(1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (2) And 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. (3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. (4) And God saw the light, that it was good…
The “beginning,” the very first moment of space-time must have been a brilliant explosion of God’s creative power in which the universe, including what would become known as Earth, was brought into being.The preposition, “before,” has no meaning when it is followed by a description of this “beginning,” for time itself began here.
For billions of years after the initial creation of “heaven and the earth,” a water-planet destined to someday be inhabited sailed through God’s universe alone, desolate, and void of anything of interest.
In time, the Spirit of God took interest in the planet, brooding over its endless sea.
Then the Gods spoke: “Let there be light.” This marked a “time of the end” of darkness. Nature responded in obedience as a soft, sourceless glow enlightened the entire planet. God evaluated the light and pronounced it good.
1) The beginning, 2) the heaven, and 3) the earth were all made by 4) God
[This is chronological order of observations you would make were you watching some distance from the epicentral coordinate of creation]
Earth was formless and void with darkness covering its face, but the Spirit brooded over its seas.
1) God decreed light, 2) creation responded obediently, 3) God judged the light to be good [next came the final center-touch of the candlestick-order].
In verses 1-4 we see the three-part gospel pattern. Observing these verses more closely, we note the candlestick pattern and we hear the roar of seven thunders.
… and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.
The light which had cloaked the entire face of the earth had been provided by the Holy Spirit. The Spirit now gathered all this light to a single place in space…naturally, to the place where He would later create the Sun. The earth immediately began to orbit the collection of the Spirit’s manifested power. By gathering the earth’s light to a single place distant from the earth, the Spirit effectively divided light from darkness on the earth. One side of the earth was light, and one side was darkness. The two sides were called the Day and the Night, respectively. These two witnesses had been brought into being (1st Waymark). This was not only the completing event of the seven thunders mentioned earlier, but also the first lamp of a new candlestick, so to speak. Thus we find powerful evidence that the division of light from darkness marks the beginning of the 1st DAY (God’s perspective, not man’s) of creation. There is a much simpler, yet just as powerful reason to believe that God’s division of light and darkness was the beginning of the 1st DAY: before God did this, calling the light Day and the darkness Night, there was no such thing as an earth-day. The first day of Creation Week could not have begun before God defined “Day.” To reiterate the main point: God divided the light and darkness (first lamp) calling the light Day, and the darkness Night, and this was the beginning of the 1st DAY.
And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The first-lamp event of the pre-creation-week candlestick structure was the brilliant explosion of the initial creation in Genesis 1:1. Physically speaking, it was the brightest point on the first side of that candlestick. So we conclude, based on the symmetry of the candlestick structure, that the first-lamp event of the next candlestick, the beginning of the 1st DAY – was the brightest part of that DAY. High noon, so-to-speak. We believe, again based on symmetry, that the second-lamp event was the “evening,” or light-setting, and that the “morning,” or light-rising, was the third-lamp event of the candlestick. A period of time must be fulfilled between the third-lamp event (the light-rising) and the end of the “left” side of the candlestick at another worship/first-lamp event. This period must be filled in by the daylight hours between the light-rising and high noon. As high noon marked the beginning of the 1st DAY, it saw the beginning of the 2nd DAY. We here note that the phrase “evening and morning were the first day” indicates another way of counting days – from evening to evening. This is the way days were being counted later in the Bible (Leviticus 23:32, Numbers 9:21, Psalms 55:17, Daniel 8:26). We call the noon-to-noon periods DAYS and the “even to even” periods days. “DAYS” are more associated with God and his creative work; whereas, “days” seem to be more associated with man. It is interesting that the sentence, “And the evening and the morning were the first day” could well describe either way of counting days. The 1st DAY began at high noon. The evening and the morning followed, evenly dividing up the 1st DAY into three parts. Also, the first day began at evening and continued through the morning and presumably until the next evening.
The 1st DAY saw the establishment of the first creation-week gospel pattern: Day-Night-Day.
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And 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. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
It is a fact that every time the word “God” appears in the Genesis 1 narrative, it marks the next chronological development, often the next point of a candlestick. The evening is a second lamp, the morning is a third lamp, “God said, let there be a firmament…” completes the 1st DAY candlestick at its center, and “God made the firmament and divided the waters from the waters” marks the first lamp of the next candlestick, high noon – the commencement of the 2nd DAY. The firmament was the atmosphere of the earth. It was placed between the liquid-water surface of the earth, and the “waters which were above the firmament.” That very afternoon “God called the firmament Heaven.” Then the light-down saw the commencement of the second day. The 2nd DAY was complete at the end of the hours between the next light-up (“morning”) and high noon.
Note the new gospel pattern created – Waters-Heaven-Waters.
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And 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. And 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. And the evening and the morning were the third day.
