Water World

The condition of this planet was an empty, formless globe of water before the six-day creation even began.

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According to Genesis 1:2, the earth was already physically there before God spoke anything into existence.

“The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2)

Genesis 1:1 shows no evidence that God commanded anything into existence. It is simply an introductory statement on which the rest of the chapter is about to elaborate. Verse 2 focuses on the fact that God sees what He has to work with, a water world planet. Apparently, it was already there before He even began. How did it get there?

“Or who shut in the sea with doors, When it burst forth and issued from the womb;

When I made the clouds its garment, And thick darkness its swaddling band;” (Job 38:8)

Let's read it in the Message Bible version.

“And who took charge of the ocean when it gushed forth like a baby from the womb? That was me! I wrapped it in soft clouds, and tucked it in safely at night. Then I made a playpen for it, a strong playpen so it couldn’t run loose, And said, ‘Stay here, this is your place. Your wild tantrums are confined to this place.” (Job 38:8)

How did the earth get there before creation? God put it there. Sometime long ago, He created the Solar System with all it’s planets and moons including the sun. Nowhere in the Genesis narrative does it say that God commanded the waters of the oceans to appear. That’s because it happened long before the six-day creation. God created it, then covered it with thick clouds and left it there to return at a later point to create a habitat for the human race. This is why it says the waters burst forth from the womb. That's when He created this water world. He wrapped it in diapers (clouds) and tucked it in safely at night. In other words, He left it in darkness due to the thick wrapping of clouds. Why would He do that if He would immediately say “Let there be light”? The six-day creation is a separate event from the creation of this water world. There were 9 or so of these planetary spheres circling the sun before the six-day creation. Only one was inhabited. The other 8 are still waiting for God to create life on it just like this planet waited.

The sun was indeed already there shining bright in its full glory. That’s where the light came from when God said “Let there be light.” Why was this water world dark? God covered it in thick clouds and the planet was “Dark and Void”, empty of life. How did the light get through on the first day? God didn't get rid of the clouds until the fourth day. It was on the fourth day that Moses was able to see the sun, moon, and stars in his vision of the creation account. So on the 1rst day, God made it so that the rays of the sun get through the cloud cover. Just like a typical cloudy day today, we know it's daytime because the sky is lit in spite of the cloud cover.

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