What is more important, heaven or earth? The Bible opens with When God began to create heaven and earth…Mentioning heaven first suggests that it takes precedence. Yet, the Midrash points out that a verse in the next chapter reads: On the day the LORD God made earth and heavens – first earth and then heaven. This symmetry teaches that “both are weighed as one” – they are equally important, and one is not favored over the other.