In 6 Days…

Most theologians throughout church history agree that in using the phrase “the evening and the morning were the first day,” the creation account in Genesis is speaking of a literal 24- hour day, rather than a general time or a period of years.

“To understand the meaning of ‘day’ in Gen. 1, we need to determine how the Hebrew word for ‘day,’ yom, is used in the context of Scripture…A number, and the phrase ‘evening and morning,’ are used for each of the six days of creation (Gen. 1:5,8,13,19,23,31). Outside Gen. 1, yom is used with a number 359 times, and each time it means an ordinary day—why would Genesis 1 be the exception?

“Outside Gen. 1, yom is used with the word ‘evening’ or ‘morning’ 23 times. ‘Evening’ and ‘morning’ appear in association, but without yom, 38 times. All 61 times the text refers to an ordinary day—why would Genesis 1 be the exception?

“In Genesis 1:5, yom occurs in context with the word ‘night.’ Outside of Gen. 1, ‘night’ is used with yom 53 times—and each time it means an ordinary day. Why would Gen. 1 be the exception? Even the usage of the word ‘light’ with yom in this passage determines the meaning as ordinary day.

“There are words in biblical Hebrew (such as olam or qedem) that are very suitable for communicating long periods of time, or indefinite time, but none of these words are used in Gen. 1. Alternatively, the days or years could have been compared with grains of sand if long periods were meant. If we are prepared to let the words of the language speak to us in accord with the context and normal definitions, without being influenced by outside ideas, then the word for ‘day’ found in Gen. 1—which is qualified by a number, the phrase ‘evening and morning’ and for Day 1 the words ‘light and darkness’—obviously means an ordinary day (about 24 hours).” Ken Ham, et al., The New Answers Book

Hebrews 4:4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh dayin this way: “And God rested on the seventh day from all His works”

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One Response to In 6 Days…

  1. someonehastosaySomeonehastosay says:

    I am a Bible believing, born again Christian. I do not doubt Genesis 1 nor any other Scripture. Yet, I do ask for an explanation on this particular question.

    According to Gen. 1:14-19, the sun was not created until the fourth creation day. So, if a yom is a 24 hour day, how could an hour exist prior to the sun’s creation? One hour is 1/24 of the Earth’s rotation on its axis in relation to its solar orbit. Or, are we drawing other possibilities about the speed of rotation? A day is one complete revolution AND 1/365th of a solar orbit. Genesis simply lacks specificity that we can use to safely conclude that yom equals 24 hours, at least prior to the 4th creation day.

    I am no astronomer nor physicist nor geologist. I am a Christian. I am content to let God’s Word stand as the explanation and authority for what I cannot explain. But, it seems to me at least, equating yom and 24 hour days is unwarranted. It may very well be true, but from what Genesis plainly gives us it seems a step too far to me. If there is an error in my thoughts, here, I am wholly open to correction on it.

    I do NOT conclude that this lack of specificity from Genesis that I contend exists in any way supports an ALTERNATE theory about the age of the universe or how long it took to create. Genesis says a yom, and I say amen. How you measure yoms before day 4 is not mine to say at the moment.

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