Coachlight Bible Study – Genesis 1:3 – 1:25 – Lesson II

The 1st 5 Days of Creation – Getting The Earth Ready For Man


We saw in the first two verses of Genesis, the beginning of the basic elements of the universe out of nothing, and the initial energizing of these formless elements by the Holy Spirit.  Although the earth has been created, it is now a formless watery dispersion that existed in darkness.

This was no mere coincidence, because God had a purpose in creating the space, mass, time, continuum, and this will be demonstrated in the rest of creation. First, the Spirit of God gave this shapeless watery dispersion motion and form, and then comes the energy of light, to dispel the darkness, and God took six more days to place inhabitants on the earth.

The story of creation is truly the ultimate love story.  It is a story of the Creator’s love for a people who were not yet created by God.  God went to the work of creating the entire universe so that mankind could have, “A tent to dwell in”. (Isaiah 40:12,22)

As we saw in the last lesson, the Book of Genesis is not only the foundation of history, but anticipates the future in God’s purpose.  We can see the culmination of this purpose at the end of the Book of Revelation:


Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.


The more we learn about Who this Creator God is, the more we fall in love with Him.  This is exactly the way we develop a relationship with God.  A relationship with God begins the same way creation did by, “And God said”.

I. 1st Day–Light & Darkness Divided–Universe Created & Energized

Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there be light,<0216>.: and there was light.

Genesis 1:4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. {the light from…: Heb. between the light and between the darkness}

Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.


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1) light

1a) light of day - 1b) light of heavenly luminaries (moon, sun, stars)

1c) day-break, dawn, morning light - 1d) daylight - 1e) lightning

1f) light of lamp - 1g) light of life - 1h) light of prosperity

1i) light of instruction - 1j) light of face (fig.) - 1k) Jehovah as Israel’s light

A. So far, the earth was created

1. In a formless watery dispersion

2. It existed in static Darkness

3. But God had a purpose for it

a. The Spirit of God had given motion & form to the innate elements

b. Now would come the energy of light to dispel the darkness

B. Verse three is the first record of God speaking

1. The Word of God brought forth Light

2. We see that the Father is the source of all things (Verse 1)

3. We see that the Holy Spirit is the energizer of all things (Verse 2)

4. We see that the Word is the revealer of all things (Verse 3)

C. When light appeared, “God divided the light from the darkness”

1. Darkness was not removed completely, as far as the earth was concerned

2. The darkness was separated from the light

3. “God called the light day, and the darkness He called night”

4. This is very much like an anticipation of future misunderstanding

a. God carefully defined His terms

b. The first time He used the term ‘day’ – yom, He defined it as light

c. This distinguishes ‘day’ from the ‘darkness’ called ‘night’

D. Having separated day and night, God had completed His first day’s work

1. “The evening and the morning were the first day”

2. This same thing is said at the completion of each of the six days of creation

3. It is obvious that the length of all six days were the same

4. The day was ‘light’ time when God did His work

5. The night was darkness – God did no work

6. From this time on there was a cyclical succession of days and nights

a. Periods of light

b. Periods of darkness

c. The earth was now rotating on its axis

d. There was a source of light corresponding to the sun not yet created

e. It is also clear that the length of each day was the same as a solar day

7. The term yom, never means a period of time

a. It can mean an indefinite length of time – “The day of the Lord”

b. It can mean a 24 hour day

c. It can mean the daylight portion of the 24 hour day

d. It is never used as a definite period of time

E. The Genesis usage is the 24 hour day or the light part of the 24 hour day

1. Each day had boundaries – “Evening and morning were the first day”

2. Each day had the same boundaries – All equal

F. Visible light waves include the entire Electromagnetic spectrum

1. Beyond the visible light waves there are other waves

2. There are ultraviolet light and all the other short waves

3. There are infrared light and the rest of the long waves

G. Setting the electromagnetic waves into operation completed the energizing

H. There was another act of creation not mentioned in Genesis – Angels


Job 38:4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding.

Job 38:5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it?

Job 38:6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;

Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?


1.  Their purpose was to minister to the heirs of salvation


Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?


