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Genesis 1:1 - 2:3

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Chapter 1

1In the beginning, God* created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.
The Hebrew word rendered “God” is “אֱלֹהִ֑ים” (Elohim).

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3

The Account of Creation

 

Genesis 1

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3 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Genesis 1

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4God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1

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6God said, “Let there be an expanse* in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”7 God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.8 God called the expanse “sky”. There was evening and there was morning, a second day.
*expanse means a wide continuous area of something.

Genesis 1

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9God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear;” and it was so.10 God called the dry land “earth”, and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas”. God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1

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11 God said, “Let the earth yield grass, herbs yielding seeds,

Genesis  1

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and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with their seeds in it, on the earth;” and it was so.

Genesis 1

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12The earth yielded grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind,

Genesis 1

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and trees bearing fruit, with their seeds in it, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. 13There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

Genesis 1

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14 God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs to mark seasons, days, and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth;” and it was so.

Genesis 1

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16 God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day,

Genesis 1

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and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars.

Genesis 1

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17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light to the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

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20God said, “Let the waters abound with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the sky.” 21 God created the large sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1

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22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

Genesis 1

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24 God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures after their kind, livestock, creeping things, and animals of the earth after their kind;” and it was so.

Genesis 1

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25 God made the animals of the earth after their kind, and the livestock after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind. God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1

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26 God said, “Let’s make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1

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27 God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.28 God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1

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29 God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.

Genesis 1

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30 To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so.31 God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1

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There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

Genesis 2

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1The heavens, the earth, and all their vast array were finished. 2 On the seventh day God finished his work which he had done; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy, because he rested in it from all his work of creation which he had done.

 
 

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3

World English Bible British / International Spelling Edition (WEBPB)

Chapter 1

1In the beginning, God* created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep and God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters.

The Hebrew word rendered “God” is “אֱלֹהִ֑ים” (Elohim).

Genesis 1:1 - 2:3

The Account of Creation

 

Genesis 1

World English Bible British / International Spelling Edition (WEBPB)


3 God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Genesis 1

World English Bible British / International Spelling Edition (WEBPB)


4God saw the light, and saw that it was good. God divided the light from the darkness. 5God called the light “day”, and the darkness he called “night”. There was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Genesis 1

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6God said, “Let there be an expanse* in the middle of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.”7 God made the expanse, and divided the waters which were under the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.8 God called the expanse “sky”. There was evening and there was morning, a second day.

*expanse means a wide continuous area of something.

Genesis 1

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9God said, “Let the waters under the sky be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear;” and it was so.10 God called the dry land “earth”, and the gathering together of the waters he called “seas”. God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1

World English Bible British / International Spelling Edition (WEBPB)


11 God said, “Let the earth yield grass, herbs yielding seeds,

Genesis  1

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and fruit trees bearing fruit after their kind, with their seeds in it, on the earth;” and it was so.

Genesis 1

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12The earth yielded grass, herbs yielding seed after their kind,

Genesis 1

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and trees bearing fruit, with their seeds in it, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. 13There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

Genesis 1

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14 God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs to mark seasons, days, and years; 15 and let them be for lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth;” and it was so. 16 God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light to the earth, 18 and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.19 There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.

Genesis 1

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20God said, “Let the waters abound with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of the sky.” 21 God created the large sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good. 22 God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.

Genesis 1

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24 God said, “Let the earth produce living creatures after their kind, livestock, creeping things, and animals of the earth after their kind;” and it was so.

Genesis 1

World English Bible British / International Spelling Edition (WEBPB)


25 God made the animals of the earth after their kind, and the livestock after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind. God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1

World English Bible British / International Spelling Edition (WEBPB)

26 God said, “Let’s make man in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

Genesis 1

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27 God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them.28 God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

Genesis 1

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29 God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.

Genesis 1

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30 To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so.31 God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.

Genesis 1

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There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.

Genesis 2

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1The heavens, the earth, and all their vast array were finished. 2 On the seventh day God finished his work which he had done; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had done. 3 God blessed the seventh day, and made it holy, because he rested in it from all his work of creation which he had done.

 
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Are you wondering…

1. Why is light and not the sun the first item that was created?

The simple direct answer is that light is needed for the plants. So it had to be created before the vegetation was created.

Wait! Shouldn’t then that the Sun should be created to give out light? Well, because the Sun is not the only source of light. Notice that from this scripture, it is clear that Light and Sun are two independent  items although the Sun is burning to produce light.

Allow me to highlight to you that it is stated in Wikipedia that the first five books of the bible is known as Torah and were dictated by God to Moses, at Mount Sinai and perhaps also in the Tabernacle, and all the teachings were written down by Moses, which resulted in the Torah we have today. According to the tradition of the Orthodox rabbis, this occurred in 1312 BCE. That is more than 3320 years ago!

Yet, if you read the sequence of events in the creation, it does not contradict today’s scientific findings at all! Vegetation needs light, not the Sun in particular!

2. Why was plants created before the Sun?

In school, we study about the importance of the Sun in making life possible on earth. Plants needed sunlight to make its food. Yet,  God created the vegetation before the Sun because God is light and in God’s presence, the light is sufficient for the plants.

This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all. 1 John 1:5 New Living Translation (NLT)

In the book of Revelation, it is stated that God will one day make a new earth and a new heaven. This one of  the description:

 And there will be no night there—no need for lamps or sun—for the Lord God will shine on them. And they will reign forever and ever. Revelation 22:5 New Living Translation (NLT)
3. Why was human beings the last to be created?

God knows our needs. Our basic need for shelter and food. Our higher level of needs for self-worth, companionship, love and family. God designed the entire earth, the weather, the vegetation for food, and even the work for us so that we can feel a sense of pride and achievement in ourselves. He puts everything in place before He made us so that we come into this world lacking in nothing.

4. Do you know that God loves you very much?

I am a parent myself. I love my child. Before he wakes up in the morning, I get everything prepared and ready for him — breakfast, school uniform, food and drink packed for school and even make sure that my car petrol tank is not empty so I can fetch him to school. Before he comes back from school, I make sure that I have prepared dinner, ensure that the meals are balanced, get the house tidied and cleaned. That is what love drives me to do for my son. So when I read this scripture, I know that God loves us so much. Do you know, if the earth is a little nearer to the Sun, we would feel extremely hot and if it is a little farther away from the Sun, we will be freezing. God made everything just right for us. It is that much He loves us!

5. Do you know you are made for success?

The scripture says we are made in God’s image. That is why unlike other animals, we have every ability to feel every kind of feelings, we understand what is justice, we can think and discern, we can feel and sense. And the purpose that God made us is to reign and govern. The moment human beings were made, God blessed them to be fruitful and multiply. Fruitful also means we are successful in what we do. God wants us to succeed. Here is the promise that God gives to us:

If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom. Deuteronomy 28:13
6. Why when God rested, He sanctified the day and declared it holy?

In the Oxford dictionary, “holy” means dedicated or consecrated to God. God has given in the fourth commandment (of the 10 commandments given to Moses) that the Israelites should observe the Sabbath day. It means to set apart a day consecrated, dedicated to God. A day where they rested in God and not worry about their work. In that day they need not have to collect the Manna. God made it such that the Manna collected the day before will not spoil, for the sake of the Sabbath day.

I have asked God why the importance of resting in Him. God showed to me that to rest in Him means having faith, trusting in Him. It means not to worry about our work and finances. God will take care of it for us. It takes faith to rest, particularly when we are pursuing something or worrying over something. Simply by resting in God and trusting Him, setting apart a day consecrated for God and resting in Him, is holy.

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