Friday, December 26, 2008

The Seeing of God. . .

Day 1

Genesis 1:3-4
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.  (4)  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

This is the first mention of God seeing.  Seeing is necessarily done in the light.  Before there is light you cannot see.  You can feel.  You can taste.  You can hear.  You can smell, but if there is no light you cannot see.  Undoubtedly God has senses that we cannot begin to imagine, but without light there is nothing to see, without light there is nothing but blackness.  In this first mention of God seeing. . . And God saw the light. . . there is a pronoun in Hebrew not usually translated into English (Strong's H853 'eth את ).  This pronoun, 'eth, brings emphasis to the noun to which it refers.  Only in this the first 'seeing' and the in the last 'seeing' of verse 31 does this pronoun appear.  If this word were translated it might read like this. . . And God ['eth - Himself] saw the light. . . God evaluated the light.  He measured the light.  He weighed the light for His own, for 'eth purposes. . .It was not the mere simple seeing of it.  He took it all in and He found it to be good. . .

Day 2

Genesis 1:6-8
And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.  (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.  (8)  And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

In Genesis 1:1 God also is said to have created heaven.  Now on day two again He is creating Heaven.  Does He create heaven/Heaven twice?  Note that the KJV translators capitalize this Heaven.  It it not sky that is being referred to, but the proper name of a place.  God does not pronounce this day 2 Heaven as good.  He does not weigh and find this Heaven as good. . .

Day 3

Genesis 1:9-12
And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.  (10)  And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.  

(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.  (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.

God pulled together the waters into a single particular piece, and in one place and made Earth.  In verse 1:1 He already made the heaven and the earth, but now again He makes the earth.  That earth in verse 1 appears to be the universe at large and this now appears to be the specific planet on which we live.  The earth coalesces and comes together with a form of separated dry land and water areas.  Also on this day all plant life is created.  God considered this and found it good. . .

Day 4

 Genesis 1:14-18
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:  (15)  And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.  (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.  (17)  And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,  (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.

 God now made the orbits of the planets and the stars.  He made the motions of the sun and moon, the purpose of which is to enable us to track the seasons, to enable us to mark the months and the days and the years.  During the day we watch the progression of the sun across the sky for our day to night time measurement, but also we watch the sun as it goes higher and lower in the sky in its yearly progression through the seasons.  The nighttime is measured by the phases of the moon in her repeating month long cycles.  

The influence of the moon upon the earth is huge.  The moon is not an actual satellite of the Earth.  Gravitationally it is controlled more by the sun than by the Earth.  We actually are part of a double planet system.  The moon is too large to be a mere satellite of the Earth's.  It is said that without the moon, life on Earth may not have been even possible.  By the influence of the moon, the tides greatly move the waters of the Earth. . .washing in and out, refreshing, exchanging, dispersing, rejuvenating. . . The orbit of the moon around the earth may well contribute to the strength of the Earth's  magnetic field.  Neither Mars nor Venus have any appreciable magnetic field.  The existence of the Earths magnetic field may well be due to the tidal influence of the moon on our planet's molten core.  The moon may keep the core of the earth moving like a dynamo, maintaining our magnetic field.  Our magnetic field protects us from cosmic rays and solar radiation.  Our magnetic field helps the Earth to retain its atmosphere.  All this was seen by God and found to be good. . .

Day 5

Genesis 1:20-21
And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.  (21)  And God created great whales, 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.

Now the aquatic creatures and the creatures of the air were created.  The fish, the whales. . . all sea life and the wonderful birds were made by God. . . and He looked at them. . . He evaluated them. . . and they were found to be good. . .

Day 6

Genesis 1:24-25
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.  (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.

All the land animals were created on this the sixth day.  Every creature of the animal kingdom that resides on the land was now created.  God reviewed it.  He saw it. . . and He  measured it to be good, but the day was not done.  In the last part, of this last day of work for Him, He createed man and woman. . .

Genesis 1:26-27
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.  (27)  So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

He created and gave us the rule of the earth.  We are given responsibility for the domain of our earth.  At the close of that final day of creation.  God reviewed it all:

Genesis 1:31
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

The pronoun, 'eth, mentioned previously (Strong's H853) also appears in this verse. . . And God ['eth - Himself] saw every thing that he had made. . .  God reviewed His creation for His own purposes.  He evaluated the sum of everything, the end result of His work. . . He viewed the entirety of creation, God looked at what He had done and found it not merely good, but mightily good. . . very good. . .

He saw and measured the all of it as good.  He said on this day that the creation of the animal kingdom before man was good, but significantly He did not specify the creation of man as good. . .similarly on day 2 He did not mention the creation of Heaven as being seen by Him as good.  These are the only parts of creation not said to be looked at. . . not said to have been weighed. . . not said to have been found. . .not said to have been determined to be good. . .

Out of Heaven came the original sin, out of Heaven came the sin of Lucifer, out of Heaven came the sin of pride that led to 1/3 of the angels leaving heaven in disobedience to God. . . out of Heaven came that snake Satan, which tempted Adam and Eve. . . Out of man came all the vileness that God fore saw. . . that He knew would come. . . every bit of evilness which we visit upon each other and visit upon the rest of God's creation. . . all this was before His eyes. . .God saw every bit of darkness this world has seen, , , God saw all this evil of man. . .God saw all in horrifying, excruciating detail in that the first moment of man's creation. . .Significantly neither of these aspects of creation, neither Heaven nor Man were said to have been found to be good. . .

The judgment of man, the judgment and sentencing of Lucifer still await that future day before the great white throne of judgment described in Revelation 20.  The rest of the creation of God has already been considered, weighed in the balance of God's seeing and has been found to be good. . .

I love you my God. . .
I love you my Lord. . .

Dave

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