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Are the Six Days of Creation Real
Scripture: Genesis 1:1-8; Romans 5:12; 2 Corinthian...
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I wanted to start out with this fact only to lead into another that is important to tackle before we read any further. Did God really create everything in 6 days, 6-24 hour days Even though that is exactly what Genesis says, even though many of the prophets, Jesus and the apostles believed that and often referred to this fact, many Christians today find it hard to accept this reality. Christians who accept the geological age system as taught today see the 6 days of Creation as symbolic terms for long ages.

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Mike Nobis Speaker: Mike Nobis
Sunday School Teacher, Former Elder at Madison Park Christian Church. Mike is President of JK Creative Printers & Mailing in Quincy, IL. He is married to Pam and has three children, Tom, Tyler and Jennifer. Mike has three grandchildren: Ryne, Ivy and Alicia.

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Are the Six Days of Creation Real?

I want to open class today with this interesting fact, every verse in Chapter 1, except for verse 1 starts with the conjunction, “And” (Hebrew waw). When this writing structure is used it clearly means that each statement is sequentially and chronologically connected to the verse before and after. Each action follows directly upon the action described before it in the verse preceding it.

Genesis 1:1-5 (KJV) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Here is something to think about, according to the structure of this set of verses, one verse follows right after the other. It definitely wasn’t the intent of the writer to include a billion year time gap in between verse 1 and 2. The intent was so the reader would know that these actions followed one after the other.

I wanted to start out with this fact only to lead into another that is important to tackle before we read any further. Did God really create everything in 6 days, 6-24 hour days? Even though that is exactly what Genesis says, even though many of the prophets, Jesus and the apostles believed that and often referred to this fact, many Christians today find it hard to accept this reality. Christians who accept the geological age system as taught today see the 6 days of Creation as symbolic terms for long ages.

The bottom line with these Christians is the belief that the 6 days of creation more or less equate the days with the ages of evolutionary geology

Just like the “Gap Theory”, the “Day-Age Theory” accepts as real the existence of death before sin, in direct contradiction to the Biblical teaching that death is a divine judgment on man’s dominion because of man’s sin.

Romans 5:12 (NIV) Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned--

We will see as we examine the scriptures, the record itself makes it plain that the days of creation are literal days, not long indefinite ages. When we look at these passages in the actual language in which they were written, this fact becomes clear.

If you wrote this record, what words would you use to best convey that the days of creation are literal 24 hour days? What about long indefinite geological ages?

True or False: The best way to interpret Genesis 1 is not to interpret it at all.

That is, I believe, the way Moses intended for his readers to read the account and events, just as they are written. Take his words as fact from what he discovered from the eyewitnesses of the events recorded in Genesis.

Genesis 1:3-5 (NIV) And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he 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 first day.

Verse 3 records for the first time God speaking. The Word of God brings light. Where have we herd this analogy before? What is interesting to me about these 3 verses right from the beginning, the parts of the Godhead are introduced by the work they perform.

Verse 1: The Father is the source of all things.
Verse 2: The Spirit is the energizer of all things.
Verse 3: The Word is the revealer of all things.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV) For God, who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

How many times did John use the facts from Genesis and attribute them to Jesus.

Jesus Christ the living Word of God (John 1:1; 14)
Jesus is the light of the world. (John 8:12)
In him, there is no darkness at all. (John 1:5)

What does God do first when light appears? He divided light from the darkness. Notice, darkness was not removed completely, it was only separated from the light.

True or False: Darkness is the absence of light? False. Darkness is a real substance.

What I think is neat, here God defines His terms very carefully. He didn’t want there to be any misunderstanding. He determines the day by the separation of light and darkness and placed them on a timeline. The light he called day and the darkness he called night.

God uses a formula at the conclusion of each day, “there was an evening and a morning”. It is obvious that the duration of each of the six days, including the first day was the same. God called the “light” time “day” and He did His work during this period of time. The darkness God called the “night” and He didn’t do any work during that period of the day. Nothing took place between the evening and the morning of each day. The pattern continues all the throughout the scriptures and the days of creation. There was and is today a cyclical succession of days and nights.

What is the significance in using the terms, evening and morning? As Moses wrote these words, what did he want his reader to realize? What does he want you to realize and accept? Each part of the day was terminated by an evening and a morning and that is was just like every other day in the normal sequence of days. You and I see it every day when we get up and go to bed. What we observe today is no different that day one in the days of creation.

One the first day of creation, God accomplished the following:
• Created the physical universe
• He energized the universe
• He made ready the earth for further shaping and furnishing in preparation for man. It was for man that God created day one.

Day two is something Christians are somewhat ignorant about. The English translation of the Hebrew is horrible here and causes many to miss what was actually created on the 2nd day. After the first day, the earth was no longer without form, but it was still void of inhabitants.

Psalm 115:16 (NIV) The highest heavens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man.

The earth indeed is a planet uniquely suitable for human existence. Everything about the Earth is vital to our life. In the first days of man the Bible describes that not only was there an oxygen atmosphere, but there was also a hydrosphere of liquid water. We often read references to what the early situation was before the flood:

Isaiah 40:12; 22 (NIV) Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.

On the first day the earth was still a water dominated mass. On the second day God separates the watery mass.

Genesis 1:6-8 (NIV) And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day.

Other versions of the Bible use the term, “firmament”. The actual Hebrew meaning is expanse or spread-out-thinness. Today we would use the technical tern, SPACE. Other uses is the term heaven. In fact God calls this expanse “Heaven”.

In scripture, there are actually three uses of the word:Heaven”
1. The atmospheric heaven (Jeremiah 4:25)
2. The heavens meaning the galaxy or constellations (Isaiah 13:10)
3. The abode of God (Hebrews 9:4)

The firmament mentions in day two of creation is the atmosphere. Scientist today agree that at one time the earth was covered by a vapor canopy. The canopy was transparent because the Sun, moon and stars could be seen through it. It had to be very high up and it would have served as an effective sustainer of life. In other terms, a greenhouse of sorts. This type of canopy would have caused the following:

• Due to its greenhouse tendencies, the temperature on the earth would have been uniformly pleasant with warm temperatures all over the world.
• Due to the uniform temperatures, there wouldn’t have been mass air movements thus windstorms would have been unknown.
• Due to the canopy, there probably was no rain or was there any use for the rain.
• The planet would have maintained not only uniform temperatures but also uniform humidity levels.
• This type of environment would have been perfect for extensive stands of lush vegetation all over the world with no barren deserts or polar ice caps.
• The canopy would have contributed effectively to human and animal health and longevity.
SLIDE 15: Look what happens to man’s longevity after the canopy is destroyed.
• If there were a heavy vapor canopy over the earth, scientist suggest that the atmospheric pressure would have been very high. Today, modern biomedical research is looking at the effects that hyperbaric pressure has on the human body and most research agrees that these pressures are great for combating disease, promoting good health, enhancing longevity of life both in humans and animals.
• Also later when we get to the great flood and Noah, the vapor canopy will be the main reservoir from which God would send the great Flood to save the godly remnant from the hopeless corrupt population. Today, if the present atmosphere were all at one time unleashed upon the earth like during the time of Noah, it would cover the earth to a depth of about 1 inch.