IN SIX DAYS
(Unusual Things About Creation Week)
The book of Genesis gives the context for the whole of the rest of the bible. Every
important doctrine and every important human development has it's beginnings in
Genesis 1 - 11. If one does not appreciate this, one could find oneself having beliefs
which are inconsistent when scriptures in the bible as a whole are considered.
So, let's take a short look at Genesis, Chapter 1.
In Genesis 1:1 - Genesis 2:3 God
explains to the Israelites through Moses how He made the earth and the heavens and
everything in the earth and in the seas in six days. The straight-forward
reading of these verses is that each day is of 24 hours and the geneologies in the
bible put creation as being about 6,000 years ago.
Before we look at Genesis 1 in detail I should perhaps consider the Hebrew word 'yom'
which is translated 'day' in our English bibles.
Firstly, the word 'yom' in the original Hebrew language, when used with 'evening'
and/or 'morning' and/or when used with a number, anywhere in the bible, is always a
24 hour day!
I should also mention that if God had meant 'yom' to be 'long ago' or meaning a long
timescale there are many words and word constructs that He could have used.
For instance if God had used 'yamim', the plural of 'yom', either on it's own or with
'evening' and 'morning', then it would have meant 'days of evening and morning'. In
other words 'many days' and so could have been a vast age.
Another word God could have used is 'qedem' which would have transmitted the thought
'days of old', again suggesting a vast time period.
One other word that God could have used is 'olam' which if added to 'days' would also
have meant 'days of old'.
This is by no means exaustive but just serves to show that if God had meant the days
of Genesis 1 to be long time periods He could have done this very easily and
unambiguously and would not have confused the Israelites!
Despite this, many people believe God was short of language skills and used 'yom' in
a manner where He did not intend the context He gave to be taken into account!
If we ignore the sentence construction and the context in which the word 'yom' is found,
then 'yom' can mean a 24 hour day; or cover a time period longer than 24 hours, like in my
father's day (although the event referred to within "my father's day" can be minutes long!);
or it can mean a time less than 12 hours (daytime). Some people want to ignore the
context and have 'yom' in Genesis 1 to be longer than 24 hours, perhaps millenia.
Others like some theologians in Martin Luther's day think that God being omnipotent
would not need 24 hours to put some trees on a minor planet in a backwater of the
universe and so 'yom' must be less that 24 hours; ie., minutes or seconds! If the context is
to be ignored then all three viewpoints are equally valid, of course, and you'd have to do
this everywhere else in the bible!
But the natural way to understand the meaning of 'yom' or any other word is according to the
context of the sentence that contains it. Without a clear statement elsewhere in the document
there is no reason to think otherwise! And the context of day being used with evening and
morning and with a number means that these are 24 hour days!
Now let's go back to the actual creation
information in Genesis 1. A close look at the beginning (Genesis) according to God reveals
a few things that SOME people may miss!
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
At the start God sets up the reader and tells her/him what He is going to talk about.
We are going to get information on how He made the heavens and the earth.
Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God's Spirit
was hovering over the surface of the waters.
The translations all say it was without form or formless (same thing) and empty or void
(same thing) so it seems to be the concensus that the world was in an unfinished state as
first made by God. (He also made us in His image and that's how we do things too! We get
the raw ball of clay and then fashion it into whatever our creative talents bring to mind!)
We see here that at the beginning of creation God had made a raw world covered with water
and would use that as the basis for the rest of creation. And, in Genesis 1, verse 3, God
creates the next thing He needed in the sequence; light.
Gen 1:3-5 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that
the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light
Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the
Notice that there was darkness but no light. God in making light and setting the earth
spinning made the first day. This is totally contrary to the idea of billions of years,
as night and day should have been going on all that supposed time! But this was the
Next, we see Him moving the water around to make 'space' for other things.
And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate
the waters from the waters.” And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were
under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God
called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.
This is interesting in that first we see God making 'space' after he made matter (the earth)!
Secondly, we see that there is enough water over the surface of the earth to use some
of it to surround the expance/heaven/space. You'll see the significance of this a little later.
It's obviously not a small amount of water!
Meanwhile let's look at what God does on Day 3.
Then God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered into one place, and let the dry
land appear.” And it was so. God called the dry land “earth,” and the gathering of the water
he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on
the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so. The earth brought
forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in
them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning,
the third day.
So God made seedlings, trees and plants and all other flora at all stages of development
before there was any life in the oceans!
God's version of creation we see is fundamentally different from that of the "big bang
evolutionists" where the first life starts in the oceans. The two are not compatible. There
is no possibility of a 'primordial soup' in God's creation. Spontaneous creation of life from
non-life has been proven to be impossible anyway (information cannot create itself), and you
will see even more elements of incompatibility with evolution later on!
Now let's continue with Day 4.
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the
night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for
lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so.
God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to
govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to
give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from
the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth
So God makes the sun, moon and stars on the fourth day of creation after the earth was made
on Day 1 and God says the trees were in existence before there was a sun to warm the earth.
Only by one day I know, but nevertheless this order of events does not fit with evolutionary
thinking! According to cosmic evolutionary theory the sun was made before the earth and there
was no life on the earth till 1 billion years after it was made! The big bang and
biblical creation are not compatible! Also, if these days are eons of time, how did the
You should also notice that the expanse/heaven is where God places the Sun, moon and stars.
