And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.
Comment: Day three was very productive vegetation wise. Obviously not every different type of tomato is necessarily meant here but it does hint at family groups and speaks of the ‘seed’ method of reproduction. ‘Each according to its kind’ is consistent with our understanding of genetics. So you don’t cross a watermelon with a peanut, but the record is not denying the evolutionary change possible to allow a family to fit into the different circumstances wherein they find themselves. That is with some intra-species evolutionary change
Day four may seem to come later than we would have thought it needed to be made but it fits the facts as we experience them with our days and seasons being controlled by the heavenly bodies. What it does underline in red is that God was the orchestral conductor and that He put the system into place. And it still is working well in 2022.
Prayer: Thank You for the variety, beauty and vastness of Creation, Father God.
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Thank you Barry for your comments on this passage. God’s Hand is still evident today in the growth of seeds which are planted in the ground. We can only water them, if necessary, the sun shines upon them, the weeds also grow with the seeds, and we have to do the weeding. God has provided all that we need to keep us growing too. God bless you.