Genesis 1: 2-5 – 2The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
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We look out at the majesty of the universe and the stars in the heavens and we are awed by its infinite beauty, but often we do not appreciate the beauty of our own home, the earth. Before there were stars and galaxies and constellations in the sky, there was the earth, empty of dry land but filled with water, sitting motionless in space. The Spirit of God was “hovering” over the face of the deep. The Hebrew word that translates as “hovering” implies to be “affected with movement.” Literally, the Spirit of God “moved” the earth, possibly beginning its spinning on its axis.
God then created the light. He had no need to “create” darkness, as darkness is always simply the absence of light. By creating the earth as a round spinning planet, the light was effectively separated from the darkness. The light was then called “day” and the darkness was called “night.”
Let us read the creation account with fresh eyes that see the awesome wonder and power of God. Give thanks to God for His mighty hand that created our world and be assured that He is as powerful today as He was when He created all that we can see.