|The third "official" day of creation is in Genesis 1:9-13. In this day, the land masses and water "ponds" are made. As you read this and think about it, try to imagine watching this day occur. Stand back and in your mind's eye try to see the beautiful day.
9 "Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.
10 "God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good."
|At this time, there is water but it is without any shores. It is assumed that most all materials and elements necessary for the generation of "dirt" and other associated ground material is in the water. We have had two other "dividings". The atmosphere was divided into the three heavens and the day was divided into night and day. Now God directs by thought or words to let the waters below the heavens to come together and form land. It was done.
Tremendous chemical and thermal reactions must have taken place to make this occur. Think about what dirt, water,, and the land beneath the water is made. All the basic elements precipitated and combined with others to form the complex minerals and rocks which, of course, makes up the solid earth's crust, mantle, and core. Heavier materials sunk to the bottom; lighter materials rise to the top. Of course to occur at all, movement must occur. Finally, dry earth starts rising above the water and begin to show as land which will be what is needed for all life (except, of course, sea life). Something very important to know is that there is much, much water in the land masses underground. This is important when we study the Flood. God saw that all this was good. We know that when God says good, IT IS GOOD! In fact, it is as perfect as can be for how far He has created. This was done in the first part of the third day.
11 "Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.
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.
13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
|Not only did the big land come about, but, the land now showing has to be fertile with minerals and nutrients for plants, trees, etc. When God spoke, the earth sprouted plants, trees, etc. all at the command of God. It is significant in the words that the trees, shrubs, vegetation, plants, flowers, etc. are grown. Of course there would be seeds and seedlings. However, most was fully grown this third day.
Verse 11 says for the first time that all these items of God's creation were "after their own kind". This phrase occurs 10 times in the first chapter. That is VERY important. It means each will reproduce its own, and ONLY its own. An apple tree will reproduce through its seedlings and become another apple tree. Yes there many be different kinds of apples; but, the apple will not become a pear. It seems as if God inspired these words to emphasize the fact that He is the creator and He is totally defining what is created and how they will reproduce. All this means that the DNA will form the stability of the kinds. This permanence is supported in the NT also (1 Cor.15:38-39)
God now emphasizes two things: What He created was good (perfect) and there was a division of evening and morning defining the third day. So it is.
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