In the Beginning
Original Copyright © July 30, 2007
Revised September 12, 2007 and December 22, 2007
by Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
All Rights Reserved.
There are three simple questions that have often puzzled me:
Questions about water, and air, and animals - just these three.
Outer space is a huge airless vacuum for as far as the eye can see,
With asteroids, comets, planets and stars sprinkled randomly.
So where did the water come from that fills our oceans and our seas?
And where did all the air come from that all animals need to breathe?
And there are animals and fish and insects and plant life everywhere,
All coexisting and supporting one another just by simply being here.
Why do people and animals breathe air, and then carbon dioxide exhale?
Why do plants absorb carbon dioxide and give back the air we inhale?
Why do people and animals eat and digest plants, and expel the residue?
Why do plants convert animal manure into food fit for me and for you?
Since space is a lifeless vacuum, how did all these things happen to be?
And how did our entire planet get to be in such perfect harmony?
There is an answer to these questions about our planet's origin or birth -
In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth.
This Poem Dedicated to My Granddaughter
Gracie Leigh McClintock
Third Child of the Union between Shena Leigh Johnson and Matthew Scott McClintock.
Together they created a beautiful new life.
Robert Wayne Atkins, P.E.
Retired Baptist Church Deacon
and Great-Grandson of a Baptist Preacher.
Date of Dedication of Poem: February 14, 2008
Reference Scripture Verses
Genesis 1:1-31 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning -- the first day.
And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning -- the second day.
And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. 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 sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning -- the fourth day.
And God said, "Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, "Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth." And there was evening, and there was morning -- the fifth day.
And God said, "Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind." And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."
Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground -- everything that has the breath of life in it--I give every green plant for food." And it was so.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning -- the sixth day.
Genesis 2:1-4 - Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.
By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.
Psalm 33:6 - By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.
Nehemiah 9:6 - You alone are the LORD. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship you.
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