Creation: The First Day

Genesis 1:1-5

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. 3 And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. 4 And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Dear children, there is a first day for everything and everybody, and this includes the earth. God created the earth out of nothing; He formed it by the power of His Word. He spoke, and it came into existence. God not only created the earth, but also the whole universe (“the heaven and the earth”). The Holy Spirit affirms this truth through the writer of Hebrews: “the worlds were framed by the word of God” (Hebrews 11:3).

The very first state of the earth was “without form, and void” after creation, i.e. it was shapeless and without inhabitants. Furthermore, darkness filled the surface of the large body of water. If you look at the ocean on a dark night, especially if you are on board a ship, you will not be able to differentiate it from anything else because the human eye cannot see in the dark.

God also created light. He said, “Let there be light: and there was light.” This light is not the sunlight as the sun was not created yet. God saw that the light was good, and He divided it from the darkness. He called the light Day, and darkness Night. That became the first morning and first evening of the first day.

My young readers, both light and darkness are the creations of God (cf. Isaiah 45:7). They were created on the first day in the earth’s history. This cycle of day and night still exists today for our benefit. The day was made for you and me to work and play, etc. The night was made for us to rest our tired bodies after working and playing. Having learned this truth, let us be thankful to God for His good gift of light (Day) and darkness (Night).

Kelvin Lim