Mr. Mathisen: Well Stanley, it says here that: “And God said, “Let there be space between the waters, to separate water from water.” And so it was. God made this space to separate the waters above from the waters below. And God called the space “sky.” This happened on the second day.
Stanley: There He goes separating stuff again. God seems to be really good at that. I sure am glad that the water is below the sky.
Mr. Mathisen: Why Stanley?
Stanley: Because, I wouldn’t want all that water to fall on me.
Mr. Mathisen: (Laughing) Oh, Stanley… Let’s see what happens next. 9 And God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky be gathered into one place so dry ground may appear.” And so it was. 10 God named the dry ground “land” and the water “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
You see Stanley, there is that good thing again. Let’s continue.
11 Then God said, “Let the land burst forth with every sort of grass and seed-bearing plant. And let there be trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. The seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And so it was. 12 The land was filled with seed-bearing plants and trees, and their seeds produced plants and trees of like kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 This all happened on the third day.
Stanley: Whew! I’m getting tired just listening to all of this. God is doing a lot of cool stuff! But, Mr. Mathisen, I thought that God made people first. Aren’t we His favorites?
Mr. Mathisen: Well, that’s a good question Stanley. Does your Mom call you for dinner before she cooks it?
Mr. Mathisen: That’s because she wants to get it all ready for you first. That’s what God is doing here. He is getting the world ready for us. I’d say that was pretty smart and shows how much He loves us.
Stanley: That’s cool, but, if He loves us so much why did He create weeds? My mom makes me pull weeds sometimes and it’s really hard work and sometimes I can’t tell the weeds from the stuff that’s supposed to be there….
Mr. Mathisen: I don’t think that this is where the weeds came from. I think that the weeds showed up after Adam and Eve sinned and had to leave the Garden of Eden. Weeds are a lot like sin. You don’t want any weeds in your garden, and you don’t want any sin in your life. That is why we need Jesus as our saviour. When He comes into our heart, He helps us to not sin. In a way, He helps to keep the weeds of sin out of our life. Does that help Stanley?
Stanley: Hey! That’s pretty smart, what happens next? This is getting really interesting!!
Mr. Mathisen: Well, let’s see. Where were we? Oh yes, let’s pick up with verse 14.
14 And God said, “Let bright lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night.
Stanley: (Interrupting) There He goes separating stuff again.
Mr. Mathisen: They will be signs to mark off the seasons, the days, and the years. 15 Let their light shine down upon the earth.” And so it was. 16 For God made two great lights, the sun and the moon, to shine down upon the earth. The greater one, the sun, presides during the day; the lesser one, the moon, presides through the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set these lights in the heavens to light the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 This all happened on the fourth day.
Mr. Mathisen: Stanley, what do you think that all of that meant?