by Kristen C. Strocchia
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2
Some people have trouble with the idea that Genesis 2:4-25 appears to be a second Creation story after the Genesis 1 account. However, if we look at verses 1 and 2 in Genesis 1, we see a similar pattern.
Verse 1. Big Picture. God created the heavens and the earth. Done. But there aren’t any details.
Verse 2. Begin zooming in on just one part of the story–the state of the earth as the Creation unfolds. Here God gives us lots of specifics.
Chapter 2: verse 4. Zoom in again on just the details of Man’s creation. Even more specifics.
The author–as inspired by God–weaves summary [i.e. 1:1, 2:1 and 2:4] statements with focused descriptions [i.e. the individual days of Creation, and then the detailed account of man] to give us the whole picture.
Some people would also like to add millions and billions of years between the verses of these accounts in order to try to align them with the theory of evolution. However, in all of scripture, God speaks to people in terms that we can understand. He doesn’t speak in riddles. He hasn’t buried His truth behind vague or mysterious omissions.
He speaks plainly to us in human terms. The whole truth. And nothing but the truth.
So when God says that He created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th. Then I believe that God created the earth in 6 literal 24-hour days and rested on the 7th literal 24-hour day. When He says that the earth was formless and empty, I believe it’s because the earth had no land forms–none at all–and there was nothing on the planet’s surface–absolutely nothing but pitch black darkness and the Spirit of God hovering above it.
Every view of the beginning of the world takes faith, because no one was here to witness it. Well, unless you believe in God of course. In which case, He was the only One who knows what happened, and then, well, we should be able to trust Him enough to take His Word for it.
Do you believe that God reveals Himself plainly to humankind? If yes, how well do you know His revelation? If no, challenge yourself to dig deeper into His Word. Ask Him to begin to reveal Himself to you in ways that you have never known Him before.