As was mentioned earlier in the study, this “land” was not created on day three but on day one,together with the water. Now God simply commands the land to “appear”(v. 9) from beneath the watery surface, causing “dry land.”
Upon this “dry land” God would bring forth “grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit trees yielding fruit after his kind” (v. 11). These would be the food source for both man and animals. (See Gen. 1: 29, 30). The original diet for all of earth’s life forms did not require the death of plant or animal. Death would result only on account of man’s sin. (See Gen. 2: 16, 17; 3: 1-24).
Thus far in the creation order we have seen God create water, light, air, and land – all the necessary elements to sustain all the plant life. This plant life would in turn sustain the fish, fowl, beasts, and man which God created on days five and six. It should go without saying that this creation order blows the day-year theory to shreds. If a “day” equals millions, or just one thousand years, then no life could be sustained between day three and four. Plants need sunlight for photosynthesis to survive and grow. Supposing for a moment that the day-year theory was correct, the dark part of the “day” would amount to 500 years of darkness and the light part of the “day” would amount to 500 years of continuous sunlight! This, of course, is absurd. Is God wise, or what? God’s creation order itself reveals His wisdom. 1 Corinthians 1: 27 tells us: “God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise,” while Psalm 119: 130 declares: “The entrance of Thy Words giveth light; it giveth understanding to the simple.”