In the Beginning:
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1, NAS).”
Here it states that God created heaven and earth in the beginning. When is the beginning? The Body of Christ desiring to trust fully through faith that God means what He says has naturally assumed that it was the seven days referenced in Genesis. However, if we will notice, we do not see the word created again until verse 21 and then again in 27 when He created man in Their own image. The words we see from verse one until verse 21 are “made” and “let.” Those are very different than create.
Genesis 1:2 (NAS): “The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.”
I believe there is a huge gap in time between verse one and verse two. Since in verse two God called earth “earth” and it possessed adjectives to describe it, it had to have previously been created; it had a name and features. Everywhere else names are given post-creation. Logically, we can deduce that the previously created earth had been wrecked because total darkness covered it and it was as an empty blob. It is abundantly clear that earth wasn’t created in verse two, but rather we see a mess that needed restructuring.
Made and Let vs. Created:
Genesis 1:3-5 (NAS): “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one (first) day.”
It does not state that He created light, but God simply let it be. There is great distinction between the words created, made, and let. Something created is original in every way, but something made is merely a reproduction of something previously created. For instance, if I work in a factory making car engines, although I put pieces together to make an engine, I did not create the engine, I merely assembled that which someone else created. To let something do anything is simply the utilization of one’s authority to allow it to be set in motion. Since God is the Light, He simply let His light shine and it revealed the earth in a swamp-like state.
Genesis 1:7-9 (NAS): “Then God said, ‘Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.’ God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so. And God called the expanse heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. Then God said, ‘Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear,’ and it was so.”
The waters which already existed below heaven were gathered and then the dry land was allowed to appear; appearisalsonot the equivalent to created. This vividly leads us to know that He did not create land or water at that time, but rather God uncovered what had been hidden. It is my assessment that God flooded the earth (dry ground) in order to destroy all that Satan had corrupted as He did again in Noah’s day. God only creates perfection, so He would not have to destroy with a flood what He created unless it had been corrupted by sin.
We are told in Revelation 12:7-11 that there was war in heaven and Satan was hurled out of heaven to earth along with his angels. What do we think transpired on the earth when this happened? This took place long before Adam and Eve were created. Satan and his legions of fallen angels obviously made a tremendous mess of things on earth leaving the earth formless, void and covered in water. Satan is still wreaking havoc today. He did it in Noah’s day; hence the flood that destroyed the whole earth and God had to start over with Noah.
Genesis 1:10-13 (NAS): “God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
Here in verse 10, God did nothing more than differentiate between what was what. Both, as seen in this text, had been previously created. It reads “God called them” dry land and seas. Then, separating the flooded earth, He reestablished land and life once again, restarting with Adam. Furthermore, He called forth vegetation, not once mentioning the word “created.”
On the fourth day (Genesis 1:14-19), He let the lights in the expanse of the sky separate the day from the night and mark the seasons. On the fifth day (Genesis 1:20-25), God let the water teem with living creatures and He let the birds fly above the earth.
Genesis 1:20-23 (NAS): Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
We do see the word created in verse 21. In my opinion, this is simply referencing that, at some point, they were created; otherwise we would not see “let.” They were already in existence.
In summation, sensibly we cannot help but deduce that days one through five were not spent creating, but rather making, letting and allowing previous creation to exist once again. It reveals that it was a process of God re-establishing order to an earth in disarray.
Hope you’ll come back next week as we continue the topic of “in the beginning.” It requires careful study so as to clear some long-standing misconceptions.
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Alexys V. Wolf