Day one, day two, day three, day four, day five, and day six are the chronological events of the creation according to the Bible, not according to science nor according to popular culture.
We examined the creation in the order as God gave us in His Word and in His Word only, but we should also view the creation from a topical sense.
An important aspect of the creation, alluded to in the day-by-day account, is the manner of the creation, how God created the world and all that is in it. How did God carry out the creation, particularly creating life? Aside from procreation, mankind can only create inanimate objects: buildings, clothing, machinery, sculpture, paintings, music and mathematical formulae. Breeding and cloning can in no way be considered a creation. However with God, all of his creation has to do with life and life more abundantly.
Of course, God commanded everything into existence: God said. The Hebrew word for said is amar; God said (amar). The Greek has a word for say or said: 3004. lego; a prim. vb.; to say. (More on this later.) We need to examine fully the impact of the words God used in speaking Obviously God used words in speaking. The Hebrew for word is debar, (1697) from dabar (1696), a word, by implication, a matter (as spoken of), and dabar, a primitive root; perhaps properly, to arrange; but used figuratively (of words), to speak of things, adverbially, a cause.
In order for God to command things into existence, He must use words, an analysis of which is germane.
The Hebrew simply says, to speak, amar, that is, to talk, linguistically to put sounds into words, words into sentences, sen-tences into paragraphs, etc. Depending upon the context, the words may declarative or imperative, and others. If declarative it gives information, in this case, information about the creation. If imperative, it is a command, what God said to command the creation into existence.
The Greek adds a little meat to simple word-sounds, which includes the thought, reasoning and the topic (a paragraph, perhaps), behind the sounds (making the word). Strongs.
To quote specifically:
3056. logos, from 3004; something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation.
Note that the root of word, in the Greek, is to speak, as follows:
3004. lego,; a primary verb; properly, to lay? forth, i.e. (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse;... by implication, to mean.
In both cases, debar and logos (and lego, not the game) emphasize, obviously, a word, no more, no less. Strangely or ominously, Catholics and Protestants refuse to accept the Hebrew and Greek meanings of word (debar and logos), which equate sounds with meanings (you know a word); instead they change the meaning of word to denote a word-being called the word of God. Even more extraordinary is calling the Word of God, that is, what He has revealed to us in language (in the declarative sense in this case) through patriarchs and prophets (the Bible, in short), to a name of a being, the word-being. Revelation does describe Christ as the word of God, which is an attribute of Jesus who lived up to Gods Word in word and deed perfectly. However, to make a system of sounds with meaning into a being distorts reality as sounds have a short existence, Hebrew and Greek denotations, and the Biblical fact that Jesus was born about two thousand years ago.
Then debar-logos, is amar(ed).
Amar, is further defined as say, to speak, say to one self (think), intend, command, promise. -TWOT (Theological Word Book of the Old Testament)
The Amar Connection
The root sounds emanating from amar give us an amazing coterie of words relating to God and the creation as follows:
When God speaks (amar) His Word (debar) imperatively, He intends that the commands produce a promise: life and life more abundantly. The Words are spoken because of Gods breath (abah). The foundation of the sound spoken, amar, is love (ahab, fatherly love). When spoken by God it is accomplished or so be it (amen). Furthermore, a root sound of amar is mighty (abiyr) as in Mighty God.
When God speaks (amar) His Words (debar), He creates or builds (eben) the things necessary for life coming from His love (ahab). He brought everything into existence (hayah) by His amar. The first spoken command (amar) of God was, Let there be light. The Word light (abaq) is connected to amar and ahab in the Hebrew root sound system. Soon after God separated the waters (from those on earth from those above the heavens; the Hebrew for water, the most necessary substance in the universe is agam, which is the substance that most of the body is made of and the substance needed for life, not only drinking but also oxygen which mostly comes from the algae in the seas. Before God created mankind, He gathered (agowrah) the flora and fauna which mankind would need for life. Finally, God brought Adam (adamah, earthly) into existence (hayah). More details to follow.
When God said, Let there be light, remember that there is tremendous amount of information coming from the Hebrew said. He spoke the words out loud. We know that in order to speak a word, we must first consider what to say, then force the air, ruach, through the vocal folds, which vibrate them, with the lips and tongue forming sounds, sounds which make sense, i.e., words.
When God spoke, He was not talking to angels, if any at the time, or to Himself. God intended or planned to speak what He said. Therefore, when He said, Let there be light, He intended and planned to bring light into existence. As far as we are concerned, we do not always speak exactly what we intended for many years as we grew up from baby hood to toddler and children. Do we use the word accurately even now; do we really articulate what we want to say, i.e., speak the truth from our hearts, speak from emotion; do we fully consider the consequences of what we say, how what we say may effect the listener(s); or do we intend to say exactly what we mean not an accidental remark? In other words, it is difficult for us to predict the complete outcome of our speech.
However, God intended and planned to have light come into existence with full knowledge and intent of the nature of light and its effect on life.
When God said, Let there be light, not only did he command it, He had the authority to order light into existence. He is the Creator; He is God.
Additionally, amar has the sense of promise; light has the promises from God in the linguistic sense and in the physical sense. Light, of course, illuminates the world and allows us to see things, in vivid color, and amazing shades of the primary colors. We use light to indicate certain actions like red to stop and green to go and certain meanings like a red buoy indicating the location of the channel. Unseen by the human eye are infra red rays, which are the heat rays from the sun to warm our planet when the rays strike the earth and become heat to give the earth the warmth and energy to enable life and life more abundantly to exist on earth. At the high-end, ultraviolet rays, whose properties are useful in other ways, including killing of germs, which protects life from deadly antigens.
