“And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” (Genesis 1:5)
“And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.” (Genesis 1:8)
“And there was evening and there was morning, a third day.” (Genesis 1:13)
“And there was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.” (Genesis 1:19)
“And there was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.” (Genesis 1:23)
“And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31)
Yesterday we saw that the Bible does not try to prove that God exists. It simply assumes that He exists. (Genesis 1:1-2). Furthermore, in Romans 1:20, we saw that the fact of God’s existence is the very thing that leads to the condemnation of some people who refuse to acknowledge Him. In other words, people are condemned for not believing in God. They are “without excuse” because it is so evident that He exists.
Today, I would like to move on in our discussion (based on Genesis 1) and discuss a few other things. For one, have you ever noticed that, for each of the six days of creation, we read the following statements: “And there was evening and there was morning, (one day; a second day; a third day; a fourth day; a fifth day; the sixth day)”? (Genesis 1:5,8,13,19,23,31). What do you suppose God is getting at? Notice clearly what the verses say: “And there was evening and there was morning.” What is the purpose for this? Remember, “All Scripture is inspired by God … and profitable for teaching.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). I would like us to be careful. If we would only spend more time meditating on the Scriptures, and letting them speak to us, instead of passing them by. We might get more out of them.
Do you remember how, in Romans 1:20, it says that men are “without excuse”? Well, I believe that, not only are they “without excuse” in terms of believing that God exists, but I also believe that these six verses which are penned for us in the Bible are a type of “judgment” which has been rendered upon some individuals. When I say “judgment,” I mean, “The verdict is in. This is how God did it. Do you want to contest with that? Do you want to argue? Go to God. He’s the One you have to argue with. As for me and my household, we will focus on what God says, not man.” And what does God say, so very clearly in these verses? He says that for each of the days of creation, there was evening and there was morning — that is, one physical day, as we know it. Remember, the terms “evening and morning” is idiomatic. This is how the Hebrew people considered and still do consider a regular twenty-four hour day (unlike us in the West, who would say, “morning and night, or day and night, rather than “evening and day.”). In Hebrew culture, the “day” starts in the evening.
If you believe the Scriptures, and have truly put your faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, I believe it will be within your heart to be able to believe that God made the world in six literal days. In other words, you have no problem believing this — it is not a hard thing for you to fathom. You are not forced to believe this, of course, and, to some, this may be a nit picky point. However, I wonder. Why are we sometimes so reluctant to believe the Scriptures just as they say it? I know some will say, “But to God a day is like a thousand years — therefore these days could have been a thousand years, rather than literal days.” In my own opinion, the twenty-four hour day reasoning is more solid. Furthermore, I have no problem believing it. Some people, I think, don’t want to believe in it, and so argue against it for this reason. To believe it, would mean “giving up their intellect” (as they see it). We can’t go into it here, but I believe it would not be a forsaking of your intellect to believe that the earth was created in six literal 24-hour days.
Modified: May 1, 1998