The expanse of the atmosphere separates the vapours above from the waters below. Luther used to wonder at the arch of heaven, which stands unsupported by pillars. He saw in it a lesson for his faith, teaching him that the Lord could uphold him by unseen power. He who creates with a word can sustain in the same manner.
What the Lord in the former verse commanded he in this verse creates: in the same manner
one Scripture bids us believe, and another tells us that faith is the work of God.
Note the frequent repetition of those little words, “and it was so.” We may gather from them
that none of God’s words of promise or threatening will fall to the ground.
God’s care in naming “day” and “night,” and “earth,” and “sea,” should teach us to call things by their right names; let us never call sin pleasure, or the Lord’s service a weariness.
When God has put light into a soul, and divided its sin from its new life, he next looks for fruit, and ere long it is brought forth to his glory.
So far, we have considered the second and third day’s work of creation: it may be well for us
now to be reminded that our Lord Jesus was there, and “without him was not anything made that was made.”
May we hearken to him who is “made of God unto us wisdom” and find life and favour in him.
I sing th’ almighty power of God
That made the mountains rise;
That spread the flowing seas abroad,
And built the lofty skies.
There’s not a plant or flower below,
But makes his glories known;
And clouds arise, and tempests blow,
By order from his throne.