Day 5 (Genesis 1:20-23) – Preaching

On the fifth day God filled the sea and the sky with fish and birds. This is teaching us about preaching the gospel.

Fish and birds represent men (Ecc 9:12; Dan 2:37-38; cp 4:20-22; Hab 1:14). They are represented in scripture as being free and wild. They need to be captured and hence the preaching of the gospel is likened to catching fish (Matt 13:47; Luke 5:10) and God’s chastening is likened to catching birds (Hos 7:11-12, Job 19:6).

Just as we were separated from the nations and brought into the heavenlies in Christ on Day 2, we now have a responsibility as disciples of Christ to preach the gospel to every creature (fish and fowl – Mark 16:15) and bring into captivity everyone to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor 10:5).

The fourth day spoke of letting the light of the truth shine to Gentiles by our way of life. Now on the fifth day we bring the unenlightened to the Truth by preaching the gospel.

Day 6 (Genesis 1:24-31; 2:4-24) – Dominion

Here the creative work of God reaches a climax. On the sixth day God created the animals and mankind. Man was created in the image of God and with a capacity to develop the likeness of God, that is, His character and the moral attributes associated with His name. In the process of developing God’s likeness, man would be required to have dominion over the animal kingdom; a symbol of having domain over the carnal (animal) mind (Gen 1:26-28).

The sixth day of creation is elaborated on in more detail in Genesis 2, with a particular focus on the formation of man and woman and the relationship they had as husband and wife. This is a wonderful type of the relationship between Christ and the ecclesia (Eph 5:22-32).

Like the first Adam, Jesus found himself all alone. He “looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters but [he] found none” (Psa 69:20). In order for his bride, the ecclesia, to be formed, he would have to go into a deep sleep: he would have to die. But just as Eve had been built from the side of Adam, so the ecclesia would be built from Christ’s pierced side and become his bride.

Those who form part of the bride of Christ are members of his flesh and of his bones, just as Adam and Eve were one flesh (Eph 5:29-31). They are to reflect the glory of Christ, and pattern their life after his, just as a wife reflects the glory of her husband (1 Cor 11:7). In so doing, God develops a multitude after his own likeness, because Jesus is the brightness of God’s glory, the express image of his person (Heb 1:3). He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature (Col 1:15). He is the pinnacle of the Almighty’s creation, the firstborn of the New Creation. Everyone who is in Christ is a “new creature: old things are passed away” (2 Cor 5:17). The old man with its former way of life must be put off and the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness, must be put on. Like him they are to develop God’s likeness by first having dominion over carnal things.

In our life now we must prepare, so that in the day when we are united with Christ, we can be described as “his wife that has made herself ready” (Rev 19:7-8).

Day 7 (Genesis 2:1-3) – Rest

On the seventh day, God rested from all His work that He had created and made, and He blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. The seventh day represents the kingdom age of rest (Heb 4:1-11).

Jesus Christ said, “Come to me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matt 11:28-29). As his disciples, we must rest from our own natural works, as God did from His (Isa 58:13- 14; Heb 4:10-11).

Day of CreationCreative ActSpiritual Application
1Dividing light from darknessIndividual
Enlightenment
2Dividing the waters from the watersSeparation
3Dry land, grass and treesFruitfulness
4Appointing the sun, moon and starsEcclesial
Light bearers
5Birds and FishPreaching to the world
6Formation of Man and WomanMarriage of Christ to the ecclesia
7God rests

Summary:

We have seen that the Creation account in Genesis 1 is a wonderful parable of the spiritual creation that God is accomplishing with us through Jesus Christ. The ideas we have considered are summarised in the table. Days 1-3 teach us of God’s work in forming individuals and Days 4-6 speak of His work with the ecclesia which ultimately leads to the earth being filled with His glory in the kingdom age of rest (Day 7).

However, this marriage of the second Adam to his bride and the establishment of the kingdom is not the end of the story. It is a furthering of the Almighty’s purpose; it is a culmination of the work of Christ for the redeemed; it is a beginning of that period of rest, where there will be peace and righteousness throughout all the earth… but it is not the end!

There will come a day when death itself will be cast into the lake of fire, when the Son himself will become subject to his Father, and God will be all in all. The third heaven will come into existence: an age too wonderful for us mortals to even comprehend. In that day, the creative work of the Almighty truly comes full circle (Rev 21:1-7).