Everything In Its Place

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Genesis 1:4b-5a – God divided the light from the darkness (choshek). God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.

GENESIS 1:6-23    v.6-8 – God said, “Let there be a dome [firmament / vault / expanse] (raqia) in the middle of the water; let it divide the water from the water.” This dome (raqia) is understood to be an extended solid surface that supports the waters above. This solid raqia acts as a boundary between the waters above it and the waters below it…so that everything is in its place. “And God called the dome Sky.”    


v.9-10 – God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered together in one place, and let dry land appear.” He called the dry land Earth and the gathering together of water he called Sea. Imagine what it must have looked like when God gathered the waters! A tremendous, cataclysmic upheaval of the earth’s surface, and the rising and sinking of the land…causing the waters to plunge into the low places, forming seas, continents and islands, rivers and lakes.  

v.11-13 – God said, “Let the earth put forth grass, seed-producing plants, and fruit trees, each yielding its own kind of seed-bearing fruit, on the earth.” On the same day that the dry land appears, God crowns the earth with purpose! God sets in motion a process where the vegetable kingdom could reproduce through seeds which would maintain each one’s unique characteristics. This presents the principle of reproduction that marks all life.    


v.14-19 – God said, “Let there be lights (maorot) in the dome of the sky to divide the day (yom) from the night (layil); let them be for signs, seasons, days, and years; and let them be for lights in the dome of the sky to give light to the earth.” These “lights” (maorot) are different from the “light” (owr) in verse 3. Owr means illumination, enlightenment. Maorot means light emitting objects, such as the sun, moon, stars, even candles and lamps.    


v.20-23 – God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open dome of the sky.” …Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful, multiply and fill the water of the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” This is the first occurrence of the word “bless” in the entirety of the Scriptures. The substance of this blessing is to “be fruitful, multiply and fill.” 


DISCUSS :: How do you think the Reality of Duality applies to the swarms of living creatures in the Seas and the birds that fly above the earth in the Sky? These spaces filled before the dry land space called Earth. What do these things in the physical realm reveal about the spiritual realm? 

STUDY NOTES :: Day One correlates with Day Four (light – owr / maorot) Day Two correlates with Day Five (sky-birds /sea-swarms) Day Three correlates with Day Six (land – animals & man)    pattern – Division / Name    pattern – Space / Fill / Purpose 


Law of Opposites :: In our four dimensional material universe everything has an existing opposite. Light / Darkness     Right / Left     Hot / Cold **God did not create Darkness. God created Light…and Darkness is just its opposite.