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November 7, 2017 / Pastor George Fike

Land, Ho!

Ninth in the series From Adam to Abraham

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so.  God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. Genesis 1:9-13

Day Three

Remember on the first day “darkness covered the face of the deep”? The initial condition of the earth was totally covered by water.  Today, water still covers 71 percent of the surface. Even as the earth began to cool from its incredibly hot state, as the atmosphere began to dissipate and condense so that light could finally slip through, plate tectonics began to lift the solid mass of the earth to the surface. And miraculously – supernaturally really – plant life began to grow. In fact, recent studies have uncovered evidence for the early appearance of vegetation.  It seems as though God began to introduce life as quickly as possible to prepare the earth to be home for His children to come. We’ll get into just how quickly in a later post.

The carbon-silicate cycle (the continual renewal of the earth’s chemical balance through eruption and erosion) makes biological life possible. It is all evidence of the great care God took in the design of our temporary home. In His patient workmanship, we see the patience of eternity.

He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. – Ecclesiastes 3:11

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