1. The Bible clearly teaches that God created everything in six literal, 24 hour days; thousands of years ago, not millions.
2. The context of Genesis 1 clearly shows that the days of creation were literal.
1:1- In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
1:2- The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
1:3- The God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light.
1:4- God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.
1:5- God called the light day, and the darkness He called night and there was evening and morning, one day.
As mentioned last week, the Hebrew word for day is yom. Because this word for day is just as flexible as the English word for day, many Christians try to say that these days are long periods of time and could represent millions or even billions of years. However, yom is defined the first time it is used in the bible in Genesis 1:5. Both the light portion of a day and the entire 24 hour day cycle.
Secondly, just to make sure we understand, God ends the description of every day with, "there was evening and morning the x day." We think God went out of His way to show us these were 6 literal 24 hour days. It didn't surprise Him when men came along and tried to add man's philosophies to His Word and we think He made it obvious so that they will be without excuse. On top of all of this, everywhere else these Hebrew words for evening and morning are used in the Old Testament, either together or separately and with or without the word yom in the context, they always mean a literal evening or morning of a literal day. So then some will turn to verse 14 for their answer.
1:14- Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
This is the fourth day of creation, when God created the sun, moon and stars. Many compromising Christians that try to fit millions of years into Genesis 1 will say that the first three days of creation could have been long periods of time because there was no sun, moon or stars. But what constitutes a day? Is it the earth orbiting the sun or the moon orbiting the earth? No, those represent months and years. One 24 hour day is 1 rotation of the earth on it's axis. We had a rotating earth from day one along with light. We aren't told the source of the light, although I have my beliefs as to the source. We know the light was not from the sun, which was created on day 4, but God actually created light itself and separated it from darkness on that first day of creation. Notice, He didn't create darkness, it is simply the absence of light. It does say in verse 14 that the lights in the expanse of the heavens were given for signs of seasons, days and years, but that was so we would know the signs, not God. God defined and created a day on day 1, He didn't need the celestial bodies in place to know what it was.
Also, the exact same wording is used for every single day before and after day 4, including the phrase," there was evening and morning, the x day."
Man's theories and philosophies are constantly changing, but God's Word has never and will never change. Let's put our faith in the one who was there and created all things and is the same yesterday, today and forever. Scripture is breathed from God's lips, given to us as a gift, that we could know Him and His will. Let's treat it that way.
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