The Third Day

We have been looking at the creation, not attacking it as some do, just looking at it. We have done the first and second day. We have learned the fact that creation narrative says, “in the beginning God-- “Reshith bara Elohim...”–created, not some Big Bang Theory invented by a mystical religion and found its way into contemporary science.

In the second day, we talked about the heavens and the expanse – raqia – which is used in the creation to give us an idea of the way God and the Bible look at creation.

God created the world without going through millions and millions of years of the earth being cast and recast throughout the universe, which it was reformed and re-changed replete with the exploding stars and the black holes.

Instead, and the point cannot be made too often, the Bible says, “There was evening and there was morning, one day.” The biblical day begins in the evening when we see the sunset, not at midnight, where except when using a clock, we could not know otherwise. The 24-hour day, from evening to evening, does not leave any opening for a day being a billion years or so. The word “day” can be used to suggest a period of time; it was the day of Henry VIII or the day of the Roman Empire. However, when the Bible says, evening and morning, one day, the period of time can only be 24 hours, because there is no indication in the Bible that God made any change in the period of time from the first day to the sixth day and beyond.

It was the third day, it was the second day, or it was the first day. There is no way to go around God's meaning of the day, i.e., a single 24 hour period – sunset to sunset.

Let us now look at the third day of creation.

Then the God said, on the third day:

Genesis 1:9 – 10 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

“Water is a common chemical substance that is essential for survival, of all known forms of life. In typical usage water refers only to its liquid form of state but the substance also has a solid-state price and a gaseous state water vapor. 71% of the Earth’s surface is water. Water is the chemical substance with the chemical formula. H2 0: one molecule of water has two hydrogen atoms: covalently bonded to a single oxygen atom.

“Water is tasteless, odorless liquid at ambient temperature and pressure. The color of water and ice are, intrinsically, a very light blue hue...

Water is transparent, and thus aquatic plants can live within the water because sunlight can reach them...

“Water is a liquid under standard conditions...

“...Water is a polar molecule. The oxygen has a slight negative charge while the hydrogens have a slight positive charge giving the article a strong effective dipole moment, [which gives water] a high amount of surface tension...Water sticks to itself [and] has high adhesion properties...

“Water is a very strong solvent, referred to as the universal solvent, dissolving many types of substances [such as] oxygen [and] carbon dioxide...

“All the major components in cells (proteins, DNA, and polysaccharides) are also dissolved in water.

“Pure water has a low electrical conductivity, but this increases significantly upon solvation of a small amount of ionic material such as sodium chloride.

“Water has the second-highest specific heat capacity of any known chemical compound...

“Water has been detected in interstellar clouds within our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is believed that water exists in abundance in other galaxies, too, because its components, hydrogen and oxygen, are among the most abundant elements in the universe. Interstellar clouds eventually condense into solar nebula in solar systems such as ours...

“Earth’s mass allows gravity to hold an atmosphere. The water vapor and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere provides a greenhouse effect, which helps maintain is relatively steady surface temperature...

“Precipitation, from water vapor condensing from the air and falling to earth or ocean...

“Runoff from the land usually reaching the sea. Water runoff often collects over watersheds flowing into rivers...

“All known forms of life depend on water. Water is vital both as a solvent in which many of the body's solutes dissolve and as an essential part of many metabolic processes within the body. Metabolism is the sum total of anabolism and catabolism. In anabolism, water is removed from molecules (through energy requiring enzymatic chemical reactions) in order to grow larger molecules (e.g. starches, triglycerides and proteins for storage of fuels and information). In catabolism, water is used to break bonds in order to generate smaller molecules (e.g. glucose, fatty acids and amino acids to be used for fuels for energy use or other purposes). Water is thus essential and central to these metabolic processes. Therefore, without water, these metabolic processes would cease to exist, leaving us to muse about what processes would be in its place, such as gas absorption, dust collection, etc.

“Water is also central to photosynthesis and respiration. Photosynthetic cells use the sun's energy to split off water's hydrogen from oxygen. Hydrogen is combined with CO2 (absorbed from air or water) to form glucose and release oxygen. All living cells use such fuels and oxidize the hydrogen and carbon to capture the sun's energy and reform water and CO2 in the process (cellular respiration).”