And therefore, the water that God divided from being over the earth, He placed on the outside
of the universe! That had to be water which was many light years deep to completely enclose a
universe 87 billion light years across, in all directions! That detail does not fit with
cosmic evolution either!
One other observation about this day. Since God creates the sun, moon and stars on day 4
(Exo 20:11) this means that those who believe in billions of years and also say they believe
God, need a theory for what destroyed and eliminated the 'universe' that existed before
God made this one!
Then God said, “Let the waters teem with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above
the earth in the open expanse of the heavens.” God created the great sea monsters and every
living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed after their kind, and every winged
bird after its kind; and God saw that it was good. God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful
and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”
There was evening and there was morning, a fifth day.
Another interesting twist compared to the evolution myth is that birds and fish are made
together on the same day and also two days after the trees are made! This is interesting
because the trees and plants had to survive those two days without any polinating birds.
Now if this was a 48 hour stint we don't have a problem, but if it was thousands or even
millions of years?!
Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and
creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so. God made the
beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that
creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.
In the next stage of God's creation, He creates all the land animals and creeping things;
insects, etc.; on Day 6.
So according to God, dinosaurs are not created until Day 6 with all the other land animals.
As I believe God that all animals were vegetarians this is not a problem but if you are a
theistic evolutionist who sees these as eons of time I wonder how you would explain these
animals being made with man on Day 6? God passed all the kinds of animals He made on
Day 6 before Adam for him to name them. This would have included dinosaurs!
Finally on Day 6, God creates mankind.
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule
over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all
the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He
created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and
fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of
the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Then God said, “Behold,
I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and
every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you; and to every beast
of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which
has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.
God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there
was morning, the sixth day.
So Adam and Eve are made on Day 6 and God says it's all very good. If everything that God
made was created in those six days, as I understand it, about 6000 years ago, there's no
problem. Archeologists tell us there are thorn bushes found lower in the fossil record that
dinosaurs and men higher than dinosaurs. So according to this men sinned and thorns came
into being before dinosaurs died out! And, according to this, men survived longer than
dinosaurs probably because of their intelligence! The fossil record agrees with the bible
On the other hand, if there had been a world with death and disease and mayhem before Adam
even turned up, how was this good? If Adam was standing on a graveyard of fossil bones with
cancers and arthritis and with death red in tooth and claw all around him, how can God then
tell Adam that this is not just good; it's very good? And then one has to believe that God
has the audacity to blame the existence of death; plus thorns on plants; on Adam, even
though they are in the fossil record of millions of years before he arrived, supposedly!
Obviously nothing in the last paragraph fits with a good God whose word is truth and who says
what He means and means what He says. And it portrays a fossil record that is at variance
with the bibilical record. It calls God a liar.
It's actually the paragraph in "red" that is wrong and it's GOD in his word who is
telling the truth! God does not lie!
Oh, by the way, if you use a KJV bible and you think that God told Adam to replenish the
earth which means 're-fill', I should point out that word usages have changed a lot since
1611. In those days replenish meant 'fill' and the original Hebrew word indeed means 'fill'.
There was no pre-Adamic civilisation!
In this article I've concentrated on Genesis 1 but in finishing I'd like to give three quotes
from other parts of the bible. Firstly....
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. “Six days you shall labor and do all your
work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the LORD your God; in it you shall not do
any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your
cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the LORD made heaven and
earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day.
Here we read one of the laws set out in the Old Law Covenant that God made with Israel,
and see that it is based on the creation events in Genesis 1.
With His own finger God wrote that He made everything in the universe in six days. We see
the events of those days described in Genesis 1! God confirms that it's not a myth or
a metaphor or poetry! And He confirms that there was nothing in existence before those
Logically, if the days of creation are thousands of years or millions of years then this
command's days have to be of a similar length! How is Israel supposed to do this? God
would have to let them believe a lie and think that they were only 24 hour days! Not my
God! His word is truth and the days have to be 24 hour days.
Rom 8:19-22 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected
it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and
obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation
has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.
You will notice the bible tells us that the whole of creation is waiting to come out of
bondage to death and decay with us, when we receive the glory of the children of God. So
we know from this that the second Adam, Jesus, paid for it's freedom when He paid for ours!
This could only be the case if the whole of creation was put into bondage by the first Adam
when he sinned!
If the creation is not suffering from death and corruption because of the first Adam's sin
but rather it's death and decay is normal and good, then it cannot be rescued through the
atonement of the second Adam. Thus we know therefore, that death came to ALL of creation
when Adam sinned; and therefore no death or disease or carnivorous animals existed before
IT WAS ALL GOOD! VERY GOOD!
“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man
will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one
flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together,
let no one separate.”
In this incident in Jesus' life He tells us that Adam and Eve were created and the
institution of marriage was made "at the beginning of creation". If the worlds were made
a few thousand years ago, with Adam made on Day 6, then this makes sense. But, if the
worlds were made billions of years ago, with mankind coming on the scene a few thousand
or even 200 thousand years ago, then Adam would be at the tail end of earth's life, not the
So my conclusion is this - I believe that God is good, means what He says and made the
earth and the heavens in six, 24 hour days, about 6000 years ago, just like He wrote, and
Jesus said, and Holy Spirit inspired!
Best wishes for Grace and The Peace of Jesus.
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