What are the two constants that all the days of creation have in common? On each day, we read, ‘And God said…’, and ‘and God saw…’ God spoke the universe into existence and then saw the it was good. The following chart is an overview of the days of creation. After some additional notes on these days, we’ll then take a look at the three heavens.
Day 1: The question may arise, ‘If the sun was not created until day 4, where did this light come from?’ If you take into account the fact that God is Light ((1 Jn.1:5), and also that His presence ensures it (Revelation 21:23), we come to the conclusion that The light on the first day emanated from His glory.
Day 2: On the second day, God makes the first heaven, or firmament visible, and separates the waters. There is now dry land.
Day 3: Plant life and vegetation now appear on the new dry ground.
Day 4: God now creates the second heaven, which is simply the seen and unseen universe. Contrary to what many believe, the universe–space–does eventually end; because beyond it lies the third heaven, where the throne of God is, and where we will spend eternity with Him. There are 3 functions of the sun, moon and stars: 1. signs (not astrological): they serve to teach and remind people of God’s creative work. 2) seasons: they function as a calendar, dividing seasons and years. lights: they now serve to help men navigate. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; (Psa.8:3) Another question may arise here: Since the sun is the center of our universe, why did God create earth first, and wait until day four to create the sun? The most important reason is priority. This means: 1) man was most important in His heart and mind, 2) earth was where He would create man, 3) men would live on earth, not other planets, and 4) Jesus would come again to earth.
Day 5: Here God creates all manner of fish to fill the seas, and every flying creature that inhabits the skies.
Day 6: Every land animal, including insects are created here. Finally, man was created as the culmination of God’s creation week. In verse 26, we are given strong evidence for the trinity. It says: And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
The Three Heavens
The first heaven consists of the troposphere and the stratosphere; the second heaven consists of the mesosphere, thermosphere and the exosphere
Day 7: God now ceases from all His labor and declares everything, very good.