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In the Gap
In the Gap
Where the Bible is silent, we may speculate. As long as that speculation does not contradict the Bible, and is consistent with the character of God and His plans and purposes for the ages; entertaining some speculations should not divide us. There have been reputable and learned Christian expositors who have found silence between the first and second verses in Genesis chapter one.
The Genesis account that has been interpreted to be both an account of the creation of earth and the creation of man in short successive acts may only in fact be the restoration of earth and the creation of a new creature to inhabit it.
Indeed, the first verse in the Bible identifies God as the creator, and when taken with the second verse we specifically learn that, in their respective beginnings, God created heaven and the earth, and he created man. There is, however, something we are presented with in verse two that does not immediately follow verse one.
When God sets about to create man we are at the same time presented with an earth in a condition that is uninhabitable. Many have assumed that the account of earth’s condition changing from that point leading up to man’s creation was a part of the earth’s original creation process.
Actually, the details associated with preparing the earth for habitation seem more consistent with a process of restoration rather than a process of creation. The implication: the earth described in Genesis chapter one, verse two, is an earth which was created some time before in verse one, and it had become a desolation before being approached again in verse two:
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Gen 1:1)
And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” (Gen 1:2).
The Bible tells us that “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Gen 1:1). Elsewhere in scripture we also learn the earth was created to be inhabited, and that the process of its creation did not include a period where it lay as a formless desolation:
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain [to-hoo, 8414, “without form” (Gen 1:2); a desolation], he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD ; and there is none else. (Isa 45:18; emphasis and Strongs added)
It does not comport with the intention of creating the earth to place it for an indeterminable amount of time as a waste and ruin; as is described in the second verse in Genesis, chapter one:
And the earth was without form, and void [to-hoo, 8414, a desolation; bo-hoo, 922, an undistinguishable ruin]; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. (Gen 1:2; emphasis and Strongs added)
This is the condition of the earth when God approaches it, the Spirit of God moves upon the face to the waters, and begins His work on it. The earth and the deep were all created in another separate act back in the beginning, and here the Lord is performing a different act; one of restoration. This is why no details are provided as to the actual creation of land, or of water (an indispensable feature for earth to support life).