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1In the beginning, when God began to create the

heavens and the earth, 2 the earth had no form and


was void; darkness was over the deep and the
spirit of God hovered over the waters.
3 God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.
4 God saw that the light was good and he separated

the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light,


‘Day’ and the darkness ‘Night’. There was evening
and there was morning: the first day.
God, one God, different from the universe and who exists
before it. It is shown in this verse that God is beyond this
creation which may either amaze or crush us, beyond
nature so rich and dominating that we are overwhelmed by
its beauty.
God created the heavens and the earth. “The heavens”
refers to everything beyond the earth, outer space. The
earth is made but not formed in any specific way, although
water is present. God then speaks light into existence. He
then separates the light from the dark and names the light
“day” and the dark “night.”
6 God said, “Let there be a firm ceiling
between the waters and let it separate
waters from waters .” 7 So God made the
ceiling and separated the waters below it
from the waters above it. And so it was.
8God called the firm ceiling ‘Sky’. There was
evening and there was morning: the second
day.

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God creates the sky. The sky forms a barrier
between water upon the surface and the
moisture in the air. At this point earth would
have an atmosphere. This creative work
occurs in one day.

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9 God said, “Let the waters below the sky be gathered
together in one place and let dry land appear.” And so it
was. 10 God called the dry land ‘Earth’, and the waters
gathered together he called ‘Seas’. God saw that it was
good.
11 God said, “Let the earth produce vegetation, seed-
bearing plants, fruit trees bearing fruit with seed, each
according to its kind, upon the earth.” And so it was. 12 The
earth produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according
to their kind and trees producing fruit which has seed,
according to their kind. God saw it was good. 13 There was
evening and there was morning: the third day.
God creates dry land. Continents and islands
are above the water.
God creates all plant life both large and small.
He creates this life to be self-sustaining; plants
have the ability to reproduce. The plants were
created in great diversity (many “kinds”). The
earth was green and teeming with plant life.

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14God said, “Let there be lights in the ceiling of the sky to
separate day from night and to serve as signs for the
seasons, days and years; 15 and these lights in the sky shine
above the earth.” And so it was. 16 God therefore made
two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and
the smaller light to govern the night; and God made the
stars as well. 17 God placed them in the ceiling of the sky to
give light on the earth 18 and to separate the light from the
darkness. God saw that it was good. 19 There was evening
and there was morning: the fourth day.

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God creates all the stars and heavenly bodies.
The movement of these will help man track
time. Two great heavenly bodies are made in
relation to the earth. The first is the sun which
is the primary source of light and the moon
which reflects the light of the sun. The
movement of these bodies will distinguish day
from night.

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20 God said, “Let the water teem with an abundance of
living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth under
the ceiling of the sky.” 21 God created the great
monsters of the sea and all living animals, those that
teem in the waters, according to their kind, and every
winged bird, according to its kind. God saw that it was
good. 22 God blessed them saying, “Be fruitful and
increase in number, fill the waters of the sea, and let
the birds increase on the earth.” 23 There was evening
and there was morning: the fifth day.
God creates all life that lives in the water.
God also makes all the birds. The language
allows that this may be the time God made
flying insects as well (or, if not, they were
made on day six). All of these creatures are
made with the ability to perpetuate their
species by reproduction. The creatures made
on Day 5 are the first creatures blessed by
God.
24God said, “Let the earth produce living animals according
to their kind: cattle, creatures that move along the ground,
wild animals according to their kind.” So it was. 25 God
created the wild animals according to their kind, and
everything that creeps along the ground according to its kind.
God saw that it was good.
26 God said, “Let us make man in our image, to our likeness.
Let them rule over the fish in the sea, over the birds of the
air, over the cattle, over the wild animals, and over all
creeping things that crawl along the ground.” 27 So God
created man in his image; in the image of God he created

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him; male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and
increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it, rule over the
fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over every living
creature that moves on the ground.”
29 God said, “I have given you every seed-bearing plant which
is on the face of all the earth, and every tree that bears fruit
seed. It will be for your food. 30 To every wild animal, to every
bird of the sky, to everything that creeps along the ground, to
everything that has the breath of life, I give every green plant
for food.” So it was.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. There
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was evening, and there was morning: the sixth day.
God creates all the creatures that live on dry land.
This includes every type of creature not included
on previous days and man.
When God was creating man, He took counsel with
Himself. This is not an explicit revelation of the
trinity but is part of the foundation for such, as
God reveals an “us” within the Godhead.

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God makes man, and man is made in the image
of God (men and women both bear this image)
and is special above all other creatures.
To emphasize this, God places man in authority
over the earth and over all the other creatures.
God blesses man and commands him to
reproduce, fill the earth and subdue it (bring it
under the rightful stewardship of man as
authorized by God).

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God announces that man and all other
creatures are to eat plants alone. God will not
rescind this dietary restriction until Genesis 9:3-
4.
God’s creative work is complete at the end of
the sixth day. The entire universe in all its
beauty and perfection was fully formed in six
literal, consecutive, 24-hour days. At the
completion of His creation, God announces that
it is very good.

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1That was the way the sky and earth were
created and all their vast array. 2 By the seventh
day the work God had done was completed,
and he rested on the seventh day from all the
work he had done. 3 And God blessed the
seventh day and made it holy, because on that
day he rested from all the work he had done in
his creation. 4 These are the successive steps in
the creation of the heavens and the earth.

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God rests. This in no way indicates He was
weary from His creative efforts, but denotes
that the creation is complete. Further, God is
establishing a pattern of one day in seven to
rest. The keeping of this day will eventually
be a distinguishing trait of the God’s chosen
people (Exodus 20:8-11).

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