Last time we began examining the six days of re-creation or reestablishing of the Earth. We said these were six literal 24-hour days, solar days, of morning and evening. They were not geological ages. I do want to state that by law of double reference the six days of re-creation can be viewed as a type of six thousand years of human history, followed by the “day” of rest, or the 7,000th year, the millennial reign of Christ. However, this not negate the fact that these were indeed six literal days as covered in Genesis 1:3 – 31.
We looked at the reestablishment of light on the first day, and the restoration of the atmosphere on the second day last time. I’ll not take the time to reiterate all of that material, however if you missed that post you can find it at: https://pastorkj.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/gods-plan-for-the-ages-dispensations-pt-6/. We continue now with the third day.
THE THIRD DAY – RESTORATION OF LAND AND VEGETATION
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. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 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. [Gen. 1:9 – 13]
After the firmament or the atmosphere was completed, God spoke again and the whole planet resounded with the roar of rushing floods as they rushed from the dry land into places God had prepared for them, and the mountains and valleys reappeared. [See Ps. 104:5 – 9] I want to reiterate the fact this was not an original act of creation, because there were mountains and valleys on the earth prior to the third day [See Ezek. 28:14; Jer. 4:23 – 26]. Therefore, the waters of Genesis 1:2 covered the pre-Adamic Earth, along with the fossil deposits of a prior civilization. That is the reason that God merely commanded, “Let the dry land APPEAR: and it was so.” It had long since been created.
Also on the third day, God restored the vegetation of the earth and set in motion the process of reproduction “after his kind.” This completely excludes the process of evolution during the six days of re-creation. Thus, the Earth was completely restored and again fitted for the support and enjoyment of life.
THE FOURTH DAY – REGULATION OF SOLAR SYSTEM
The fourth day brought about the regulation of the solar system to give light on the Earth and to regulate the times and the seasons. The record does not say that God created the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day, but He merely made or appointed them. They were created “in the beginning,” but withheld their light due to the judgment of God on the pre-Adamic Earth [Gen. 1:20 – 23; Jer. 4:23].
THE FIFTH DAY – CREATION OF FISH AND FOWL
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. 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. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. [Gen. 1:20 – 23]
For the first time since Genesis 1:1 the word bara is used again in reference to an original creative act. Why is this? All animals had been destroyed in Lucifer’s flood, therefore God created new fish for the waters and fowl for the air. Each creature was commanded to reproduce “after his kind.” This too, leaves no room for evolution to occur outside of a particular species
THE SIXTH DAY – CREATION OF ANIMALS AND MAN
On the sixth day God created new land animals and commanded them to produce “after their kind.” The evolutionary process does not extend beyond a particular species according to the provision of God. We see this fact remains today: for instance, a donkey and a mare when crossed produce a mule, which is sterile. God placed this reproductive law into effect on the sixth day of re-creation. Incidentally, the animal kingdom originally was not created carnivorous, but ate the green herb of the field only [Gen. 1:30]. This will be the case once again, when the curse is lifted from the Earth and the meat-eating appetite of the animal kingdom once again will be eradicated [Isa. 11:6, 7].
As we look at the Creation accounts in Genesis 1:24 – 31 and 2:5 – 25, some have viewed them as two separate accounts. It should be noted, however, that the passage in Genesis 1 states the Divine purpose and the passage in Genesis 2 states the Divine act of the same account of Creation. Another way to say it would be that Genesis 1 tells what God did, and Genesis 2 tells briefly how God did it. Since the details of the Creation of man are given in Genesis 2, we will discuss this as we look at the first of the seven dispensations, the dispensation of innocence.
THE SEVENTH DAY – GOD’S DAY OF REST
So the Bible reveals that God restored the Earth to a second habitable state in six literal 24-hour days of re-creation, and rested on the seventh day. What a great and mighty God we serve! We marvel at the creative power of our great God! He spoke, and it became! God will not suffer defeat in His program! What Lucifer destroyed, God restored!
We have taken a detailed look at the creative ages, and eternity past. As we stated earlier in this series, we aren’t told a great deal concerning this time. We have attempted to look at what the Word does say about it. This study lays the foundation for our look at dispensations and dispensationalism. What exactly is dispensationalism?
Dispensationalism is a hermeneutical device. What do I mean by that? First, hermeneutics is the art or science, if you will, of biblical interpretation. It is the method of rightly dividing the Truth. If a person sets out to teach the Bible, to explain the scriptures, to interpret the Bible, that person is engaging in hermeneutics, whether they realize it or not.
Dispensationalism is not a new teaching, despite the claims of non-dispensationalists. In fact, various theologians throughout Church history have had some method of categorizing the dealings of God with man. We looked at a detailed list of Bible teachers and theologians who have taught some form of dispensationalism throughout history. For example, (and we shared this quote earlier in this series), Augustine stated, “Distinguish the ages, and the scriptures will be in harmony.”
Dispensationalism is a method, I believe, of rightly dividing the Word. In the remainder of this series we will be examining the seven dispensations.
Next time we will begin by taking a look at the dispensation of innocence.