Faith and Reason | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 7

Understanding Genesis 1:7 | And God made an Expanse, and divided the water below the Expanse from the water above the Expanse. And it was so.

Why is the second thing that God creates here in Genesis 1:7 the Sky? Before sun, moon, and stars, before dry land, God makes something called an Expanse, separating the blue water from the blue above out heads. An Expanse later named “Sky.” Why? The answer has to do with ancient cosmology, or how people … Read more Faith and Reason | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 7

The Vault of Heaven | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 6

And God said, let there be an Expanse in the midst of the Water. And let it separate water from water | The Vault of Heaven | Understanding Genesis chapter 1 verse 6

On this little planet that we call home, there exists approximately 400 miles of vertical space between the surface where we walk, and the upper shell of our atmosphere. Long before we reach 400 miles, the oxygen level becomes so thin that we would lose the ability to breathe, and the temperature so cold that we would … Read more The Vault of Heaven | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 6

God Makes Time | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 5

Understanding Genesis chapter 1 verse 5 | And God called the Light Day and the Darkness God called the Darkness Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

Our calendar, our entire perception of time, is based on this one cycle: Sunrise <-> Sunset. In Genesis chapter 1 verse 5, the passage of time itself finds its origin with God. Though each unique version of the calendar is a creation of human civilizations, the concept of the calendar is part of God’s design, … Read more God Makes Time | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 5

Light Born in Darkness | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 4

Light Born in Darkness | Understanding Genesis chapter 1 verse 4 | And God saw that the light was good. And God divided the Light from the Darkness

One may wonder, why light? Why is this the first thing that God creates, even before the objects that give light—the sun and moon and stars? What is the meaning of this division between light and darkness in Genesis 1:4.   Layers One of the wonderful things about bible stories, is that each story has several … Read more Light Born in Darkness | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 4

Spirit, Breath, Life | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 3

And God said, "Let there be light." And there was Light. Genesis chapter 1 verse 3

There is a meaning in Genesis 1:3 that our English cannot quite capture, because we English speakers have separated the concepts of spirit, breath, and life. Check out the trailer below! Back in verse 2, we were told that the “spirit of God was moving over the water.” The Hebrew word for “spirit” here is “ruach.” … Read more Spirit, Breath, Life | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 3

Into the Deep | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 2

And the earth was formless, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Breath of God hovered over the face of the waters. | Understanding Genesis chapter 1 verse 2

The Deep To the ancient mind, this word conjured images of a bottomless ocean which continued down and down and down until its waters opened into the mouth of the Underworld. This was an eternal prison for the dead, and for the monsters that the gods had trapped there at the beginning of the world … Read more Into the Deep | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 2

Creation Ex Nihilo | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 1

The bible begins in the beginning— The absolute and total beginning— the time from which all time comes. Creation ex nihilo Long after Genesis was written, Roman Christians would start talking about something called creatio ex nihilo: creation out of nothing. While the writer of Genesis 1:1 falls short of stating that God created “out … Read more Creation Ex Nihilo | Understanding Genesis Chapter 1 verse 1

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