Summary: The symphony of creation was orchestrated out of love for mankind.
Text: “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning” (Genesis 1:31).
What did God create? First of all, God created the heavens and the earth. This is recorded in the very first verse of Genesis. This was only the beginning of God’s great plan of creation. The heavens and the earth were nice, but there was total darkness. God knew what He created and His Spirit hovered or drifted over the waters.
God did not need to create the heavens or the earth, but He did it out of love. His entire plan of creation is an expression of His creativity and proves beyond a shadow of doubt He is the Great Creator, the God of the universe, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
God has always been God and He always will be God. He was always present and He will always be present. God was extremely satisfied when He separated the darkness by bringing in light. Scripture tells us that “God called the light ‘day,’ and the darkness he called ‘night’” (Genesis 1:3). His plan was not finished, there was more to come.
God looked out and he saw the waters. In His mind He visualized a separation of the waters. Some of the waters were placed above the other waters. The space between the upper waters and the lower waters He called the “sky”. This was His second day of creation and God liked what He saw, but He still had more plans on the drawing board.
The next step in God’s plan called for the waters beneath the sky to be moved so that the ground under the waters could be brought to surface. God spoke and the waters moved and the ground appeared. God was impressed with what He saw and “God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters He called ‘seas’” (Genesis 1:10).
The land was bare and God knew according to His plan that something else was necessary, so 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” (Genesis 1:10). This took place on the third day of God’s seven day plan.
God must have said to Himself, “If My plan is going to really work properly, I need to add a light for day and a light for night”. Scripture says, “God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. God also made the stars” (Genesis 1:16).
The greater light that gives light to day and heat to the earth is the sun and the lesser light that that gives light to the night is called the moon. These lights would play a vital part in God’s final creative plan by providing seasons, days, and years. This was the fourth day and God was happy with the progress of his plan.
The next step in God’s great plan was to create bodies that could move about in the air and on the surface of the land and beneath the massive bodies of water.
Looking at the plans on His drawing board, God must have said to Himself, “I want to have creatures that can get from point A to point B by flying through the air. They must be able to reach great heights and perch themselves in the tops of the tall trees. They will have rather small bodies compared to the expanse of their wings.
“The wings will be attached to strong breast mussels and will be covered with feathers of varying lengths and arranged so that currents of air permit them to glide with the greatest of ease.” God created birds to fly through the sky.
God was doing a wonderful job in His creative process, but then He realized there was nothing in the great bodies of water. After a little bit of thought, God said, “I will create life that will live within the depths of the waters. Some will be very small and some will be very large.”
He went on to create many types of animal life and placed them in the great bodies of water. God saw how smooth His plan was moving and He said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on earth” (Genesis 1:22). This event completed day 5 of His great plan of creation.
The next part of God’s plan was to create a form of life that could live upon the surface of the land, populate the land with like life, and move about from place to place by means of legs or by crawling.