Genesis 1:6

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” (Genesis 1:6, ESV)

God separates water from water something like the way a baker separates one pie crust from another to create two distinct pies.  By distinguishing between the waters, God reveals a sky and a pooled planet that we now call earth.  There is no land yet, only water above and water below.  Yet in this brilliant separation, they two waters are now different from each other, like the cell of life split apart to create identical twins in the womb.  They develop different personalities, sky and sea.  The sky, perhaps the more dependent twin, will become friends with air, inseparably mixed to reflect the glorious blues of the ocean below.  The sea will become friends with fish of all kinds, a place teeming with happy and hidden life.

And all this sets the stage—literally—for God’s next gift.

God is now going to create the stage.

And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” (Genesis 1:6, ESV)

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