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So far, God has created the heavens and the Earth. He has created light and darkness, and made them separate. He placed all of the dirt on and in the Earth, and He created vegetation to live on the Earth.
Now God buckles down and creates outer space and everything in it. He creates a greater light (the sun) and a lesser light (the moon). The greater light would govern the day, and the lesser light would govern the night.
Oh, and He created the stars also. 1
Yes, it really does read like that sounds: the stars are a “throw-in” at the end. “He made the stars also”. It’s one word in Hebrew, kowkab. It’s almost less than a parenthetical note. I paraphrase this in my head as God saying, “oh, yeah, let me throw in some stars.”
It’s as if the stars are an afterthought. It didn’t require an extra day, as land and seas did on day two. Remember those guys I mentioned earlier who thought the universe was created in far less than six days? Well, they’re sort of correct. The cosmos is the lion’s share of the universe. Earth is just a pipsqueak, as far as matter goes. Even our sun (which is a smaller star as sizes go) is 333,000 times the mass of the earth.
I can’t think of a louder statement from Scripture that the Big Bang theory can’t be correct. God didn’t spend a great deal of time on stars and galaxies and the space between them. Reality is a far cry from that. The stars were tossed in as the last Hebrew word in verse 16. And, remember, this is GOD who said it this way. Yes, it was written by Moses, or Adam, or somebody. But God had to have dictated it to that person, because nobody else was there.
Now, some who want to marry long eons of time with Genesis 1 have said that the stars merely APPEARED on day four. Since they “know” that the stars are older than the Earth, the sun and stars MUST have been created earlier, right?
Sorry, no, that can’t be. The word translated “let there be lights” in verse is simply “light”. Everywhere in Scripture this word carries the connotation of light being brought or turned on/off (as in, lighting a lamp or snuffing out the sun).
So, if one is inclined to believe in the Big Bang, don’t try to attach it to Scripture. It simply doesn’t work.
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- The stars here includes everything in the night sky, including starts, but also planets, galaxies, comets, and moons.