How God Made the World
In Genesis chapter one we learn that God created our world in seven steps. These steps are called days.
On the first day God made day and night.
3 Then God commanded, “Let there be light”—and light appeared. 4 God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, 5 and he named the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.” Evening passed and morning came—that was the first day.
We know that the world turns round and round. And we know that this causes day and night. The day and night are just right for working and sleeping. This is very good for us. Truly God planned to make the world into a good place.
On the second day God made the air and the clouds above the earth.
6-7 Then God commanded, “Let there be a dome to divide the water and to keep it in two separate places”—and it was done. So God made a dome, and it separated the water under it from the water above it. 8 He named the dome “Sky.” Evening passed and morning came—that was the second day.
The air is like a covering. It protects us. It prevents the sun from making the earth become too hot in the daytime. Also, rain is formed in the air, and so are the clouds.
On the third day God made the dry land rise out of the seas.
9 Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place, so that the land will appear”—and it was done. 10 He named the land “Earth,” and the water which had come together he named “Sea.” And God was pleased with what he saw. 11 Then he commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruit”—and it was done. 12 So the earth produced all kinds of plants, and God was pleased with what he saw. 13 Evening passed and morning came—that was the third day.
Even on the highest mountains we can find stones which were formed under the sea! This shows us that at one time the sea covered all the land in the world. The Taurat says that in the beginning water covered everything (Genesis 1:6-10). But then the land rose above the water. Trees and plants began to grow.
On the fourth day God made the sun and the moon and the stars to give their light.
14 Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to show the time when days, years, and religious festivals begin; 15 they will shine in the sky to give light to the earth”—and it was done. 16 So God made the two larger lights, the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night; he also made the stars. 17 He placed the lights in the sky to shine on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God was pleased with what he saw. 19 Evening passed and morning came—that was the fourth day.
The sun, moon and the stars are very helpful to us. The stars to give us light at night. They also help us know directions when we travel. The sun and the moon give light for the day and night. They help us know the time of the day or night and the time of the month or the year.
On the fifth day God made the fish and the birds.
20 Then God commanded, “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings, and let the air be filled with birds.” 21 So God created the great sea monsters, all kinds of creatures that live in the water, and all kinds of birds. And God was pleased with what he saw. 22 He blessed them all and told the creatures that live in the water to reproduce and to fill the sea, and he told the birds to increase in number. 23 Evening passed and morning came—that was the fifth day.
What do you think they ate? They ate the plants which God had made on the third day! God made food for the animals before he made them! How wonderfully God planned the world!
On the sixth day God made the large animals like camels and cows.
24And God said: ‘Let the earth bring forth the living creature after its kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after its kind.’ And it was so. 25And God made the beast of the earth after its kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
These animals live on land. Many of these animals serve us. They work for us. They are very helpful to us. God also made mankind at this time.
On the seventh day God finished his work of creating the world (Genesis 2:2).
2 And so the whole universe was completed. 2 By the seventh day God finished what he had been doing and stopped working.
God was very pleased after he created the world. “God looked at everything he had made, and he was pleased” (Genesis 1:31). When God made the world, He only said words. Listen to the Taurat: “God commanded, ‘Let there be light,’ and light appeared” (Genesis 1:3). When you read the first chapter of Genesis, you will see the words “God commanded” or “God said” at least nine times. When God spoke, things were made. God’s word made the world.