Christians: What are The Meanings Of The Words Translated "created" In Genesis 1:1 And "make" in Genesis 1:16?
If the "heavens" means the physical universe -- all the stars, planets, etc (apart from the earth according to the context of Genesis 1:1), then the stars were in fact created "in the beginning" BEFORE the events described later in verse 16:
"And God proceeded to MAKE the two great luminaries, the greater luminary for dominating the day and the lesser luminary for dominating the night, AND ALSO THE STARS."
So, did God create the stars twice -- in Genesis 1:1 and in Genesis 1:16?
Or does "make" in Genesis 1:16 carry a different meaning to "create" in Genesis 1:1?
(Psalm 8:3) . . .When I see your heavens, the works of your fingers, The moon and the stars that you have prepared,
The Psalmist obviously could not see empty space. He was obviously referring to the celestial bodies filling the void -- moon, stars etc -- even as the verse says.