In the beginning, YHWH created the heavens. All the planets, all the galaxies, were formed by his intelligent design. All the beings that breathe are a testament to His power. But as time went on, they rebelled and even forgot He existed, serving themselves and their gods. Even now they moved amongst the stars doing all that they desire.
YHWH had a group of followers, who, by choice, bound themselves to His will. He designated them The Heavenly Host, and they performed many duties on His behalf. But God wanted a being not bound by duty to choose him over themselves. So He set forth to Earth to create something new.
Now the Earth was formless and empty. YHWH knew that light would be important if his creation was to thrive. As He hovered over the darkness that was Earth, just above the waters that filled it, He said, “Let there be light.”
Overhead a powerful star ignited and the waters reflected the light. It was pleasing to His eyes, the cool blue waters. He dipped his hand in it, but it was void of any life. He would have to ponder how best to fill His oceans. As he moved higher overhead to survey His creation, He noticed that the star above lit one side of the planet leaving the other side dark. He called this phenomenon day and night and set the Earth into a rotation around the star, which He called the sun, to make day and night possible throughout the Earth.
YHWH created the first day of Earth’s life and determined to ponder his next steps for Day Two.
It occurred to YHWH that He needed to create the space between the waters of the planet from the cold reaches of space. So YHWH said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” And so, a great expanse separated the waters from space; an atmosphere of nitrogen and oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases. He named it ‘sky.’
YHWH floated in His new creation. It varied in pressure, depending on how close he drew toward the waters. He smiled as his mind raced on the next days of his new creation, and so ended the second day.
On the third day, YHWH said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let the dry ground appear.” The seas parted and from below the waters the earth pushed upward, a large expanse of dry ground grew, causing the water to east and west of it. YHWH called this expanse land; this is where his new creation would live. It was, however, very bare, and YHWH considered how best to create a space that produced food for his creation.
“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.” As YHWH spoke, his vision sprouted from the ground. Grasses, fruit-bearing trees, grains, and a variety of other vegetation sprouted from the ground, and the land became lush and green. The multiple colors of fruit and flower blossoms pleased YHWH, and He stretched out on the green grasses, enjoying His creation, thus ending the third day.
On the fourth day, YHWH noticed how dark it was at night, and decided to create a satellite sphere to rotate around the earth, visible at night, shining from the light of the sun. He also ignited several dead stars and created new ones. He did this, saying, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the Earth.” That night He enjoyed the light from the stars and moon, which He had named the satellite sphere, and created the sacred times for His new creation.
On the fifth day, YHWH pressed his hand against the waters and said, “Let the water teem with living creatures,” looking up, He said, “and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.” And so fish and crustaceans and mollusks and all forms of life appeared in the waters, and all varieties of birds flew above and nested in the trees on land. YHWH shouted to the creatures, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the Earth.” And it was so, ending the fifth day.
On the sixth day, YHWH said “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. All manner of hooved creatures, great and small, creatures with paws, creatures with scales, all kinds of animals appeared and it delighted YHWH. But there was one final creation to make, the whole reason for creating this planet in the first place. He hesitated because He saw the timeline. He saw the treachery. He saw what was going to happen next. He sensed His former creation close by, but He continued anyway because He had hope and love; there was no fear in Him.
“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
And from the dirt sprouted the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve. He created them male and female, like the rest of his creations, but He set them apart as the greatest of His creation. With that in mind, He walked up to the still-sleeping Adam and Eve and breathed life into them, much different from the rest. With His breath came the love and hope He had for mankind. He gave them that before saying, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then YHWH said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Adam realized his creator and smiled. “Thank you!” he said. And Eve as well thanked YHWH.
YHWH smiled and was very pleased with His creation and so passed the sixth day.
On the seventh day, YHWH rested and reflected on His creation. He knew what was coming but He also knew how to handle it when it arose. He blessed the seventh day, instructing Adam and Eve to also observe it as a day of rest, and told them that He would always be within reach for guidance. With that, He floated to a nearby spot to rest and observe. He didn’t want to interfere too much, lest He be seen as a tyrant.
But that did not deter His other creations from paying Earth a visit…