As published in Creation Illustrated magazine, Vol. 17, No. 2, Summer
2010, pages 22-29, with minor changes by the editor.
Editor's Note: This article is the second part in our seventh series of features that focus on the Creation week. Some days are divided into segments, and in the next issue, we will explore the third day of the Creation week when God created the dry land and the plants. Each series of stories varies with new writers and fresh photographs. We hope you enjoy this closer look at God's handiwork aimed at inspiring you to study His Word in depth.
Creation Day 2, by Edmond W. Holroyd, III, PhD
At the end of the first day of the Creation week, there was God and His created water and His created light that was separated from the darkness. As the second day begins, "Then God said, 'Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.' Thus 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. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day." (Genesis 1:6-8).
We scientists would like more information about what happened and how. There is not much detail here for our study and satisfaction. Until we get to heaven and receive our answers there, we must let ourselves be humble or else God may expose our ignorance with questions such as He gave to Job: " 'Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?' " (Job 38:2). He further admonishes in verse 4, " 'Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.' "
So, we must start with what we have, the declaration of the God who was there as the Creator at the beginning. Let's look at some of the important words in the brief biblical chronology of day two.
Day 2, Words, Heavens, Stretched, Atmosphere, Magnetic, Ending