• P. Frank

Six Geese-a-Laying

On the sixth day of Christmas … six geese-a-laying. This day’s gift in the song can stand for the six days of Creation before God’s rest on the seventh day. All three persons of the Holy Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) are coequal and coeternal, as the One True God; “The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.” (Isaiah 40:28). God is omnipotent (all-powerful); “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” (Matthew 19:26). God is omniscient (all-knowing); “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” (Psalm 139:4). And God is omnipresent (present everywhere at the same time); “’Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?’ declares the Lord. ‘Do I not fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:24). God used ONLY His words to create the entire universe! How marvelous is He and the work He has done!

The full story of the account of Creation given by Moses, passed down through the generations from Noah and his family, is recorded in Genesis 1:1 – 2:3. The summary of Creation is as follows:

On the first day, God created light and separated it from the darkness and called the light “Day” and the darkness “Night.” On the second day, God created an expanse in the midst of the waters and separated the waters under the expanse from the waters above the expanse and called the expanse “Heaven.” On the third day, God created dry land in the waters under the heavens and called the land “Earth” and the waters “Seas.” God created plants bearing fruit and yielding seed, each to their own kind, on the earth. On the fourth day, God created the stars to be for signs and seasons and days and years, the Sun to rule over the day, and the Moon (and stars) to rule over the night. On the fifth day, God created all the animals of the seas and sky, each to their own kinds, to be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas and on the earth. On the sixth day, God created all the beasts of the earth, livestock and creeping things, each to their own kind to be fruitful and multiply and fill all the earth. Then God also created man in His image to have dominion over the plants of the earth, the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, and the livestock and creeping things over all the earth. God commanded man to be fruitful and multiply and fill all the earth. God saw that man was “very good.” On the seventh day, God rested after He finished all the work He had done in Creation and then made the seventh day holy, because He rested. He called the seventh day the “Sabbath.”

”The Twelve Days of Christmas” song image is by Xavier Romero-Frias and used under Creative Commons license BY-SA 3.0.