Sodom I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.’ … For thus says the LORD, who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in vain [Hebrew, tohu], who formed it to be inhabited: ‘I am the LORD, and there is no other’” (Isaiah 45:12, 18). Some of the Christian commentators are Keil, Leupold, and E.J. Day 7: God creates the Sabbath (Genesis 2:2-3). Further, the use of "evening" and "morning" indicates that normal time is meant in Genesis 1. The “days” in Genesis 1 are always used specifically in connection with the words “evening and morning.” This phrase is used with “day” 38 times in the Old Testament, not counting Genesis chapter 1. 6 Archer, Gleason. animals named in the Bible and more that have names that have survived in the languages and First, the article is usually present in the historical sections of the Old Testament for the sake of definiteness. As previously discussed above, in context, "Day" must refer to a literal "Day," as much as "Year" refers to literal a "Year.". Second, Hebrew has more peculiarities in its use of the article than most languages.7 This should make the reader very sensitive to the nature of the Hebrew language. [3] Francis Brown, S. R. Driver, and Charles A. Briggs, A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1974), p. 398. It can refer to the 24-hour period of time that it takes for … ', "Calling or naming presupposes acquaintance. Except some species show up such as the adder (H8207, shphiyphon; a kind of serpent (as For more on this, see the article “The Gap Theory.”. We, as was the case of the original audience that Genesis was written too, need to accept God's Word by faith (Heb. This is all clear from Genesis as well as the testimony of Jesus and the apostles. She was taken out of a man, so I will Dr. Joseph R. Nally, Jr., D.D., M.Div. God pronounced that each event in Creation was "good" (Hebrew, towb, meaning "excellent") "only after" he "saw" what was completed ("and it was so"). This is attested to by the fact that in Genesis 1, yom also has a connecting numeral and is preceded by the phrase, "there was evening and there was morning." (3) Genesis 1:16 refers to the sun, the greater light to rule by Day, again contrasting it to the Night (moon and stars). On the fifth day the oceans and air teemed with creatures God created and blessed. To commemorate this milestone,... New Testament Upholds Created Kind Stasis. The first reference to “day” in the Bible is in the context of a full rotation of the Earth, a full cycle of light and dark, “And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. From Genesis 1:27, we know that the sixth day extended at least through the creation of Eve, since the text indicates that God created both males and females on the sixth day. Also, see other age and day issues in our Creation SuperLibrary section—. Without understanding the proper "context," definitions may become mere idols which distort the translation of Scripture. Acts & Facts. This uninterrupted sequence is divinely planned and ordained as the rhythm of the time for each successive week. Let's examine the Bible a little further. To do this, God first made plants and trees. more than 9716 species of birds in 204 families (per for which Adam possibly 1988. All the natural evil, including that which we infer from the fossil layers of the earth, happened in chronological time after Adam’s Fall. This is true 100% of the time. 11:3; Rev. Where did the light called “day” originate? evening-mornings); then shall the sanctuary be cleansed. There are 13 other occurrences similar to Genesis 1, where the noun does not have the article but is with a number. For it is too violent a cavil to contend that Moses distributes the work which God perfected at once into six days, for the mere purpose of conveying instruction. 1 For typical arguments, examine Davis Young, Creation and the Flood [10]. The same author who wrote Genesis also wrote Exodus, and the same Holy Spirit inspired both! 2 The context determines which of these is intended by the writer. An adult lion which affected the senses but as a deep and direct mental insight into the nature of the animal's God frequently issued commands that the people were to do or not to do certain things on a given day. Bruce Waltke states that on the first Day the sense is definite. We must ask ourselves, how would the people have understood these terms "evening" and "morning?" That plan gives us real hope and purpose. In context, no other interpretation, but a literal 24-hour Day makes sense. 7:3) was at our 9 o’clock. What is the Intelligent Design Theory? Note that a “day” is referred to as an “evening” and a “morning.” The days are defined by light and darkness, so for this division of a day to be relevant, the day cannot refer to millions of years—as we will see in our examination of each day. Apparently water vapor had filled the atmosphere like perpetual thick fog. The Hebrew word oth, translated “signs,” is also used in Ezekiel 20:12, 20, where the keeping of God’s sacred days are a “sign” to God of His people. 20:8-11). Based on the obvious context many translations, ASV, ESV, JPS, BBE, CEV, GW, MKJV, NKJV, and RV We are told in the New Testament that the visible universe was made from invisible things by the One who became Jesus Christ (Hebrews 1:1-2;11:3). Home Page, Dan 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days (NKJV note; Lit. (Oxford: Clarendon Press 1980), p. 404. In Our Image Kingdom, Covenants & Canon of the Old Testament, Your Kingdom Come: The Doctrine of Eschatology, He Gave Us Scripture: Foundations of Interpretation, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. However, Genesis 2 tells us more about the sixth day. So the evening and the morning were the second day ( Genesis 1.8) (2) Genesis 2:4 uses the Hebrew be-yo-wm, not the Hebrew yo-wm (Gen. 1:5, 8, 13, 19, 23, 31; 2:3). What About Hebrews 11:3? God created the Sabbath on the seventh day by resting and blessing the seventh day, separating it as holy. The Curse 3 Webster's 20th Century Dictionary, unabridged. Lucifer became Satan, an enemy of God and His purpose (Ezekiel 28:11-17; Isaiah 14:12-15). We must ask ourselves why Moses was using the words he did, and not other words. Each time they occur, the meaning must be that of a normal day. They were created in God’s image and likeness, by implication a part of the God kind ({verses_29}). 5 Kautzsch, E. Gesenius' Hebrew Grammar, 2nd ed. lacerate, "a tearer with the beak"(Smith), also night hawk H8464 tachmas; "from it's violence" It Is Finished pp. The Flood As R. L. Dabney points out: The theory of evolution (rather, "evilution"), mixed with the misuse of the various definitions of yom in the TWOT above, and alleged scientific discoveries have caused great contention today regarding the meaning of the Hebrew word yom in Genesis 1. call her 'woman.'" Light – God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. Christians need not feel that their beliefs are threatened by the apparent global acceptance of the theory of evolution. In clauses of the type of Genesis 1:5 the cardinal serves effectively as an ordinal number that the indefinite noun yom with the indefinite cardinal numeral for "one" (Hebrew, echad) in Genesis 1:5 has "an emphatic, counting force" and a "definite sense" in addition to having the force of an ordinal number which is to be rendered as "the first day." (2) Was Adam a real person or did he evolve from an ape or other species? If the meaning of the word "day" with a number always means a 24-hour period of time outside of Genesis 1, then it should also mean a 24-hour period of time inside Genesis 1. If Moses had meant to signify that the "days" were more than 24 hours in length, he could easily have done so. “Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.” (Romans 16:14)