2. When were they created? – After the light in the stretched out heavens


Psalm 104:2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain:

Psalm 104:3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind:

Psalm 104:4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire:


I. What was God’s Purpose? - The Universe was a tent to dwell in:


Isaiah 40:12  -Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Isaiah 40:22 It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in


II. 2nd Day – The Waters Above & Below Separated – Creation of Primeval Hydrosphere & Atmosphere for the Terrestrial Sphere


Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let there be a firmament <07549> in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. {firmament: Heb. expansion}

Genesis 1:7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.

Genesis 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.


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firmament 17; 17

1) extended surface (solid), expanse, (stretched out thinness)

1a) expanse (flat as base, support)

1b) firmament (of vault of heaven supporting waters above)

1b1) considered by Hebrews as solid and supporting ‘waters’ above


A. On the first day, the earth was still material in a watery suspension

B. Some of this water was to be separated and placed above the rotating globe.

C. There was a great space separating the waters above from waters below

D. The tremendous power to separate came from God’s Word

E. This firmament or space between the waters was:

1. A protective canopy, or ‘Tent to dwell in’ – (Isaiah 40:12 & 22)

2. raquia or firmament is the same as our term ‘space’– earlier shamayim

3. In fact, God called the firmament heaven or shamiyim

F. There are three particular ‘heavens’ mentioned in Scripture:


1. The atmospheric Heaven


Jeremiah 4:25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.


2. Sidereal Heaven:


Isaiah 13:10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light: the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.


3. God’s Throne


Hebrews 9:24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:


G. The ‘Waters above the firmament made up a great blanket of water vapor

1. Undoubtedly located above the troposphere in what is now the ionosphere

2. This could not have been like clouds of today – they were above the firmament

3. There was no rain on the earth in those days – Genesis 2:5

4. There was no bow in the cloud – Genesis 9:13

5. It was transparent water vapor because you could see the stars – Genesis 1:14-15

H. A water canopy would be a sustainer of long vigorous life:

1. Water vapor would reflect much of the incoming radiation – A Global Greenhouse – Uniform warm temperature all over the earth

2. With uniform temperature- No great air mass movements – No windstorms

3. With no global wind - No rain except over water, but it would evaporate immediately

4. With no global wind – No dust particles in atmosphere to implement rain

5. Comfortable uniform humidity by local evaporation and condensation – dew and ground fog in each day-night cycle

6. With adequate warm temperatures and humidity - No deserts or ice caps- Lush vegetation.

7. With water vapor filtering out cosmic rays, etc., - No mutations – Long life

8. With water canopy – high hyperbaric pressure – adds to longevity

9. The water canopy would later provide the means to effect the flood



I. Water vapor will be restored in the millennium and new earth


Psalm 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.

Psalm 148:6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.


III. 3rd Day – Grass, Herbs, & Trees–Lithosphere & Plant Biosphere


Genesis 1:11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. {grass: Heb. tender grass}

Genesis 1:12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.


So far, rocks and minerals had been formed, along with a blanket of fertile soil, consisting of sand, silt, and clay sized particles, ideally grated, with abundant chemical nutrients and soil moisture.

Then, God spoke again:


A. God organized some of the elements into tremendously complex systems

1. Each had an informational program built in chemically to reproduce

2. Each could reproduce only its own “kind”

a. The term, “after his kind” is used 10 times in the first chapter

b. This repeatedly teaches the limitations of variation

1. Each was to reproduce after its own “kind”

2. Not after some other “kind”

3. There is no mention that these are living – had consciousness

4. Each had a “seed” in itself to produce more like itself

5. Knowledge of DNA structure demonstrates the stability of “kinds”

a. Each “kind” has a DNA structure only allowing reproduction of its own kind

b. There is a potential of variation within each kind

1. For the generation of distinct individuals

2. For the generation of many different varieties within each kind

3. The programming will not allow evolution of new kinds

6. A great deal of “horizontal” variation is possible - but no “vertical changes”


I Corinthians 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

I Corinthians 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.


