The Second day of the Creation began in darkness, the evening of the First day waning as the next day dawned in the pre-solar light. Looking back across the years, we find that this day was – as we would know it today – a Monday, with Creation beginning on the preceding Sunday. As a matter of review, let us once again look a the Scriptures up to this point in Creation:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.”
Much debate has been spawned over these verses through the years, but in reality a great deal of insight is hidden in plain sight. What we see before us in the above passage is not some flowery way of conceptualizing the world by ancient writers, nor is it an allegory written in such a way as to convey certain moral truths. Termed the “Framework Hypothesis,” holders of this view promote the notion that the Creation account is nothing more than allegory. There are irreconcilable problems with this though, and such discounts the evidence that supports the narrative as fact. Further, it undercuts Jesus’ apparent understanding of Adam and Eve as real people, and it insults the many generations of believers who have embraced Genesis literally. ¹
In point of fact, the Scriptures are meant to be taken seriously. Here in particular, where the linguistics seem to point to things almost beyond our reckoning, what we find are that those verses – with their references to water and a firmament, etc – shine a light on some highly technical physics. This in and of itself is fascinating, but when peeled back and analyzed, that which is revealed will stagger the open-minded student of history and the Bible itself.
Forging on, let us critically analyze verses 6 & 7.
6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
The word Firmament may be one you aren’t familiar with. It certainly isn’t a word deeply associated with our modern vernacular. This presents the first issue that many find in regard to the day of the Creation. What was this “firmament?” The english word firmament comes to us from the Hebrew Raqiya, meaning “an extended surface ( of a solid nature), or an expanse.”² In some Bible translations, the word is translated as a vault or a horizon. I however prefer the King James translation of the Bible for a number of reasons, and it translates Raqiya as “firmament.” We will dig a bit more into this another time soon.
Another word that appears frequently in verses six and seven is “waters.” Now, while this most certainly could be a reference to true, natural water, let’s look a bit more closely at the original word. That word is – in the Hebrew – Mayim.³ While this word does indeed convey the notion of standard H2O, there may be something more to it behind the scenes. You see, mayim can also refer to danger, violence, or transitory things. With this in mind, it may be – just possibly – that the waters that mayim refer to here in Genesis 6 and 7 are not waters as one would find in a stream or the ocean, but rather “waters” as one would find across the rolling surface of a star – plasma…
Notes & References:
- It’s intriguing that, though we tend to see ever more spiritualization and allegorization of the Scriptures today by liberal scholars and others, historically the Bible was embraced as literally true, whereby believers too what was said seriously and in the appropriate context. Even within the Scriptures themselves, everyone held the view of accepting the Word as true; no efforts are ever made by the patriarchs, prophets, disciples, and others within the Bible to take the Scriptures as anything other than what they claimed to be: the Truth, pure and simple.
- “Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary,” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tenn., pg 110
- Strong’s Concordance H4325, waters / water
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