This is a summary of the Biblical account of creation in the book of Genesis. You can read more in-depth Bible verses from the Scripture below and use the articles and videos to understand the meaning behind this teachable event in the Bible. The creation story begins before anything exists except for God himself. In Genesis 1, the very first chapter of the Bible, we read how God created the earth in a literal six-day period - light on the first day, the sky and air on the second day, land and plans on the third day, the sun and moon on the fourth day, birds and water animals on the fifth day, animals and man on the 6th day.  God then called creation good and on the seventh day, God rested.

Creation Story in the Bible

  1. Date. The date of creation cannot be determined. The first statement of the book of Genesis places the time in remote and impenetrable antiquity.
  2. Creator. The writer of Genesis offers no proof of the existence of Jehovah or of the fact that all things were made by Him. (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:2; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:10; Hebrews 11:3).
  3. Light. The process of creation had probably been going on for ages before light was created by the fiat of Jehovah (Genesis 1:1, Genesis 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4).
  4. Days of Creation. The fact that the creative work had been going on for unnumbered ages, leads the reverent student to the conclusion that the "days" were ordinary periods of twenty-four hours each, and that each product of Almighty power was finished and appointed to its sphere on its designated day. The phrase "evening and morning" occurs six times in the first account of creation, and it cannot be understood except in the light of the above statement.
  5. Order of Creation.
    1. Light,
    2. Firmament,
    3. Vegetation,
    4. Sun, moon, and stars,
    5. Water animals and fowls,
    6. Land animals, man--woman

Observe the steady march from the lower to the higher, from the insensate to the intelligent, from the servitor to the sovereign. See the universe by God's hand touched to harmony; see the march of creative power to its culmination in the making of the companion for man, pure and innocent, the highest image of God, and hear the stars sing together and the sons of God shout for joy over the completion of the mighty and glorious work! ~ Excerpt from the Condensed Biblical Encyclopedia

Read more about the creation story and how God called into existence the earth, water, air, night and day, animals, and humans. Find the full scripture passages below and related articles, video sermons, and audio podcasts for more Bible study resources:

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