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Water everywhere – Day 2 | Genesis 1:6-8

6 Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters that were below the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse; and it was so. 8 God called the expanse “heaven.” And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.

Genesis 1:6-8 (NASB)

Lots of water

Moving onto Day 2 of God’s creation of our universe we see He created of an expanse which separated the waters below from waters above. There are varying ideas of what this expanse was and what the waters above and below are. We won’t cover all of them in this post.

Original earth

The surface of the earth was originally all water, lots of water. “The word “deep” here refers to deep bodies of water. Land did not exist (or perhaps appear) until day three, so the initial earth was either entirely water or at the very least the earth was completely and deeply covered with water.” (answersingenesis.org) It’s possible that all the water currently in the earth’s atmosphere was originally on the surface of the earth. God chose to create an expanse and put a large portion of the water above it. Is that expanse earth’s atmosphere or a ring of water at the edge of the universe?

How’s the weather?

Some creation scientists believe that originally there was a lot more water in the atmosphere than there is now. And, there was a lot more water under the surface of the earth (we’ll get to that when we discuss the great flood). The water above was like a canopy that provided optimal conditions for life and consistent temps, etc. “It would serve as a global greenhouse, maintaining an essentially uniform, pleasant temperature all over the world.” (enduringword.com) The weather forecast was always cloudy, cool and pleasant temps … and no rain (rain wouldn’t start, as we know it, until the flood).


Day 2 waters and expanse. Image from answersresearchjournal.org *

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