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Days of Creation. When was the earth created? 3 approaches to the Genesis “days”. Actual 24 hr days. Gen 1:5 defines how “yom” is being used in Gen 1. Sabbath blessed Exod 20:11 basis of Sabbath observance = 24 hrs Day + number = 24 hr days

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Days of creation

Days of Creation

When was the earth created?

3 approaches to the Genesis “days”


Actual 24 hr days

Actual 24 hr days

  • Gen 1:5 defines how “yom” is being used in Gen 1.

  • Sabbath blessed Exod 20:11 basis of Sabbath observance = 24 hrs

  • Day + number = 24 hr days

  • Appearance of age: Adam made adult;universe has appearance of age


Symbolic day

Symbolic Day

  • Gen 1 = logical order of creation not time

  • Revelational day

  • Pictorial days

  • Literary Framework


Day age theory

Day-Age Theory

  • Yom (day) has a wide variety of meanings

  • Period of light as opposed to darkness (Ps 32:4; Judg 19:8)

  • An age -- the Day of the LORD (Joel 1:15... day with the Lord as 1000 years Ps. 90:4)

  • Time of person’s life (1 Sam 3:2)

  • Sun not made till day 4

  • Too much work on day 6


Three day approaches

Three Day approaches

Literal Days

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day Age

Age 1

Age 2

Age 3

Age 4

Symbolic Days

Revelation 1

Revelation 3

Revelation 2

Revelation 4


What do we learn

What do we learn?

  • What do we learn about God from the creation in Gen. 1 (Ps 19:1-6)

  • Doxology // greatness

  • Creativity --forming /filling


How old does the bible say

How old does the Bible say?

  • “When” not a test of orthodoxy; there is NOT one clear verse where the Bible says how old

  • Be careful pushing today’s science into or out of the Bible (cf. Ps 104:3 poison of asps; Isa 11:12 flat earth; Isa 40:22 circle of earth; Job 9:6 pillars of earth)

  • Major on majors; attitude check


Genealogy not chronology

Genealogy not = chronology

  • Just add times of genealogies of Gen 5 & 11

  • Gaps in genealogy: Mt 1:8 cf. 1 Chr 3:11; 14=DVD

  • Leaves you with 4004 BC; no one holds this—Jericho = 8000 BC


Two patterns in gen 1

Two patterns in Gen 1


Fiat fulfillment pattern affet

Fiat - Fulfillment Pattern AFFET

  • And God said... and it was so...

    • Announcement: And God said

    • Command: Fiat: Let there be

    • Fulfillment: and there was

    • Evaluation: and God saw it was good

    • Temporal framework: day 1

  • Heb 11:3 by the “word of God” the worlds were framed

  • Ps 33:6, 9 creation by the word of His mouth


Parallel day structure

Parallel Day Structure

Forming: Macrocosm

Filling: Microcosm


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