The effect is described in the name "day," which in Hebrew signifies "warmth," "heat"; while the name "night" signifies a "rolling up," as night wraps all things in a shady mantle. divided the light from darkness--refers to the alternation or succession of the one to the other, produced by the daily revolution of the earth round its axis. first day--a natural day, as the mention of its two parts clearly determines; and Moses reckons, according to Oriental usage, from sunset to sunset, saying not day and night as we do, but evening and morning. The air was thus "in the midst of the waters," that is, separated them; and this being the apparent use of it, is the only one mentioned, although the atmosphere serves other uses, as a medium of life and light. Amid all the varieties found among men, some black, some copper-colored, others white, the researches of modern science lead to a conclusion, fully accordant with the sacred history, that they are all of one species and of one family ( Acts ). "Great and manifold are thy works, Lord God Almighty! We admire that wisdom, not only in the regular progress of creation, but in its perfect adaptation to the end.
God is represented as pausing at every stage to look at His work. Every object was in its right place, every vegetable process going on in season, every animal in its structure and instincts suited to its mode of life and its use in the economy of the world.
He saw everything that He had made answering the plan which His eternal wisdom had conceived; and, "Behold it was very good" [ Genesis ].
God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” (Gen.
A Chronological Daily Bible Study of the Old Testament7-Day Sections with a Summary-Commentary, Discussion Questions, and a Practical Daily Application Week 1 The Creation of the World 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
1:2 Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water.
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