The only place in the Old Testament that Christians as well as unbelievers seem to have a problem understanding what the word "day" means is in Genesis Chapter 1.
The Hebrew word for day (yom) in the singular or plural form is used 2,301 times in the Old Testament.
Let's first look at the uses of day outside of Genesis 1.
Whenever the word day (yom) is used with a number (over 400 times) it always means an ordinary day, there are no exceptions.
Whenever the phrase 'evening or morning' is used without the word day (38 times) it always means an ordinary day-no exceptions.
Whenever the words 'evening' and 'morning' are used individually with the word day (in fact, 23 times each), the word day always means an ordinary day.
Whenever the word 'night' is used with the word day (52 times), the word day always means an ordinary day.
To repeat, whenever the word day is used with a number or with the words evening or morning or with the word night, outside of Genesis 1, the Hebrew word for day always means an ordinary 24 hour day. And, whenever the phrase 'evening and morning' is used, it means an ordinary day.
Okay. Now let's look at Genesis Chapter 1.
You will notice that the first time the word day is used, it is qualified with the words night, evening, morning and number (verse 5 "And God called the light Day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day")
For each of the other times the word day is used for the six days of Creation, it is used with a number and the words evening and morning. (Verse 8 "And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day." Verse 13 "And the evening and the morning were the third day." Verse 19 "And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." Verse 23 "And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.")
The contextual usage of the word day in Genesis Chapter 1 makes it obvious that our God wants us to understand that the word day in His Creation Account is to be interpreted as an ordinary day and not as an extended period of time.
During the period of time the Holy Spirit was guiding me into the literal truth of the Creation Account, He spoke this phrase: BELIEVE HIS (GOD'S) WORD NOT MAN'S WORD. There will be several more blogs written concerning the literal truth and accuracy of God's Creation Account and why this is so important. Possibly, one blog per week for the next several weeks.
I pray this has been helpful and is a blessing to you. Thank you Lord Jesus for bringing us truth. Truth is only found in Your Word.
(This was the first blog I wrote here on Christian Blog in June of 2009. The message of this blog fits in with the series I have been writing, Noah's Ark and The Worldwide Flood, so this week (June 28, 2010) I am re-posting it as a featured blog.)
I have to respectfully disagree.
I'm no Hebrew linguist, but HaShem has given me some other ways to see into Scripture. Adam died the day (1000 years duration) he ate the forbidden fruit (Genesis 5:5). A day is like a thousand years to the Lord (Psalm 90:4). And a DAY in the book of Daniel is always 604 years long. The week that Jacob fulfilled was actually seven years long (Genesis 29:28).
But I still think you are on the right track; we should BELIEVE HaShem, not the world, not science. In a movie, we can seem to experience decades of time compressed into a couple of hours. Satan is behind the myth of the universe being billions of years old. I think the heavens and the earth were created in 7 days (of 1000 years duration each). Who knows what happens when a universe is created outside and prior to the 'normal or expected' laws of quantum physics? Only God knows! There very well could be morning and an evening for each day!
I don't pretend to know.
I want to hear what you have learned from the Hebrew!
Peace in Yeshua
I believe in a literal six day creation.
Reading and pondering your comments was an interesting experience. Thank you.
I remain steadfast in the belief that God's Creation Account is literal truth and the six days of creation were literally normal days.
As stated in your comments: "Satan is behind the myth of the universe being billions of years old."
I wholeheartedly agree. Satan has been enabled by mankind's unbelief to use the Darwinian theory of (macro) evolution and the subsequent idea of billions of years to bring confusion to both believers and unbelievers. Satan wants to distract us from the truth that is only found in God's Word and to diminish belief and trust in God's Word including the precious Good News of Yeshua, the very Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Genesis serves as the foundation of God's Word and messing with it has created distrust in the rest of God's Word.
Regarding discussion of a literal six day creation, what I presented and discussed I will liken to apples. The examples you used in your comments could be likened to oranges. In other words they do not go with each other. I would like to provide more clarification to what is being expressed.
The word day (in Hebrew - yom) most definitely has more than one meaning depending upon how it is being used. Throughout the Old Testament, God used particular qualifiers to limit the word day to mean a literal day. God provided for us, through His Word that was recorded thousands of years ago, what we need to know today to be able to refute the theory of macro evolution and the idea of billions of years. I experienced such delight in the ways of our Lord when this truth became part of me.
I would like to spell this out a little more: Throughout the Old Testament, every time the word day(s) is used and qualified with a number (400 times), and/or the words morning and evening individually (28 times each), and/or the word night (52 times) or the phrase morning and evening without the word day is used (38 times) it always is referring to a literal normal day. In Genesis 1, God consistently uses these particular qualifiers with the word day each of the six days of creation. This information was compiled and provided by Answers in Genesis.
