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The world’s creation happened in seven days. While some argue between non-literal and literal days, let’s look into what happened on each of the seven days of creation. The account of the world’s creation can be found in Genesis 1-2. Most of God’s work was done through speaking, indicating the authority and power of His word. Let’s first address the difference between six and seven creation days.

Was it six or seven days?

God created the heavens and earth in six days in the beginning. He made various things within these days. After He was finished creating, He rested on the seventh day. So should the seventh day be considered a creation day because God set the seventh day apart as unique?

Genesis 2:1-3 tells us that the heavens and earth were finished in all their glory. However, God finished the work He’d been doing by the seventh day, so He rested from all His work. Afterward, God blessed the seventh day, making it holy because He rested from His creation work. The seventh day of creation is as essential as the others because rest is as essential as work.

God created something different on each of the six days of creation. However, there’s one vital thing to note that God did on each of the creation days. Every day, “God said,” and what He said happened. Other scriptures support this idea, like Hebrews 11:3. It tells us that we know the universe was created at God’s command by faith. The world we see today didn’t come from anything that we see. God’s work has creative power. Let’s delve into each of the days of creation.

Day one.

Many people believe that God created light on the first day of creation, and there’s a reason for that theory. In Genesis 1:3, the Bible says that God commanded for there to be light, and light came. However, 1 John 1:5 tells us that God is light. God started the universe’s creation process by extending Himself, sending out His energy. Everything that exists comes from light, including water. Scientists confirm that the universe is constantly expanding at the speed of light. God separated the light from the dark on the first day, creating night and day.

Day two.

God created an “expanse,” or a firmament, as some translations call it. Genesis 1:6-8 tells us God created an expanse amid the waters and let it separate the waters from each other. He made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from those above it, and it was so. God called the expanse heaven. There was evening and morning on the second day. The purpose of the firmament was to separate the heavens from the earth.

Day three.

God specifically accomplished two things on day three of creation. First, He separated the land from the waters. Afterward, He created vegetation. These weren’t random acts; instead, they were God’s deliberate organization of life’s continuity. God called the water He gathered together “seas,” and inside each vegetation form, He put “seeds,” each of its kind. The life we know today started on day three, and God ensured it was good.

Day four.

God’s fourth day of activity may confuse some, as God created the moon, sun, and stars after creating light. Humans tend to see the moon, stars, and sun as light sources; however, God is light. These three light sources are under God’s command. The lights God made rule the day and night, the seasons, and the day and years, as it is written in Genesis 1:14-18. This verse says the heaven expanse lights separate night from day. These lights will also be signs for seasons, days and years. There will also be an expanse of light that will shine on the earth, and because God commanded it, it was so. God made two significant lights, one to rule the day and another to rule the night and stars.The lights God created to rule over seasons and time will endure as long as the earth does, as we’re reminded in Genesis 8:22. Again, God saw what He created as good.

Day five.

God created more life on the fifth day of creation, again declaring it good. However, He added something else this time. God made all the marvelously diverse life in the water on this day. He also made the birds. The passage’s language indicates this as the time God also made flying insects, but if not, they were created on day six. All of these creatures can continue their species by reproduction and are the first creatures blessed by God.

Day six.

On day six of creation, God made all dry land creatures, including every type of creature He didn’t create on previous days, again declaring this work as good. When God started creating man, He asked Himself for advice. Genesis 1:26 says God wanted to make man in His image and likeness. This revelation doesn’t explicitly mention the Trinity but is part of its foundation because God reveals an “us” in the Godhead. Because God made humanity in His image, it is unique and above all other creatures.

He made males and females, putting them in charge of the other creatures and the earth. After creating them, God blesses them, instructing them to fill the world, reproduce and subdue it, or bring it under the proper stewardship of humanity as allowed by God. God declares that all other creatures and humans will only eat plants. However, He changes these dietary restrictions in Genesis 9:3-4. At the end of day six, God completed His creative work, and the universe was fully formed in all its perfection and beauty in these periods labeled as days. After He was done, God said it was very good, as detailed in Genesis 1:31.

Day seven.

On the seventh day, God rested. His rest doesn’t mean that He was tired from His creative work. Instead, it indicates that His creation is finished, and He stopped creating. Furthermore, God establishes a routine of one day in seven for rest. Acknowledging this day will eventually become a distinguishable trait of Israel, God’s chosen people.

Some Christians believe these “days” of creation are literal, 24-hour periods, a belief called Young-Earth Creationism. However, it should be observed that specific other interpretations of these “days” suggest that they were unspecified periods. Historical Creationism and Day-Age Theory are two theories that translate biblical data in a way that permits an older earth. In any case, the accomplishments and events of each “day” remain the same.

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