Covenant Compendium #3
Genesis 1:3-5 “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.”
The first thing to notice is that Genesis teaches creation in six days, yes real days. Genesis does not leave room for “day” meaning an extended length of time like an age. Genesis 1 does not say that Day 1 is actually Age 1 and that length of time is not determined. Rather, the length of the day is set forth right here. There was the light of Day and the darkness of Night and that was Day 1.
Many Christians, because they have been duped to believe in an old earth and the evolutionary theory attempt to fit all sorts of things into Genesis to harmonize secular science with the claims of Scripture. There are attempts to millions (billions?) of years between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, or to redefine the Hebrew word yom to mean something other than day. Sure, the Bible uses yom in various ways to describe a length of time, but context is king. And in the context of Genesis, you cannot wrangle away from the fact that Genesis defines yom. A cycle of daylight and darkness is a day.
In fact, this reading of Scripture is necessary because this is how the Bible interprets creation. The 24-hour creation schematic is the blueprint for the Law of the Sabbath, Exodus 20:8-11. Our week reflects the very first week. God labored for six days, which Genesis 1:3-5 informs us had a cycle of light and darkness, and God rested on the seventh cycle of light and darkness. In like manner, His image bearers are to do the same thing.
This interpretation is also necessary for redemption. Romans 5:12 shows us that before Adam sinned there was no death, because death is the penalty for sin. If each of the days before the creation of Adam and Eve were actually eons of evolutionary process full of blood and death (you know, survival of the fittest), then Paul’s interpretation of Genesis 1 is at stake. If the biblical teaching of the historic Adam in real a 24-hour day creation week is false, then redemption falls flat as well. Sin and death entered the world through one man, Adam. In Adam, all of humanity is condemned. However, Adam is a type of Christ and in Christ, the fulfillment of everything Adam was supposed to be, there is justification and righteousness. Freedom from the penalty of sin. If the days of creation were not 24-hour days, then we lose the doctrine of Original Sin and if we lose that then we can not answer the question: what is it that Christ saves us from and restores us to?
So, my brothers and sisters, don’t apologize for God’s Word. We believe lots of things that others do not. We believe that a donkey spoke to Balaam, that Jonah was swallowed by a great fish, that the sun stood still for Joshua, that Jesus was born of a virgin, that He walked on water, cured sickness and cast out demons, we believe there are demons, that a snake spoke and he lied, and let us not forget the most important thing, that Jesus came back from the dead. Christians believe all that and, yes, fingers are pointed at us with laughter ushering forth from skeptics and unbelievers.We believe these things because they are true. We should believe what the Bible says about creation without apology.