I’m studying for my Seminary exam, which is two weeks away. One of the things I keep coming back to is how, once you dig in, so much of the rich tapestry of the Bible is connected. Consider, if you will, sin.
“In the beginning, God created the heaves and the earth.” We know that part, but go down a bit to verse six and following.
6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 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. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9 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. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 1:6–10). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
Got that? Water was separated from water. Land divided it up. The waters under the heavens were gathered in one place. Some water went underground. Some formed into seas. Some stayed above the earth and came back as rain. The processes of evaporation and condensation and precipitation come into being.
Here’s where it gets interesting. In Genesis 6, God declares he must wipe out his creation, save for Noah. In Genesis 7, God tells Noah, “For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die.”(Ge 6:17)
They pay attention to this.
11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. 12 And rain fell upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Ge 7:11–12). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
See what happened there? In Genesis 1, the waters of the earth separate, evaporating into the air, pooling into the seas, …read more