NKJV - 6 Then God said, "Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
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a. Let there be a firmament: The idea of a firmament is of an expanse (NIV, NAS) or space (NLT). The waters of the land are separated from the water vapor in the sky.
When God created the earth He originally created a layer of water above the atmosphere. This layer of water created a perfect environment for the entire earth. Imagine the entire surface of the earth with a perfect temperature of 78 degrees. Adam and Eve didn’t need clothes because the temperature was regulated. There was no rain because the Sun’s rays didn’t penetrate the water to create evaporation. That idealic condition changed with the flood. The Bible says the “the windows of heaven were opened.” The layer of water fell to earth to cause the great flood. The atmosphere changed and man had rain and rainbows for the first time. If you want to read more about the physics behind this reality. Check out “The Biblical Flood and the Ice Epoch“ by Donald Patten.
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