Why do I believe God Created the Heavens and the Earth and all of life on Earth in six ordinary days is explained in this lesson I just finished preparing for my Kid's Church class that I will teach on Sunday, May 26, 2013. The entire Old Testament serves as God's confirmation of this truth.
Exodus 20: 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day.
The Bible provides proof from God that each day of His Creation week is to be understood as a regular, ordinary day and NOT as an extended length of time.
The word "day" (yom in Hebrew) is used a total of 2,301 Times in the Old Testament of the Bible.
The chart shows the uses of the word "day" (yom) in the Old Testament outside of Genesis chapter 1.
See how each of these identifiers – a number, evening and morning, evening or morning, and night - when used with the word "day" always means an ordinary day.
A. "Day" + a Number is Used 410 Times (in plural or singular) and ALWAYS means an ordinary day!
Example: Exodus 8:27
We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God as He will command us.
B. "Evening and Morning" together without the word "Day" is Used 38 Times and ALWAYS means an ordinary day!
Example: Psalm 55:17
Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.
C. "Evening" or "Morning" with "Day" is Used 23 Times Each and ALWAYS means an ordinary day!
Examples: Judges 19:8a
Then he arose early in the morning on the fifth day to depart,
In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening.
D. "Night" with "Day" is Used 52 Times and ALWAYS means an ordinary day!
Example: Exodus 13:21
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
Now in Genesis 1 notice the first time the word "day" is used, it is identified as an ordinary, regular day by using with it the words night, evening, morning and a number.
Genesis 1: 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.
For each of the other times the word "day" is used in the six days of Creation, it is used with a number and the words evening and morning.
Genesis 1:8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Genesis 1:12-13 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.
Genesis 1: 17-19 God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Genesis 1: 21-23 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Genesis 1: 25, 27-28, 31
25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
31 Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
Genesis 2: 2 And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done.
It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth,
and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.
The only problem with this theory is archeology. If you take the seven days literally, then by counting everyone's age in the bible, you can determine how old the Earth is, which I believe is about 7 thousand years. But then what of the dinosaurs? What about the human skeletons we find that are tens of thousands of years old? It just doesn't add up, so I think there is more to this mystery than meets the eye. Good work in tackling this though, and keep it up. God bless.
My heart always aches when I write blogs about Genesis 1, God's account of Creation. Many people do not realize the attitude that what does it matter as long as I believe God created everything actually dishonors God. It does matter to God. How many times does God speak about His Creation in His Word, many times. It is important to Him and should be important to each of us that we honor Him and His Words above everything man tries to get us to believe. I certainly believe that we should project to all that God's Word is the inerrant and authoritative truth from the very first verse in Genesis through the very last verse in Revelation. God gave Moses this literal account of Creation. God says He created the heavens and the earth in six days and He confirms that it is a literal day by using the words morning, evening and a number to clearly qualify each day as a day. He confirms this by the way He uses the word day throughout the Old Testament. My heart aches because I believe the way many treat the account of Creation dishonors God and certainly does not bring to Him the full glory and recognition God the Creator deserves!
Your blog gives more than enough explanation of the words used in Genesis One. It is NOT the words God clearly gave about creation Dorothy, it is mankind, a mankind that presumes they know more about creation, which many do not accept (creation), and these type of people, many within Christendom, believe more concerning, than what God said too.
And this is the only hindrance to a person believing the words mean exactly what they say. 'Mans words'
God Bless. billy