The Six Days of Creation

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“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” (Exodus 20:11).

Introduction

The Bible is not meant to be a book of science, but the Author is the Master Scientist who relates to us simply and briefly that He is responsible for the creation of all things. Nevertheless, the Genesis account of creation offers us all the necessary facts to show that the universe is not the product of an evolutionary accident but the direct workmanship of God. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psalm 19:1). God prepared the matter and animated it with His power according to His will. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). God’s work is limited to six literal twenty-four hour days rather than countless ages.

There is symmetry in Creation week that is often missed for it is split into two parts, the second part being the completion of the first. During the first three days God creates realms: [1] Light; [2] Sky and seas; [3] Dry land. On the next three days He creates rulers to inhabit these realms: [4] Sun, moon and stars; [5] Birds and fish; [6] Animals and man. We see then there was nothing in God’s creative acts that happened by chance or accident. He worked to a preordained plan and completed it in six days.

Creation week

God’s work in creating the earth and all that it contains was accomplished within six literal days. The words “the evening and the morning …” for each day qualifies this as fact rather than being merely an interpretation or symbolism (Genesis 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31). Also in Genesis 2:2 we read that “on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.” It is because the Creator is omnipotent that He could complete such a wonderful task within such a short space of time. “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6). Here we present a major reason why the six days cannot be interpreted as six ages of countless millions of years each and proves that Genesis is both logical and factual. Pope Benedict and the Archbishop of Canterbury, who believe that the first three chapters of Genesis are a myth, are more in tune with Richard Dawkins than Almighty God. These two men are guilty of turning their organisations further away from the truth.

The Bible uses the Hebrew word ‘yom’ for day in Genesis, and though elsewhere it is used to describe ages, the words “evening” and “morning” limits its meaning to a normal solar day. These words appear at the end of each creative act and along with ‘first day, second day, third day etc’ prohibit any interpretation than that clearly expressed within the text. Moses, the writer of Genesis, was an educated man, “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22), therefore he fully understood what he wanted his readers to believe. If he had intended us to believe the day-age theory he should have used the word ‘yamin’ which is the plural of ‘yom’. Also he might have used ‘olam’ meaning ‘age’. Then there is the Hebrew word ‘dor’ which expresses ‘generations’. Instead of this he constructs his sentences in a way that leaves us with no doubt about what he is stating, that is, Creation was an event rather than a process.

Adam and sin

Adam was created on the sixth day of Creation Week (Genesis 1:26-28). This means that he, along with Eve, lived through the sixth and seventh day. This could not be true if each of the days in Genesis 1 is millions of years long. In Genesis 5:5 we are told that “the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years; and he died.” Are we to believe that Adam’s days were the long periods of time? If not, neither were the days of Creation. If we accepted the views of theistic evolutionists, then before Adam evolved from some creature swimming about in a pool, there were millions of years of life and death that preceded him. The Scriptures on the other hand state that the first human was created on the sixth day and soon after sinned and brought death into the world. “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). Therefore sin brought in both spiritual and physical death, this means that there was no death before Adam. This also means that the fossil record points the Great Flood rather than man’s pre-history.

Genesis 1:31 reads, “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” How could the earth be described as “very good” if it was built upon billions of years of death? Death came after the Fall. If the world was not created as the Bible describes, then man did not fall into sin, and if this is true, there is no point to Jesus dying on the cross to save sinners. “For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Corinthians 15:21-22).

Conclusion

If the days of Genesis 1 are countless periods of time, then Jesus’ teaching about Creation is both meaningless and misleading. He said in Matthew 19:4, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female?” If any of the days of Creation Week are millions of years long, then Adam and Eve were not created at the beginning. Jesus’ use of the words “at the beginning” have to be understood as His belief that days of Genesis were literal solar days.  To view the intended meaning of the writer of Genesis as symbolic of evolution is to compromise the infallible truth of Scripture. Those who do so are guilty of adding to and subtracting from God’s word. “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2) … “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19). Can a person be a Christian not believe in the Genesis account of Creation? The answer is found in Exodus 20:1-20, of which our opening text is a part. Can a person be a murderer, thief, or an adulterer and still be a Christian? Therefore since the Ten Commandments state that a follower of God must believe in Creationism, it is impossible to be a Christian and an evolutionist at the same time. We either accept or deny the teachings of Scripture regarding Creation. Those who reject the word of God at any point cannot have any personal relationship with the Lord God and Saviour of mankind.

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