Following is what I think to be a perfect example that demonstrates our God means literal normal days when discussing His creation, and it includes examples of how qualifiers are used.
In this Scripture passage God is giving the Ten Commandments to the His Chosen Jewish people.
Exodus 20: 8-11
"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt though labour, and do all thy work; But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work; thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: FOR IN SIX DAYS THE LORD MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH, THE SEA, AND ALL THAT IN THEM IS, AND RESTED THE SEVENTH DAY; WHEREFORE THE LORD BLESSED THE SABBATH DAY AND HALLOWED IT." (KJV)
I would like to discuss more of your ideas, but must stop for now. I will try to produce an additional response to your comments in the next day or sp.
Peace in Christ,
A resounding YES to your comment!
I invite you to read the next blog that will discuss some information about macroevolution and how God refutes this idea in His Word.
[quote] I think the heavens and the earth were created in 7 days (of 1000 years duration each). [/quote]
[b]I also believe in a literal 6 days of creation[/b], even though it might not have sounded like it.
I was simply pointing out that a day does not always mean a day in the symbolism of Scripture.
This portion of the Bible (Genesis) is so highly symbolic (as well as being historically and
literally true) that it says multiple things on multiple levels, all at the same time.
The six days (with mornings and evenings) of creation of the heavens and the earth were [b]literal.[/b]
And the Lord's Day is always the seventh day, Saturday, NEVER the pagan day of the sun,
NOT Sunday, in spite of what some think about when Paul collected offerings or when they
THINK the Lord rose from the dead.
Crucifixion of Christ Yeshua on Nissan 14 Wednesday April 3, A.D. 30 at 3 p.m. Lamb of GOD -- for our
sins HE was crucified!
3 days and 3 nights, 72 hours later, on the [b]Sabbath of Saturday April 6th, Nissan 17[/b],
Yeshua the Messiah rose from the dead!
There is another aspect of the seven days of creation being alluded to in which HaShem
prepares His bride Jacob (Israel) through demonstrating His plan of salvation by sending
Moses, the prophets, giving the Law, and Messiah (Christ Yeshua). Praise Jesus!
As some wise person on this site observed in another blog,
HaShem didn' t just destroy Satan, because He wanted more than servants,
HaShem wanted loving children. For that to happen, the seven days of creation (of 1000
years each) had to unfold. We call this human history.
This is alluded to in the light and the darkness of the creation story.
Then everyone would have the opportunity to [i]choose [/i]who they wanted to serve,
GOD or Satan (Deuteronomy 30:19). We can witness the intentions and actions of
HaShem and Satan, and we can choose good or evil.
But we are into the 7th day (of 1000 years each) that HaShem set in motion,
created (in 4990 B.C.), making this earth 6,999 years old.
The 1290th day of Daniel -- is March / April 1996 and the beginning of the pact with
death or Sheol that GOD will strike at and annul. How to calculate: 1290 / 360 days
biblical year = 3.583333333 years of
604 duration = 2164.333333 - year abomination of desolation in 168 (BC) = 1996!
Peace in Yeshua,
Michael, Israel's Chief Prince
Thanks for sharing your inspired learning.
I sure do agree that Scripture says multiple things at multiple levels at the same time.
God's Word is very much alive and exceedingly relevant for today.
I have been perusing your blogs. I truly enjoy thinking upon what the Holy Spirit has revealed to you.
I have made a hard copy of your comments and will spend some time pondering on the content.
Much blessing flow into your ministry work and to you - in Yeshua's name!
I love to say the name Yeshua, it is so comforting.
Peace in Yeshua,
I am no Theologian and I don't think the common man to whom God's word was read to was either. Moses wrote down and shared with the Israelites the law so the people would know it. I'm guessing it was written for the common man to understand, not so Moses would have to give them a theological explanation of the hidden meanings of dates or time with the reading.
Just a thought...
Thanks for the comments! God's Word is 100% truth. It does really matter. If it did not matter much, I do not think God would have referred to His creation over and over again throughout His Word.
I see the Creation account as being written with simplicity and clarity for, yes, the common man to understand. Unfortunately, the common man has turned to man for understanding rather than to the simple truth of our God's own words. Today, it seems that we are forced to defend the truth found in God's Word to both professing believers and to unbelievers alike.
I heard this comment on a Christian program this morning, paraphrased "Christians love to share what their beliefs are, as long as The Bible does not get in the way."
Blessings to all!revgenlink