6 And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. 7 And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Dear children, do you know what happened on the second day of Creation? The Bible tells us God created a firmament and called it Heaven. The word “firmament” has the idea of a flat, stretched “container” that acts as a support. God used it to divide and to support the waters both under and above it (v. 7). The earth was then without form (shapeless), and void (having no inhabitants). There were waters covering the entire earth. God divided the waters with this firmament, which He called “Heaven”.
Now, the word “heaven” can refer to the sky (cf. Psalm 104:12), the galaxy (cf. Isaiah 13:10), or the place where God is (cf. Deuteronomy 26:15). The heaven mentioned here is the sky, the beautiful blue sky where we see clouds, rainbows and flying birds today. Among other purposes, the sky that God made serves to protect all the inhabitants of the earth – the human race, the animal kingdom, the plants, etc. – from those waters “above the firmament”.
Perhaps two humble examples can help us understand this truth about the purpose of the firmament. The first is a glass display panel (commonly seen in shopping malls) which protects those Lego-bricks toys, which are placed within them, from dust and mischievous hands that seek to touch them. The second would be a plastic sheet which we wrap our books with, to protect them from getting dirty. Likewise, God “wrapped” the sky around the earth to protect it!
My young readers, as we look at the beautiful blue sky today, let us thank God for creating it for our protection. We must learn to appreciate God’s creation, and also tell others about it!