The Dead Sea in Israel is so full of minerals that nothing can live in it – no fish, no plants, nothing. It is a dead sea. It is totally void of life.
When God created the earth on the first day of creation, it was totally void of life. No plants, no fish, no animals – nothing – inhabited the earth. It was lifeless.
Genesis 1:1-2 tells us, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” Now in yesterday’s reading we learned that “without form” referred to a mass of material that had not yet been formed into anything. So today let’s consider the next word in the verse. What does “void” mean?
The word “void” is a Hebrew word that means “to be empty.” It does not mean desolate, as though something bad had happened. It simply means that the earth had no inhabitants. There was no life – it was void.
Now, later in the creation week God would create plants and fish and birds and animals. But initially, none of those things were on the earth. So here is the idea of Genesis 1:1-2: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (that is, He created space and matter), and the matter that He created was at first, unformed and uninhabited.
Now the Gap Theory (which I’ve referred to previously), wants to have all the geological ages – with all of its fossil records – stuck between verse 1 and verse 2, with verse 2 saying that the earth became desolate at the fall of Satan. But in order to have fossils, you have to have death, and there was no death before the sin of Adam. That is a huge theological problem with the Gap Theory. The earth was not desolate – it was simply uninhabited, or void.
Now you know the real meaning of the word.
Hey – God did create everything in six literal days. That is the kind of powerful and awesome God we have – amazing, isn’t it!