Genesis 1:9 (ESV)

9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so.

The earth is still under water. Man cannot yet live on this earth. Therefore, the Lord continues his work of creation. He does two things on the third day:

  1. He separates the water and the dry land.

  2. He creates plants and trees.

God’s Word resounds again with power and majesty, and as a result, the waters of the earth flow to one place. This means that God created the world with one sea. At this time, therefore, there were no continents entirely separated by water. In that sense, the sea was not separated then. The sea was not a threat to the land either. Only after the fall do we see that the sea sometimes becomes a threat to man, animals, and land. For example, the Lord uses the water during the flood to bring his judgment on mankind (see Genesis 6:1 – 7:24). On the new earth there will also be water, but not a sea that occasionally divides people and threatens the lives of humans and animals (see Revelation 21:1; Revelation 22:1).