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Everything is Designed

Studies in Genesis 1

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. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9-10 ESV)

There is no life on the planet, yet. God is laying the foundation for life by preparing the planet to grow, encourage and sustain the life He will create in His time and by His design.

Everything He does has purpose and follows an intricate design. We usually work from incomplete ideas to blueprints and exact measurements, seeking to discover ahead of time the issues which may arise, making decisions to accommodate or overcome possible problems. For us, there are always unknowns. There are no unknowns in God’s design and accomplishments.

He took a planet covered in liquid hostile to life and created water which supports life. He created an atmosphere which could hold and distribute water to the land. He moved the geology of the planet, raising up mountains with canyons and valleys to channel water from them into the lower places. He lowered other places so the water would collect. In all of this He sets everything in motion, moving the planet, the atmosphere and the water in a purposefully designed direction.

He called the dry places “Earth” which means firm and land. He called the places He gathered the water “Seas” which means noisy (surf), river, basin or any large body of water.

Everything is designed.

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From Earth’s Foundation

Studies in Genesis 1

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. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9-10 ESV)

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? (Job 38:4-5 ESV)

Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, “Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed”? (Job 38:8-11 ESV)

For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another. Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last. My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together. (Isaiah 48:11-13 ESV)

All these things Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable. This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet: “I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” (Matthew 13:34-35 ESV; see Psalm 78:2-3)

Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24 ESV)

Land and Sea

Studies in Genesis 1

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. God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. (Genesis 1:9-10 ESV)

By now God has probably formed and shaped the rock into a spherical planet, probably spinning on its axis, probably revolving around a huge light which will be the Sun. Nothing in the first chapter of Genesis gives detail about the formation of the planet other than basic information.

On the first day God created all matter and then began shaping and forming that matter into what is now in the universe, telling us specifically what He is doing with the hunk of rock which will become Earth. He made light and separated light from darkness. On the second day He separated water from water, creating and atmosphere and cultivating the planet, making it ready for life.

Day three begins and God moves the geology on the planet. He creates deep rifts and high mountains, separating the dry places from those filled with water. Earth is an active planet, from its core to its surface, to the atmosphere surrounding it, to its place in the universe.

Verse 9 states God “gathered together” or collected, all of the liquid water into “one place” which may mean a single, huge ocean before he separated the continents. But “one place” probably means the deep areas with boundaries across which the waters cannot move.

God continues to separate one thing from another. From His first few words in Genesis to the last few words found in Revelation, God declares Himself and His work.

 

The Second Day

Studies in Genesis 1

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. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. (Genesis 1:8 ESV)

If we only count the words, not much happened on the second day of creation. God separated water and made an atmosphere. Though water is basic to life it does more than support life.

Water cleanses and forms. Running and flowing water washes away impurities. Yet, as flowing water moves it also forms and shapes. I imagine, and this is just my imagination, God uses the second day to begin forming and shaping Earth into a planet with a gravity strong enough to hold an atmosphere and not lose the newly formed water.

Evaporated water moves through the atmosphere picking up particles, forming clouds and rain. Each rain drop contains minute particles of dust with just the right molecular geometry for the drop to form and may become heavy enough to fall. God washed and cleansed the atmosphere.

Falling rain cultivates the ground, softening soil, preparing it for growth. God used water, integral to live, to prepare the Earth for life.

Water interacts with light. Even though we do not hear about rainbows until after the Flood in Genesis 9, God filled His creation with color. Flowing and moving water reflects and refracts the surrounding light. God creates beauty.

God finishes the second day of creation with the Earth ready for life.

A Little Elementary Earth Science

Studies in Genesis 1

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. (Genesis 1:7 ESV)

Here are some elementary earth science observations.

As God formed earth He made water a necessity for life. Water is made up of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom bonded together. Hydrogen and oxygen exist independently yet come together, as a law of nature, to form water.

There is just as much hydrogen and oxygen atoms now as there were in the beginning of creation. Because we live in a closed system called the universe matter cannot be introduced or extracted. There is just as much matter now as there was however long ago the universe began.

Most of the physical composition of every living thing on our planet is water. God instituted a law governing the amount of water contained in every living thing. Too much or too little and the living thing dies.

God set in place a system for cycling water throughout the planet. Water covers most of the surface helping keep the planet at a constant temperature. Water evaporates from the oceans into the atmosphere helping protect the planet from the harmful effects of radiation from the sun. Evaporated water condenses and waters the surface of the planet so life continues to live.

Some have suggested these laws are naturally occurring. Others, me included, suggest the involvement of intelligence in the design of nature. Both conclusions are certainly possible. But which conclusion is reasonable? We will continue to examine the evidence.

Water and Life

Studies in Genesis 1

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. (Genesis 1:6-7 ESV)

Water is essential for life, just as air and food are essential for life. A person may live for a month without food, four days to a week without water, minutes without air. No one can live even a moment without God. He is the source of all life and the One who sustains life. As God fashioned His creation, building the essentials from the raw material He first created, He put into place the laws which run the universe and life.

If I am correct in my thinking, everything God fashioned in creation is a physical representation of an eternal, spiritual reality. There is life in eternity just as there is life in the temporal universe. There are spiritual laws in eternity just as there are physical laws in the temporal universe. That which He created exists at his pleasure and for His purpose and according to His laws.

One of the first things God did in creation was fashion water. Looking ahead, Jesus tells the woman at the well that physical water must be continually consumed while spiritual water satisfies for eternity.

Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14 ESV)

God’s purpose, especially those created in His image, is to give and sustain life.