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Creation: Days 3-6
Scripture: Genesis 1:9-25; 1 Corinthians 15:35-41;
Track 5 of in the series
Running time: 17 minutes, 42 seconds.
The first two days of creation were concentrated on God creating all the elements that make up the universe, you and me and everything around us. Within everything are the building blocks of everything God created. At end of the day on the second day, the earth was ready to host all the splendid things God planned to create. Everything He planned to create was all for His greatest creation of all, man.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Creation: Days 3-6

The first two days of creation were concentrated on God creating all the elements that make up the universe, you and me and everything around us. Within everything are the building blocks of everything God created. At end of the day on the second day, the earth was ready to host all the splendid things God planned to create. Everything He planned to create was all for His greatest creation of all, man.

Genesis 1:9-13 (NIV) And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the third day.

A we see here in the Biblical record for the third day of creation, God creates the land and seas, the soil and builds within it tremendously complex systems, each with marvelous information built into its chemical structure which could reproduce other units like itself. Within verse 9 God creates some of the most complex systems imaginable. But what is fabulous about them is they produce and reproduce over and over again. Today, our very existence depends on those factors and complex systems.

When we read these verses here about the third day, what is missing? What do we know about the plant life?

I think what is fascinating is there is no suggestion that the systems were living, at least in the sense that they possessed any form of consciousness. But each did have its “seed in itself”. They had the ability to reproduce themselves. Look how many times in this passage the writer used the phrases “their kinds” and “seed in itself”. There is a reason for this and this gives us a very important piece of information that is critical when determining if evolution or creation was how everything came about.

How many orders of plant life were there at the beginning or at least mentioned? Three; Grasses, herbs and trees.

Today in modern groupings of plant life, how many are there? There are many thoughts and ideas but most of them are man-made. But in the beginning, there are three listed, all are obvious and natural.

It is significant to notice that ten times in the first chapter “after his kind” is mentioned. Why is this important and how does this affect the theory of evolution?

The missing link is taught to be the link between apes to man in the evolutionary process. The reason it is missing is because according to Genesis, man was created mature and separate from the animal kingdom. But the missing link goes much deeper, what is missing is the jump from one kind to the next. A dog turning into a cat, a bear turning into a whale, etc. There is no found evidence that these cross overs ever happened, they are believed to have happened waiting to be discovered. We have many different species of cats but all are cats, the same with dogs, etc.

But these passages answers the age old question, which came first, the chicken or the egg. Which came first, the plants or their seed? In our scriptures, the plants came first with their seed already in them capable of reproducing. The plants were created mature, with the likeness of maturity and age but age and maturity happening in the beginning, not over a long period of time.

Paul uses these facts to explain the concept of the resurrection of the body and our spiritual bodies.

Corinthians 15:35-41 (NIV) But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?" How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body. All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.

What is the principle Paul is leaning on here? How does what he said fit into the facts from Genesis 1?

Genesis 1:14-19 (NIV) And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day.

If God created light on the second day, did he again create light on the fourth day? How could there be light on the second and third day without the sun, moon and stars?

Notice the difference between day 2 and day 4. In day 2 God said, “Let there be light”. In the Hebrew, “or”. In day 4 God said, “Let there be lights”, Hebrew, “ma-or”. In day two, intrinsic light, in day 4, the generators of light. Intrinsic light is basically the natural part of light or the light waves.

What was the chief purpose of the light in the first three days and the light givers of the later days? To divide the light from the darkness. What can we assume about both light regimes? They were essentially identical. The duration of the days and nights was the same in each case and the directions of the light emanating on the earth from space must have been the same in each case.

Does this sound strange? Are you confused? We have to remember something, it is as easy for God to create waves of light energy as to create generators to produce such waves. There was no need for the generators except to serve the additional function of marking “signs, and seasons, days and years”.

Think about this a minute, imagine there was no sun, moon or stars. What would our day look like? So what about the light from the stars that are billions of light year distances away? The speed of light is 186282 miles per second. The moon is 239,000 miles from the earth. It would take 1.28 seconds to travel from the earth to the moon at the speed of light.

If they are billions of light years away from earth, doesn’t that prove that the earth has to be very old so there is enough time for the light from the stars to reach us? This all depends upon one’s belief system. If you believe that from the big boom everything evolved into existence, then this question is applicable. But if the stars were made and set into place instantly, perfect and functional, then the light would already be here. Their purpose is to give light to the earth, now, not later.

The 4th day ends with the same statement, evening and morning, the 4th day. Over 100 times in OT.

Genesis 1:20-23 (NIV) And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning--the fifth day.

When we get to day five, something new happens’ can you see it? For the first time the mention of life happens. In the Hebrew, it is also the word used for soul (consciousness) and is frequently used to refer to the soul of man and the soul of animals. In the Biblical sense, plants do not have real life, or soul (consciousness), but men and animals do.

Day five is a much different day than all the other days of God’s creation. The first 4 days were mainly God assembling complex organization of the basic elements. Even the plants were created the same way, But day 5 started something different. A new type of creation takes place, God creates the entity of conscience life which would be the integral part of every animate being, including man.

True or False: Dragons are only real in fairytales. False!

Genesis 1:21 (KJV) And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth…

What is interesting, in the Hebrew the word used for great whales is “tannin”. This is significant because many places in scripture this word appears and is translated, dragon. Evidently the term includes all large sea creatures, even the monsters of the past that are now extinct.

Day five ends differently than all the other days. Do you see the difference? God ends the day with both a command and a blessing for the continued multiplication of the animals just like he did with the plants.

Genesis 1:24-25 (NIV) And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Day six is the day when God does some amazing things. He creates the animals but he also will create man. Do you see a difference in the creation of the water creatures versus the creation of the animals? The same will be true for man but also a lot different. In verse 25 scriptures says he made (asha) the animals, land dwelling creatures.

To be noticed, there are three categories of land animals:

Livestock: domesticated animals
Creatures that moved along the ground (creeping things)
Wild animals: Large wild beasts that are not domesticated

What is the difference between verse 24 and verse 25? They are listed in opposite order. This indicates that all three categories were created simultaneously. It is obvious that there is no correlation with the imaginary evolutionary order.

The evolutionary order is insects, the amphibians, then reptiles and then mammals. Evolution places all these species before birds where in Genesis birds were created a day before. Also notice, we see no evidence that there was a struggle for existence as believed by evolutionist. Everything was created and placed in an orderly existence and God saw that it was good. Neither could one kind evolve into another kind because God made each category after its own kind.

Also notice, the land animals came forth from the earth, the same elements as the earth and when they died, they went back to the earth. They also had souls because they were said to be living creatures just like the air and water creatures and later that day, man.