In another sense, light, of course, has the meaning of understanding or realization: I see your point. When we see the light, from Gods Word, we also understand His promise of life and life more abundantly; things light up in our minds showing comprehension. Remember, the light of understanding enlightens one to the promises at work within Gods Word(s).
Even the eye shows the potential of light as it contains rods to see grays and whites and cones to distinguish colors. Using the mind's eye ability, we can see or discern gradations of grays in Gods Word, but also the vibrant colors of the Words variations, power, layers of meaning. Additionally, love enlighten those who love the Word in all ways possible.
Light is so amazing in all its properties, rays and waves, that alone it proves not only Gods existence but also His loving-kindness. Light created by debar and amar speaks volumes about Gods love and His promises of life (such as plants growing) and life eternal (the knowledge of and acting upon the light of understanding).
When we look at the root sounds, characteristic of the Hebrew language, the a, begins Hebrew and is a root of amar. The second word in the lexicon is ab, which means father. To dig deeper, when God said, Let there be light, with its intrinsic promise; He said it as a (the) Father of love because amar (said), ahab (love) and ab (father) are linked by their sound roots. The root study of ahab, can be found in the article, The Ahab, on the web site. Gods creating light shows His fatherly love.
God cares so much about us that He created a universe with light to enable life to exist. Indeed, light with its inherit promise, essential to life, that God created it by amar first. Gods ahab gave us the light of life and the light of the Word, without which the physical light has no meaning.
Matt. 4:4 But He answered and said, It is written, MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.
Furthermore, Gods guiding Word of life gives us a godly way of life lighting our way by way of hope and promises to eternal life, .
The Amar Ahab Connection
The word analysis of amar gives us a picture of the creation that cannot be found any place else and which enhances our understanding of Gods ahab, fatherly love.
As noted above, an additional root sound connected with amar is amen. Thus, when God amar, Let there be light, it existed, amen, so be it.
Furthermore, a root sound to amar is abe, plants. God amar, Let there be light, which causes plants to grow.
A root sound further relating plants to amar is agowrah, something gathered. Not only did God create plants, made enough of the plants, more than mankind would ever need, that people could gather, we might also say, harvest, the plants for food, like wheat, corn, tomatoes, apples, oranges and thousands of other fruits and vegetables.
Continuing the amar, plant and gathering linguistic relation, an additional root sound connected to amar is agam, meaning to collect as water. While plants obviously need light, they need water as well. As we have discovered that water is a fundamental aspect of the universe, we now see its connection to amar. Here, the term relates to the collection of water as it comes from the sky in rain (snow or ice) to make lakes, rivers or ice caps on mountains whereby man can collect the water for personal use or to water the plants during times of little or no rain fall. Even seawater can be collected by reverse osmoses plants. Many nations and areas, such as, Great Briton, Israel, and cities in SW Florida built and use reverse osmoses plants.
Connecting plants to another root sound, 5397. neshamah [675c]; from 5395; breath, which has the amah as part of the compound word with nesh and amah. Remember God breathed into man the breath of life. He made sure that this breath of life would continue with the creation of plants. In the physical sense, plants breath in carbon dioxide, which is necessary for their life, from animal expiration, burning and smoke from other source like volcanoes when the sunlight shines on the leaves and breath out oxygen, essential for life. Specifically, here we see light promoting life, not only in the scientific sense from observation, but also in the biblical study of root sounds in Hebrew. God knew what light does for plants exhaling oxygen from the beginning when He created life and plants. And the more carbon dioxide, the more plants can grow, multiply and give off more oxygen, which scientific studies recently have shown. Remember, most of the oxygen comes from the sea, not the water itself, but from the algae in the oceans.
Furthermore, breath, as we have learned, is a major component of speech and thus, hearing, learning and communicating.
The ebah, part of this, amar-ahab, root system of sounds, means to breath or long after; thus, God longed after sons and daughters which would, in imitation of their Father, long after His way of life and promises therein. In their living in imitation of Gods nature would give the same type of satisfaction of the results in love, as love begets love. Obviously, Gods commanding, amar, the creation into existence gave and continues to give the physical necessities of life as mankind grows in the spiritual light.
At this point, we come to the root sound of light, which we have dwelled on to help us explain amar; further, the linguistic connection between light and amar-ahab: abaq, which means light particles. Thus, speaking gives light, in the mental sense, at least, about the person talking, about the topic of the communication and so forth. In the physical sense, the Hebrew, thousands of years ago, calls abaq, light particles, which is part of the nature of light, particles and rays. How did God know that before science discovered that nature of light?
Continuing our journey into the linguist garden of light and beauty, we have the amar-ahab root sound link of hayah, to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass; hava, to be (in the sense of existence). This relationship becomes obvious when one thinks about it; did not the creation come into existence because of Gods amar out of his ahab.
Using other root sound associations:
The actual Hebrew word for creation is eben with its root sound linked to amar-ahab. Fatherly love overflowed at the creation to bring us an abundance of life with the light of the Word giving us an appreciation of life and the joy coming from living by Gods Way.
Furthermore, we reiterate that adamh (Adam) is firmly rooted to amar-ahab. Man is the ultimate creation and the culmination of the creation, as well.
To review, the following are the list of the words connected in the Hebrew root sound system:
Root: Ab, father; ahab, love; amen, so be it; abe, plants; abah, breath after and long after; abiyr, mighty (spoken of God); eben, build; abaq, light particles; agowrah, something gathered; agam, meaning to collect as water; adamh; a human being; Admah, earthy; hayah, to exist, i.e. be or become, come to pass; hava, to be (in the sense of existence).
From Gods ahab -amar, He created (eben) a world of light and life for Adam (adamh) into existence (hava). So be it (amen).
Pastor, Sabbath Christian Church