Wisdom of the Second Day of Creation
Today the Second Day begins at sundown on Sunday and ends at sundown on Monday.
On the First Day we learned that the Hebrew word translated "create" actually means "to create by changing the shape or form of things that exists." We also learned that before the process of creation began, four things already existed: elohiym, darkness, deep waters and the space above the surface of the deep waters where elohiym hovered. On the First Day elohiym changed darkness, now elohiym uses Its creative power to change the deep waters.
And elohiym said: “Let there be a RAQIYA in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” And elohiym made the RAQIYA, and divided the waters which were under the RAQIYA from the waters which were above the RAQIYA; and it was so.
Once again the first thing elohiym does is say what will be created next -- “Let there be a RAQIYA in the midst of the waters.” This time we also learn where the RAQIYA will be and what its function will be – “divide the waters from the waters.” However, unlike in the case of creating “the brightness of life,” a RAQIYA doesn’t suddenly appear – elohiym made it.
So, what is a RAQIYA? The Hebrew lexicon tells us that it something that is created by “beating a piece of metal into a desired shape, like a plate or sword.” Here the RAQIYA is a solid dome-like structure that will separate the deep waters into two bodies of water – one is above (outside) it and the other is beneath (inside) it.
As pointed out above, this time elohiym had to make it, but the biblical text reveals nothing about material was beaten into the desired shape, where it came from, how it was beaten or where elohiym made it. We must add those questions to our growing list of mysteries in this account. Below is a snapshot of creation after the RAQIYA is in place.
Once again, after elohiym creates something, It names the new creation.
And elohiym called the solid dome-like structure SHAMAYIM.
What does SHAMAYIM mean? Look at the snapshot below.
When you hear the word “Heaven” or “heavens” is that what you visualize in your mind – a solid dome-like structure beneath the surface of deep waters?
If you believe you going to Heaven when you die – is that where you think you are going?
English dictionaries usually “heaven” as: “the abode of God, the angels, and the spirits of the righteous after death; the sky or the skies.”
A RAQIYA isn’t what most of us picture when we hear the words “heavens” or “Heaven.” As a matter of fact, I do not know of anyone that pictures “a solid dome-like structure located beneath the surface of deep waters” when they talk about “Heaven or heavens.” However, the ancient author and his audience would never have visualized what we think either!
And it was evening and it was morning, Day Two.
This completes the second cycle of darkness and brightness of life. Did you notice that elohiym did not measure the RAQIYA with the TOV Standard? Why? The answer is the RAQIYA has not completely fulfilled its purpose for being created, yet. We will have to wait until the next day to learn what that function is.
We can now add to our list of things we know about elohiym that It makes things that It says will be created.
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