Genesis One – Day Three – Land, seas and plants – Genesis 1:9-13 – 12/29/2015
Genesis 1:9 (ESV) And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third 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 nine…
V9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
Remember in the last article I wrote that “the creation of the earth was very ordered in that God did not place land dwelling animals or humans while it was all seas, well this is where we see the fruition of that. Before that point the earth was covered in water, there were no plants, no living things in the seas and no fossil record at that time.
It is vitally important that we read when the dry land appeared and why there was a separation between the two. We were not made to be evolved creatures as none of us have scales, fins or amphibious breathing apparatus in our bodies and would only survive in the waters as long as our strength would keep up above it. There is no fossil record that shows a half man/half fish evolved creature so by reasoned logic we use good observational science to state that there is not one due to lack of evidence. There is also no “FishDog” or FishCow” so the same can be concluded about the animal kingdom.
Can you imagine this task that God had here? Imagine the millions of gallons of water in the sea and the weight of what had to be moved. It seems like a small thing because it is only a few words but it is a large task and to remove it in such a fashion that it is just not covering the earth but the land was dry. This is what we live on today, the earth and the last part of verse ten confirms that “it was good”, at that point there was only positive creation, there was no death, no disease, no pain, no suffering and everything was good.
V11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Being of a critical mind, the first thing I notice is that the earth was growing vegetation, plants who yielded seed and trees bearing fruit all happened before the sun and moon were made on the fourth day, (Genesis 1:14-19) the skeptic may claim this is an error in creation or that the plants would never have survived without solar light. Well if this is their only criticism of creation then Praise the LORD!
My answer to this is that it follows creation perfectly in that if God had wished the Sun and the moon to be markers of a day or a night then he would have created them one day one. What he did create on day one was a light to signify day and a darkness to signify night. (Genesis 1:1-5) so the light that would have been enough to satisfy creation in day one and two is more than capable of sustaining life on day three.
Here also is where the evolutionary Christian, or Gap Theorist comes into an issue as well. If the days (even though the word for day is “yom” a literal Hebrew word for “day”) were ages of thousands of years or any time period in between would have a real issue trying to sell the notion that plant life, vegetation and trees could survive for thousands of years without a sun or a moon.
It is of course not out with the realms of possibility that God started Creation with the way that it will end (with no Sun and Moon) Let’s look at the book of Revelation…
Revelation 21:23 (ESV) And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
I am not here to tell you what to believe, I am just attempting to present the biblical case based on the text in front of me and how you interpret it or take a belief from it is on you, however I will state my bias as a Creationist and I have formulated that belief based on ten years of studying various texts from both sides and coming to the conclusion that my hermeneutics are that I will take the Genesis text as a literal translation based on what I have read and the text evidence from the original languages.
The text here tells us that the growth on earth was created not by God tossing some seeds on the ground and allowing the earth to cultivate crops within a few weeks or months or years, no! It states that “The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind” so by the end of that third day then those plants were already fully grown, bearing seeds to replicate and the trees were already bearing fruit as mature plants. This is consistent with the fact that when man was created there was food already there for him to eat and there is very little faith involved in looking at the text and reading it as a whole account.
God created them to bear seeds after its kind, so we don’t read of an orange tree bearing apples or vice versa, we would allow variation within a kind such as a red apple, yellow apple, green apple but they would still be – Apples! And God called it “good” and that comes from the one who cannot lie! He is the author and finisher of creation and despite it being his design it is called “good” as a reminder that it is a place that he has created that man can live in.
V13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And if we needed a reminder the writer gives us a reminder that it was a literal third day and as if to labor the point we are also reminded that it was “an evening and a morning”.
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