There is much debate about the six days of creation that we are told about in the very first part of the Bible. I use to believe those days were normal 24 hour days. I would say to my self, AGod can do anything and if God wanted to create everything that exists in 6 days, or 6 hours, or 6 minutes He certainly could@, and I was satisfied with my belief. God does that. He will give part of understanding to me and I believe that I understand completely, and then, out of what seems my own mind, comes a question which makes me doubt my understanding. It is wonderful when I doubt, because I know I am about to learn more, and I want to know everything God wants me to know. Don=t you?
The Bible says God=s days and man=s days are not in the same time frame (Psalms 90:4, 2 Pet 3:8). Psalms 90:4 says a thousand years to God is like a day, or a watch in the night. A day is 24 hours, but there were 3 watches in the night in the Old testament and 4 watches in the New Testament. So a watch could be 4 hours or 3 hours. This says to me that God does not live in our time frame: that there is no constant to convert our time to God=s time. The eighth verse, of the third chapter, of second Peter says exactly that, (2 Pet. 3:8 NIV) AWith the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day@.
As we study creation we see that God made days and nights (Gen 1:5) before He made the sun to govern days and nights (Gen 1:16). Some of God=s days or time had passed before the sun was made to govern a 24 hour day. These days could not have been determined by the sun to be our 24 hour days when there was no sun to do so. They must be God=s days and therefore can not be counted as we count days. It stands to reason that if some of the days spoken of in the account of creation were God=s days, then all of them would be. Carbon dating and other forms of determining the age of objects just might be somewhat accurate and still not disagree with the six days of creation, because of the difference of God=s days and our days.
Here is something so simple that it amazed me that I did not see it sooner. There can not be an evening before there is light. Evening is pronounced before morning in verse 5 which is of course perfectly correct. God made light first, or as I understand it day, and then let, or made it fade into evening. To look at it from a slightly different angle, God said, AAnd there was evening, and there was morning@, He did not say, there was morning, and there was evening.
Simple things are sometimes hard to explain. I know I=m no mental heavyweight so I try to break everything down to its simplest terms so I can understand it. If you are going to build a house you would not start on the second floor. You would start by making a good foundation first and then build on it. One must understand the basics before he can understand the complexities. I am only slightly digressing here.
When I grasped that God made light first, evening second, and morning third, I realized everything made before verse 5 was made before the first day. You are probably asking why this is important to understand. It is important because it sets everything spoken of back a day. I use to think God created the heavens, earth, and light the first day, but now I see that He created them before the first day, and the first day He divided the water from the sky.
Genesis 2:2&3 says, ABy the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.@, but God has yet to enter His rest. This is affirmed in John 5:17(NIV), AJesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working.@. Notice that the verse says, Aalways at his work@. If God had entered his rest, even for one day I do not think that Jesus could have truthfully said, AMy Father is always at his work to this very day@.
Genesis 1:31 says, AGod saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning‑‑the sixth day@. This says two things to me. One is Adam and Eve had yet to sin, because Ait was very good@, God=s creation had yet to be spoiled. Second is that everything said after chapter 2 verse 4, until Jesus came, is a description of the sixth day or the history of man. I believe Genesis 2:1-3 are prophetic, and have yet to happened.
I believe we are in the morning of the seventh day. Isaiah 9:2 says, AThe people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned@. I believe this dawn spoken of here and repeated in Matthew 4:16 is the dawn of the seventh day and of this day there will be no end. It speaks of Jesus which is the light that governs our day. Our Father will enter His rest later this day: after judgement. Genesis 2:2 says on the seventh day God rested from all His work, but it does not specify what hour of the day. Only The Father knows the hour (Mat 24:36 & Mark 13:32).
This view of creation also would explain why the Sabbath is no longer strictly adhered to. If we are in God=s seventh day then anytime is the right time to worship. Any and all of our (man=s) days are now in God=s Sabbath. It seems right to meet on the first day, because this is the beginning of God=s day in which He, and we, will enter His rest.
The symbolism of the Sabbath was a day of rest, when no work is done. Jesus finished the work of salvation on the cross (John 19:30). We can do no work that will save us. All of the work has been done by Jesus. I believe that is what He meant when He said, Ait is finished@(John 19:30). Anyone who worked on the Sabbath was cursed. Wasn=t Jesus cursed for us?
That is how the days of creation spoken of in Genesis look to me now: from my side of the table. By the way, if you see the days of creation this way, you see man was made on the fifth day, not the sixth. Did you really expect my view to be the same as your=s?