If, by chance, you were anxiously awaiting the follow-up for this post, I apologize for the delay.
After each of the six days of creation, except for one, the Bible records that “God saw…. that it was good”. Which day did he not see that “it was good”? And what is the significance of this?
In response to the comments:
I think that when, in Genesis 1:31 God, “saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good” is in the context of the sixth day of creation. I think it is significant that it is excluded from the second day. There is no doubt that God is a divider of things, though! There are no gray areas with God. Yes, the intent was (at least partly) to get you to look for the answers. It was also to get me to look for the answers – even if I think I already know some – to really dig in and find truth. “Perhaps there was good AND bad…..” Possibly! Any input is welcome, agnostic or otherwise, however, I do not intend to argue the existence of God (in these particular discussions) but to take the same approach as the book – the Bible – into which we will be referring. It begins, “In the beginning God……” and from the very first verse until the last never argues the existence of God. It does occasionally say things like, “The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God“, and “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” But the book never tries to convince you of God’s existence.
Moving on….. first, a disclaimer. Don’t take my word for anything I say! If you really want to know, check it out for yourself. Some of the stuff I’m going to mention is stuff that I am only on the very edge of understanding.
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. Genesis 1:6-8
The firmament was called Heaven. The sun, moon, and stars were placed in this firmament. (See Genesis 1:14-19) Therefore, we, on Earth, are living in this firmament. There are three “heavens” referred to in scripture – one in which the clouds are and the birds fly, one that contains the cosmos – as we know it (or the “firmament” – “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth his handiwork…..), and one – above “the waters that be above the heavens” (Ps.148:4) – in which God dwells.
I’m going to try to do the rest of this in list form to keep myself from delving off into one thing so deeply that I’m completely off topic. The firmament…. why wasn’t it said to be good?
- keep in mind that the Bible is a history book about a political kingdom
- we aren’t told much about Gen. 1:1 – that beginning in which the heaven and earth were created, but we do know that God also created spirit beings – angels and cherubs
- God placed one cherub (not an angel) – Lucifer – the “annointed cherub”, in authority over the earth
- this cherub, “full of wisdom and perfect in beauty” had a throne
- he was lifted up by envy and pride and said, “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High”
- he was not “cast out of heaven” like in Milton’s Paradise Lost , but kicked off his throne
- he became Satan, that old serpent, the Devil – and inhabited the heavens. (See Job 1 and also Rev. 12:10 where he accuses the brethren “before God” day and night!)
- the catastrophe of Genesis 1:2,3 is connected with this rebellion (yes, I believe that the six days of creation were a re-creation)
- at some point (we have no idea of the time lapse – and no, I don’t think that this “gap” accounts for the “millions of years” stuff that we are fed) God re-creates the world in six days and sets up a new king over the kingdom
- Satan has not given up on this kingdom and moves in
- Eve is deceived
- Adam was not deceived, but disobeys and eats the fruit knowingly, dying for his bride. (This “First Adam”, a perfect picture of the “Last Adam” [Jesus Christ] who willingly dies for his bride [the church – the body of believers]) See 1 Tim. 2:14
- Adam loses the kingdom and is cast out of the garden, he died an immediate spiritual death and began the physical decay that would eventually see him rotting in the earth from which he came
- at this point I’d like to start talking about the TWO kingdoms – the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven, but we’ll save that for another time
- Satan regains the kingdom of heaven (the kingdom of heaven is a physical, literal kingdom. Remember, we are IN the heaven – the firmament.)
- Satan will maintain control of this kingdom until Christ returns
- Satan is said to be “the god of this world”, “the prince of the power of the air”, and a “roaring lion” walking about “seeking whom he may devour”.
- Satan can also be “transformed into an angel of light” – and “no marvel” that he passes off his ideals, policies, and temptations as things “good …… pleasant to the eyes, and ……desired to make one wise”! (See Gen. 3:5-7)
- It is why Paul admonishes believers in Ephesians 6 to, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (emphasis mine)
- this is why no matter how hard we try to bring in “peace on earth” there will be poverty, death, war, and struggle until Christ returns and reclaims the kingdom of heaven
- Satan is interested in politics (as the “god” of a political kingdom!)
- mankind has spent six thousand years “selling out” trying to get back what we lost – and trying to bring in peace on earth without “glory to God in the highest”
- you can bet that Satan is involved in “blinding the minds” – working tirelessly to keep us brainwashed to believe that we are getting better, evolving up the evolutionary ladder
- he is God’s enemy and would try to keep as many of us as possible from seeing that “glorious light”
- This is why I think “and God saw that it was good” is omitted from the second day of creation
But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. 2 Corinthians 4:3-5
Well, bring on the comments. Let’s see where we go from here.