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Genesis 1:9-13

Verses covered in this passage:

  • Genesis 1:9
  • Genesis 1:10
  • Genesis 1:11
  • Genesis 1:12
  • Genesis 1:13

Genesis is a book about many beginnings. The beginnings of the world, the human race, sin and redemption, and the nation of Israel to name a few. In fact, the word Genesis from the Greek means “origin,” and in Hebrew it means “beginning.” The book of Genesis contains the events of the flood, tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the lives of the Patriarchs.

In the beginning, God created everything by simply speaking, “God said…and it was so” (Genesis 1:6-7, 9, 11, 14-15). This is not a scientific technical account of creation, but it shows a loving God creating a universe and mankind to rule it and fellowship with God. Man was formed especially from the ground and given the breath of life from God. The woman was made from the man’s rib (Genesis 2:7).

After man fell into sin, things began to spin out of control quickly. Cain murdered his brother Abel and the human race became so violent that God decided to destroy them all with a flood. God saved one righteous man (Noah) and his family in an ark filled with animals to deliver the human race from extinction. God chose Abraham and blessed a special group of people named “Israel.” God began to unfold a plan of salvation from a coming famine by sending Joseph to rule in Egypt. The failure of man in every circumstance is met by the salvation of God. We fail, but the good news is God saves us.


In chapter one, we find the account of God creating the heavens and the earth. In the beginning, He formed all things perfectly. We learn that there is a beginning, a definite point in time that starts with the Creator. God, the creator, made everything in 6 days: light, sky, dry ground, bodies of water, plants, the sun, moon, stars, and planets, fish, birds, land animals, and then finally he created man. Man, the crown jewel of creation, was flawless, capable of fellowship with God, and able to enjoy and govern Eden. In Genesis chapter one we discover that God truly is the source of all.


During the beginning of the third day of creation, God divides the seas and the dry land. Then, He creates plant life and vegetation.

During the second day of creation, we saw a vertical division with God dividing the earth from the heavens. Now, we have a horizontal division with God dividing the dry land and seas. God is further establishing control over the chaos in verse 2. He is forming order from disorder and form from formlessness. God names the dry land earth. The gathering of the waters, He called seas.

God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation.” God was providing for the future of mankind by making crops that reproduce. The seed-bearing plants and fruit trees represent plants designated for human consumption. Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you” (Genesis 1:29).

It is said in verses 9-10 that these plants shall reproduce according to their kind, which restated in James, “Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? Nor can salt water produce fresh” (James 3:12). Plants will only reproduce according to their kind, this is similar to the principle of sowing as we reap, which is explained in Galatians, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8).

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who are obedient to God will reap life and blessings.

Biblical Text

9 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. 10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. 13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.

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