Faith Journey 22 Genesis 1.6-13 Dividing and Gathering

To summarize the context: God existed, and exists outside the realm of time. He’s eternal, he created time, and everything we know, out of chaos and disorder. Darkness fled as light sparked change. Creation began by dividing, and collecting.

Creation through division, sorting, and gathering.

Day2 Waters are Divided. Sky and Water are formed.
(From my personal notes on original language text. Not to be considered as authoritative translation.)

GEN 1:6 and said, elohim,
become, an expanse, in center, (of)the seas,
and be, dividing, between, waters, to waters.

7 and making, elohim, eth – the expanse,
and dividing, between, the waters, from under, the expanse,
and between, the waters, which, from above, to expanse, and was – set.

8 and called, elohim, to expanse, heavens,
and became – evening, and became – morning, day, two.


  1. Who: Elohim
  2. Doing what: positioning, establishing,
    speaking, calling by name,
    bisection, sever, center, amid),

  3. To What: firmament(sky, expanse),
    water(fluid in wide senses),
    set(is so, right, established)

Thoughts: God is separating, defining, and positioning materials to come together to be further made into earth as we know it.
Water became separated with air, or expanse between bodies of water. Some water was placed above and the rest below.

  • Water above was to become rain to fall, clouds, etc.
  • Water below was to be water to form seas, and continue to be divided.

From an imaginary vantage point on the future surface of earth, the perspective would be of water so thick in the air as clouds that light penetrates, but no distinct shapes of sun, moon, or stars would be discerned.

Beginning with the dividing that light initiated, division has extended to dividing water. An expanse of air splits it apart.

Though still fluid, like matter is gravitating together.

Day3 Dividing Water into Sea and Land. Vegetation Springs to Life.

GEN 1:9 and said, Elohim,
be tied, the waters, from under, the heavens, , unto – place, one,
and be appearing, dry ground, and was – established.

10 and called, elohim, to dry land, earth,
and to collection, the waters, he called, seas,
and saw, elohyim, for – good.

11 and said, elohyim,
be sprouting, the earth, sprouts, glistening,
from seed yielding, seed,
trees, fruitful, making, fruit, to own kind,
which, seed – in it, upon – the earth, was – so.

12 and brought out, the earth, sprouts, greenery,
seeding, seed, to own kind,
and tree, making – fruit, which, seed – in it, to own self,
and saw, elohyim, for – good.

13 and was – evening, and was – morning, day, three.


  1. Who: Elohyim
  2. Doing what: speaking,
    dividing, naming, appointing(establishing), seeing.

  3. What: waters, dry land, seas, earth.
    vegetation(green things), seed, same kind, trees, fruit, produce

  4. Concepts:

    be gathered,


    established (


    is so,


    to place(

    a location,

    a spot),



    sprout (

    as a noun)(grass, herb, tender shoots, vegetation

    as a verb: growing, sprouting)


    any green thing,



    greenery, etc)


    produce, fruit, etc)


    Again, focusing on the perspective of the surface of the forming earth, waters are further separated, and land appears between the bodies of subdivided water. .

    Gathered, or collected, is described with two words. First as in being tied, bound, or twisted together. The next is to collect, or gather, like a caravan. Divisions are made, and like material gravitates together.

    Boundaries are set for land and sea.

    As soon as dry land appears, things begin growing. producing seeds to grow more of the same kind. Trees producing fruit to grow more of the same kind.

    God said it, the earth sprang forth, and it happened.

    He saw it, it was good, another day. Day 3.

    PS: Notation commonly used in my scripture notes include commas (,) to separate original language words. Hyphenated words retain the hyphen (-), and parentheses surround a word or phrase that doesn’t appear, but can be implied by the tense of the original word based on prefix, suffix, or other grammatical indications. At the trade off of sounding clunky, the original word order is used.

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