Saturday, September 8, 2001

Genesis 1:6-8

"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
And God called the firmament Heaven.  And the evening and the morning were the second day."
Genesis 1:6-8

Okay, we know that God is unimaginably powerful, right?  ... this just kind of boggled my mind this morning (but, you know... my mind is kind of naturally boggled).  I have been kind of thinking about space the last few days (editing an Astronomy textbook), and so this morning when I read this, it struck me a little differently.  I mean, this whole day is about the heavens.  Water above, water beneath... and so, I guess it makes it easy to flood the earth at the time of Noah, since all he had to do was get rid of some of that excess water. :)  Seriously though... God created heaven right here... (ocean and dry land aren't dealt with until the *next* day, so this can't just be an earthly division) ... so what exactly does that mean?  Did he create the solar system for us?  The scriptures say a lot of things about all the stars falling from heaven at the second coming (one example D&C 29:14)... And I guess that for a long time the way that I have been thinking is that God is a part of our universe... just lives on a different planet really far away or something... but when you think that, maybe, all the stars that we can see... they all there purely for us... on this world, it makes you re-think.  And, how else *could* it be, if all of those stars are going to fall from the sky because of something that happens on our Earth?  Even in Abraham, where it talks about Kolob being the governing star... it talks about the stars being "in the firmament of heaven."  So... my little mind was whirring, thinking... what if the entire *universe* (as we know it) is there as our firmament of heaven?  So, God's mind-boggling power increases by 6 million percent (at least) if you think of it that way, rather than God being just another inhabitant of our universe. :)  ... and we know that God has created "worlds without number" ... and for each of these worlds as well, did he create a firmament, and divide the waters? :)  It's just beyond imagining.  I wonder sometimes whether we are going to return to dwell with God after we die and just laugh our heads off at how we actually thought we were figuring things out. :)  It will be cool though, when God explains it all.  That is something to look forward to. :)

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