Six Geese A-Laying

(NOTE: This series of blogs covers the twelve days of Christmas – Dec. 25th through Jan. 5th – and is based on the Christmas song, The Twelve Days of Christmas.)

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 “On the sixth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, six Geese A-laying…”

 What’s the most important verse in the Bible?

Is it John 3:16? What about Psalm 23? Could it be Acts 1:8?

In my opinion, the most important verse in the Bible is Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The reason I think it is the most important verse is because once you accept that verse as true, the rest of the Bible makes sense. Doubt Genesis 1:1, and everything else in Scripture becomes difficult to believe.

“On the sixth day of Christmas my True Love gave to me, six Geese A-laying…”

The six geese laying eggs on the sixth day of Christmas symbolize the six days of Creation described in Genesis 1. A key doctrine in Christianity is that God created the world as described in Genesis.

Here is what those six days look like:

  • Day 1 – “And God said, ‘Let there be light…God called the light ‘day”, and the darkness he called ‘night.’ And there was evening, and there was morning – the first day’” (Genesis 1:3-5).
  • Day 2 – “And God said, ‘Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water.’ So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it…God called the expanse ‘sky,’ And there was evening, and there was morning – the second day” (Genesis 1:6-8). On the second day of Creation, God created the atmosphere.
  • Day 3 – “And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear’…God called the dry ground ‘land,’ and the gathered waters he called ‘seas…Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation…And there was evening and there was morning – the third day” (Genesis 1:9-13).
  • Day 4 – “And God said, ‘Let there be lights…to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark the seasons and days and years’…God made two great lights (sun & moon)…He also made the stars…And there was evening, and there was morning – the fourth day” (Genesis 1:14-19).
  • Day 5 – “And God said, ‘Let the waters teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky’…And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day” (Genesis 1:20-23).
  • Day 6 – “And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures’…Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them…And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day” (Genesis 1:24-31).

And then, on day seven, God rested (Genesis 2:2).

When I read Genesis 1, I cannot help but think of Psalm 136:1-9. In that Psalm, the writer connects God’s creation with His love for us. God created the world for you and me to enjoy. As you go about your day today, and as you see God’s handiwork in creation, give Him thanks.

Here is Psalm 136:1-9…

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
2 Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.

4 to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
5 who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
6 who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
7 who made the great lights—
His love endures forever.
8 the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
9 the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

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Now for a review, counting backward:

The six Geese A-laying are the six days of Creation.

The five Golden Rings (ring-necked pheasants) are the first five books of the Old Testament.

The four Calling Birds (colly birds, or black birds like ravens) are the four Gospels.

The three French Hens are faith, hope, and love.

The two Turtle Doves are the Old and New Testaments.

The Partridge in a pear tree is Jesus Christ.

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