Summary of Creative Ages / Original Creation

Genesis 2:4
And these are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

The first half of v 4 refers to the original creation [Gen. 1:1]; the last half to the work of days 2, 3, and 4. The first work was a creation, and the second a making or a restoration of the clouds in day 2, the earth in day 3, and the solar system in day 4.

With the words, in the day that God made the earth and the heavens [v4], we have the commencement of a new section and a new narrative, complete in itself, to a great extent.

V 1:3-2:4 are the summary of the 6 days’ work: 2:4-25 are a more detailed account of the work of days 2, 3, 5, and 6.

The first narrative states what God did and embraces the universe and all things therein. The second is mainly a description of how the work of days 2, 3, 5, and 6 was done.

In the first, the Divine Being is called Elohim, indicating creative relationship and infinite power.

In the second, He is called Jehovah-Elohim, indicating covenant relationship and infinite power, so as to inspire man with implicit faith.
– Dake A.R. Bible: Page 53


Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

The original creations of God include the heavens, the earth and all things therein as first brought into being. They were made perfect the first time. Genesis 1:1 refers to the dateless past or the beginning of the creative ages [Job 38; Ps. 8:3-8; Ps. 19:1-6; Prov. 8:22-31; 1 Jn. 1:3, 10; Acts 17:24-26; Col. 1:15-18; Heb. 1:1-12; Heb. 11:3; Rev. 4:11].

The 6 days of re-creation [Gen.1:3-2:25 are a part of and the end of the creative ages, and have nothing to do with the original creations of the heavens and earth.
– Dake A.R. Bible: Page 53

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