What Happened on the First Day of Creation?

The Days in Genesis 1 Were Literal 24-Hour Days

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 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

Creation - Day 1

Question: What did you learn from this study? How will you apply the lesson to your life? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

Review Lesson #2 here: Why Origins Are Important

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  1. Let me thank you for your concise explanations of Creation. You have helped me so many times in my attempt to explain Creation to nonbelievers. You should know that, because of the information gleaned from this site and scientists who believe in God, I was able to have an intelligent debate with my zoology professor in college. He said that he had encountered Christians many times over the years (he was at the end of his career at this time) but none had ever offered up any scientific evidence that made sense until he debated with me. This was not a feather in my cap, this was not a point of pride for me. It made me sad to think that so many Christians won’t prepare for the battles they face. The fact that I was able to have an intelligent debate with him was entirely due to the work of men and women much smarter than I. I thank God for you all. This man heard, perhaps for the first time, the proof of Creation. He realized that he had been shoving evolution down his students throats. He nearly got on his knees and asked for Salvation one day, but his pride wouldn’t allow it. I hope that he came to know the truth. Your work is far-reaching and I am a willing student. Thank you again