The Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 9 says, “Q. 9. What is the work of creation? A. The work of creation is God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.” Last week, the focus was on the who and how of creation: “God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power”. This Sunday, as we moved into Genesis 1:4-10, we are diving into the creative activity of the first three days of the creation week. While there is a definite "Framework" to the history of the creation week, it is important that we do not use the literary structure to deny the chronological history of the events which took place. The Bible always roots the truth it teaches in actual, time-space history.
“[Considering Psalm 136] immediately after expressing and developing the fact of God as creator, the psalmist sweeps onto a second reason for praising God — the way God acted in history when the Jewish nation was captive in Egypt. … The mentality of the whole scripture, not just of this one song, is that creation is as historically real as the history of the Jews and her own present moment of time. Both the Old and the New Testaments deliberately root themselves back into the early chapters of Genesis, insisting that they are a record of historical events. … The early chapters of Genesis are to be viewed completely as history - just as much so, let us say, as records concerning Abraham, David, Solomon, or Jesus Christ.” - Francis Schaeffer