Evening and Morning – The First Day

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………

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“Let There Be Light”

6F0FBEA2-E1AF-4D69-B40F-4F5A03BCD5A0And God said, “Let there be light, and there was light.”  Genesis Chapter 1, verse 3.

To look at this verse at face value, we immediately create a picture in our own head that is similar to standing in a dark room and flipping on a light switch.  And this is partly true.  But before we get to this part of the verse, did you notice that you completely skipped over the first three words? – “And God Said’.  Have you ever stopped there and contemplated those three little words?  Does that make a difference to you?  Did you ever give though to God speaking at Creation?

Let me ask you – Who was God speaking to?  Was he just speaking to Himself?  Why does the Bible record the fact that God was speaking?  Certainly an all powerful God could have simply “thought” something into creation, couldn’t He?  Those three words are extremely important, yet most people gloss right over them.  They are important because as we get further into the study of God’s word, we will come to find out that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit were all present at Creation, and God was speaking because He was not alone.  How can I be sure of this?  Jump ahead to Genesis Chapter 1 verse 26.

Here we see those same three words, “And God Said,”  ….but pay careful attention to the next two words, “Let us…..”  So, if God was alone at the Creation, he would not have said anything to anyone.  He would have simply went about the business of creating.  Isn’t that interesting how three little words can have so much meaning?

Now, If we go back to Chapter 1 verse 3, ‘And God Said, “Let there be light.”  This kind of gives me the impression tht He spoke and boom – there was light.  How awesome is that?  Bu what was that light?  Was it Him and His glory as some have suggested?  Can or does God turn Himself on and off like a firefly?  I don’t believe that is the case here.  I don’t believe God flipped His “internal switch” to light the heavens.  I think it is more of God spoke the light into existence by causing the darkness to depart.  How?  I have no idea.  But there was a light source, because the Bible tells us there was.  It was not the sun, because the sun had not yet been created.  That wouldn’t occur until creation day 4.

Some claim that the sun was there “at the beginning” and it was hidden by vapor.  I don’t believe this either.  That is not how the Bible reads.  It states that the sun was clearly created on day 4.  It doesn’t say that God caused the “vapor” to clear revealing the sun.  It says, he created the lights in the expanse of the sky .  Verse 16 says, “God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.”  This was on day 4.  So the claim that the original light in verse 3 is the sun is, in my mind, not accurate.

What I also find disturbing about all these “other” theories in creation is that some are willing to acquiesce to the fact that God created man from dirt, but cannot believe He could speak or create light into exsistance.  It is kind of limiting Him to what his powers can and can’t do, in my mind.

Personally, I believe it as I have written it.  God Said, “Let there be light,” and there was light, some kind of light, some kind of illumination that was there until He created the sun to rule over the day.

I don’t know about you, but this amazes my finite mind.   I read the words and they make no logical sense to my simple human brain, but the God I serve is not human. And just because I can’t understand it, doesn’t mean it didn’t occur or doesn’t exist.

There are many things in creation that are inexplainable, like the earth hanging in a solar system in the middle of a galaxy, surrounded by other planets, never colliding, but circling the sun, without being drawn into the gravitational pull of the sun.  I could go on…..it makes no sense, but nevertheless it exists.

PATHWAYS

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READING WITHOUT SEEING –

Have you ever read something, almost mindlessly, and then when you got to the end, thought, “I have no idea what I just read?” Then you went back and re-read it?

For many people, the Bible is just like that.  First of all, it is a huge book with very tiny print.  There are no graphics jumping off the page at you.  There are no hyperlinks, unless you are on a website, and honestly, it takes a great deal of mental effort to think through it.  In addition, don’t forget all the different versions, and if you attempt the King James Version with the old English, it could be even more mentally taxing. I believe those are among the biggest issues people have with really reading and studying the Bible.

I like to teach others to take a few words at a time and really thing about what is being said.  Take for example the second verse in Genesis Chapter 1.  It states, ‘Now the earth was formless and empty, …’  Big deal right?  Do you know that by the process of critical thinking, you can break that up into segments and really put into perspective its parts?22885260-FB23-4535-829B-4A3ADD4EC84E

For example, think about the adjectives – formless and empty.  Break it down further, just think about the word “formless”.  What does that mean when it states, the earth was “formless”?  The exact definition states, Without a clear or definite shape or structure.  So, to me it means that there was not a giant ball or globe or mass of rock floating in space just waiting for God to come along and plant things and add to it.

Why do I say that?  Because the current Earth is round, and round is a form.  So if the earth was “formless” that means it had no form or no shape.  It was not there – period.  It was nothingness – a large vast space.  The second word, ‘Empty’ is also a state of being.  It means containing nothing, not filled or occupied.  So empty is well…empty, containing nothing, having nothing, no life, nada, zip, nilch.

So here we see the writer of Genesis stating, in effect, ‘There was nothing out there, only emptiness and darkness, not one single solitary thing, and from THAT God created the heavens and the earth.”  So out of nothingness, it was created.  Is there any other situation, ever, that you can come up with, that from nothingness something was created?  Of course not!  You have to have materials or building blocks on which to create something.

In addition, there has to be order to a created thing.  Take for example, lemonade.  It is not sophisticated or intricate in its design.  I could add refined sugar, filtered or purified water, and the juice of fresh sliced lemons, in any order, in a glass and the end result is still going to be lemonade.  However, if I wanted to make that same glass of lemonade, and I just threw an oblong unsliced and unpeeled lemon along with a piece of sugar cane into a glass of water drawn from a pond, your end result is not going to be too thirst quenching.

So it is with the creation of the world.  The right things had to be put together in such a way, and placed at the exact location from the sun, with the exact atmosphere, with the right nutrients in the soil, etc., in order to sustain any type of life.  God had to create things systematically.

So when reading that the earth was formless and empty, you get a greater sense of the creation of something from nothing, and you get a deeper insight into the immense power of a Holy God.

In order to really serve this God, you have to really understand this God.  You have to know who HE is and why He does what he does.  The only way to do that, is to really think about the words that are written in the Bible.  Join me for an in-depth study in the book of Genesis, where we will look at the Bible thru a fresh perspective.  You can learn to know God in a deep and intimate way.

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Take ten minutes a day to learn like you have never learned before.  In this way you will begin to know the awesome power of the Creator and the God we serve.