There is so much debate about the actual Creation timeline. Some have said it is literal days – as in seven 24 hour days. Some have said that the days are figurative and each day really indicates a 1,000 year period. Still others think that the creative day was a period of time simply marked by a beginning and an ending or a cumulative period of time, not necessarily 24 hours.
So let’s start with the 1,000 year period theory of time for creation days. Where are people getting this from? Take a look at 2 Peter Chapter 3, verse 8. It states, “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” So people who hold to the theory that the seven day creation listed in Genesis is actually 7,000 years based on the verse in 2 Peter. But, in my opinion, to believe that it to take the verse in 2 Peter out of context. Read the entire passage in 2 Peter chapter 3. It is not talking about creation days. It is talking about God’s patience when it comes to the destruction and punishment of man. It is almost as if the writer is trying to convey the idea that God is giving the people every possible chance to turn away from their wickedness and turn to God for repentance and salvation.
But if you look at the actual account of creation in Genesis Chapter 1, verse 5. It states, “God called the light “day” and the darkness he called “night,” and there was evening, and there was morning – the first day. Well, I think that is pretty clear. We have a day and we have a night, and they are referred to as evening and morning, the first day. When you and I refer to evening and morning, we understand that to be a 24 hour period of time aka day and night. We don’t think anything other than that.
Now some debate this and state that it couldn’t be actual days because the sun wasn’t created until Day 4 and that is when time began to be documented. But what the Bible actually states is that the sun was created to mark the seasons and days and years, and to give light to the earth. The sun was given so man could track time, not for God to track time. And why would man need to track time? Well, if you think about it, the earth was going to rotate around the sun causing changes to occur on the earth. With the markers of the sun and the moon in the sky man would be able to relate the rising and the setting of the sun with different changes that were to occur at different times, affecting life on the earth. It states that the light was to “serve as a sign to mark seasons……”. Let us not forget what Adam’s job was going to be. He was going to care for the Garden until his fall and then he would work the ground wherever he went. Any farmer knows that there is a time to plant and a time to sow.
And God Said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years……….”
And God saw that it was good………