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Creation - The second Day ...

Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013. Creation days … we are looking into the first part of the biblical books, into the book of Genesis, the book about the evolution of the earth and mankind. What does it tell us about God and about ourselves?

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The second day …

After God created the light and darkness on the first day, and called the light “day” and the darkness “night”, today we come to day number two. Genesis here notes as follows:

And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7 So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day. (Gen 1, 6-8)

In some translations, the word “vault” is replaced by “firmament”. It separates the water below from the water above it. He calles the things above it “sky” or “heaven”. Strong's dictionary tells us about the word used here: “shamayim shaw-mah'-yim: dual of an unused singular shameh {shaw-meh'}; from an unused root meaning to be lofty; the sky (as aloft; the dual perhaps alluding to the visible arch in which the clouds move, as well as to the higher ether where the celestial bodies revolve).

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What happened …

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When I was a teen, I started to read about the development of the earth - a very exciting topic. It seems that during earth early history, the atmosphere changed many times. Today, in meteorology we speak of separate levels of clouds, in our numerical models they are put into different heights of the atmosphere and are moved there by the winds of that particular level. When you fly by plane, you can observe the different cloud layers, and also the convection which happens in active areas.

What I know about the atmosphere fits perfectly well to the second day of the biblical creation story. We find several layers of atmospheric processes, which separate the water which is down in the oceans (covering a large part of the earth's surface) from the water in the cloud layers, the water in the sky's.

Often, people have started to read the biblical books with the concept that it cannot describe real things, that it is mythological. In the 1960th that seemed to be a concept which helped them to understand. But it is a good idea to see the critical approach a little critical, and approach the texts with a fresh and unbiased view. How else should you be able to learn and discover the truth? So we will read it as what it wants to be: books which wants to be very relevant for us, very much linked to reality, both physical and spiritual! The word of the eternal God tries to reach us in every sentence … (Roland Potthast) ... more texts

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