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Exodus, Jeremiah, 1 Corinthians

The Second Day - Division of the Waters

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.

The Second Day of Creation (Genesis 1:6f)

And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

The Second Book (Exodus 14:15)

Division of the Waters

The great theme based upon the idea of Division begins with the Second Day of Creation, which is characterized by the division of the waters. While it is true that division also is found in the First Day, the difference is that the First Day is charaterized by the Creation of Light with the division between light and darkness being a secondary event. The word translated as "divide" is the Bet KeyWord בדל (badal, S# H0914).

Division in the Church

The division of the Waters on the Second Day is reiterated with the division of the Red Sea in the Second Book. This theme then manifests on a more symbolic way in 1 Corinthians (Spoke 2, Cycle 3) which opens with Paul's plea that there be "no divisions" in the Church.

Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

1 Corinthians 1:10ff (Spoke 2, Cycle 3)

This theme dominates 1 Corinthians (see Is Christ Divided?).

Division and Gathering of the Church/Waters

The books of First and Second Corinthians on Spokes 2 and 3 of Cycle 3 reiterates the pattern of the Second and Third Days of Creation. Scripture uses Water as a symbol of People (cf. Revelation 17.15). On the Second Day the Waters were divided, and on the Third Day they were gathered into "one place" which the LXX translated as "synagogue" - the name of the gathering place of God's People in the Old Testament. Likewise, the people are divided in I Corinthians when Paul commanded the sinner to be "delivered unto Satan" (chapter 5) and the people were gathered again when Paul commanded that he be restored to fellowship in 2 Corinthians (chapter 2).

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