Gems From Genesis

And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day

Are The Days in Genesis 1 Really Days?

By Mary Jo Nutting

My first year of college, I went to a liberal “Christian” college.  I remember being taught that the days of creation were not “real” days, but were periods of time, millions of years long and were representative of the long ages of evolutionary history.  This is a common belief in our world today.  However, I believe that there are many reasons to reject this “Day-Age Theory” and to confidently affirm the literal accuracy of the Creation account in Genesis.

First, God called them “days” in Genesis 1 and then affirmed them at the giving of the Ten Commandments.  Ex 20:11 says:  “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day.”  At Mt. Sinai, God spoke these words directly to the people of Israel and later inscribed them on stone tablets.  Down through history, the Jewish people believed them.  Jesus never questioned the Genesis account, or offered anything but a strictly literal interpretation of it.  Neither did the prophets or apostles.  That should be good enough for us, but there is so much more.

Second, the word used for “day” in Genesis 1 is “yom.”  This Hebrew word is overwhelmingly used for a literal day throughout the Old Testament.  However, to add force to this, when used with a numerical modifier (e.g. first, second, third), it always means a literal day.  Then, to make it even more emphatic, the words “evening and morning” are used to define the day, and further clarified by associating night and day with darkness and light.  How could you make it any clearer?…

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