Creation: The Third Day

Genesis 1:9-13

9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. 13 And the evening and the morning were the third day.

Dear children, the Bible tells us that after God had divided the waters “under the firmament” from the waters “above the firmament”, He gathered the waters under the firmament to one place on the third day, and called them “Seas”. At the same time, He caused the dry land to appear, and called it “Earth” (vv. 9-10). Thus, God made the seas and the land.

If you have been to the seaside before, you might have noticed that you cannot see the end of the sea; it is just water, water and more water all the way out there. Though you cannot see where the sea ends, you can see the shoreline. It is nice to be by the seaside where you can pick colourful seashells, build sandcastles and even run on the sand. Therefore, the next time when you are playing at the seaside, remember to give thanks to God who made the seas and the land.

Now, on the third day, God also commanded the earth to produce “grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree” (v. 11).
Tne important truth to learn from these creations of God is that they only reproduce their own kind (v. 12). In other words, the grass cannot reproduce the herb nor the herb reproduce the fruit tree. An orchid plant cannot reproduce a hibiscus
plant but only an orchid plant. Similarly, only durian – not rambutan – can come forth from a durian tree. Each created kind can only reproduce its own kind. How amazing are the creative works of God!

Let us remember to thank God for His wonderful creations. Whenever you run on the green grass in school or play ball on it, or whenever you eat rambutan or durian or any other kind of fruit, do not forget that it was God who made all these for your enjoyment!

Kelvin Lim