Studies in Genesis 1
And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. (Genesis 1:13 ESV)
On the third day God created life.
I do not believe in coincidence. God takes into account everything, every contingency, every possibility. He is not caught unawares or tricked or duped. Yes, bad things happen. But to say God is not in control is to misunderstand Him and how He works. Yes, God allows bad things to happen to those who are His. These bad things do not change who He is or how He works.
There are many “third” days in Scripture. On the third day of creation God created life. Before the third day there was no life on the chunk of rock. By the end of the third day of creation God covered a dead rock with life, sustenance for the life to come later.
There are at least 49 times in Scripture where the “third day” has significance. Here are two from the Gospels.
On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee (John 2:1 ESV). Jesus performed a miracle, a sign, showing He was God. He took water and created wine. Wine is from the seed of the grape vine. On the third day of creation He created vegetation. Only God can create life.
Jesus was raised from the dead on the third day. “From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised” (Matthew 16:21 ESV). Ten times Jesus declares He will die and be raised on the third day.
On the third day, when Jesus was raised from the dead, God gave the gift of life to those who are dead. What God does on the third day He does with purpose and design.