Being a God of order, God took six days to complete the universe. During these days, he followed an order he was pleased with and came up with specific creations daily. This brings us to the question, “what did God create on the third day?”
According to Genesis 1:9-13, God created dry ground, which he named the earth, seas, plants, and trees. God continued with his work on the first and the second day, as he paved the way for what he was to create on days five and six.
So, what did the earth look like before the third day? What Kind of vegetation did God create on the third day? Was the third day a preparation for the sixth day of creation? Read on to find the answers to these questions and many more.
What did the earth look like before the third day?
Before we get to what God created on the third day, you need to have a clear picture of what the earth looked like before God worked on it on the third day. In Genesis 1:2, the scripture describes how the earth looked before God started creating the universe; “The earth was formless and desolate. The raging ocean that covered everything was engulfed in total darkness, and the spirit of God was moving over the water.”
The scripture above gives us a very imaginary clear picture of how the earth was, formless and desolate. This can mean that the earth had not taken any form of any shape and was isolated. Additionally, it was filled with water from the raging ocean, with total darkness over it.
As we read further into the scripture, we see that God commanded light in the universe, separated the light from the darkness, and called the light day, while the darkness was referred to as night. Genesis 1:3-5 “Then God commanded, “Let there be light” and light appeared. God was pleased with what he saw. Then he separated the light from the darkness, and he named the light “Day” and the darkness ”Night”. Evening passed, and morning came; that was the first day”.
Although God had already created the first day, nothing much had been done on earth, as it remained covered with the raging water of the ocean. However, the earth now had light that appeared during the day. On the second day, God did not do much with the earth, as he only created a dome that separated the waters above from those on the earth. He named this dome the ‘Sky’ as Genesis 1:6-7 says, “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”. He named the dome “Sky.” Evening passed, and morning came; that was the second day.”
From the scriptures above, we can conclude that the earth was first formless and desolate. The light was then introduced to it on the first day. On the second day, the earth took shape after God made a dome separating it from the Sky.
What Kind of vegetation did God create on the third day?
Before he created the vegetation, God prepared the earth in a way that it was able to produce quality vegetation. To start with, God first created the dry ground, or the land, where the vegetation would grow. Genesis 1:9-10 says, “Then God commanded, “Let the water below the sky come together in one place so that the land will appear” and it was done. He named the land “Earth,” and the water which had come together he named “Sea.” And God was pleased with what he saw.”
After creating the land, God decided to make the vegetation, which he refers to in Genesis 1;11-13, as any vegetation that bored grains like the vines, flowers, and vegetables and those that bored fruits. “Then he commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of plants, those that bear grain and those that bear fruits” and it was done. So, the earth produced all kinds of plants, and God was pleased with what he saw. Evening passed, and morning came; that was the third day.”
The Kind of vegetation that God created on the third day is the vegetation that currently exists, from trees, bushes, plants, grass, and all leafy plants, as seen in Genesis 1:29-30; “I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat, but for all the wild animals and all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food.” And it was done.”
Was the third day a preparation for the sixth day of creation?
It is believed that God was thinking through the Sixth day of his creation as he was creating the third day. This is because none of the creations he made on the sixth day could have survived had he not created the third day the way he did. Wondering what God created on the sixth day?
In Genesis 1:24-31, God created all kinds of animals and humans to occupy the land and the sea he had created on the third day. Genesis 1:24-25 states, “Then God commanded, ”Let the earth produce all kind of animal life; domestic and wild, large and small,” and it was done. So God made them all, and he was pleased with what he saw.’’
God couldn’t create domestic animals with the earth covered in water. This shows that God needed first to create the dry land that was convenient for some of the domestic and wild animals. He also needed to provide them with food to survive. This is why God created the vegetation on the third day, as we see in Genesis 1:30 “But for all wild animals and for all the birds I have provided grass and leafy plants for food.”
Moreover, God also created the first human beings in his likeness. Just like the animals, there is no way human beings would have survived in water. This is why God created the dry land and the vegetation that would provide humans with everything they needed to live.
We see this in the book of Genesis 1:26-28 “Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds, and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small. So, God created human beings, making them like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals”.
God informs human beings that he has already provided them with what they would feed on in Genesis 1:29 “I have provided all kinds of grain and all kinds of fruit for you to eat.” After completing his creation on day six, God was pleased as he had provided all that the animals and human beings would use on day three. Genesis 1:31 says, “God looked at everything he made, and he was very pleased.”
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