Just Imagine!

Genesis 1:6-9

6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse[1] in the middle of the waters, and let there be a distinction[2] between waters and waters. 7 And God made the expanse[3], and made distinction between waters that (were) under the expanse[4]  and the waters that were above the expanse[5]… and it was so. 8 And God called the expanse[6] “heaven[7]”.  And (there) was evening and (there) was morning… the second day.9 And God said, “Let the waters under heaven be gathered[8] to the one place, and let the dry (land)[9] appear[10]… and it was so.


Application

God structured earth in such a way that he divided the water above, i.e. in the sky, from the water below.  The ancient Jews thought that there was a solid surface in the sky, I guess holding back the rain water… so the description is that of a plate or a solid surface separating the water in the sea from the water in the sky.

God called the expanse, or the solid surface that held back the water above, “heaven” or “sky” … same word for the two in Hebrew… and that was the end of the second day.

The next thing God did was to separate land from water… so all the seas were gathered into one place and then dry land appeared.

This is just the description of the creation of Earth.  Imagine how much design and effort went in to the universe… no, I don’t think it’s possible to conceive.  God is amazing, and beyond my comprehension.  I may know a little of what he made, but I have no concept of how or why he made it all… he just spoke, and it happened.

My challenge is to take Him at His word, and to trust Him.  He is God… my role is therefore to believe and trust that he has everything under control… and that He actually does care for the minutest matter in my life…  Maybe that’s why he only started with the description of the creation of earth, knowing that one day people would realise earth is but a spec in the universe.

Prayer

Thank you God that You are concerned with the most insignificant things.  Thank you that you made, upkeep and manage it all.  I hand over the management of my life, once again, to You, but this time I don’t want to take it back.  You have the answers, and I need You!!

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

[1] רָקִיעַ – raqiyaʿ– Strongs 7549 – (n . m) – “extended surface/expanse/firmament (N.B. the ancient Hebrews thought the sky was solid and therefor able to support the waters above), expanse of heaven/expanse of the sky”

[2] בָּדַל – badal – Strongs 9194 – (v) – “to divide/separate//sever/set apart/male a distinction/difference/divide into parts/separate oneself from/to withdraw from/to separate oneself unto/to be separated/to be excluded/dismiss/defect/be expelled/exclude/distinguish”

[3] רָקִיעַ – raqiyaʿ– Strongs 7549 – (n . m) – “extended surface/expanse/firmament (N.B. the ancient Hebrews thought the sky was solid and therefor able to support the waters above), expanse of heaven/expanse of the sky”

[4] רָקִיעַ – raqiyaʿ– Strongs 7549 – (n . m) – “extended surface/expanse/firmament (N.B. the ancient Hebrews thought the sky was solid and therefor able to support the waters above), expanse of heaven/expanse of the sky”

[5] רָקִיעַ – raqiyaʿ– Strongs 7549 – (n . m) – “extended surface/expanse/firmament (N.B. the ancient Hebrews thought the sky was solid and therefor able to support the waters above), expanse of heaven/expanse of the sky”

[6] רָקִיעַ – raqiyaʿ– Strongs 7549 – (n . m) – “extended surface/expanse/firmament (N.B. the ancient Hebrews thought the sky was solid and therefor able to support the waters above), expanse of heaven/expanse of the sky”

[7] שָׁמַיִם – shamayim, shameh – Strongs 8064 – “heaven/heavens/sky/visible heavens/visible universe/atmosphere/abode of the stars/compass/earth/heaven and the highest/heaven and the highest heavens/heaven of heavens/heavenly/highest heavens/horizons”

[8] קָוָה – qavah – Strongs 6960 – (v) – “wait/eaited/expect/expected/hope for/hope in/look forward with confidence to that which is good and beneficial/wait in ambush/wait patiently/expect/eagerly wait/hope/hopefully wait/wait/look eagerly/to collect/bind together/to be collected/gathered” … hope in [Qal] …waiting [Qal participle] … to be gathered/to be collected [Nifal] … to wait in ambush for/to wait eagerly/to look for/to lie in wait for/linger for/to collect/to bind together [Piel]

[9] יַבָּשָׁה – yabbashah – Strongs 3004 – (n . f) – “dry land/dry ground/land”

[10] רָאָה, רָאֶה, רְאוּת – raʾah – Strongs 7200 – (v) – “to look at/see/observe/look after/see after/learn about/find out/consider/perceive/give attention to/discern/distinguish/gaze at/to appear/present oneself/cause to look intently/behold/look at each other/face/reveal/find delight/pay attention/Ah!/See!/be present/meet with/experience/be seen/be shown”