Days of Creation
The Bible can be divided into four acts, similar to how a play is broken up into acts. These acts include: creation, the fall, redemption, and restoration. This post will focus on the creation act. Genesis 1 and 2 tell about the creation of the universe. It is telling the “why” of creation, not the “how.”
The trinity existed eternally. Nothing created God and nothing existed before God’s creation. It was the trinity that created. I believe in creation ex nihilo, which means creation out of nothing. God has supreme authority and absolute power. This is demonstrated by merely speaking creation into existence out of nothing. In the beginning, the world was tohu wa-bohu, which means formless and void. Now there are theories of why that is or what happened in this time period, such as the Gap Theory, but I do not subscribe to those.
There is a pattern that can be seen in the 6 days of creation. The first three days having different types of separation and the last three days being days of creation. On the first day, there was a chronological separation for God made day and night. On the second day, there was a vertical separation for God separate the waters to make earth and sky. On the third day, there was a horizontal separation which created land and sea. After this took place, the formless void that was the earth was no longer formless; it now has height, width, and chronological depth.
Throughout days 4-5, we see things being spoken into creation. On day four, the bodies that account for the light made in day one are created. On day five, the bodies that are to inhabit the skies and seas that were made in day two are created. On day six, the bodies that inhabit the land made in day three are created. Now, the formless void is no longer formless nor void. It was formed throughout days 1-3 and was filled in days 4-6.