no land dwelling creatures as they could not have survived in the water and God was in the process of creation and not destruction.
The first thing that God did on the second day of creation was expand. I equate it very similar to this website, when I started I had one page that explained what the blog was about and the blog feed page, as time went on I expanded and expanded. Unlike me, God had a creation plan and knew what he was doing in perfect order. The first thing he did was to separate the waters from the land from the vapor above the sky and he goes into this in deeper context in verse seven…
V7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so.
Then the writer speaks of water vapor above the expanse and made the ecology of the earth much different to what it was today, we do not have this today as we read the following in the book of Genesis when the earth was flooded…
Genesis 7:7 (ESV) And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives with him went into the ark to escape the waters of the flood. 8 Of clean animals, and of animals that are not clean, and of birds, and of everything that creeps on the ground, 9 two and two, male and female, went into the ark with Noah, as God had commanded Noah. 10 And after seven days the waters of the flood came upon the earth. 11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights. 13 On the very same day Noah and his sons, Shem and Ham and Japheth, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them entered the ark, 14 they and every beast, according to its kind, and all the livestock according to their kinds, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, according to its kind, and every bird, according to its kind, every winged creature. 15 They went into the ark with Noah, two and two of all flesh in which there was the breath of life. 16 And those that entered, male and female of all flesh, went in as God had commanded him. And the LORD shut him in.
We see there in verse 11 that the rains came down and the floods came up (much as we learned in Sunday school) and at that time the atmosphere became much closer to what we have today where there would have been no scorching heat or freezing cold because God had created a livable temperature and you have to remember that God never intended us to be clothed and we were only clothed after sin entered the world. Do you think that God would have created a world where you would have scorched or froze?
Imagine a world without the following
• Intense freezing
• Intense heat
And you would see closer to the original blueprint that God would have had for the creation of the world. If you can imagine without the extremes of weather then you will make more sense of the creation account. There would be no such thing as “global warming”, “greenhouse gasses” and the overall creation would be sufficient for long life.
And again that is why if you look at the genealogies in Genesis five you will see ages of death such as 930, 912, 905, 910 and in Methuselah was 969. In that environment it would have been ideal for long life and that from a genetic point of view mutations would not be able to thrive and survive in that environment, which is why after the flood the years of man massively reduced as the environment was not as God originally created. Let’s look at the names of these expanses in verse eight.
V8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
God concluded the second day by calling the expanse heaven and concluded it by an evening and morning so we knew it was a literal day. We are not given measurements for this expanse but with such a big God that we serve the expanse could literally have been limitless.
God bless and I pray this was a blessing and please feel free to like, share or comment on here or whatever social media platforms you use as the Lord leads you to