Go to wikipedia.org./wiki/Water, from which the above quotes are taken, for further information.

The importance of water is inestimable.

We know up to this point, that God did not yet put anything into the sky, in terms of the sun, moon or stars. Up until the third day, no heavenly bodies existed. On the third day, after God created everything necessary for life on the planet. He separated the waters so we have the seas, three quarters of the planet’s surface, and He put a large amount of vaporous water in the atmosphere, mostly in the form clouds. The lowest clouds are the Stratus clouds which are often fog. The middle layer clouds are called cumulus which look puffy until they grow into cumulonimbus, or thunderstorms. The highest layers are called Stratus, which because of their height, are ice particles. The earth is a wet planet, with the exceptions of desert regions.

This gathering of oceans and seas allowed the dry land to appear. The Bible does not explain how God did this, whether the waters on the surface were made to evaporate suddenly into the atmospheric moisture or the land was made to erupt from the crust. However He did it, we see the results of his commands.

God separated the dry land from the sea to provide a place for the flora. So, while the seas have algae and the like, the place for real plants is on the dry land.

Genesis 1:11 Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seeds.

Now that God separated the waters, He said now is the time to plant a garden, if you will. God is working in unison with the earth when He said, “Let the earth... Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seeds.” God says specifically that the earth will sprout plants; so the vegetation comes before the seeds. These seeds will fall or be planted into the warm moist ground, and will re-produce the plants from which they came. Therefore, He creates vegetation, first the plants.

Then God divides the vegetable kingdom into, of course plants, but also, fruit. Naturally, we eat the plant itself, but as far as fruit trees are concerned, we eat the fruit containing the seeds. For example, we think of the tomato as a plant, however, the tomato itself is really a fruit containing the seeds; so essentially, a tomato should not be called a vegetable.

Genesis 1:12 “... and the fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit. After their kind with seeds and them”; and it was so.

When God created them, it was after their own kind. We must consider that the vegetables and fruit trees were created before the sun, the moon and the stars. Yet the earth had light on it, because God had already created light. Remember He had separated the light from the darkness. How God kept light on the planet is not in the Scriptures, but light there was. We do, however, know that God is light.

Then God creates a variety of plant life. When He put the plants in the ground, they did not really grow, because He had not yet causes the rains to come; He planned to have Adam tend to the plants. Nonetheless, it was moist enough from the mist over the earth to keep the plants alive.

Gen. 2:5 Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.
Gen. 2:6 But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.

Some have argued a mist on the surface of the Earth obscured sun, moon and stars could not be seen until the fourth day for the existed for many millions of years. But, the Bible says otherwise: Genesis

1:14 Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens...”

In Genesis 1, God talks about the beginning of the creation; in Genesis 2, God gives us further information about the creation.

Gen. 2:5 Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground.
Gen. 2:6 But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground.

God waited for Adam to send the rain in order for him to cultivate the plants. In the meantime, God caused a mist, or what we also might call fog, to rise in order to keep the earth moist until the rains came.

Verse nine, says:

Gen. 2:9 Out of the ground the LORD God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

It is interesting to note that God made the trees to be “pleasing to the sight.” He apparently was as much interested in the visual effects, which He puts first in order, of plant life as well as its delicious taste and nutritional value. Certainly, people today are interested in having a nice-looking garden and often spend a lot of time and money in that endeavor. Apparently there is nothing wrong with good looks.

We think about the beauty of such trees as citrus trees, apple trees, pear trees, and blueberry trees as much as the fruit that they produce. The first thing that Eve noticed was that the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, “was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise.” The fruit of the tree certainly did not look like it was dangerous or poisonous.

Isaiah 55:10 further explains:

Is. 55:10 “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth
And making it bear and sprout,
And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
Is. 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

God, by reiterating how the system works, uses the explanation to show that his Word will not return without “watering” what God wants his Word to do. First, God commands, by His Word, the universe into existence, such as the rain cycle, and then His Word returns to Him upon completing what He commanded including watering the plants. His Word also has an even more profound effect on those who hear and understand His Word, which waters the listener, if you will, with a basic necessity of life, the Words of Life.

