Genesis 1: 6-8 Expanse/Heaven
God called for an Expanse to separate the waters. This part can be confusing to read in the Bible. The Expanse He termed RQY’, which means Heavens, entry number 8064 in Strong’s Concordance, and the ONLY term used for the concept of heaven in the entire Old Testament. And ALHYM assembled an invisible realm: all the holy Expanse, HRQY’. This is literally heavens, air, and sky, and figurative Heaven.
“And God heard the voice of the boy, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not, for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is.” ~Genesis 21:17
The waters beneath the expanse are called MTCHTH. M denotes water. TCHTH means underneath, as in a preposition, but also its root word is TWCH which means to depress; humble. So the waters under the heavens are humbled, whereas the waters above the heavens are M’L, or most high.
The upper waters (above the expanse) are alluded to in the Psalms: “Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.” ~Psalm 148:4 The upper waters are a mystery because the expanse of the heavens include the heavenly bodies, so the waters above the expanse speak of something or somewhere beyond our knowledge.
Once the Expanse is created, two things happen. One is that the Hebrew wording emphasizes an extra separation between the Expanse and the waters under the Expanse, versus the Expanse and the waters over the Expanse. This literally could mean that the heavens are made more like the stuff of the upper waters, and less like the hard earth and its waters; or figuratively, that the upper waters is closer to Heaven somehow than earth is. Considering dark matter and dark energy (which may indicate God’s invisible media), this makes sense. And the second is that the waters become ASHR, which means filled with every gender and number of every kind of being, above and below the Expanse.
Did God create other life on other planets? There is the possibility for it existing in the upper waters. But it would not be man as we know it, because our Earth and Man are unique to us and our world.
As in the First Day, God called, It was, He separated, He proclaimed, and He named. However, something is missing in this creation event, and it is missing in the creation of man, which all of the other creations have: God did not joyfully regard His work, He did not state that it was good. When He made light, when He made the land and the sea, when He made the sprouts, when he made the sun and moon and stars, when he made the swarmers, and sea animals, the beasts, and even the creepers, He regarded them joyfully and saw that they were good. After He made man He blessed them, but He also does not speak of them as being good. So the creations of Heaven and Man are not explicitly stated as being good as everything else is. Nevertheless, at the very end of Day 6,
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day.” ~Genesis 1:31
To explain His not remarking that these two events were good as they were made, it is in my mind that God did not like to have to separate man from Heaven and Him very diligently, and so He did not see it joyfully as pure and good. Maybe that is why He decided to make the Garden of Eden, so that man would not have to be separated from Him. After all, He made man because He wanted a being who could comprehend Him and love Him, not be separated from Him by such a great Expanse. But God, in His infinite wisdom, knew that He must separate the waters under Heaven very diligently from Heaven itself, even if He did not like to do so, because He must have known in His omniscience how fallible man could and would be.
In this context, one can almost grasp the futile determination God possessed to try to be in commune with His favorite creation, Man, when He made the Garden of Eden. Indeed, it was a different form of God who created the Garden of Eden. It was YHWH ALHYM, the more personal God, denoted by YHWH, I AM WHO I AM. ALHYM is responsible for Creation. And YHWH ALHYM is responsible for breathing life into man, making the plants grow, and planting the Garden of Eden. It was as if ALHYM, Creator God, established the framework that needed to be, and YHWH ALHYM came and fleshed it out, taking His relationship with man to a more personal level than that established by ALHYM alone. He must have known the Garden of Eden utopia would fail, that man would fall and be locked out of Heaven on earth forevermore; yet He tried to give man that chance, so that it would become part of our history, and so that we might learn from it.
And He did not call man good when He made Him, just as Jesus said only God is good [Mark 10:18]. Man is made in God’s image, but that does not make man good. All other creatures besides man were considered good by God. Later, creatures and living things would become cursed, once man began to dwell upon the earth.
That was the Second Day.