Did God truly create all things as He said in Genesis 1? This post ought to settle the question for anyone who really believes the Bible. In this lesson, learn about what happened on the first day of creation.
What Does a “Day” Mean?
“And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:5).
Many people today, professing to believe the Bible, have compromised with the evolutionary philosophy which dominates our society by accepting its framework of geological ages. This system interprets the rocks and fossils in terms of a supposed 4.6-billion-year history of the earth and life culminating in the evolution of early humans about a million years ago.
In order to justify this compromise, they usually say that the “days” of creation really correspond to the geological ages, arguing that the Hebrew word for “day” (yom) does not have to mean a literal solar day
Oh, yes it does—at least in Genesis chapter one!
God, knowing that the pagan philosophers of antiquity would soon try to distort His record of creation into long ages of pantheistic evolution (as in the Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, and other such ancient cosmogonies), was careful to define His terms!
“God called the light Day,” and that was the first day with its evening and morning. All subsequent days have followed the same pattern—a period of darkness (night), then a period of light (day).
One may quibble about the exact length of the day if he insists (e.g., equatorial days versus polar days), but there is no way this definition can accommodate a geological age. This is the very first reference to “day” (or yom) in the Bible, and this is given as an actual statement of the meaning of the word.
This ought to settle the question for anyone who really believes the Bible. One may decide to believe the evolutionary geologists if he wishes, instead of God, but he should at least let God speak for Himself. God says the days of creation were literal days, not ages. “In six days the LORD made heaven and earth” (Exodus 31:17). (Henry M. Morris, Ph.D.)
Study Outline: Creation – Day 1
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Review Lesson #2 here: Why Origins Are Important
For in-depth study of the first day of creation:
Heroes and Villains of the Bible Podcast:
- Adam and Eve
- Episode 1: A Very Good Relationship Gone Bad – First Couple, First Heroes and Villains
- Episode 2: Pulling Back the Curtain on the Ultimate Villain – How the Spiritual Realm Impacts Humanity
- Episode 3: Satan’s Triple Threat Strategy – This Strategy Is Still Used Today
- Episode 4: The Pivot Point in Scripture – Consequences for Rebellion and Hope for Redemption
- Cain and Abel
- Episode 5: A Very Different Earth – Explore the Pre-Flood World of Cain and Abel
- Episode 6: Centuries, Cain, and Corruption – Sin’s Effects and Eve’s Hope
- Episode 7: Marriage, Family, and Sacrifice – Formation of the First Family and their Offering to God
- Episode 8: Brother’s Keeper – Arrogant Cain Murders Righteous Abel
Other Resources about the First Day:
- Article: Dividing Light from Darkness
- Article: Does Genesis Address the Time of Creation, or Just the Fact of Creation?
- Article: Does the Phrase “Evening and Morning” Help Define “Day”?
- Article: Genesis Is History, Not Poetry: Exposing Hidden Assumptions about What Hebrew Poetry Is and Is Not
- Article: Genesis: Real, Reliable, Historical
- Article: The Meaning of “Day” in Genesis
- Article: Creation Was 24/6 and Recent
- Article: The Literal Week of Creation
- Article: Creation and the Seven-Day Week
- Article: When Is a Day Not a Day?
- Article: What a Difference a Day Makes
- Article: An Overview of Day-Age’s Errors
- Video: That’s a Fact – Three in One
- Video: Did God Create Everything?
- Video: Is the Universe Young?
- Video: Do Origins Matter?
- Video: How Did Life Begin?