The water cycle, of course, has rainfall watering the earth, evaporation forming clouds, and rainfall from saturated clouds. God’s Word acts in a similar way because a believer becomes awash in His message, they act on the Word causing others to see God’s Word in action and new believers become soaked with the Message. Another way of putting it, God’s Word causes the seed, a potential believer, to sprout and bring forth fruit which others eat of and thereby release more seed to be watered by the Word.

God planned that both the water cycle in nature and God’s Word cycle of gleaning believers will not end. We must also remember that God planned to have man cultivate the plants for food and man to spread the Word by actions and help neophyte believers grow in the Message.

Since the completed creation, man has charge of cultivation of plants and the Message of Life. God created and gave the seed; man must, therefore, take care of the creation: plants, animals and the God given Word. Just as there is a plethora of seeds from each plant grown, God reiterates His Word, Commandments, prophecies and lovingkindness; so, man has no excuse. And, just as man must weed out plants he does not want, so, too, man must weed out the occasional weed sprouted from those in charge of keeping and copying the text.

As the following verse suggests, the enemy sowed tares, which we might suggest words not according to God’s Word. People who have been inspired of God have an insight into the Truth and can note the few verses sowed by the evil one added to the Bible to advance its idolatry. Such verses demand a non-human Jesus, a Trinity, and an to keeping the “Jewish” (whom they hated) Commandments and Festivals.

Matt. 13:36 | Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”
Matt. 13:37 And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,
Matt. 13:38 and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;
Matt. 13:39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.

In the same way, God’s Word and way is like a tree bearing fruit; it does not just bear two or three pieces of fruit, but it bears large amounts of fruit to those that cultivate the Word. We must always keep in mind, that God furnishes this seed, both of life-giving plants, and the Words of life.

To reiterate, what was said above:

Is. 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.”

God’s Word is furnished to every soul that is willing to listen; just as every farmer, who is willing to plant. Furthermore, God’s Word will succeed just as God determines. In the same way, God’s creation gives us an understanding of who God is and how He works. Those who look at the creation the way God describes it, tells them how much God wants to give life and life more abundantly to those who would be willing take hold of God’s Word with determination to do it, to accomplish, what He desires.

As for the earth:

Is. 61:11 For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations.

Therefore, we see how the creation in and of itself tells us about God, because He is the creator. Everything that we create, everything that we do comes from who we are. Our language is who we are; God’s language is who He is. So that everything God did in the creation has a separate and additional meaning – a tree is good to look at, He gave us eyes to see and appreciate the beauty of the tree. Furnishing this seed to the sower gives us an analogy of how God’s Word is sown.

The creation of itself is amazing, and more so because it reveals the true nature of the creator – his lovingkindness and his great desire to give life more abundantly, eternal life to those who want it enough to give all for it. When we look at the creation, in winter or summer, we see God’s dedication to providing all that is necessary for life. Beyond that God has given us a full appreciation of those things that make for life; the beauty of nature, the marvelous tastes of food, the wonderful scents that reach our olfactory nerves, the wonderful sounds of nature, including the human voice and the wonderful instruments that make music.

God intended that there would be discreet phyla in all the various forms of flora from cactus to fir trees.

Gen. 1:12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
Gen. 1:13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

God completed His creation of plants and trees in one day, “There was evening and there was morning, ” a twenty-four hour period. The same is true of God’s Word, which does not fit into a fruictus, a mixture of a fruit tree and a cactus, or pagable, a mixture of pagan and Godly concepts found in the Bible. God’s Word is God’s Word and whatever He is talking about in the various parts and topics His Word goes into. It is never a fruictus. The unity of God’s Word transcends satanic poly-babel.

God’s creation during the evening and morning of the third day He tells us about who He is – the Creator of life on earth and life more abundantly. It tells us about a creation that nothing else tells us about.

Amen.

Gil Kovacs

For the Sabbath Christian Church

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