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The Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” So did He create the heavens and the earth as well as light on the same day?


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In yourquestion you quote Genesis 1:1, the very first verse of the Bible. Then youappear to skip verse 2 and go right to verse 3, wondering if the creation oflight in verse 3 happened at the same time as verse 1 (the creation of theheavens and the earth).

But thecreation of light wasn’t the same as the creation of the heavens and theearth—nor of the air, land, plants, animals, and Sabbath, all of which happenedon days following day one.

It mighthelp if you think of Genesis 1:1 as an overview of the entire chapter. Theverse says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Thisopening statement gives you the big picture—God creating the heavens and theearth. Then you get more details—what happened on the first day, second day,third day, fourth day, fifth day, sixth day, and seventh day.

Actually,the details don’t end in chapter one. They continue through Genesis 2:3.

Then thestory starts over again with a different slant. Genesis 2:4 reads, “This is theaccount of the heavens and the earth when they were created.”

That soundsa lot like Genesis 1:1, doesn’t it? But you’ll find different elements in this“second” telling of the story.

Forexample, you’ll find out about a tree of life as well as a tree of knowledge ofgood and evil (Genesis 2:9). There’s more detail about the creation of Eve

in the second story (compare Genesis 2:18-25 with Genesis1:26-28), but not as many details about the specific days of the week.

In fact, itcould be a fun study to compare the first story with the second story. Whatwould we know about Creation if we had just the first account? What would wesay about Creation if we had only the second story and not the first one?

You can doa similar study with the Gospels—the stories of Jesus in Matthew, Mark, Luke,and John. Sometimes the stories sound very similar (compare Matthew 9:1-8; Mark2:1-12; and Luke 5:17-26), but sometimes there are differences (compare Matthew15:29-31 with Mark 7:31-37). You’ll find some stories in one book (see Luke10:5-37), but not in the others.

While themessage God gives in the Bible can be understood by little children, there areplenty of nuances and deeper meanings for those who advance beyond thechildhood stage.

I’ve foundthat reading different translations of the Bible can draw my attention to itemsI’ve overlooked in familiar passages. Studying or discussing the Bible withothers can sometimes do the same thing.

One of thekey ways God communicates to us is through the Bible. What an incredibletreasure we have, whether we’re little kids or maturing in our relationshipwith Him. That’s why I keep reading the Bible—so my relationship with Jesus cancontinue to grow. How about you?



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