I don’t know about you but I can’t imagine an earth where it doesn’t rain. Rain isn’t just beautiful (and sometimes destructive) its beneficial to this planet. It provides water, helps plants grow, and purifies the air. But according to the word of God, when did it start exactly? Let’s take a look at what scripture says.
“(5) Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, (6) but streams came up from the earth and watered the surface of the ground.” – Genesis 2:5-6
We know from this scripture that plant life needs two things to survive: Rain and someone to care for it. Because God hadn’t sent rain down and didn’t have anyone to tend to it, there wasn’t any plant life. God finished creating everything after the seventh day. Beautiful plants and trees decorated Eden.
Let’s talk about the garden for a moment. This was a beautiful and magical place full of peace and serenity. It’s where the very first life began and where it spiritually ended. We can assume that the mist watered the crops in Eden. Especially since Adam is there to tend to the plants. If we do think that the mist continued to water the plants, then we need to question when it stopped.
“(17)To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. (18) It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. (19) By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” – Genesis 3:17-19
Man would fight with the earth to produce the food we need to live. It’s safe to say that this could be when the rain began because it’d be a sign of faith. Adam would have needed to rely on God to give the water for their food to grow. Having the mist during our punishment wouldn’t make sense. It would be like God is saying, “You are on your own except for this mist that waters your plants for you.” I’m not God, but I think it would bring Him more glory if humans had to have faith that He would give.
“Seven days from now I will send rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and I will wipe from the face of the earth every living creature I have made.” – Genesis 7:4
One of the reasons why this is a debate is because of the Silence. Scripture never mentions rain again until Chapter six when Noah’s story begins. Among the wicked, Noah was a righteous man of God. After God tells Noah His plan to destroy the earth with a mighty flood, Noah builds the ark for a hundred and twenty years.
“(11) In the six-hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened. (12) And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.”
There are people who think that these “Floodgates” are symbolic to the first rain. This verse is the first time that Scripture ever mentions the skies opening and it raining. So The “Floodgates of Heaven” opening could mean a huge moment in biblical history where everyone looked up in alarm and saw something they’d never seen before. However, after the flood scripture states that the floodgates closed.
“Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky.” – Genesis 8:2
If this had been the first rain where the floodgates opened, then wouldn’t that mean closing them would cause it to never rain again? I also have a theory that if this were the first rain then it would bring more glory to God. An intriguing thought is that God would wait until mankind’s destruction for it to rain.
It makes sense for scripture to mention it since the bible show’s God’s glory. Of all these evil doings there is a God who is merciful, forgiving, and never-changing. It makes sense to me that scripture would have said, “This was the first rain” or, “No one had seen rain before.”
The point is that there is no real answer. Scripture doesn’t tell us when the first rain occurred. All it says is there was a mist during creation and then it rained six chapters later. God could have made it this way so that we know there was a way of watering the earth before the flood because rain didn’t occur yet. He also might think that He doesn’t need to spell it out for us. My idea is that it isn’t important. Whether it occurred during creation, in Eden, before or after the flood, it doesn’t matter.
God created it. Who cares when it happened?
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