Also you could read Leviticus 11:13-32


C. The main orders were:

1. Grasses – all spreading ground covering vegetation

2. Herbs – All bushes & shrubs

3. Trees – All large woody plants – even complex fruit bearing trees

D. The earth did not “Bring Forth” as is translated in Verses 11 & 20

1. Vs. 11 – da-sha (sprouts forth) "let the earth grow with green grass"

2. Vs. 20 - sha-ratz (swarms with)-  "let the waters swarm with swarms of

ne-phesh" (soul); - in verse 21 it is sha-ratz’.

E. Notice all were made as full-grown plants – not seeds

1. Even at first, creation had an appearance of age

2. The creating processes were not the processes we see happening today

a. Adam was created – not as a baby, but as a full grown man

b. Trees were created as full grown trees

c. The entire universe was created functioning – complete and fully developed

d. The apparent age we see today would be different from the true age revealed

F. This teaching makes sense, but is contrary to the teaching of evolution

1. Evolution has marine animals, both vertebrate and invertebrate, evolving hundreds of millions of years before fruit trees and other higher plants

2. Many plants require pollination by insects – insects not made until day 6

3. Days of creation could not have been “geological ages”

IV. 4th Day – Sun, Moon, & Stars – Astrosphere & Celestial Sphere Surrounding and Illuminating the Terrestrial Sphere.


Genesis 1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: {the day…: Heb. between the day and between the night}

Genesis 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.

Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.

Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,

Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.


A. On the first day – God said, “Let there be “Light” – (Hebrew -  ‘ore’)

B. 2nd day – God said, Let there be “lights” – (Hebrew Mawore, or ‘lightgiver’)

C. There was intrinsic light first – then light generators

D. Both had the same purpose – “to divide the light from the darkness” (Vs. 4,18)

E. The duration of the day and night was the same in each instance

F. It is as easy for God to create light energy as it is to create light generators

G. 2nd purpose of “lights” was for man, marking signs & seasons, days & years.

1. It didn’t take a billion years for a star’s light to reach earth after it was created

2. A light trail was created from the star to earth 3 days before the star was created!

3. The universe was created “full grown” and functional

H. Stars are mentioned as minor importance – “He made the stars also

1. Stars are thought to be made up of hydrogen & Helium – Quite simple

2. The earth, on the other hand, is quite complex

I. Novas & Super Novas are not an argument against Creation

1. The vast distances between stars are calculated by questionable assumptions

2. Geometric measurements can only reach about 330 light years

a. Any greater distances are uncertain

b. There are no assurances of the speed of light at such distances

c. Models of relativity & space curvature - shorter time for light reaching earth

J. No reason to believe evolutionary models

1. No one has ever seen a star or galaxy evolve

2. No one has ever seen a star or galaxy change at all.

V. 5th Day – Living Creatures


Genesis 1:20 And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life <05315>, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.

Genesis 1:21 And God created great whales<08577>, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.

Genesis 1:23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.


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1) soul, self, life, creature, person, appetite, mind, living being, desire, emotion, passion - 1a) that which breathes, the breathing substance or being, soul, the inner being of man - 1b) living being - 1c) living being (with life in the blood)

1d) the man himself, self, person or individual - 1e) seat of the appetites

1f) seat of emotions and passions - 1g) activity of mind - 1g1) dubious

1h) activity of the will - 1h1) dubious - 1i) activity of the character - 1i1) dubious

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dragon 21, serpent 3, whale 3, sea monster 1; 28

1) dragon, serpent, sea monster - 1a) dragon or dinosaur

1b) sea or river monster - 1c) serpent, venomous snake


God has made the atmosphere and hydrosphere (2nd day), and the lithosphere and biosphere (3rd day).  God now proceeds to make animal life for the atmosphere and hydrosphere.  All the necessities for life are now present, such as: light, air, water, soil, chemicals, plants, fruits, etc.  There was only one deficiency – no inhabitants.

But the first inhabitants were not a fragile blob of protoplasm that happened to come together in response to an electrical charge in a primeval ‘goo’ as evolution teaches. The waters suddenly swarmed abundantly with swarming creatures.


