Reading Genesis 1-11
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 06:19AM
NECM

A day is a week is a month is…millions of years?

There is no part of scripture that is attacked more than Genesis 1-11.  Why?  Simply because it gives us the early history of the earth…well, the history of the earth from a perspective that is contradictory to the commonly held “billions of years” theories.  When a person reads Genesis 1-11 as a historical documentation (which it is), they come away with some basic, easy to understand, information.  Without bringing to their reading of the text non-biblical assumptions, a person must take the text as stating:

A plain reading of this very important text of scripture reveals a great amount of early earth history, which in turn provides the foundation on which the Gospel rests.  However, people don’t approach reading the Bible (especially Genesis 1-11) without bringing their own bias to interpreting the text. 

For instance, Genesis 1 clearly states that God created all things in six literal days.  However, people who believe the common consensus by modern scientists that the earth is billions of years old, bring that bias with them in interpreting the text.  They try to justify their stance of billions of years by stating that the word “day” in Genesis does not mean a literal 24-hour day.  Let’s check it out.

First, the word “day” in Genesis is more precisely defined by the phrase “evening and morning” (v. 5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31).  Any thinking person can determine that the word “day” must then mean a literal day.  How can the phrase “evening and morning” be understood as millions/billions of years?  We know that a day consists of a morning and an evening, and when someone speaks of having a bad morning, we don’t think they mean they have had a miserable million years or so.  We know they mean the early A.M. hours of a 24-hour day. 

Second, the word “day” is accompanied by a sequential number (one, two, three, etc.).  Genesis 1:5 states, “God called the light day and the darkness He called night.  And there was evening and there was morning, one day.”  Thus, the “evening” and “morning” defined “day” as being “one.”  In verse 8, “…And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.”  Well, the teaching in pre-school is that two comes right after one.  Therefore, we have a listing of consecutive days in Genesis 1, without a gap in between them. 

There is no reason to try and understand Genesis 1 as meaning anything other than what is clearly stated.  When it is postulated that “day” may mean some other formula of time, then we start attacking the character of God and the inerrancy of scripture. 

 

Serving the Risen Christ,

Ken

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