by Kristen C. Strocchia
“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the third day.” Genesis 1:11-13
Plants. Just yesterday God made sky, and today He created land then filled it with the primary producers to propel the respiration exchange of the Creation yet to come. Not only that, but He set a sustainable ecosystem in motion with plants that could reproduce more of their own kind.
Kinds. Now kind isn’t as specified as species, but a broader taxonomic classification like genus or maybe even family. Meaning all kinds of apple trees could cross-pollinate and create more apple trees. As long as they’re in the apple tree family. The same is true today.
And God saw that this was all good.
Night and day. Sky and seas. Land and plants. The world was almost ready for His masterpiece, just a few more details and all would be ready.
Interestingly though, while light was created on Day 1, the sun wouldn’t be created until tomorrow. Now if theistic evolution were true–which some Christians have tried to marry Creation to evolution in such a way–but if that were true, then the plants would have had to wait thousands or millions of years for the sun to come up, depending on the view of how long the gaps were.
But God said in this account that He created all there is in just six days–six literal twenty-four hour days. The evening set on the vegetated land for the first time and the morning rose marking Day 3. Only three more days until God’s most personal Creation. Us.
And God’s doing it again. Right now. He’s preparing a place for us [John 14:2-3]. Every detail will be beyond all that we can ask or imagine. Perfect. The best. Tailored just as God always intended for us. Ours for all eternity if we’ll acknowledge Him.
Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? Are you telling others that God is preparing a place for them so that they too can live forever with Him?