The Genesis account is instructional for us in a devotional way because 1 Cor. 10:11 tells us that the Old Testament narrative is given as an example and instruction for us spiritually, upon whom the ends of the earth are come:
[1Co 10:11 KJV] 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
After over 100 years of building the ark, God told Noah in Gen. 7:4, that in seven days He would cause it to rain.
[Gen 7:4 KJV] 4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.
This is always God’s answer to “how long oh, Lord?” and “what time is it?” Peter declares to us in 2 Pe. 3:8, that a day with the Lord is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day. That tells us that we are moving into the seventh 1000 year day from creation. That eschatologically predicts the advent of the millennial reign of Christ upon the earth.
The word “create” appears seven times in the creation account of Gen. 1 and 2. It speaks of God’s process. He chose to create in seven days, instead of an instantaneous creation, in order to say something to us of His divine, anointed process. There are seven days in God’s process as He moves you to His Sabbath rest.
[Heb 4:11 KJV] 11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Hebrews 4:11 tells us to labor to enter into the rest of God. Do we have an example of laboring to enter into rest? The very first account of creation of the earth is described as six days in which God labored and a seventh day in which He rested. When you labor, you do not do so in some random way of your own choice. Laboring implies following the instructions of a Master. In the six days of creation then, we see the labors that bring us to rest. All else is just vain religious striving.
God moved on the face of the deep and …
God spoke that which He desired. So, we should move on the face of our deep (our potential) and speak (verbalize) the things that we desire.
God established boundaries for His creation (firmament). We should find out our boundaries, as Paul spoke of ministering within His measure and spiritual jurisdiction (2 Cor. 10:13).
God divided the waters (Spirit) above from the waters (spirit) beneath. We must not live in mixture of the carnal and the spiritual. Jesus didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword (Matt. 10:34).
God called. He had never done this before. What God creates, He calls. We must cooperate with His processes prior to this, or calling doesn’t come.
Seedtime and harvest are established. This is where you become Lord over your own harvest – but it doesn’t happen until you walk through what comes previous to this (moving on the face of your deep by the Spirit, speaking the thing desired, accepting and establishing boundaries in your life and dealing with mixture at the cost of division, if necessary, in your natural lives). The call that comes is the call to step into the Third Day Dynamic of Seed Time and Harvest. This is the Amos 9:13 Entitlement of every believer, who walk themselves into the Third Day experience of the Plowman Overtaking the Reaper.
[Amo 9:13 KJV] 13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
We have covered day one of creation through day three. Now let us consider the fourth day of God’s process:
[Gen 1:14-19 KJV] 14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: 15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also. 17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that [it was] good. 19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Now we see the celestial bodies created to contain and reflect the light that God created on the first day. Here we see that God never plants anything in a row. He made light first, and the sun, moon and stars second. If we already had light, what did we need these luminary bodies for? Verse 14 tells us that these bodies are utilized to channel light, to further divide the day from the night, and to be for signs and for seasons. When the day and night are divided then, you can tell the difference, spiritually speaking, and know what your assignment is. You may ask “what are you talking about..?” I’m talking about how Jesus thought in His earth walk:
[Jhn 9:4 KJV] 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work
There is a time to work and a time to do something else. If you can’t work at night, what can you do (actively speaking)? During the day, you see what is in front of you. At night, you see what is taking place in the heavens. During the day, the sun, which represents God in our lives, is shining so brightly that we can only deal with what He is illuminating for us. Have you ever been in that place where God was working mightily in your life and people came around trying to get you distracted? They want you to look at this problem or that problem, but you don’t have time. You are like Nehemiah when Sanballat wanted to distract him from doing what God told him to do.