Sunday, May 10, 2009

Genesis 1:11-13 The Third Day, Part Two

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. 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. And the evening and the morning were the third day.

In this verse, we see the first vegetation appear on the planet. There are some that say this shows that the bible is in error because vegetation cannot grow without the sun and the sun wasn't created until the following day, the 4th day. First of all, if we believe in an all powerful G-d, then it is not beyond his capability to cause anything to grow under any circumstance. However, the non believers do have a point. G-d does not frivolously violate his laws of physics.

Vegetation will not grow under normal circumstances without light. This does not necessarily require the sun, which is one source of light, and light was created on the first day. All kinds of vegetation is grown daily without the sun. In the basements of thousands of people, with the help of artificial light, many plants are grown. To set the record straight, there was light for vegetation to grow, two days before these verses.

The next thing that should be noticed is the fact that the vegetation was the first of its kind. This brings to the mind, the age old question, "What came first the chicken or the egg?". The biblical answer is quite simple, the chicken. The answer is right here. The vegetation came first then it produced its seed to propagate. The same with the chicken. The chicken came first, then it laid an egg. Its impossible, under normal circumstances, for the egg to have the chicken. As silly as it sounds, these types of questions are bantered about everyday. This shows that the answers to everyday questions can be found in the Word of G-d. But you knew that.

It doesn't say it, specifically, here, but Adam and the garden was most likely created on the third day. How do I know that? Look ahead to chapter two, verses 4&5, as to when the Garden of Eden was planted and when Adam was put into it.

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