Covenant Compendium #5
Genesis 1:9-13 “And God said, ‘Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.’ And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together He called Seas. And God saw that it was good.
11 And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.”
On the third day of creation we see God inserting into the universe protological sacraments. In these verses we have the first form of baptism and the foundations for the Lord’s Table.
Before God brought the land out of the waters, the whole creation was a deep watery mass. On the third day, God bursts the land out of its watery grave. Beneath the waters, the land was dead, and God raises it up and the waters run down the surface of the land baptizing it, preparing it for life. And what do we see when the land comes out of the depths of the water? Life.
God then, after preparing the land for life, gives the land two kinds of plants. The two kinds of plants that are mentioned are seed bearing plants and fruit bearing plants. From seed bearing plants we get what we need for bread and from fruit bearing plants we get what we need for wine. God does not tell us about the creation of broccoli or Brussels sprouts, but He does tells us about wheat and grapes.
So what? Well, from the beginning of creation, the goal has always been life in Jesus, life in covenant and the overwhelming grace of God. The protology of Genesis is found in the teleology of Jesus. In other words, the purpose of creation is ultimately found in the recreation we have in Jesus. In Genesis 1:9-10 we have life coming from the depths of a watery tomb (Romans 6:1-4), and in Genesis 1:11-13 we have the ingredients necessary to sit at the King’s Table and commune (John 6:53-58; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26).
As Luke tells us, “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27).