Genesis 1:7–8

And God made the expanse and sep­a­rat­ed the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8And God called the expanse Heav­en. And there was evening and there was morn­ing, the sec­ond day. Eng­lish Stan­dard Version

In verse 6, ((Two months ago. Yikes!)) we read that God declared the liq­uid waters to be sep­a­rat­ed from the gaseous waters. Vers­es 7 and 8 reflect what hap­pened after the declaration.

The Greeks called the sky Uranus — “Father Sky,” with Gaia as Moth­er Earth. Uranus was com­mon­ly believed to be pri­mor­dial — the sky had no father, no moth­er… no creator.

In actu­al­i­ty, the sky was pur­posed and formed by Almighty Yah­weh, the One True God besides whom there is no oth­er. In Hebrew, He called this expanse shamay­im; its Greek equiv­a­lent is actu­al­ly oura­nos (“uranus”).

In just a few vers­es, the Scrip­tures describe the for­ma­tion of the sky. It would­n’t take man long before the sky is wor­shiped rather than its Cre­ator. In Romans 1, Paul describes this role-rever­sal of serv­ing the cre­at­ed rather than the Cre­ator, and the Roman Chris­tians would cer­tain­ly be no strangers to this con­cept. The Romans too wor­shiped the sky much as the Greeks did, although they called it by the name Caelus.

A few thou­sand years after He cre­at­ed it, the sky is declared by the Psalmist to show forth the work­man­ship of God, declar­ing His glo­ry (Psalm 19:1).

Go out­side. ((Do not pass go. Do not col­lect $200. Just go.)) Gaze up into the sky. What do you see? If you see the hand­i­work of God, if you get a keen sense of His glo­ry, then you see right­ly. If, on the oth­er hand, you see the result of bil­lions of years of cos­mic evo­lu­tion, then I encour­age you to get alone with God, implor­ing Him to open your eyes to the truth of His Word. What Yah­weh has said has left no room to have it both ways; either He formed the sky on the sec­ond day of the cre­ative week or He did not. Either the sky declares the glo­ry of God or it does not. My lots, as usu­al, are cast with the Almighty.

The prophet Daniel tells us that those of us who are wise — those who know the Lord and who shall awak­en to ever­last­ing life in the end of days — shall shine like the bright­ness of the sky above (Daniel 12:3). Like the sky, we too reflect the glo­ry of God; in eter­ni­ty, we shall do so with­out fault, with­out blemish.

And that’s the sec­ond day, the cre­ation of what is some­times the­o­log­i­cal­ly called the First Heav­en, the Heav­en near­est the earth, the sky, where­in clouds form, winds blow, and the birds soar. Oh, and it should be men­tioned that with­out the First Heav­en, there’d be no air for us to breathe!

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Rick Beckman