Define it … The word create, or creation, means, “the act of making a thing which has not been made before.” In Genesis 1:1, the Bible begins by crediting God as the creator of the Heavens and the Earth. It is first of all incredible that this event could be written in the simplest form so that it was able to be understood by men who lived six thousand years ago, and yet still be relevant to the modern technologies of our day.
Find it … Genesis 1:1 is a grand statement of the fact that God created the Heavens and the earth. Then in verse 2 and throughout the rest of the chapter God describes how it took place. The original Hebrew word meanings help clarify how creation took place. In Hebrew the word beginning is “reshyith” (first in place, time, order, and rank). In Hebrew the word created is “bara” (to cut, make a formation).
More about it … In Genesis 1:2 it states that when God created the earth it was without form and void. In the original Hebrew, the words form and void, are; “tohu” (empty nothingness); and “bohu” (empty desolation) respectively. In other words, in creation, from out of nothing, God made everything, and everything He made, had not been made before that time. (Heb. 11:3)
The Bible states very plainly that GOD SPOKE THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH INTO EXISTENCE. On each of the first six days of creation, the Bible states that “God said, let there be …” and then the events God spoke began to take place. In Hebrew the word God said is “amar” (to speak a commandment), and the words let there be, is “hayah” (breathed into life). (Psa. 33:6-9)
The Bible says in Genesis 1:2 that “the Spirit of God Moved.” Two words are very instrumental in our understanding of God’s creation, and it may help us to consider them separately. First, in Hebrew the word Spirit is “ruah” (breath or breathing of God). The best description for God’s breathing is that it is “air in motion by a divine fiat.” Ruah is also the Hebrew word for the “breathing of animals and humans”. We all must breathe in order to live. In creation God breathed the desire of His heart and out came our universe as we know it. Secondly, in Hebrew the word moved is “rahap” (to hover or shake over). The Bible only uses this word three times. Genesis 1:2 of course, and in Deuteronomy 32:11 where the term is likened to an eagle bearing up its young with its wings, and Jeremiah 23:9 where it refers to shaking. A study of the word moving, would indicate sort of “a rocking back and forth.” No doubt on each of the days of creation, the Spirit of God continued to go forth and to accomplish each step of creation in the order that God spoke it.
Genesis 1:3-31 then lists the daily sequence of events. In Hebrew the word day is “Yome” (the warm hours), and basically speaks of daytime in contrast to night. God even takes the time to specify that the word day was speaking of a twenty-four hour period as He states, “the evening and the morning were the first day.”
DAY ONE … God said, “Let there be light, and there was light. and God saw the light that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.” (Gen. 1:3-5)
In Hebrew the word light is “owr” (illumination). Light is a prerequisite to life. The Sun, which gives us our light, was not created until the fourth day. God is the true light of the world and will always be. Notice also that God Himself called the light day, and the darkness (or absence of light) night. In Hebrew the word darkness is “chosek” (withholding of light).
DAY TWO … God said, “Let there be a firmament, in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” God separated the waters above from the waters below. (Gen. 1:6-8)
In Hebrew the word firmament is “raqia” (the space above the earth that holds visible objects). This is the atmosphere that surrounds the earth. This atmosphere is necessary for human beings to breathe. Notice that God is step-by-step preparing a place for the purpose of His creation, the human race. (See Isa. 40:12, 22)
DAY THREE … God said, “Let the waters under the Heaven be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, and whose seed is in itself, on the earth.” (Gen. 1:9-13)
In Hebrew the word seas is “yam” (by extension: a large container of water). God created the seas, which make up our weather system to water the earth. Basic science shows that the Sun shines on the ocean, which causes the water to evaporate up into the sky and form clouds. The wind then blows the clouds over across the land. The dry land draws the rain from out of the clouds in the lower regions. The higher clouds snow on the mountains ready to melt and flow down in the springtime. (See Jer. 10:12-13)
This process continually purifies our water. Water is also absolutely necessary for human survival. Again, the earth is God’s special place of creation that He is making for the most important object of His creation, the human race. (see Job 37:3-18, 38:1-38; Psa. 147:7-9) In Hebrew the word earth is “eretz” (the inhabitable land parts of the earth). In Genesis 1:1 the Bible says, “In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.” Now God is describing the essence of the earth.
DAY FOUR … God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night, and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years, and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth.” (Gen. 1:14-19)
In Hebrew the word for the Sun is “semes” (sunrise). God Himself clarifies that he created the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night. The Sun, Moon, and stars are part of God’s creation so we are able to keep tract of the time every day (sundials), days of the week, months, the seasons, and years (our age). (See Job 9:8-9)
DAY FIVE … God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” (Gen. 1:20-23)
The Hebrew word for living creatures is “sherets” (active mass of wriggling creatures). The Hebrew word for birds is “owph” (covered with feathers & having wings). Note that in Genesis 1:21 God also made great sea creatures. The Hebrew word for great sea creatures is “tanniyn” (great whales) as well as every other kind of larger sea life. God filled the air, great oceans, lakes, and streams with bountiful life, again in preparation for the coming of the most important object of His creation, the human race.
DAY SIX … God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind; cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind,” (Gen. 1:24-25)
This Hebrew word for living creatures is “nephesh” (breathing creature). The Hebrew word for beast is “bhemah” (four legged), and the Hebrew word for creeping thing is “remes” (crawling rapidly) God also filled the land areas with bountiful life, again in preparation for the coming of the most important object of His creation, the human race.
Then God said … “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Gen. 1:26-31) Man indeed inherited all that God had created for him. In Genesis 2:19-20 we are told that God brought all the cattle, birds, and the beast of the field to Adam, and Adam apparently already had the linguistic capacity to give them all names.
One of the most amazing things about the actual creation of man (Adam) is some additional information that is given to us in Genesis chapter 2. Genesis 2:7 states that God actually formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. We are told in Ecclesiastes 12:7, that when man dies his flesh returns to the ground, but his spirit returns to the God who breathed that breath of life into him in the first place. (Psa. 104:29)
DAY SEVEN … God rested on the seventh day. (Gen. 2:1-4)
Exodus 20:11 “FOR IN SIX DAYS THE LORD MADE THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH, THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IS IN THEM, AND RESTED ON THE SEVENTH DAY.”
There are more than 145 verses in the Bible that speak of God being the creator of the heavens and the earth. Listed below are many verses throughout the Bible that mention God as creator.
(Exo. 31:17; Deut. 10:14; 2 Kgs. 19:15; 1 Chron. 16:26; 2 Chron. 2:12; Neh. 9:6; Job 28:23-27; Psa. 8:3, 33:6-9, 89:11-12, 95:3-5, 96:5, 100:3, 102:25, 104:1-9, 115:15-16, 121:2, 124:8, 134:3, 136:5-9, 139:13-16, 148:4-6, Prov. 3:19, 8:22-29; Isa. 37:16, 42:5, 43:5-7, 44:24, 45:11-12 & 18, Jer. 10:10-13, 27:5, 32:17, 51:15; Jnh. 1:9; Matt. 19:4; John 1:1-3, & 10; Acts 14:15, 17:24-26; Col. 1:16; Heb. 1:10; Rev. 10:6; 14:7.)