A. Moving Creature –

1. These were for the “water sphere”

2. The Hebrew sherets – “moving creature” also refers to marine animals & reptiles

B. The word “Life” – Used for the first time – (Hebrew nephesh – ‘soul’)

1. This word is used of both man and animals – not plants

2. Plants do not have a soul, or consciousness

C. There were also animals for the “air sphere”

1. Birds to fly in the firmament of heaven

2. The atmosphere is made up of troposphere (lower) and stratosphere (upper)

3. The birds only fly in the troposphere.

D. The first animals mentioned were “great whales”

1. Word also means dragon

2. Could very possibly also refer to behemoth (Sea dinosaur) as in Job

E. Each was to reproduce after its own “kind”

1. Again shows the Creator programming the DNA

2. Each is programmed to to allow for variations within its kind

3. None can reproduce beyond that programmed structure to a different kind

4. A great deal of “horizontal” variation is possible - but no “vertical changes”


I Corinthians 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

I Corinthians 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.


Also you could read Leviticus 11:13-32 – It amplifies the word “kind”


F. God called this work good and blessed the animals

1. Animals are not an object of God’s love – as man wiould be

2. They are, however, objects of God’s care and concern

a. Matthew 10:29 – God’s care and concern

b. Matthew 6:26 – God provides food for them


G. Again Genesis truth does not go along with evolutionary teaching

1. Evolution teaches:

a. First marine organisms evolved

b. Second – land plants

c. Then birds

2. Genesis teaches:

a. Land plants came first

b. Then, marine creatures and birds simultaneously

3. Also, if anything, the largest sea animals came first – again against evolution


V. 6th Day – Living Creatures

Getting The Earth Ready For Man

God has only one day left in His plan to have the earth ready to give it to man, who He had not yet created:


Psalm 115:15 Ye are blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.

Psalm 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.


Actually, to get the earth ready for man, only a small part of a day remains after the creation of the animal life in the air and the water in the fifth day.  Animals must be formed for the land surfaces – or the lithosphere and the biosphere.


Genesis 1:24 And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.

Genesis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.


A. The use of asah and bara in creation of animals – Seeming anomaly

1. God “made” asah the land animals, but “created” bara the air and sea animals

2. The reason for this anomaly is found in verse 21, the creative act was:


“… every living creature<05315> (or soul) that moveth…”


3. The “soul principle” was created on the 5th day – No need to mention again on the 6th day.

a. The making of land creatures only involved new organization of materials already in existence.

b. They all involved the same biochemical and reproductive systems.


B. These land animals’ bodies were from the earth, and when dead will return

C. These land animals were “living creatures” – or nephesh, souls

1. They had consciousness, unlike the plants

2. They had consciousness, like the air and water animals – Genesis 1:21

3. They had consciousness, in this respect like man – Genesis 2:7


The Completed Creation


The world was now ready for human inhabitants, who would be given dominion over it.  God did not need billions of years to prepare for man as the theistic evolutionists believe.  He really didn’t need the six days He took.  The apparent reason to take the six days were to show the orderly relationships between the different components of creation, and secondly to provide a divine pattern to the human work week.  (Exodus 20:9-11)


God’s Plan To Dwell (Tabernacle) With His Creation - Man

God Walks With Adam In The Garden




Christ Came As Promised To Purchase Man’s Salvation

Acts 20:28

Holy Spirit Dwells Inside The Believer – Sealing Of The Holy Ghost Is The Earnest Of Our Inheritance

Ephesians 1:13-14



The Tabernacle Of God Is With Man

Revelation 21:3

God Presents The Bride To Adam





God’s Glory Fills The Tabernacle

Exodus 40:34-35

II Chronicles 5:14

Immanuel – God With Us





The Bride Without Spot Or Wrinkle Or Any Such Thing Goes To Meet The Lord In The Air – They Are With Him Forever

I Thessalonians 4:13-18

Tribulation Designed To Bring Israel Back To God

Daniel 9:24-27

Christ Rules The World On Earth

Revelation 20:4-6

We See The Full Bride (Foundations & Gates) Church & Israel With God Forever

Revelation 21:1-14

Approx. 2000 Years

Approx. 2000 Years

Approx. 33 Years

Has Been Approx. 2000 Years

7 Years

1000 Years

Forever & Ever















Heavens &

New Earth



The Law

Christ On Earth

Church Age



Dispensation Of The Fullness Of Times