Many biblical scholars will tell you that GOD spoke the world into being, the atmosphere and the stars were created when He said, “Let there be…” and that everything was created via His spoken word.
As I was reading Genesis 1 the other day on my way through the Bible for the second time this year I was surprised to realize that “spoken creation” is not what the Bible says happened. I was shocked I had never seen nor heard that before, but there it was. I re-read the words. I looked at them as my jaw gaped. It wasn’t true! Totally spoken creation was not true! Those who teach that “GOD spoke and it happened” are incorrect. Let me show you.
The creation story in Genesis 1 (KJV) states:
The BeginningNote what it says in 1:1 – In the beginning GOD created, not spoke, created. He used his hands and “created” the heavens and the earth. He never spoke it. When we reach verse three “GOD said let there be light and there was light” and that is when we see the first spoken word.
1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
The First Day: Light
3 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. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
The Second Day: Firmament
6 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.
The Third Day: Dry Ground
9 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. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.
The Fourth Day: Sun, Moon, Stars
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: 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. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
The Fifth Day: Fish and Birds
20 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. 22 And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. 23 And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
The Sixth Day: Creatures on Land
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. 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.
26 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. 28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. 29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. 30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. 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.
Read the words of each verse of the creation story and you will see that sometimes He spoke and sometimes He created. There will be some who say that He created via speaking it all. Not true. The Bible is very specific and there are no superfluous or misleading words. A spoken word means a spoken word; created means something different than that.
In the “And GOD said” verses He is creating things with his spoken words, but in verses one, seven, sixteen, twenty-one, twenty-five and twenty-seven we have two words: “created” or “made”. Let us examine the different words GOD used in creating the “heavens and the earth”. Comparing the words of the Bible tells us that there is one word for “said”; two words for “created”; and one for “made” (Source: Hebrew Lexicon):
1:1; 1:27 (twice)So we see that the words are different and they have different pronunciations, with only two of them “created” having the same definition. “Ba-ra” and “vai-viv-ra” both mean “to shape, create”, but they’re different words. The word “said” in Hebrew is “vai-vo-mer”, meaning “to utter, say”. Uttering or saying is not shaping, creating, doing, or making, now is it? So we see that GOD did sometimes speak about creating but then He went about actually doing it with His own hands, as seen in verses twenty-four and twenty-five, for instance.
"created" בָּרָ֣א ba·ra 1254a to shape, create a prim. root
1:3; 1:6; 1:9; 1:11; 1:14; 1:24; 1:26; 1:28; 1:29
"said" וַיֹּ֥אמֶר vai·yo·mer 559 to utter, say a prim. root
1:7; 1:16; 1:25; 1:26
"made" וַיַּ֣עַשׂ vai·ya·'as 6213a do, make a prim. root
"created" וַיִּבְרָ֣א vai·yiv·ra 1254a to shape, create a prim. root
So GOD did not speak the universe into existence. Yes, words were part of it, but if you look at the words used to describe the actual events, the words prove that GOD also put His hands into it and “created”, “made” and “shaped” the universe and all that therein is.
Let’s take a look at the second discovery I made in Genesis Chapter 1. As I was reading it a specific idea jumped out at me. Look at how the story of the creation of the universe is worded. “Let” is throughout the story. “Let” denotes getting permission, or agreement. If your child comes to you and says, “Mom may I….?” Your response is sometimes “I will let you do that”, not necessarily in those words, but the equivalent to. “Let” is an agreement word, as in GOD was in agreement with the Holy Spirit and His Own Son, Jesus Christ. They had to be in agreement for the universe to be created; especially that most crucial to us portion in which another word is included (vs. 26), “Let us” make man. “Let us”: even GOD had to ensure agreement before taking that last step that was so important to them – creating Mankind.
Agreement between GOD, Jesus and the Holy Spirit was important enough that they ensured it throughout the creation of our universe: “Let”. If it’s that important for the Father, Son and Holy Ghost to have agreement on that how important is it for husband and wife, or any two people who desire the same thing to be in agreement?
Remember the Tower of Babel story in Genesis Chapter 11? That’s the story about how all of the people were of one language and they all agreed to work on the same thing: building a tower tall enough to reach up to heaven so they would be famous. GOD saw how united they were, how much in agreement and He came down to check them out. What He saw alarmed Him so much that He confounded their language because He saw:
“And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.”What was that the Lord said: “and now nothing will be restrained from them”. They all agreed to work together and do this one thing and that meant that “nothing will be restrained from them”. Agreement amongst the people who all had one language meant that GOD Himself had to fear what they could accomplish. Look at the words: “now nothing will be restrained from them”! Nothing! That’s a pretty strong word!
GOD made the universe – with agreement from Jesus, His Son, and the Holy Spirit – and He did so with His own two hands as well as His words. It was possible because GOD had agreement with the other two who were around to agree (consider John 1:1-3).
Speaking agreement and believing it can accomplish many things; miracles can, indeed, happen. Since we are made in the “image and likeness of GOD” and our belief in His Son enables us to do “greater things” than Jesus did while He was alive, don’t you think it’s time we start agreeing and enabling us to do “greater things” (John 14:12). If you’re married get into agreement with your spouse so that you can have a united front. You can unite on child-rearing issues, budget issues, vacation issues: just hash it out until you agree. This will make your marriage more harmonious and more miraculous and isn’t that much better than what most people have?
Agreement and creation using His hands as opposed to the spoken word: two new things to consider when you are considering the creation of the Universe.
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