Genesis 1:31-2:6

Genesis 1:31-2:6

Genesis 1:31-2:4 – These verses conclude chapter one and would well have been served to remain with it. We should know that the chapter and verses were added long after the various Books of the Bible were written.  After the creation God declared that it was very good.

Genesis 1:1 makes reference to the word “host” this word comes from the Hebrew tsava’ Strong’s Concordance defines this as ” a mass of persons usually organized for war (an army); battle, company, soldiers, waiting upon, war (‑fare).”  It also may refer to the stars, as in Nehemiah 9:6, Deuteronomy 4:19, or as angels as in 1 Kings 22:19, Psalm 148:2.  In any case God declares that all of His creation work is now complete.

All of the sciences can only observe the processes of conservation and disintegration, which are the basis for the universal laws of thermodynamics.  Creation is the process of innovation (creating), and integration (making). This is what scientists are trying to understand but the closer they come to this the more they will be brought to the realization that the earth was created by a creator, rather than by chance.

That God’s work is complete is born out in Hebrews 4; Hebrews 11:3; Ephesians 3:9. In sanctifying the Sabbath God let man know just how sacred He considers rest.  We seldom understand God’s concept of rest.  God’s greatest works have been done while men have been at rest. Consider Abraham and the covenant of the land in Genesis 15, Jacob’s ladder, and of course redemption.  Never forget that it is not what we can do for God that commends us to the Lord but rather what our faith and rest in Yesuah will do.  Mary and Martha in Luke 10:38-42 are another illustration of this important truth.

Genesis 2:4-6 – This chapter describes in greater detail the events of the 6th day especially that of the creation of man and woman.  Chapter 2 complements the events of chapter one.  Initially we are told that there was no rain upon the earth.  The earth was watered with vapors rising out of the earth.

Henry Morris in his commentary on Genesis describes the earth’s condition at this time as similar to that of a greenhouse or better a terrarium.  Water would come from condensation and the mist or fog that surrounded the earth.  The waters above formed a canopy that protected the earth from the ultra-violet rays from the sun.  This is what some have suggested allowed for the longevity of man prior to the flood, when the canopy and its water were released.

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