God completed the 2nd DAY side of the candlestick at its center with the statement, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place [sea-level], and let the dry land appear.” At the first lamp of the 3rd-DAY half of the next candlestick, corresponding with high noon, “it was so.” On that lamp, the division between waters and dry land was made. That afternoon (prior to the second lamp or evening), God named the dry land and the waters. The next morning (judgment lamp), “God saw that it was good.” Then God did something very strange…He created all the plant life of the Earth within the time between the third lamp and the completion of the first side of the candlestick. What structural pattern makes this extra, 3rd-DAY creation possible? It is the completion of one side of an overarching candlestick which has as its lamps the following:
1) High noon of DAY 1 (place in time made)
2) High noon of DAY 2 (place in space made)
3) High noon of DAY 3 (solidity given)
Center) Creation of vegetation (solidity enriched)
4) High noon of Day 4 (time filled)
5) High noon of Day 5 (sea and sky filled with life)
6) High noon of Day 6 (earth filled with life)
Center) Consummation of marriage and first meal together (life enriched)
Notice the gospel expression in any cross-section of a continent… Sea–Earth–Sea.
And 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: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And 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. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Thus begins the second side of the overarching candlestick. Its first lamp has everything to do with light, as did the first lamp (division of light from darkness) of the first side. Notice that God first made merely “lights in the firmament. This marked the “time of the end” for this side of the overarching candlestick. Then, at the first lamp (high noon, the beginning of the 4th DAY), He made these lights into the heavenly bodies we are so familiar with. I believe that the stars He here made are only the stars of our Milky Way galaxy. This galaxy was first made as just a collection of lights. Then, on the first lamp, God coalesced these lights into stars. In the description of the fourth day, there is validation that “God saw that it was good” in the morning. God had made the moon to give light in the night. He made the moon at high noon along with the sun and stars. He would not have finished observing the light ruling in the night until the morning. Thus he would have been able to see that his work was good only once all of it had been tested, so to speak.
Notice the new gospel expression: Sun–Moon–Suns (Stars).
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
As usual, “God said” to finish the 4th-DAY side of a candlestick at its center, and “God created” on the first lamp of the 5th-DAY side of a candlestick at high noon. I believe that “God saw that it was good” in the morning, and “God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply” in the hours between the morning and the next high noon.
Note: living creatures exhibit many varied gospel expressions. For example, on a fish you have Right Fin –Body–Left Fin.
And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
To finish the 5th-DAY side of the candlestick, God said “Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind.” In the commencement of the 6th DAY, “it was so.” There is so much that happened in the 6th DAY. Following is the general order of events. God created the land animals – cattle, creeping thing, and beasts – at high noon or on the beginning of the DAY. The first thing God did that afternoon was form man “of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7. Then God created earth’s paradise, the garden of Eden, placing man in it (vs. 8). Next, God told Adam about food in the garden and warned him of the tree of knowledge of good and evil (vs. 16-17). God noted that Adam needed a “help meet” (vs. 18). Next, God created examples of every species of beast and bird and brought these living examples to Adam, giving him the task of deciding their names (vs. 19). By the end of the afternoon, Adam had realized that there was no “help meet for him” (vs. 20). At evening, the sun set, and God “caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam” (vs. 21). During the night, God created Adam’s wife. God “brought her unto the man” (vs. 22), and Adam awoke in the morning to the most wonderful marriage in history. Adam exclaimed, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man” (vs. 23). Just before noon, God gave the first sexual education lesson. All that we know of it are the words, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth…” There is no record of an outpouring of any creative power at noon, 24 hours after the beginning of the 6th DAY. This does not mean that such an outpouring did not take place. We suspect that something very special indeed took place at this time, after which God told the happy couple, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed…and every tree, in the which is the fruit…to you it shall be for meat.” Adam had likely eaten last when God told him, “Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat” (Genesis 2:16), on the afternoon of his creation. Now, the next afternoon, both Adam and Eve eat together. The Seventh Day, for both man and God, begins at sunset.
Just as the description of time before the beginning of the 1st DAY of creation exhibits a candlestick, so the description of events after the beginning of the 6th DAY of creation also reveals a candlestick. Read the account of the 6th DAY/day in Genesis 1 in connection with the following emphasis of concept order.
1) God calls for land animals
2) “It was so”
3) God made the beasts after their kind and decided that it was good
Center) “Let us make man in our image…”
4) “God created man in his own image”
5) “in the image of God created he him”
6) “male and female created he them”
Center) “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth… Behold, I have given you every herb…the fruit…to you it shall be for meat.”
This candlestick structure is only the beginning of gospel wonders in the 6th DAY/day. The chronological order of events in the 6th DAY/day also follows the candlestick pattern.
1) Land beasts are created
2) Man is made in God’s image
3) Eden is created, more animals are formed, and Adam is given a work of decision
Center) Adam rests while God creates Eve
4) Adam awakes to his marriage
5) Adam calls her “Woman” and notes that she was taken out of him
6) God blesses the couple and tells them to be fruitful
Center) A special, unrecorded event takes place followed by a divine invite to eat.
For now, this is all the wonder of “the beginning” that I can take. God truly declares the end from the beginning. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.