Words from the Heart for Sunday May 29th, 2016
God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.
Genesis 1:6-8 (NIV)
The Second Day
The heavens declare God’s glory, and they continue to do so day after day (Ps. 19). When you are outside today, look up. What amazes you about the sky? What hints of His glory are on display?
Most of us have heard of D-Day, the day that the Allied troops poured onto the beaches at Normandy in France, signifying the beginning of the end of the Nazi occupation of Europe. What you may not be so aware is what the next day looked like, or the day after that. The day after D-Day is called D+1 and in the words for one Canadian soldier, “on D+1 we started to organize the chaos left from the initial assault of D-Day.” D+1 or 2, or 3 was military shorthand for the date one landed in Normandy. After the first wave of troops came ashore, thousands and thousands more followed, each man well aware of the sacrifices his comrades had made on June 6, 1944. The sense of mission never diminished, no matter how long afterwards your ship pulled in and you stepped onto French soil.
The Bible teaches that when God created the earth, until sin entered into the world by Adam and Eve’s disobedience, the planet functioned like a terrarium. This is how Genesis 1:6-8 describes it: “God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.” The sky is described as “a vault” here, like the covering of a terrarium. There was no rain – the vault kept the water that was on the earth from the water that was above. This is so different from our planet now, but what we can understand is that God had created the atmosphere. The atmosphere protected the earth at that time, as it still does today. The earth is bombarded each day by countless projectiles in space. The vast majority of them burn up before hitting the earth. It is perhaps the first sign of God’s love for our planet and the care He takes for His creation. He knew that sin would enter his creation and the Fall would take its toll. So He created a protection called the sky. If God cared enough for us to take this much care in creation, you can trust Him to protect you from anything else that will come your way today.
These have been words from the heart.